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Land of Light at Longleat 2020-2021

Thousands of elegant Chinese style lanterns attract a large number of visitors to Longleat

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Longleat, the British rural outback and the residence of the Marquis of Bath, is located in Wiltshire (near Bristol). In November it is transformed into a wonderland, lit by over 20,000 lanterns.

Longleat Festival of Lights in 2017 2020
Longleat Festival of Lights in 2017
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The compositions are created by a team of artists from the Chinese province of Sichuan, and consist of a dragon, floating dragon boats, a pagoda, and a palace. Flammable figures made of cloth are subjected to flame retardant treatments. Chinese lanterns illuminate the entrance to Longleat. This festival helps to introduce Chinese traditional culture more closely. Usually, it lasts from early November until early January.

Longleat Festival of Lights Dragon 2020
Longleat Festival of Lights Dragon
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Longleat Festival of Lights in 2017 2020
Longleat Festival of Lights in 2017
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In addition to amazing light displays, the festival offers several special experiences for children. Santa Train is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit, passing the magical Half-Mile Lake on the way to snow-covered North Pole. Santa awaits kids in his grotto ready to hear their Christmas wishes. A Flight Before Christmas is another attraction of the festival. A magical fairy tale is only shown during Christmas time in the finely decorated Longhouse. Visitors can even meet some of the featherly performers of the show: barn owls, tawny owls, and other interesting species.

You can check the exact dates and ticket information on the Longleat webiste

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