Ever since I was really little I have always been obsessed with anything that involves light! I heard that Chiswick house and Gardens have a Magical Lantern Festival and I had to go The night I visited the festival, it was freezing but the amazing lanterns made it worth standing in the cold. As you enter the park you see this amazing lit arch that leads on to a lantern with Chinese looking characters. It was super cute! The box office area has a traditional lantern shaped light as well as a Chinese looking hut, which is situated near all the toilets and food stands. There was also one more lantern at the entrance, it is a vase that is spilling water out of it. It was so beautiful and all the adults and children were getting excited to see whats to come. The atmosphere was lovely
As you enter the main part of the Festival, you have to walk through a long walkway to get to the rest of the lanterns. The walkway was completely lit and there were lights in the bushes and trees. I felt like I was in the night time version of Alice In Wonderland! I would recommend you wear good footwear as it is a lot of walking and seriously warm clothes.
This a truly visual experience. As you surpass the walkway you are lead along a trail where you get to see a number of amazing lanterns. There are so many! I have photographed most of them. Here are my favourites and look at the slide show above for the rest. The lanterns are made from a thin waterproof material, which allows the lights to shine through. The majority of the light was LED. As you walk along you are presented with more and more lanterns. It feels never ending!
As you can see the lanterns are pretty spectacular. The Magical Lantern Festival inspires adults as well as children. I went during the half term holidays and the children were so excited and full of energy. The trail you go along takes around and hour and a half, it took me slightly longer as I really wanted to capture all the lanterns on my DSLR. The vibrant colours and mixture of themes (animals, fairytale and sculptures) made this festival truly special. There is something for everyone to see. My favourite Lanterns were the Pandas. They were so cute! The attention to detail is great on every lantern and it is a lovely experience to go and see. Chiswick Park and Gardens had come to life! I feel like the only element that was missing was MUSIC! If the lanterns were accompanied by music related to the theme of each Lantern, that would be an amazing sensory experience.
The Magical Lantern Festival ends on Sunday 6th March 2016. This is very soon so if you have not been please go! All information on directions and location can be found on the Chiswick House Gardens website. The cost of The Magical Lantern Festival are- free for under 4 year olds, £12 for 4-16 year olds, £16 Concessions and £18 Adults. You can also purchase tickets online on Ticketmaster. I had a great time so I went twice It is great for families, a date or going to see it with friends. It is accessible for all. The last thing you see as you exit the festival is this LOVE sign, I just had to have my photo taken with it
Thank you so much for reading this post! If you do get a chance go and see The Magical Lantern Festival please go, as it is beautiful. I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I love taking them. If you have already been to the festival share your experience with by commenting below. If you know of any other event do let me know as I love going to see and experiencing new things. I would love to hear from you