Myths and legends light up Longleat

ZEUS, Poseidon, the Minotaur, the Cyclops, St George and the Dragon, trolls hiding under bridges and leprechauns in the woods … Longleat’s Festival of Light this year will bring myths and legends from around the world into vivid colour for visitors, from 9th November into the New Year.

Myths and Legends, a dramatic and colourful series of huge “lanterns” will fascinate and excite visitors of all ages in the gardens and around the park, lake and Longleat attractions, creating a thrilling odyssey of epic tales from the Arabian Nights to ancient Greece.

This year’s Festival of Light includes more than 3,000 lanterns, crafted using 50,000 LED lights and 30,000 metres of silk.

For the first time, festive light shows will also be projected on to the front of the house – and visitors can even paint their own lanterns using special light projections.

From the heroes and villains of ancient Greece and Norse mythology to the Day of the Dead, the Arabian Nights and the tale of the Sword in the Stone, glowing tableaux bring this mysterious realm to life.

Enter the Land of the Gods and come face to face with Zeus, Poseidon, Medusa and the Minotaur. Venture past Cerberus, the three-headed hound and gatekeeper to the Underworld, to witness Hercules battle the many-headed serpent.

Watch in awe as the monstrous Kraken emerges from the depths of Longleat’s Half-Mile Lake to overwhelm a full-sized ship, and see Jack the Giant Slayer take on his colossal foe.

Beware the troll as you step under his bridge and look out for the mischievous leprechauns and fairies of folklore inside the Fairy Garden.

Among other legendary figures are St George slaying the mighty dragon, the trickster spider god Anansi, Atlas and King Midas with his golden touch.

The giant enchanted, musical Christmas Tree, returns with its tale of festive joy and the Santa Trains will be taking visitors to meet Father Christmas in his wintry woodland grotto.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the magic of storytelling with the Flight Before Christmas – featuring real flying owls.

The Festival of Light – Myths and Legends opens Fridays to Sundays until 30th November and daily from 1st December to 5th January (excluding Christmas Day).