Beechlawn pupils light up the castle

Pupils from Beechlawn Special School in Royal Hillsborough had one final assignment before heading off on their summer holidays this year, and it has sparked some festive creativity for the Year 14s.

: Sixth form pupils from Beechlawn School revealed some of their bright ideas on a visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
: Sixth form pupils from Beechlawn School revealed some of their bright ideas on a visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

The class has been tasked with the renaming of one of the fantastic light installations that will be part of Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, the festive light show which returns to the iconic venue in December.

Over a million lights and seasonal sounds will make up the after-dark illuminated trail throughout the picture-perfect gardens and will include new installations for 2022. The newly renamed feature by Beechlawn pupils will sit alongside displays by artists from around the world, to be announced later in the year.

On a visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens recently, the pupils revealed some of their bright ideas for 2022’s new installation – but they won’t be revealed until September.

Andrew Claye, Head of Marketing at Raymond Gubbay, a division of Sony Music which runs the event across the UK, commented: “We are thrilled to have the creativity of the pupils at Beechlawn School to help us make the trail even more relatable to our local visitors this year.’’

Mayor Councillor Scott Carson added: “This light trail will be a spectacular display to celebrate with loved ones and I look forward to welcoming even more visitors this Christmas.”