Lord and Lady Bath light up the spectacular Longleat Festival of Lights

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LORD and Lady Bath officially opened the spectacular Longleat Festival of Lights last night in the hope that it will allow families and friends to make new memories together.

The festival is the first in Longleat since the start of the Covid pandemic and boasts of being the “most original, biggest and most exciting lantern show” ever held in Longleat.

In his speech to switch on the lights, Lord Bath said: “This year’s event is made even more special as we come together for the first time since 2019, so enjoy this incredible spectacle.

“The past few years have shown us how important it is to find and enjoy valuable opportunities to spend time with the people we love.

“That’s why we’re delighted to be able to offer a truly magical experience this winter to help families and friends create memories together at Longleat.

“My thanks to the amazing team who have worked hard to make Festival of Light 2022 the best ever.

“Finally, a thank you to our amazing Annual Passholders for showing up tonight for the first time for a true Festival of Lights at Longleat since 2019.

“So thank you all for being here. It’s a momentous occasion, certainly for us and I hope it’s for you.

The festival features over 800 lanterns, some of which are over 15 meters tall, bringing the beloved stories of children’s author Roald Dahl to life, against the historic backdrop of Longleat House.

The Roald Dahl Story Company has created 23 stunning lantern scenes that tell their stories, including the Big Friendly Giant, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Lady Bath added: ‘It has been amazing to work with the Roald Dahl Historical Society on these amazing stories which we all love, which have always been our favourites, and we hope you love them too.

“You will be immersed in the characters as you go. You’ll see the BFG and there’s Willy Wonka’s Amazing Chocolate Factory behind me, and we have James and the Giant Peach and many more.

“So it really is a wonderful experience and we want you to immerse yourself in these stories loved by children and adults alike.”

Over 4,000 people – many of them annual pass holders who had traveled quite a distance to Longleat – visited the Festival of Light after it was switched on at 5pm.

This year’s fantasy festival is Longleat’s biggest and most ambitious to date and takes place on over 30 acres of landscaped ‘Capability’ Brown grounds surrounding Longleat House.

Working in partnership with The Roald Dahl Story Company, a team of designers at Longleat have created a series of stunning illuminated scenes bringing magical childhood favorites to life in spectacular fashion.

They include iconic moments from The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Matilda, The Twits and Fantastic Mr Fox, to George’s Marvelous Medicine, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, to the Enormous Crocodile and Esio Trot.

Kevin Ashley, Marketing Communications Manager at Longleat, said: “With such an extraordinary cast of characters, and at a time when we all need a little magic to look forward to, we are determined to do something truly remarkable. This year. ”

The Festival of Lights will now take place on selected dates throughout the holiday season until January 8.

The festive fun continues with Longleat’s famous 15-metre Enchanted Christmas Tree Show and the much-loved Santa’s Train.

Tickets include access to all popular animal and adventure attractions including the Winter Safari Drive-through, Jungle Kingdom, Jungle Cruise and Longleat Hedge Maze.

For more information, visit www.longleat.co.uk

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