Over 25,000 tickets have gone on sale for The Enchanted Forest, a Perthshire Big Tree Country event and Scotland’s premier sound and light show. Organisers have announced they expect this year’s event to attract more visitors than ever before, building on the success of the event’s most popular year in 2010.
The Enchanted Forest, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2012, is managed by the Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company, and entertains visitors who travel from across the globe to Highland Perthshire to enjoy the spectacle every Autumn.
“Transitions” has been designed by Scottish designers Simon Wilkinson (lighting) and R J McConnell (sound) whose combined expertise put on an event that was met by critical acclaim in 2010.
The show will be making a major transition of its own this year when, very much in keeping with its Perthshire Big Tree Country roots, it will take up new residence in The Explorers Woodland Garden, Pitlochry. This is the third location for The Enchanted Forest in its nine year history.
The move brings with it a number of fringe benefits which organisers are confident will improve the event’s green credentials, as well as the bottom line for its customers. The new, more central, location means that customers will no longer be required to catch a bus to and from the event, the cost savings of which are being passed on to the youngest visitors (under 3 years old) and to wheelchair users who will now be able to attend the spectacle free of charge.
The organisers have also take the decision to extend the event’s run from its traditional 17 nights to 23 nights in 2011, which opens up the event to a potential 25,000 visitors.
Derek Allan, chair of The Enchanted Forest commented, “We are very excited about this year’s event. Our customers expect us to deliver something new and exciting. The Explorers Woodland Garden is a splendid woodland area with a network of paths and very interesting features that is simply steeped in Perthshire Big Tree Country history. This versatile setting offers our creative team, who achieved record results with last year’s show, an innovative canvas upon which they can continue to develop the wow factor our customers love about The Enchanted Forest.”
Paul McLennan, from Perthshire Big Tree Country commented, “The Explorers Garden is a prime Perthshire Big Tree Country location which highlights the heroic impact of the local Plant Hunters whose introductions helped shape this stunning landscape. The Community Interest Company’s management of the event last year was a huge success and we are confident in their abilities to deliver a show at the very high standards expected of them, in a location that is, in itself, a perfect setting.”
The Enchanted Forest will take place from Friday 7th – Saturday 29th October 2011 at The Explorer’s Garden in Pitlochry. Tickets are now on sale to the general public. For further information please visit www.EnchantedForest.org.uk