Magic Lantern Shows provide Victorian colour on overcast Bank Holiday weekend at Hollycombe

  • 3rd May 2017
  • Posted in: News
Hollycombe's Bluebell woods from the Quarry Railway

Whilst the weather over the Bank Holiday weekend was generally grey and gloomy, colour could be found in abundance at Hollycombe.

Bluebells and Azaleas

Not only were the bluebells in the woodland gardens and alongside the Quarry Railway in full flower, but the rhododendrons and azaleas were in bloom too.

Hollycombe is open next on Sunday 7 May, when more Bluebell Trains will be in operation.

This year, early to mid-May will also be the best time to see Hollycombe’s acclaimed Azalea Walk in full bloom – a ¼ mile long grassy walk home to the billowing orange, salmon, yellow and pink blooms of the Mollis Azaleas.

Hollycombe Bioscope open for Victorian Magic Lantern shows

Magic Lantern Shows

Inside Hollycombe’s Bioscope – a travelling fairground building seen at the start of the 20th century – some of the earliest known Victorian ‘Magic Lantern Shows’ were showcased to an enthralled audience.

The team responsible for the displays – Reg Bosley, Suzanne Higgins, Valmai Goodyear, Bryan Creer and Rene and Alan Marriott – were dressed in appropriate Victorian clothing and sang songs against a backdrop of humorous and entertaining images. ‘Its great fun playing to full houses’ said Reg. ‘With the weather we weren’t expecting so many visitors to be at Hollycombe – it was a very encouraging weekend.’