Myths and Legends come to life at Longleat’s Festival of Light

See the magical world of myths and legends come to life at Longleat’s hugely popular Festival of Light.

In pictures: Longleat Festival of Light 2019

‘Myths and Legends’ takes visitors on a thrilling odyssey to discover epic tales from around the globe.

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

Festive light shows will also be projected on to the front of the house for the very first time as part of a spectacular new feature. Visitors can even paint their very 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; stunning 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 the 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’ – a unique festive experience featuring real flying owls.

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