Get ready to light up your Christmas!

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Bright lights, historic sites & biscuit delights collide on this year's Twilight Trail. An outdoor light trail featuring innovative light installations that mirror the biscuit-making process, interactive elements that will delight the whole family, and famous Reading locations as you’ve never seen them before, ‘Twilight Trail - Biscuit Town’ is a seasonal spectacle that’s not to be missed.

This year's Christmas in Reading campaign is designed to welcome people back into Reading town centre over the festive season and is part funded by The European Regional Development Fund.


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Will the trail be the same as last year? 🎇
The Twilight Trail will still take place in the Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins, however this year we are celebrating Reading’s unique Huntley and Palmer’s story with a biscuit-themed trail, returning with a mouth-watering, wintery wonderland of lights and smells. There’ll also be new lighting installations and special performances from local school children, writers and performers, as well as more food and drinks options on site from local provider, We Pop.
How much does it cost? 💰

Tickets prices start at £8 for adults and from £6 per child. Family tickets start from £26 (based on 2 adults and 2 children).

Please note prices vary, depending on the day/time. There are a limited number of off-peak and super off-peak tickets which tend to be found on weekdays and later in the evenings.

Pricing guide (based on one adult):

  • Super off-peak: £8 per adult
  • Off-peak: £10 per adult
  • Mid-range: £12 per adult
  • Peak: £15 per adult

You can view the full pricing chart here.

When does it open? 📆

The Twilight Trail: Biscuit Town opens from 3-31 December, with bookable slots between 5-8pm (5-9pm Fridays and Saturdays).

Each ticket has a dedicated 20 minute time slot - please feel free to enter the trail at any point within your ticketed time slot so we can manage queuing. 

What happens if it rains? ☔
The Twilight Trail is an outdoor event, with limited covered areas. Please bring suitable clothing for the weather.
Will there be toilets? 🚽
Yes, there are accessible toilets along the trail. One will be located by the entrance to the trail, with the other located at the furthest point of the trail by the Abbey Ruins towards Chestnut Walk.
Is the trail Covid-19 secure? 🦠

We have taken every measure to make the trail as safe as possible given current Covid-19 guidelines. Customers displaying any Covid-19 symptoms must not attend the trail and should contact the Box Office at to exchange their ticket for an alternative date. Please visit the Covid-19 section for more information.

Do I have to wear a mask? 😷

Current guidelines do not require a mask in an outdoor setting, however will closely monitor this and will update visitors if this changes.

Are there refreshments on site? 🍷

Yes, you will be able to enjoy delicious food and drinks from local company, We Pop, who will be running their Après Bar and food concessions from 25 November - 31 December. There will also be a second bar opening in line with the Twilight Trail, between 3 – 31 December.

What are the ticket purchase T&Cs? 💬
  1. Please make sure to keep your ticket purchase confirmation email and only print it if absolutely necessary.
  2. Latecomers may be admitted, dependent on availability, but this cannot be guaranteed. Readmittance is not permitted once a customer has exited the trail, unless authorised by the Event Manager.
  3. Anyone aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Proof of age may be requested at point of entry and at the bars.
  4. The Twilight Trail may refuse admission or eject a ticket holder for unreasonable or dangerous behaviour.
  5. Ticket holders may be subject to being searched on entry. No glass (bottles, jars etc) will be allowed into the site. No food or alcohol from offsite will be permitted. Weapons, fireworks, smoke canisters, and other similar articles are notpermitted within the site.
  6. No animals (except guide dogs) are permitted into the site.
  7. Portable chairs are not allowed on site unless pre-arranged if required for accessibility.
  8. Ticket holders’ consent to inclusion in official photographic, visual and audio promotion / recording of the trail.
  9. We operate a zero-tolerance drug policy. Anyone found using or possessing illegal drugs will be ejected from the site and refused re-admission.
  10. We have a zero-tolerance policy to harassment and abuse of any kind. If you experience or witness harassment or abuse at the festival, please report it to a steward or member of security.
  11. Final rules to be agreed in conjunction with the licensing committee, police and event organisers.
Can I turn up on the day? 📅

Yes, this year there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door. However, we would recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment.

