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Festival of Light Arrives at Longleat

Longleat Festival of Light

Last week saw the launch of Longleat’s annual Festival of Light. A beautiful display of larger-than-life Chinese lanterns, situated around the house and through the surrounding gardens. This year’s theme is based upon fairytale scenes from everyone’s favourite story books – Cinderella, the Princess and the Frog, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and many more.

I really do love this time of year at Longleat.

The Festival of Light is open until 2nd January and although I’m biased, I would strongly encourage you to visit if you can as it’s a truly magical experience and children can’t get enough of it.

However before you book your ticket, I’ve been asked by the lovely Longleat team to share a few tips:

  • We open at 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday, so try to beat the crowds by getting to us early
  • The safari gets very busy at around lunchtime so if it’s on your list, we recommend doing it first thing, when you arrive
  • Don’t forget to go and see The Flight Before Christmas. There are shows throughout the day in The Longhouse – it’s a magical story time for children and grown-ups alike, featuring some magnificent owls!
  • The lanterns turn on around dusk – approximately 4.30 – so make the most of Longleat’s other attractions before then
  • Some attractions such as the Jungle Cruise are open subject to daylight hours, so make sure to do these before the sun goes down
  • Quite a few of our weekend dates are already sold out, but there’s more availability for mid-week dates or why not secure one of the limited number of walk up tickets available on the gate. These are served on a first come first served basis

The biggest tip of all is to enjoy yourself and have fun. If you see me walking through the lights with John and Henry, please come and say hello.

 

You can purchase your tickets here

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