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Funnyman sheds some light on Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens for Weldmar
3:27pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
ACTOR Martin Clunes will light up the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens at a charity launch night.
He will flick a switch to turn on the power for the attraction's annual Enchanted Floodlit Gardens extravaganza.
Mr Clunes, who lives near Beaminster, will turn on the lights at the charity preview night on Wednesday October 16 in aid of the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.
Abbotsbury Tourism general manager John Houston said: “Martin gives his time free of charge for this event.
“All the monies raised on the night go to the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, a very worthy local charity.
“Tickets include seeing Martin turn on the lights at approximately 6.45pm, access to the magically floodlit garden and a jazz band, as well as a venison sausage and mash supper.”
The charity preview night starts at 6pm and the Mr Clunes will spark the spectacular show into life at about 6.45pm.
Guests will be able to walk around the Enchanted Floodlit Gardens afterwards. The walk takes about 40 minutes although there is a shorter route for the less mobile. The event ends at 8.45pm.
People are advised to wear sensible footwear and take a torch.
Mr Houston added: “The floodlighting of the garden carries on after the charity preview night every night until November 3.
“The gardens will stay open until 8.30pm every night and the floodlighting is turned on at dusk.
“The pathways are additionally lit with candles in lanterns hanging on the left of the path as you walk the route.”
There are also three Halloween family fright nights, on Thursday October 31, Friday November 1 and Saturday November 2.
There will be a laser rave, a spider and snakes tent, a spooky children's entertainer, fire breather, scary roaming monster scary scars, face painting and witches.
Weldmar director of fundraising Caroline Nickinson said: “We are delighted to have been offered the opportunity of the charity preview evening at Abbotsbury Gardens for the Enchanted Floodlit Gardens.
“We are extremely grateful to them for their generosity and for providing a hot meal of venison sausage and mash for everyone attending.
“We would also like to thank Martin Clunes who has once again this year agreed to switch on the lights.
“We know he will make the evening even more special for everyone attending.”
Tickets for the charity preview night with Mr Clunes are £12.50 in advance and £15 on the night for adults and £8 for children aged five to 15 in advance and £10 on the night.
Tickets are available from Weldmar on 01305 261800 or on the door.
Visit Abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk for more details.
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