*** 2020 event cancelled ***

Wonder Lights 2020 is cancelled, but we hope to return in November 2021.
If you'd like to be the first to know, Send us your details.
Still want to light up your house? We don't blame you. Check out the Winter Lanterns event.

What is Wonder Lights?

As the light fades, the windows of Tunbridge Wells will glow again - hopefully in November 2021!

Wonder Lights is for everyone. Some households work together on awe-inspiring whole-house displays. Some put the children in charge. Others test out their projection skills, or just light up a painting in the window. It's an event for us, by us.

Anyone can take part – all you need is a window that's visible from the pavement. It's easy: no cost, no committees, no rules. Find out how.

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what can i display?

Anything you want! There's no theme, no 'right' thing to do – it can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.

Go topical: You might feel compelled to pick up on the peculiar year we've been having. The NHS springs to mind of course, but try thinking beyond the rainbow… consider themes of hope, and the green shoots we all hope to see, sectors under pressure, or ideas that relate to family life, home working and community.

Go personal: Choose a topic that means a lot to you: family history, sport, music or new-found skills.

Go abstract: Some of the most striking displays play with colour and light, and leave observers to work out what they mean!

Go timely: 2020 marks the centenary for the UK's first roller coaster; women sitting on a jury; the first Rupert Bear cartoon, and more. And let's not forget the 75th VE Day celebrations!

First time? Take one piece of advice from former Wonder Lighters: keep it simple.

For inspiration, here are some highlights from previous years.

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If you'd like to hear as soon as we have news about Wonder Lights 2021, just fill out this form. You aren't committing yourself to taking part, but we hope you will! Questions? Email us.

Your details will only be used for the purposes of communicating about the event via email. They will not be passed on, and you can opt out of emails at any time. Read the privacy policy here.

who's taking part?

Here are the people who have already said they'll be taking part. Want to light up your house? Join in!


I'd like to take part, but I don't have any ideas. Or artistic talent.

Our advice: don't overthink it! Anything that will catch people's eye as they walk past counts.

• You could create something abstract with light and shadow.

• Use fairy lights, or torches, or glowsticks, or a disco ball.

• Cut out stencils for your window

• Use a digital projector, if you can get hold of one, to display still or moving images onto your window (use baking paper to create a screen)
• Use lanterns. Think tall with top floor windows

• Throw light onto something beautiful: a painting, sculpture or still life

• Get the kids to put on some performance art!

There are no judges, no prizes, it's whatever catches your imagination.

Are there any restrictions on what we can do?

Keep it safe (obviously), as children may be visiting. Observe all social distancing rules. Do not create any display that requires or invites interactivity/touch. And if you're showing somebody else's work such as a film, make sure you have permission.

Oh, and don't leave your front door open when you disappear for a look at everyone else's creations!

Who organises this event?

Almost nobody! This website, the Facebook page and the initial call to arms is managed by me, Mat Waugh. Lovely Wonder Lighters help with getting the message out via leaflets and social media posts, but that's about it.

If you'd like to help, the best thing you can do is to spread the word and get other people to take part. Email me with any queries or ideas.

Wonder Lights: COVID-19 risk and guidance

Wonder Lights is an outdoor, non-ticketed, geographically-distributed event with displays created by individuals within their own property boundary. It is therefore an event with a very low risk to participants and observers. Nevertheless, a risk assessment has been conducted, and you can find notes and guidance below to help everyone prevent and control the further spread of infection.

The key risks attached to this event are:
• Spreading the virus by touch at interactive displays
• Spreading the virus by airborne transmission, at clusters of observers at displays

General measures that apply to this event:

Government guidance must be followed at all times.
• This includes the rule of 6, under which no more than 6 people can gather socially outside (except those part of a household or support bubble); maintaining a 2m social distance; remember 'Hands, Face, Space'; and wearing face masks where appropriate
• Those who have been advised to stay at home under government guidance should do so.
• Anyone feeling unwell ,or suffering from potential symptoms of COVID-19, or sheltering, or with a positive COVID-19 test (or awaiting test results) should stay home.

Specific measures that apply to this event:

For everyone:
• Wonder Lights 2020 has been lengthened to run over two evenings to give everyone more time and space to view the displays

For people making displays
• No touching! It’s fine to use your outdoor space – but don’t create anything designed (or likely) to be touched. This includes bowls of sweets or other takeaway items
• Make sure your display is visible from the pavement. This isn’t the year to recreate the Bayeux Tapestry or another idea with lots of intricate details that would entice people to look closer!

For people viewing displays
• Avoid crowding or clustering: some displays attract more people than others; some displays invite observers to linger. If a group of people are looking at a display and you cannot do the same without breaking social distancing rules, come back later and use the map to find something else to see!

Remember, you remain responsible for your own behaviour and that of your children, in particular ensuring that social distancing is maintained

Changing circumstances:

If government guidelines change between now and the event start that place further restrictions on movement, this event will be postponed with tentative new dates of 27 & 28 February 2021.

