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Thousands of families missed out seeing the Christmas light show at Bedgebury National Pinetum as it was forced to close due to new Covid-19 restrictions.

Visitors had been flocking to the attraction – described as “one of Britain’s best” – in search of some uplifting memories to take into 2021 after a year many of us will care to forget.

The open-air trail was initially cancelled after Kent was moved into in a stricter Tier 4 lockdown, only to re-open a few days later.

But organisers say they have now agreed to close for the rest of the season after consultation with local authorities.

A spokesperson said: “This year has seen many challenges and we’re pleased that whilst guidance allowed we were able to offer some the opportunity to enjoy the trail safely.

“However, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining dates.

“We’re truly sorry to those who were not able to experience the magic of this year’s trail.

“We wish you a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.”

Overtime has put together a video and picture gallery of some highlights of the one-mile trail, which featured a million lights enhanced by a soundtrack of festive music being piped in from the treetops.

It had been due to run until January 17, 2021.

One of the first sights greeting visitors to the Christmas as Bedgebury trail
Young visitors to Bedgebury Forest seemed particularly impressed with this display
The Christmas as Bedgebury show is now in its third year
Coloured water jets welcomed visitors to Christmas as Bedgebury
Visitors strolled past colourful “water-side reflections”
Flashing lights brought gasps from visitors
A colourful backdrop to the trail
Trees bathed in colour
The festive trail takes around 90 minutes to explore
Festive music is piped in from the treetops
Christmas colour was around every corner
Some described it as “a kaleidoscope of colour”
Neon lines glow in the moonlight
The Tunnel of Light was one of the highlights of the trail
The Triangulate proved popular with children
The Triangulate was created by creative studio ArtAV
Inside the Triangulate
Changing colours of the Triangulate
Unique spotlights guided visitors around the trail
The fire garden provided some welcome warmth on the route
A festive neon display
Giant snowflakes 
A message to visitors at the exit of the trail

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