Longleat’s Festival of Light

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Illuminated "lions"

the Lions of Longleat – not quite as you’ve seen them before

In this, the 50th anniversary of Longleat, this year’s Festival of Light is threatening to be the most spectacular.

Starting on November 11th, and running into the beginning of the new year, this year’s festival will also celebrate 50 years of Beatrix Potter – by combining a collection of its own majestic safari animals with some of the author’s key animal characters in a series of delightful scenes built by Longleat’s creative partners in China.

For those who have seen The Festival of Light in previous years, then some things will stay the same. There will still be hundreds of illuminated designs (some measuring up to 20 metres in height, and 70 metres in length) to transform Longleat into one of the most entrancing light shows in Europe.

Around forty types of animals, from rabbits to lions, will be depicted in in this year’s light show.  But the single biggest illumination, amongst a total of around 2,500 individual lanterns this year, will be the cake.  Standing 20 metres high, and 12 metres wide, the icing on the cake will consist of 1,100 metres of silk in 17 different colours, all topped-off by 2,000 metres of LED lights.

Longleat -The Festival of Light

and one of the previous shows

Another highlight will be three elephants made of porcelain pieces from 30,000 Chinese rice wine cups, tea cups, fish dishes, plates and Chinese soup spoons!

In all, some 4,000 metres of LED lighting and 30,000 light bulbs will be needed for this year’s light show, along with around 20,000 metres of silk fabric.

The Festival of Light will once again run alongside Longleat’s traditional Christmas celebrations, which include the Santa Train, and a new Giant Musical Christmas Tree which, as well as taking the place of the old one, will also feature special light projections.  And this year, Longleat House will be decorated for an Edwardian Christmas while also featuring some of the costumes from Royal Ballet production from the tales of Beatrix Potter.

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