Longleat unveils packed 2018 events calendar

Wiltshire attraction Longleat is preparing for its fourth Festival of Light this winter and has revealed dates for key events in 2018.

Taking place on selected dates from November 5 to January 3, this year’s Chinese lantern festival has the theme of classic fairy tales.

Later in 2018, the estate will host the Longleat Food & Drink Festival (June 23-24), with celebrity chefs, live demonstrations, a pop-up market street and live outdoor music on the Longleat lawns too.

The world of predators will be the theme of the ‘killer’ animatronics exhibition (March 24-October 31).

Visitors will be able to see a life-sized great white shark; a super-sized Venus flytrap and an eerie butcher bird.

The biggest annual hot air balloon festival in Europe, Sky Safari (September 14-16), promises to be bigger and bolder for 2018 than ever.

Next year’s Festival of Light will be on selected dates from November 9.

• Next on the 2017 calendar is The Great British Autumn (October 21-29) with autumnal activities including flying owl shows, apple pressing, mud kitchens and pumpkin trails.

There will also be wicker-making workshops, pumpkin trails and carving plus chainsaw art.