Longleat’s Festival of Light takes place this year on selected dates through to January 3.
Themed around The Magic of Storytelling its aim is to transform Longleat into “an enchanted land, surrounded by wonder, where lions roar, Christmas trees sing, and magical stories come to life”.
Each lantern has been conceived by Longleat’s in-house design team. Dazzling scenes include Cinderella’s horse-drawn pumpkin carriage and Snow White’s infamous encounter with the peddler woman; the Sugar Plum Fairy; the dizzying heights of Rapunzel’s’ tower; the Snow Queen, Ugly Duckling, and the charming Frog Prince.
It is estimated that 50,000 hours have gone into creating this event. The tallest lantern is Sleeping Beauty, which is 25.5m tall – and the tallest lantern yet seen at Longleat. More than 70 tonnes of steel have been used, along with 30,000m of silk (which could wrap around the House 124 times).
The nation’s first and foremost Festival of Light will run alongside Longleat’s traditional Christmas celebrations – Santa’s Train; the Winter drive-through Safari; and plenty of festive fun in the shadow of the luminous Enchanted Christmas Tree Show. Longleat’s Elizabethan stately home will be dressed in traditional Edwardian festive décor.
Longleat will also be hosting another new show as part of this year’s festivities. Featuring owls and lighting, and to set to a Christmas story, ‘The Flight Before Christmas’ will be taking place in Longleat’s new event’s building, The Longhouse throughout the festive period.
Entry (to include The Festival of Light, Winter Safari Drive-Through, Longleat House, and Enchanted Christmas Tree) starts from pay-at-the-gate tickets priced at £33.95 for adults (online £30.55) and £25.45 for children (online £22.90).
Longleat will be open this winter from Sunday November 5, and then Friday to Sunday between November 11 and 26. It will then open daily from December 1 to January 3 (excluding Christmas Day). Pre-booking is strongly advised.
Longleat has also just announced a special extension to the Festival of Light, with special lantern opening between 1pm and 7:30pm between January 4 and 7, 2018. https://www.longleat.co.uk/tickets/festival-of-light-lantern-ticket
Full details can be found at https://www.longleat.co.uk/festival-of-light.