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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firework-gliders

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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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