A local family experiences this year’s Myths & Legends show.
Are you thinking about going to Longleat Festival of Light this winter? Local writer Katherine Bebo took her family to the festival’s launch. And she’s kindly written about it exclusively for Poole Mumbler.
Even though it’s only the middle of November, I’m going to use the F word: Festive. That’s right, I’m feeling it. And I have the Longleat Festival of Light to blame/thank. I took my boys, Josh (6) and Toby (4), there last weekend and it was a truly magical, mythical and ’mazing experience. The theme this year is Myths & Legends, which is a little more ‘heavy’ than some of the previous year’s themes of A Fantastic Voyage, Fairytales and Beatrix Potter. But this makes it all the more exciting. Even Josh, who’s easily freaked out, loved coming face to face with Cerberus, the three-headed snarling guard dog of the underworld; Cyclops, the one-eyed grunting ogre; and Medusa, the snake-haired venomous vixen. But it’s not all monsters, beasts and mutants – there are plenty of other more family-friendly illuminations. We were all positively enchanted by the unicorns, rainbows, fairies, leprechauns and polar bears – plus the monkeys in the Arabian Nights display (who were much less mischievous than the real ones who had joyfully jumped all over our car during the safari earlier in the day). Not to mention the Sword in the Stone, the Tree of Life and the Chinese carp that magically transformed into dragons.
The Flight Before Christmas was great fun, too. The short show hosted inside The Longhouse saw a woman on stage reciting a poem, pausing every now and again to allow birds of prey – a hawk, an owl and an eagle owl – to swoop through the audience, almost brushing people’s heads with their wings. Duck!
Both the lanterns and the birds were wonderful but what really got me in the festive spirit was the giant illuminated Christmas tree and the Enchanted Tree Show. Think Christmas tunes, fake snow and jolly delightful lights projected onto the surrounding stately buildings. The full moon in the background was the icing on the Christmas pud. Is it time to hang out the stockings yet?
How much does it cost? There are various options (Festival of Light Day Ticket, Lantern Late Ticket and Twilight Ticket) and prices range from £16.80–£37.95).
How far is Longleat from Poole? About a 1 hour, 20 minute drive from Poole town centre (totally worth the drive).
Disclaimer: Katherine was invited to review this experience with her family. However, everything written here reflects her honest opinion. Please get in touch if you’ve been invited to a local event or attraction and you’d like to write an honest review for Poole Mumbler.