DESPITE the dreary weather, visitors to Ilkley Manor House were delighted to watch the switch-on of the Enchanted Winter Forest light installation on January 9th.

The installation features three scenes: ‘Nod to Narnia’ with wardrobe and iconic lamppost; a unique animation created by Peel Interactive of Rombald’s Giant, an Ilkley folklore legend; finally, a woodland scene featuring beautiful animal sculptures by Yorkshire artist, Chris Moss.

Former Ilkley resident, Mai Haver, travelled especially to view the display, and told Alex Wild, Visitor Engagement Lead: “The window displays at the Manor House are absolutely enchanting. It is clear that a lot of time and effort has been put into creating these beautiful scenes and it has paid off - definitely worth seeing!”

Local artist and gallery owner, Joanne Tinker, particularly loved that the Manor House was still entertaining the community even when it is closed during the winter months: “How magical! It’s so lovely for the Manor House team to give something back to the community that has supported the Manor House over the years.”

Alex Wild said; “The installation was set up by the skilled creative team, which includes Mandy Preston, Tony Brigg, and Sarah Thomas. People can view the scenes through the front and side windows of the house every day from 4pm -10pm until mid-February. Please do take photos and videos and don’t forget to share them and tag Ilkley Manor House on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as we would love to see the community enjoying the show!

“Although the house is closed until the end of February, our spring programme will be available on our website very soon. The coffee mornings will still be happening on Zoom throughout January and February so please check the What’s On section to see what is planned:”