For any queries, please contact info@wonderlights.info

It is Wonder Lights policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect from you or which you may provide to us, in the circumstances set out below. Accordingly, we have developed this privacy policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate, disclose, safeguard and otherwise make use of your personally identifiable information (“Personal Data”).

We will only collect and use your Personal Data where:

• we have lawful grounds to do so, including to comply with our legal obligations;
• we are performing a contract with you for our services; and
• we have legitimate interests in using your Personal Data and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.

For the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”), we, Wonder Lights, are the “data controller”. If you have any questions about this policy or about how we use your Personal Data, please contact us via our contact details at the end of this policy.

This policy is effective as of September 2018. We review our privacy practices on an ongoing basis, and as such we may change this privacy policy from time to time. Please check this page frequently to ensure you are familiar with its current content.

1. Personal Data we collect via this website (the“Website”)

Personal Data that you provide to us

We only collect Personal Data where you choose to interact with us on the Website by signing up to participate in Wonder Lights.

We collect your name, email, and postcode.

Additionally, you may optionally provide your house number and a display name to be displayed on the Wonder Lights map powered by Google, which is accessible to the public.

Your name and email will be kept confidential, will only be used for the purposes of emails concerning Wonder Lights, and will not be passed on.

Your postcode and house number (if provided) will be used to locate a pin on the public Wonder Lights map. If you provide a display name that will also be used. If you choose not to provide a house number, the pin will be plotted using your postcode which gives an approximate position of your house.

Finally, you are asked to indicate that you consent to future emails concerning Wonder Lights.

Data that we collect automatically
We automatically collect certain information when you visit our Website – such as the type of browser and operating system you are using, and the domain name of your Internet service provider. We do not link this information with any Personal Data.

We may also collect data automatically through our use of cookies on the Website. Please see our cookie policy to find out about the types of cookies we set and why, and how you can adjust your settings to disable cookies.

2. Use of your Personal Data
We will only use your Personal Data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we use your Personal Data to:
• process and manage your use of our website;
• respond to your questions, comments and requests;
• where you have opted-in to receive marketing from us, deliver communications that are relevant to your preferences / may be of interest to you;
• improve our services and Website through analysis of information.

3. Sharing of your Personal Data
We take your privacy seriously and will not share your Personal Data with others, except as permitted by applicable law or as set out below:

We share Personal Data as necessary with third parties who provide services or functions on our behalf and who require the information to provide those specific services to us. These third parties may include social media advertising platforms such as Facebook and Google Adwords for the purpose of custom audience generation and the development of targeting criteria for other audiences. Please note that we have appropriate data privacy safeguards in place with third parties with whom we share Personal Data as described above and who are providing services or functions on our behalf.

4. Keeping your Personal Data secure
We have implemented security policies and technical measures to safeguard the Personal Data we collect. We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with applicable law, including the GDPR, to safeguard Personal Data from accidental loss, destruction or damage and unauthorised access, use and disclosure.

5. Retention periods for use of your Personal Data
We will use and store your Personal Data only for as long as necessary, bearing in mind the uses of your Personal Data as described in this privacy policy and otherwise as communicated to you. We review the Personal Data we hold at regular intervals and delete permanently or anonymise any Personal Data which is no longer necessary.

6. Children
This Website and our services are aimed at adults, and we do not knowingly collect any Personal Data relating to children aged under 15 years old. If you are under the age of 15, please do not provide us with any of your Personal Data, including your email address.

7. Access to and control over your Personal Data
You have legal rights under applicable law in relation to your Personal Data. You can ask the following questions, or take the following actions, at any time by contacting us via email [admin@wonderlights.info] or via our postal address:
• see what Personal Data we hold about you (if any), including why we are holding it and who it could be disclosed to;
• ask us to change/correct your Personal Data;
• ask us to delete your Personal Data;
• object to the processing of your Personal Data;
• ask us to restrict the processing of your Personal Data;
• withdraw any consents you have given us to the processing of your Personal Data; and
• express any concerns you have about third parties’ use of your Personal Data.

8. Change of purpose
We will only use your Personal Data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to have an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.

If we need to use your Personal Data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

9. Contact Us
Email for Privacy Questions: admin@wonderlights.info
Postal Address: Wonder Lights c/o Mat Waugh, 33 Stephens Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9JD

Cookie Policy
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Cookies are files sent by web servers to web browsers, and stored by the web browsers.

The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables a web server to identify and track web browsers.

There are two main kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.

Cookies on our website

Wonder Lights uses the following cookies on this website:

Google cookies

Wonder Lights uses Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users' computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store and use this information. Google's privacy policy is available at: http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html

In addition, when you visit a page with an embedded Google map you may be presented with a cookie from that website. You can find out more about Google’s cookies here: https://policies.google.com/technologies/cookies?hl=en

Refusing cookies

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There are a number of options available so that you do not have to store any cookies at all. You can either set your browser so that it will not accept and store any cookie, or you are able to allow only certain ‘trusted’ sites to store cookies on your computer.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (http://www.ico.gov.uk/) provides some advice about cookies and their use, and also provides a link to ‘About cookies’ (www.aboutcookies.org) for further information.