Will there be parking? 🚗
There is no on-site parking at the event, however the Oracle and Queens Road carparks are both 5-10 minutes’ walk from the Twilight Trail. There are also excellent public transport options nearby, with Reading Buses and Reading train station offering frequent services and both located within 5 minutes’ walk from the entrance of the trail.
Where is the trail located? 📍
The Twilight Trail is located in Reading's Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins. The entrance to the trail is at Victoria Gates, which you’ll find by the memorial, near Carluccio’s Italian restaurant.
Is the trail accessible? 🥾
Yes, the trail is fully accessible, however as it has been built around the natural landscape of Forbury Gardens and the Abbey Ruins, there may be some uneven terrain which may be affected by the weather. If you have specific access needs, please email us and we’ll do our best to help.
Can I take photos? 📸
Yes! We’d love you to take photos as you experience the trail. If you share them on social media, please use the hashtag #TwilghtTrail or tag us on Instagram @Twilight_Trail.
How long does it take? ⏳
The trail is about 1km long and should take around 45 minutes to complete.
Are dogs allowed? 🐶

Unfortunately dogs are not permitted in the Twilight Trail, with the exception of registered disability assistance dogs. 

Can I cancel my ticket? 🎫

If the Twilight Trail: Biscuit Town has to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund of the ticket value.

Exchanges will be offered up to 24 hours prior to your event booking, so if you are facing restrictions due to Covid-19, please get in touch as soon as possible at to exchange your ticket for an alternative date.

You can read the full T&Cs from our ticketing provider, Arts Tickets, here.

Will there be an ice-rink? ⛸

No, there will not be an ice-rink in Forbury Gardens this year.

*Video footage is from last year's Twilight Trail event


Giving back to Reading's community.

We've published a sustainability statement which outlines some of the key steps we're taking to support the environment and the wider community during the run of the Twilight Trail. These include:

  • Ensuring we protect the natural environment of the Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins
  • Turning off lights by 10pm to limit the impact on nocturnal animals and insects
  • Limiting our printed marketing materials - a map will be available to download and paper copies will require a donation to Reading Tree Wardens
  • Recycling waste wherever possible and working with suppliers to ensure they do the same
  • Working with Brighter Futures for Children to provide employment opportunities for 16-25 year olds that may be struggling to get valuable work experience
  • Collaborating with local schools to produce specially commissioned songs to play at the trail
  • Working with Reading's homelessness prevention charity, Launchpad, offering the Twilight Trail as a venue for their annual carols service, with all proceeds going to support the charity's work in Reading
  • Completing a Carbon Footprint Report

We are also working with local charities and not-for-profit organisations to offer free tickets to the people they support within Reading's community. A huge thanks to CityFibre and The Blade who are sponsoring a number of our charity tickets so we can help those in our community who need it most.

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A huge thank you to CityFibre and The Blade for sponsoring charity tickets.


Covid-19 information

We are committed to delivering a safe and responsible Christmas event in Reading for everyone to enjoy, so we are working closely with our lighting installation delivery partner to make sure all services provided fully adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines in place at the time of the event. We will also be undertaking a specific Covid-19 risk assessment and will work closely with Reading Borough Council to ensure visitors can attend safely. We will keep up to date with Covid-19 guidelines and will comply with any new restrictions on outdoor events. In addition, we have the following measures in place to protect visitors:

  • The full Twilight Trail has been designed as an outdoor experience to limit risk
  • Track and trace will be in operation 
  • We are issuing dedicated timeslots, so we have full control of numbers to support social distancing 
  • Hand sanitising stations will be available at the entrance of the trail, as well as at any interactive element of the trail where you are able to touch an object 
  • Additional cleaning throughout the route will be completed on a daily basis
  • Event wardens and security staff will be on site to provide information and support where needed
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