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.
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