The Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Maureen Creaghan, hosts an enchanting evening at Luminate for children and families for charity, JUMP.

JUMP provides photograph and film memories for families with children with terminal and life limiting illnesses throughout the North West.

The Mayor greeted children and their families before setting off on the Luminate trail. Everyone then visited the hall to enjoy refreshments. A special visit from Santa, who handed out goody bags filled with festive treats and gifts, rounded off the evening.

Our spectacular illuminated trail is now open. It runs until Friday 24 December – so children received a special preview on Tuesday evening.

Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Maureen Creaghan, said: “The work JUMP does for families in Warrington is so important. I hope the evening spent at Walton, seeing the amazing lights and enjoying the interactive light play along the Lumimate trail will provide happy memories for the children, their families and carers.

“We wrapped up warm and explored the captivating trail through the stunning grounds. It was then fantastic to see so many smiling faces when we were greeted by Santa, with the hall beautifully decorated ready for Christmas. It really was an amazing evening. I hope all of the children and their families have made special memories to cherish.”

Photographs were taken throughout the evening and will be given to families to add to their memory books gifted by JUMP.

Enjoy Luminate

Our gardens have now been transformed into a Winter Wonderland to be enjoyed by everyone, young and old alike.

Set to ambient music, explore the estate like never before in complete darkness and guided by festoon lighting. Finish off by warming up next to the fire pit with a hot drink and toasted marshmallows.

The trail starts through the courtyard in front of the riding stables. There is also a selection of food and drink available.

A clearly defined route will delight little ones. Some parts of the trail features interactive lighting installations, where they can enjoy the light play.

The fully accessible trail is approximately 1.4km long. It is an enthralling walking experience that will take around 60 to 90 minutes to complete.

Cllr Tony Higgins, cabinet member for leisure and community, said: “Walton Hall and Gardens is a special place to visit and so many people have such fond memories here. I’m delighted to see the transformation into an amazing Winter Wonderland experience.

“This enchanting trail and light show is the perfect event to enjoy in the run up to Christmas. It has a festive feel and interesting activity, so it will be a magical experience for the whole family to enjoy.”

Tickets are selling fast! They start from £11 (children aged two and under are free of charge). For more information, including a list of FAQs, and to book tickets, visit our Luminate event page.

For more information about JUMP and the work they do to support children and their families, visit