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REVIEW: The Festival of Light Presents The Wondrous Worlds of Roald Dahl at Longleat

The winter months have truly set in now and from around 4.30pm every night, you can now step into the wondrous worlds of Roald Dahl at Longleat - This really is something special and not to be missed!

Every year since 2014, (with the exception of a 2-year absence due to Covid) Longleat has taken a theme and put a magical spin on it to create a dazzling display of lanterns.

Previous year's themes have included Beatrix Potter, Myths and legends, Voyage around the world and Fairy tales. 2022 sees the wonderful and fantastic world of Roald Dahl!

FAR more than “just a light show”, these larger-than-life, hand-sculpted lanterns stretch far into the sky and transform the familiar grounds of Longleat that we all know and love, into a brand new experience that will make anyone gasp with delight. There are more than 800 individual light displays spanning 30 acres of the grounds - you’ll be able to immerse yourself in key moments from iconic books such as The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Twits and The Witches.

“After an absence of two years due to COVID, we are delighted to be able to officially announce the phizz-whizzing theme for The Festival of Light 2022,” said Kevin Ashley, Longleat’s head of marketing. “Roald Dahl’s stories are part of everyone’s childhood and to have the opportunity to bring them to life here at Longleat is so exciting.

“Our team of designers is hard at work transforming all the iconic characters into lantern form and creating what is certain to be our most ambitious festival ever. With such an extraordinary cast of characters, and at a time when we all need a little bit of magic to look forward to, we’re determined to make something truly remarkable this year,” 

There are also all of the usual but still magical, festive-themed features and activities around the park such as the 15-meter-high, singing and illuminated Christmas tree, the Santa train and experience (this must be booked well in advance), the wonderfully timeless Christmas decoration shop, the old fashioned sweet shop along with plenty of food and drink stalls to keep a wide variety of dietary requirements happy. 

Tickets for these events tend to go on sale in the summer and people travel far and wide to attend. If you only want to attend the evening light show and not partake in drive-thru safaris etc… “Twilight” tickets are available at a lower price than the full-day tickets and give you access to the park from 4.30pm till around 7pm.

You can buy tickets HERE!

Written by Laura Sophia Rose from @mama.massive

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park

Longleat , Warminster , Wiltshire , BA12 7NW

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