Pop-up pandas on parade at Longleat

Dozens of hand-painted pandas are heading to Longleat as part of a new art trail which opens over the May bank holiday weekend.

More than 50 panda statues will be taking over the Wiltshire estate, with some even popping up in the safari park.

The pandas have been created for Longleat by artists in China and each sculpture has its own unique design.

The images on the statues incorporate elements ranging from English seasonal events and clothing traditions to the different artistic styles and elements of Chinese culture.

Visitors will be able to spot the pandas throughout their visit including inside the Monkey Drive-through, from the Longleat Railway, inside Animal Adventure, in the Sun Maze and within the formal gardens, set against the backdrop of Longleat House.

Longleat is also enlisting the help of staff members and local artists to create their own panda designs which will go on public display later this year.

The Pop-Up Panda trail runs from May 5 to September 3 and art-related activities and workshops are planned for the summer holidays.