Longleat festival takes visitors on ‘fantastic voyage’

The UK’s biggest festival of light returns to Longleat for the festive period with the Wiltshire attraction’s most ambitious Christmas event yet (November 9-January 6).

Featuring more than a 1,000 different illuminated lanterns, the festival will have the theme of ‘A Fantastic Voyage’.

From Ancient Egypt, with a 20-metre-tall pyramid, to a rocket voyage around the solar system and its planets, the theme incorporates more than a dozen walk-through scenes.

Visitors join siblings Harry and Bea, and their canine companion, Monty as they embark on their journeys under the sea, back to the time of dinosaurs, across the frozen Arctic and to a castle besieged by knights in armour.

Other displays feature scenes from South America, Japan, India and Papua New Guinea, along with a 28-metre-long steam train, biplane and hot air balloon.

The Musical Christmas Tree Show returns and the Santa Train will be transporting visitors to meet Father Christmas in his woodland grotto.

‘A Flight Before Christmas’ will feature story-telling and real flying owls, and there is the chance to go on a drive-through winter safari to visit Monkey Temple and Jungle Kingdom.

Longleat House will be decorated for a 1920s Christmas complete with live characters.