A team of highly-skilled artists from Zigong in China’s Sichuan province are hard at work creating thousands of giant illuminated lanterns as part of The Festival of Light event which opens at Longleat in Wiltshire on November 11th. Among the extraordinary artworks are a trio of life-size porcelain elephants, painstakingly made out of thousands of individual Chinese plates, bowls, cups and spoons.
Other highlights include a 20-metre-tall birthday cake to celebrate 50 years of Longleat Safari Park, a group of Longleat’s infamous monkeys dismantling a car, and an avenue of four-metre-high lions. The festival also features dozens of characters from Beatrix Potter’s favourite stories – including Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Jeremy Fisher – to mark the 150th anniversary of her birth in 2016.
The event is set to be the biggest ever staged in the UK and will feature over 2,500 individual lights, 20 km of silk, more than 30,000 bulbs and over 4km of LED lighting.
Other festive attractions include the Santa Trains, the all-new enchanted animated musical Christmas Tree and Arctic Corner themed playzone for kids, plus a special exhibition featuring costumes from the famous 1971 Royal Opera House ballet production of The Tales of Beatrix Potter in Longleat House.
Open on selected dates between the 11th November & 2nd January.
For full details and to book a visit go to longleat.co.uk/festivaloflight