LongLeat Festival of Light

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Just before Christmas Dan and I decided to take Elias to Longleat safari park to see their annual Festival of Light event. I was particularly excited for this years festival as not only did it celebrate Longleats 50th anniversary but it included many lights dedicated to Beatrix Potter for her 150th birthday, including her recently discovered tale of the 'The Kitty in Boots'. The whole event was just enchanting and there were lights as far as the eye could see, bringing back childhood memories of the stories I'd been read, I'd gotten lost in and I'd imagined being part of.

After a day of coming, quite literally, face to face with some fantastic animals and eating our home made picnic, we spent the evening wandering around the gorgeously detailed lights, watching the sun set, making the illuminations show off their amazing glow.
Each light is handmade from various materials, including some 20km of silk and a troupe of life-sized elephants constructed entirely from porcelain plates and bowls. Breathtaking.

'There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you.' Beatrix Potter.

As well as the giant 20m tall birthday cake light to mark Longleat's 50th anniversary there were intricately detailed animals, posing in party mode! Each of the lights was as beautiful as the last and it really was so hard to take your eyes off of them to move on to the next.

Longleat hold many events, including the Festival of Light, throughout the year, all perfectly planned for memorable family days out and you can get 10% off of ticket prices by booking direct through their website!

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