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Dalkeith Country Park's Spectacle of Light

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FREE Tickets for Dalkeith Country Park’s Spectacle of Light

New and exciting for 2020 – Enjoy new light installations for 2020! The illuminated trail will take you across the winding river with its pixie lanterns and starbursts reflected in the water. Gaze at the carpet of colour and marvel at the beauty of the Orangerie from the incredible viewing platforms in Fort Douglas.

A magical experience – Enjoy the night-time wonder of Fort Douglas all lit under the stars – where else can you play after-dark? Take an amazing journey up amongst the tree canopy in the magical Sky Maze and explore all the challenges of this fabulous play area. New this year is the addition of the mini-maze for the under 5’s!

Festive food and cheer – Sip mulled wine and hot chocolate as you enjoy this very special place. Toast marshmallows and tuck into scrumptious hot food in Fort Douglas as well as Restoration Yard. The Kitchen at Restoration Yard will also open later for seated dining, with last bookings taken at 7.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays in December. Please ensure you book your table in advance here.

To book: click the Request Break button above & the VOCAL Wee Breaks team will be in touch to arrange your break (please do not contact Spectacle of Light directly).

Ticket Availability:   Family tickets (two adults and two children), as well as individual tickets for carers and a companion are available to carers who are registered with VOCAL Midlothian.  Please note tickets are limited and priority will be given to those carers who have not benefited from VOCAL’s Wee Breaks support previously.

Tickets are for the 7pm sessions on the 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th December.

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“Good to meet up with other carers and share the experience of visiting Edinburgh Castle. Life is sometimes a monotonous routine where we do the same things over and over again-great to have something totally different and stimulating!
The trip to Edinburgh Castle was great for my social well-being and getting out; I really enjoyed the outing and having time to socialize and found the guided tour very informative.”

Edinburgh Castle

“I look after my mother who has early dementia and was struggling to cope with the changing relationships with my mother and also other siblings.  The break away to Pittenween Cottage in Fife came just at the right time -it was a life saver!

The weather was beautiful, my sister and I went for a walk along the coast; the sun and views were stunning and we also spent an afternoon at the cinema.  The break has really helped to bring my sister and me closer together and I am now trying to make more time for me.”

Pittenween Cottage, Fife

“I care for my son alone who has Asperger’s and depression, I often feel isolated and have had some financial difficulties which makes take a break and enjoying hobbies very difficult.
I had a fantastic time at Pitlochry Cottage and found the area very beautiful, it was so quiet and relaxing and I was able to do some reading and walking in the surrounding area.I didn’t cook at all and enjoyed the local take away!
I am feeling incredibly positive about all that is going on now and feel able to manage things better, the break came at exactly the right time and I was really able to enjoy my time away.”

Pitlochry Cottage

“I care for my daughter with mental health challenges balancing my caring role for her with working full time which I find difficult and a challenge as I don’t often want to leave her alone for long or be too far away in case she needs me.
When the opportunity for a meal and passes to Gala Bingo came up I jumped at the chance, it was something local and not too far away from home. My friend and I had a lovely meal and game of bingo. We didn’t win, although I shouted by mistake, but it was a great night –I haven’t laughed like that for a long time!”

Gala Bingo, Meadowbank