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Twilight Trail & Carols at the Abbey

Wed 8 Dec, 17:00-20:00

The Twilight Trail and Reading’s homelessness prevention charity, Launchpad, have teamed up to present an exclusive evening of festivities - Twilight Trail & Carols at the Abbey - on Wednesday 8 December, all to raise vital funds for local people in need this Christmas.

For one night only, you can enjoy the festive light trail along with a carol concert by BBC’s Gospel Choir of the Year 2019 winners, Reading Community Gospel Choir, performed within the historic walls of the Abbey Ruins.

All proceeds from tickets sold for this special evening will be donated to Launchpad – whose support will give the gift of a better Christmas to people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home in Reading. This includes individuals sleeping rough during the cold winter months, those spending the festivities alone in emergency bed and breakfasts, and families living in fear of being made homeless because their personal circumstances have left them unable to pay rent.

The Twilight Trail returns to Forbury Gardens this year with a biscuit-themed event to celebrate Reading’s link with the world-famous Huntley and Palmers biscuit factory – and will feature immersive, engaging and unique installations such as The Lion’s Roar and the Production Line stepping stones.

Twilight Trail & Carols at the Abbey will be hosted by Launchpad’s patron, Danyl Johnson, and guests can bask in the magic of Reading Community Gospel Choir’s festive singing at the Abbey Ruins from 6.30pm. Guests are encouraged to book their tickets so they can complete the trail experience before or after the carol concert, which will last approximately 45 minutes.

Refreshments will be on sale in both the Abbey Ruins and on the Twilight Trail route, and there will be limited seating available for the performance - with priority given to elderly, disabled and pregnant guests.

If you have any enquiries about the Twilight Trail, visit the event FAQ page

For enquiries about Launchpad’s Carols at the Abbey, email fundraising@launchpadreading.org.uk or call 0118 950 7656.