This winter, the UK’s original and biggest lantern festival, The Festival of Light, will illuminate Longleat in Wiltshire once more. On selected dates from November 9 until January 5 2020, visitors can join Longleat on a thrilling odyssey as they present ‘Myths and Legends’.
This year’s theme draws inspiration from epic stories from around the world; from the gods and magical beings of Ancient Greece, to heroic tales of British folklore. New for 2019, gaze in awe at the breathtaking, choreographed light projection on Longleat House – the iconic frontage of the stately home will spring to life as never before.
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Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry
The multi award-winning event Enchanted Forest which has been named UK’s Best Cultural Event, Best Outdoor Festival, Scotland’s Best Large Event and joining the likes of walking old Aberdeen, secured a spot in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate UK Travelist.
Walk through this magical forest in Pitlochry and immerse in an incredible outdoor sound and light show. Before arriving in Pitlochry, hunt for aliens in the UFO capital of Scotland, Bonnybridge. With over 300 UFO sightings every year, this town gets more sightings than anywhere else on earth!
For more information visit the Enchanted Forest
Gainsborough Illuminate Lantern Parade, Lincolnshire
A dazzling display of lights will parade through the town on Saturday November 16 launching the commemorative year of the sailing of the Mayflower. Although the historic voyage took place at Plymouth, many leading Separatists, who later became known as the Pilgrims came from this region including Gainsborough.
Gainsborough’s Illuminate parade is the first of six parades in the Pilgrim Roots region and will start at the United Reformed Church, following a route through the town with a spectacular light projection onto Gainsborough Old Hall. Now regarded as one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in Britain, a group of Separatists were thought to have worshiped in secret at Gainsborough Old Hall which is now a much loved visitor attraction within the town.
New trail boards have also been unveiled at the Old Hall and the United Reformed Church as part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded Pilgrim Roots project, led by Bassetlaw District Council with West Lindsey District Council. The new trail will allow visitors to explore the heritage sites with special connections to the Mayflower Pilgrims’ story across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.
This year’s Illuminate event has been made possible with thanks to a £100,000 grant from Arts Council England. The grant will be used to support the parade as the opening event for Gainsborough’s 2020 Mayflower 400 cultural programme.
Further details of the Illuminate Parade will be available at www.discovergainsborough.com/pilgrim-roots/ or search for Discover Gainsborough on Facebook or Twitter.