South Kesteven

The Illuminated Trail will glitter Belton House with over a million lights this Christmas, as it returns for the festive period.

Belton House near Granthamwill help get people in the Christmas spirit on November 27.

It will run until January 3, 2021 and has been arranged in a socially distanced manner to comply with COVID-19 regulations.

The mile-long trail will take between one to two hours to complete, and will have stunning light displays and installations along the way.

There are four new features at the trail this year, including Baubelles which will immerse visitors in a tunnel of baubles and strips of light.

Candle Magick is one of the brand new features at the trail.

There are also some returning favourites to the trail, such as the Tunnel of Light, which is a 50 metre long journey through over 100,000 pea-lights.

Trees have been wrapped in colour, twinkling lights surround the area and illustrations can be found throughout the walk, there could even be a visit from Father Christmas too.

The Tunnel of Light is back after a successful trial last year.

Belton House general manager Ian Cooper said: “Wandering around this sparkling trail set against the dark night sky is like entering a wintery fairy-tale.

“This uplifting festive experience is suitable for all ages, and provides a safe, socially-distanced outdoor environment where visitors can enjoy Belton House’s spectacular gardens, festooned with colour and Christmas lights.”

Tickets will cost £19 per adult, £13.50 per child or £60 for a family ticket of two children and adults, and they are on sale now.

The festive trail will be open on selected dates from 4.30pm, with last entry at 8.15pm and a 10pm curfew. See full details here.

The A1 has reopened after two men were seriously injured in a crash on the A1 near Grantham on Thursday.

It happened at around 6.30am and involved an HGV and a tractor. The road was closed for several hours in both directions between the Great Gonerby turning southbound and Colsterworth northbound.

Emergency services attended, along with an air ambulance and scene investigators, and two men were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries.

The road was closed by police. | Photo: R S Mortiss

Lincolnshire Police reported at 2pm that the road was not fully open saying: “Our sincere thanks to the public for your patience and to our partners for the coordinated effort to respond to this incident.”

The road was then reopened shortly after 3pm, but there was still residual traffic.

A three-car crash near Grantham Hospital has caused more traffic issues in the town after the A1 was closed for several hours earlier on Thursday.

Emergency services were called to the crash on the Belton Lane and Manthorpe Road junction at around 12.45pm on Thursday, October 22.

Three cars were involved but police said there were no serious injuries.

Emergency services dealing with the incident. | Photo: R S Mortiss

This comes after a crash on the A1 early on Thursday morning, which caused the road to be closed in both directions for several hours.

Two people in a tractor and an HGV were seriously injured in the crash between the Great Gonerby turning southbound and Colsterworth northbound.

The road was later reopened at around 2pm.

Emergency services were quick to the scene but there were no serious injuries. | Photo: R S Mortiss

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