The ‘magic of storytelling’ has been confirmed as the theme for this year’s Festival of Light, taking place for the fourth time at Longleat in Wiltshire.

Festival of Light

School groups will able to visit at the end of the winter term; the Festival of Light will run from 10th November through to 2nd January.

The annual light event offers visitors a wide-ranging collection of illuminated lantern displays to explore. This year’s theme of storytelling can support studies in Literacy, and is suitable for all Key Stages.

What can school groups expect?

This year’s festival will draw inspiration from tales new and old; including popular stories like Little Red Riding Hood and the Nordic influenced Little Mermaid, as well as the local legend of Somerset’s ‘Gurt Worm’ dragon.

The inspired narrative of the festival’s 2017 theme will see children travelling through a ‘mysterious world’, encompassing captivating scenes and characters from well-known tales.

Highlights will include scenes from well-known fiction, including Cinderella’s horse-drawn pumpkin carriage; Snow White’s infamous encounter with the peddler woman; and Thumbelina’s toadstool valley.

Other featuring characters will include the Sugar Plum Fairy, Rapunzel, the Snow Queen, the Ugly Duckling, and the Frog Prince.

The series of giant illuminated lantern displays has been conceived by Longleat’s in-house design team to create a new and immersive literary experience for guests to capture the magic of storytelling.

Educational rates

Visits to the Festival of Light can be paired with a selection of workshops, ranging in subject from History and Art to Science and Business.

School rates and packages are available; school travel organisers should e-mail to make an enquiry. 

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