One upside of this time of year that you can go out in the dark to take photos at a reasonable time of day, the downside on the other hand is that it can be quite chilly! I had seen an article on the BBC Dorset News site that Corfe Castle was going to be lit for the first time in it’s 1000 year history for Christmas with floodlights, Braziers and Beacons. Well it is impressive in the day so to see it lit at up at night would be special.
So on Saturday 19th December the weather looked fair so we decided that we would take a trip down and have a look with a couple of friends. We got there around 4 o’clock and although the sun had set it was still light so we went and had a cup of tea before we went to have a look and take some pictures.
Before we made our way to the castle we took a few images from the village of the castle above the village, which was decorated with Christmas lights. There was still a little light in the sky which added to the picture.
We then made our way to the castle, we understood that we would be unable to go into the grounds but to our surprise when we got to the main entrance it was open and we were allowed to go up to the castle. We were told they were planning to open it Christmas Eve but the weather forecast was for windy weather then so they opened it up on the Saturday for free, very lucky for us. We had to be careful of as there was some dark spots and and deep drops in places! We felt very lucky and it was very special and we managed to get photos from different views. When we made our way down again I took pictures of the entrance where the National Trust logo was lit on the cobbled walkway from above. I enjoyed the evening and we all agreed that we were very lucky to have seen the castle lit up, it was beautiful and magical.