The Festival of Light at Longleat

Friday 11th November 2016 – Monday 2nd January 2017

As one of Longleat’s finest hotels in Bath, here at Homewood Park we couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming Festival of Light! This year the spectacular event returns to Longleat and promises to be even more magnificent than ever before. In Longleat’s 50th glorious year, it seems only fitting that the lanterns be bigger, better and more prolific than in previous years.

Prepare to be amazed by enormous and awe-inspiring paper lanterns, some measuring as large as 20 metres in height, and 70 metres in length! Covering the picturesque Wiltshire estate, the incredible lanterns will help to transform Longleat’s world-famous site into a shimmering winter wonderland. You can’t help but feel childlike wonder when confronted with a glowing paper teacup the size of a house!

The tradition of paper lanterns has its ancient roots in Chinese culture, in which the lighting of lanterns at the New Year symbolises letting go of your past self and ushering in a new phase along with the new year. So, not only can you get lost among Longleat’s glittering festive paradise; but you can also embrace the traditional sentiment of the lanterns and welcome the ending of this year and the beginning of the new.

As well as the estate teeming with a beautiful range of lanterns from dragons, to soldiers, and even a few of Longleat’s very own roaring lions, there will also be ice skating and Longleat’s always spectacular Christmas tree.

And for the brave adventurers among you, there will be the opportunity to take part in the Winter Safari which will allow you to get up close and personal with some of Longleat’s favourite furry, feathered, scaly and slimy inhabitants. Not only will you get to see the animals in all of their wintery wonder, you’ll also be able to take a ride in one of Longleat’s iconic zebra-striped 4x4s.

To ensure you get to experience the magic of Longleat’s Festival of Light, make sure you book your tickets in advance. Homewood Park is just a stone’s throw away from Longleat and, as one of the most exclusive hotels Bath has to offer, makes the perfect base to plan your festive frivolities from. Book direct for our best rates, or call us on 01225 809 567 to enquire.

N.B. To find out more about the Festival of Light, keep an eye on Longleat’s What’s On page!

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