The Festival of Light at Longleat

Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW

Tel: +44 (0)1985 844 400

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The Festival of Light at Longleat


The legendary Festival of Light is returning for its sixth year showcasing ‘Myths and Legends’. It draws inspiration from epic stories from around the world; from the gods and magical beings of ancient Greece, to heroic tales of British folklore. 

Enter the Land of the Gods and come face to face with Zeus, Poseidon, Medusa and the Minotaur. Venture past Cerberus, the three-headed hound and gatekeeper to the Underworld, to witness Hercules battle the many-headed serpent.

Watch in awe as the monstrous Kraken emerges from the depths of Longleat’s Half-Mile Lake to overwhelm a full-sized ship, and see Jack the Giant Slayer take on his colossal foe.

Beware the troll as you step under his bridge and look out for the mischievous leprechauns and fairies of folklore inside the Fairy Garden.

The Main Square at Longleat will be dominated by a huge Tree of Life and there’s also a life-sized recreation of a palace from the Arabian Nights, alongside dozens of other spectacular, brightly-coloured, illuminated tableaux spread across the 30-acre ‘Capability’ Brown designed gardens.

Not only will the Estate be gleaming with lanterns, a festive light show will be projected on to the front of the house for the very first time as part of a stunning new feature. Visitors will also be able to paint their very own lanterns using special light projections.

The giant enchanted, musical Christmas Tree, returns with its tale of festive joy and the Santa Trains will be transporting visitors to meet Father Christmas in his wintry woodland grotto.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the magic of storytelling with the ‘Flight Before Christmas’ – a unique festive experience featuring real flying owls plus there’s the chance to enjoy all of Longleat’s popular animal and adventure attractions, including the Safari Drive-through, Jungle Kingdom, Koala Creek, Jungle Cruise and Longleat Hedge Maze.

Longleat House itself will come to life with a roaring 1920s Christmas party theme. This year is the 70th anniversary of the House being opened to the public by the 6th Marquess of Bath. He planned to recreate the heyday of his youth, so in this spirit, the House will be decorated to match and will feature a world premiere of archive film footage, taken by the 6th Marquess himself.

Within the House, there will also be an exhibition linking to the Festival of Light’s ‘Myths and Legends’ theme; featuring both King Arthur and the story of Merlin magicking immense stones from Ireland to create Wiltshire’s iconic Stonehenge.

10.00am - 7.30pm

Included with your Day Ticket. Book online and save up to 15%.
Group Day Ticket and pre-booked groups of 12+ can access exclusive discounts and perks such as generous reductions to entry price, free driver meal vouchers and tickets, and complimentary organiser tickets.

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