Longleat Festival of Lights

Last night I slipped fully into the Christmas spirit. 

Mum, Dad, “The Fella” and I went to the launch of Longleat’s Festival of Light; a Christmas time celebration of all things sparkly. 

Held at one of Britain(actually it’s pretty safe to say World)’s most beautiful homes; Longleat

We arrived just before sunset, spying the first glimpse of the Festival as we rolled down into the valley.

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Once you’ve abandoned your chariot, you walk through the silk lantern walkway.

Flanked on either side by glorious creations, which come to life in the darkness.

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Black cashmere poloneck dress // OTK boots

Winter coat (with gilet under) // Lanvin bag

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Inside we joined our hosts, Emma and Ceawlin for drinks and nibbles beneath the Christmas tree.

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And couldn’t resist a slight snoop through the house…

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The house itself is well worth a trip for anyone with littles.

Every season the stories through each room change, Halloween is done and dusted… now things are very, very Christmassy.

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Once the darkness had engulfed the house, we made our way outside.

Two gliders took to the sky, firing fireworks from their wings!

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We each grabbed a fresh glass of bubbles, ready for the speeches.

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Emma and Ceawlin did their thing, we all counted down from 10

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ONE!

And the lights came on.

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Transporting everyone into a glowing wonderland, ready to be explored.

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And snapped…

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…naturally!

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There is just so much to see.

One world leads into another. We went from China to a garden of poppies and peonies, as tall as buildings.

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Through streets of blossoms…

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…and onto more traditional sights.

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Through a garden of creatures.

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And deep unda-da-seaaa!

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A dragon boat floated on the river and sharks circled as we gazed on in amazement.

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In front of the house you’ll find an African scene, right out of The Lion King.

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And then you loop back into Asia again.

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Complete with cherry blossom.

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I haven’t shown you everything, as I don’t want to spoil it if you do go.

And you should.

It really is utterly, utterly magical.

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We left through the drawn curtains, with the lanterns swaying in the storm overhead.

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You have until Jan 3rd to experience it for yourself.

Book tickets online, spend the day in the safari park and the night under the lights.

A proper Christmas adventure!

(And send me a picture, because I know you’ll take lots.)

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  • Amazing! I’m at uni in the south west so will be bugging my friends with cars to take me 🙂 (we’re all children at heart so it shouldn’t be too hard – animals and Christmas lights, yay!) xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua Italy

  • Ashlee

    This place looks like a dream land!!

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  • Charlotte

    Hi Rosie, I love your blog and you’ve really inspired me to start my own! I was wondering though if I put photos on my blog would I lose copyright of them? Charlotte x

  • OMG. Just OMG. New favourite post. I am so going to look to do this for my birthday!!! (P.s. you look a TOTAL stunner in all of these!)

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

  • Lisa Kristin

    This is beautiful! So christmassy, I love it. I won’t have the chance to go back to the UK this year, but hopefully next year 🙂

    Lisa x

  • Lucy Birchall

    Longleat is great, and what fab colours from the lights!! I haven’t been to Longleat in years, I keep pestering my boyfriend that we need to take a visit. Maybe this will encourage him?!

    She’s So Lucy

  • All of the lights look absolutely gorgeous!! The lions and giraffes are definitely my favorites! Going out to see the Longleat Festival of Lights sounds like an awesome Christmas holiday trip!

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  • What a stunning display! Definitely a bucket list item. Thank you for sharing such a fun festival.

    xoxo
    Katie
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  • Leanne

    oh my goodness, this looks amazing! such beautiful photos x

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  • Ahh so many pretty lights! And the size of that Christmas tree, wow x

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  • sarah.gouin

    Beautiful! You should make a return visit with your nieces and nephew! Absolute magic, especially viewed with little ones.

  • Wow, that looks utterly gorgeous. Great pictures as well. I would love to head out there xx

  • This looks amazing…will definitely try and fit in a visit. Gorgeous photos as always.

    Kate x

  • Phyllis

    What a magical post ~ a wonderful preview of Christmas! You ALL look so elegant ~ I can definitely see where you get your great style from those beautiful parents of yours. Love your outfit, as always, and was wondering if you might have the shopping details for your mom’s outfit? That coat of hers is AMAZING! Would love to purchase both her red dress and that coat for holiday parties. Thanks so much!

  • Wow! What a spectacular display, I love the Asian theme with all the gorgeous lanterns. You & your Mum looked lovely in your outfits!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Kay

    Beautiful! 🙂 I’ve not been to Longleat for YEARS. Definitely heading back there soon…

  • Jordan Amy Ward

    This place looks incredible! Your pictures are always beautiful but these ones are something else! Did you use your usual camera to take these? I’m on the hunt for a new camera that can take such crisp night time shots! xx

  • These lights are amazing! What a gorgeous spot. You look fabulous in these photo too, I adore your bag!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • This looks amazing, I love all the lights and colours, would love to go to this!

    Paula | The LDN Diaries

  • How decadent and absolutely wonderful! What a great way to kick off the holiday season.
    xo
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  • Emma Casha ☮

    The photograph of the Christmas Tree at the end of the hall is the perfect image of how I imagine Christmas!!! Also, I miss your Tumblr!

    Emma xoxo

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  • Kate Miles

    I love your blog! It is so inspiring to see everything you are doing! What is your favorite thing about blogging?

  • Stunning lights and you’ve done great on the photos 🙂

  • Theresa Y.

    We just had something very similar here in Calgary, called Illuminasia! It was the first time we had the dazzling chinese lanterns, and many looked similar to the ones you have shown! How beautiful!

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  • I’m loving the mixture between the Oriental lights and the Christmas lights. It makes for some fantastic pictures.

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  • Magic! This is absolutely breathtaking.. I have no words except I want to go!!

    Nadine xx

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  • Whoaa

  • Megan

    It looks spectacular! On a side note do you know where your mum got her coat?! It’s beautiful x

  • That looks beautiful and it looks like you had an amazing time there!x

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  • Coco Cami

    Lovely post, I really enjoyed this. It looks so beautiful and magical!

    Best Wishes,

    Camille xo

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  • I’ve never heard of Longleat or this festival but it looks so quirky and cool – deffoes looking it up! Looks like you had a lovely evening 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Sounds like a wonderful event. The place is really beautiful.

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  • Lucy Lees

    Longleat is so divine 🙂 I remember watching about when they were in the process of organising the Festival of Lights. It looks fantastic; lovely captures!
    Life inside the Locket

  • Looks beautiful!! 🙂

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  • Super cool! What a beautiful home and beautiful family!

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  • I think this is one of the most gloriously festive posts I’ve ever seen! Can’t get over how spectacular the lanterns are – never seen anything like them!

    Beth x

    livingforthegoodlife.blogspot.co.uk

  • How do you do those effects with your pics?! I loved this post…such beautiful place! <3

  • Amazing! What beautiful colors you always manage to capture…What camera did you use? It almost looks surreal. xxx

  • Nicole T

    Rosie! You’ve definitely gotten me into the Christmas spirit.
    Also, your mother’s coat is amazing! xx
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  • OH my gosh!! I haven’t had a chance to read through your blog posts in a while. The last few have just been so much fun but this one…this one tops the cake. This is stunning!! I wish I lived in the UK so I could see this for myself. This is beautiful.

  • Absolutely beautiful I’ve always wanted to visit Longleat (my family home really isn’t that far away so I don’t really have an excuse) I’ve missed the boat for the lights festival but I’ll let you know if I finally get a chance to visit.

    Katie <3

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