The 2016 Event

Multi-award winning show

Perthshire Big Tree Country’s multi-award winning show fuses the creative talents of Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes (lighting designers) with RJ McConnell and Jon Beales (sound designers) to create an outdoor experience that will set your imagination alight.

With dazzling visuals and innovative design set against an original music score, including a new orchestral piece, explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Using the forest as a natural backdrop, you will experience a lighting show that is, quite simply, out of this world.

The Enchanted Forest is renowned for being Scotland's premier sound and light experience and attracted over 62,000 visitors in 2015.

The event has swept the board in recent years at a number of prestigious award ceremonies including the coveted Scottish Rural Award for Tourism & Hospitality in 2016, Scottish Thistle Award for Best event in 2015, the Event Management Grand Prix, and Best Cultural Event at the Scottish Event Awards.

This Year's Show: Shimmer

Perthshire's multi-award-winning sound and light show in the woods is set to SHIMMER this October with its most ambitious display to date. Among the creative talent is 59 Productions, the team behind the Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time, which launched this year's Edinburgh International Festival. The spectacular public artwork saw Edinburgh Castle and Castle Rock transformed into a vast canvas for digitally animated projections inspired by the city's past and set to a specially compiled soundtrack by rock band Mogwai.

Now in its 15th year, The Enchanted Forest sound and light show at Faskally Wood, Pitlochry prides itself on raising the creative bar with a changing theme each year. While the details of this year's show, SHIMMER, are still under wraps, visitors can expect a host of new creative talent and shimmering displays including a larger-than-life character and a walk-through ‘wall' of light.

Vision Mechanics, a Leith-based design agency with clients that include National Museum of Scotland and Scottish Opera, is behind one of the larger-than-life characters that will appear at this year's show, designed by creative director Kim Bergsagel. "We build big stuff and we try and make interactivity an element so people can get involved," said Symon Macintyre of Vision Mechanics. One of Vision Mechanics' most recent art projects, Drift, was installed on beaches in Norway and recreated the feelings of being adrift and alone at sea, inspired by the true story of Betty Mouat, a Shetland crofter who was cast adrift in the North Sea for eight days.

Also involved in this year's Enchanted Forest are digital artists Squidsoup, who are building an immersive, walk-through light installation that builds on previous works they have exhibited around the world. "My background is in digital media but I've always been frustrated by the screen and the fact that you can't go in there and touch anything," explained Anthony Rowe, founder and creative director of Squidsoup.

This year's Enchanted Forest event, which runs from Thursday 29th September to Friday 30th October, is led by the multi-award-winning creative team of Derek Allan as producer and creative director, Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes as lighting designers, and RJ McConnell and Jon Beales providing sound design and composition. Last year the show attracted a record 62,000 visitors and smashed box office records. This year, more than 65,000 tickets went on sale. Organisers The Enchanted Forest Community Trust are advising customers to book early to avoid disappointment.

The Enchanted Storytelling Yurt

Back due to popular demand, our storytelling yurt will be on site again for 2016 with our two in house story tellers Claire and Lindsey enchanting the crowds with their wistful tales.

This year, our yurt will be a little bit bigger so we can tell more stories to many more children and parents. However, to ensure fair pricing, we still can't fit everyone in so if you want to listen to an enchanting story you will be charged a nominal entry fee of just £1.

Access is on a first come, first serve basis.

Provisional Story Times

Storytelling sessions will commence approx 30 minutes after the first bus leaves for the site, and will run at regular intervals (every 30 minutes) throughout the evening.

To assist you with your planning, our First Bus/Last Story times and dates are provided below:

  • 29 Sep - 01 Oct: First Bus 6.30pm ~ First Story 7.00pm ~ Last Story 9.30pm
  • 02 Oct - 08 Oct: First Bus 6.15pm ~ First Story 6.45pm ~ Last Story 9.45pm
  • 09 Oct - 15 Oct: First Bus 6.00pm ~ First Story 6.30pm ~ Last Story 9.30pm
  • 16 Oct - 22 Oct: First Bus 5.45pm ~ First Story 6.15pm ~ Last Story 9.45pm
  • 23 Oct - 30 Oct: First Bus 5.30pm ~ First Story 6.00pm ~ Last Story 10.00pm

Mulled Wine and Hot Chocolate

If you fancy eating your dinner in the great outdoors, or you're simply pushed for time, then you'll be delighted to hear that our master outdoor catering team return this year and will be cooking up a storm for visitors to the forest.

So whether it's mulled wine, hot chocolate, hot dogs or delicious Scottish beef burgers, they'll be sizzling and brewing it on site just for you. 

Show Credits

A large group of talented people bring The Enchanted Forest to life with their design, technical wizardry, musical compositions and performances.

Our lead creative team (from left to right) is RJ McConnell (sound), Derek Allan (creative director), Jon Beales (sound), Simon Hayes (lighting) and Kate Bonney (lighting).

Music Credits 2015

  • RJ McConnell - Composer & Sound Designer
  • Jon Beales - Composer & Sound Designer
  • Fraser de Banzie - Assistant Design & additional content
  • Rachel Cullen - Assistant Design & additional content
  • Adrienn Kantor - Flute & Piccolo
  • Michael Butcher - Soprano, Alto & Tenor Saxophones
  • Philip Alexander - Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
  • Andrew Connell-Smith - Trumpet & Piccolo Trumpet
  • Fraser de Banzie - Drums & Percussion
  • Hannah Howie - Voice
  • Helen MacLeod - Harp
  • Mark Wilson - Violin
  • Robin Mason - Cello
  • Marcin Buczek - Project Manager & Recording Engineer
  • Michal Jankowski - Mixing Engineer
  • Allan "Hef" Forsyth - Additional Programming
  • Paul Dent - Chief Sound Technician
  • DM Audio - Sound Services 

Feedback from Previous Shows

  • "I wasn't really looking forward to going out on such a dreich night....but when I got there I realised what I would have been missing if I'd stayed at home. It was fantastic!" Visitor on Preview Night
  • "It is one of the most exciting and inspirational creative exhibitions I have seen throughout this Year of Creative Scotland" Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland.
  • "What an amazing night my daughter and I had there tonight, just so brilliant and everyone so nice and helpful thanks to all who make it possible." Mhairie Dinsdale (on Facebook)
  • "My son has just got back from seeing the Forest tonight. He has autism and the whole light experience has stimulated him very much. Best day ever he said." Julie Naylor (on Facebook)
  • "I spent a while in the Enchanted Forest last night, and think everyone should visit in the rain! The trees sparkled, the lights fizzed, and the reflections on the loch were calm and stunning. Magical!" Shona Cargill (on Facebook)
  • "I'm just back from [The Enchanted Forest] tonight and didn't want to leave, went round 3 times, perfect weather made it even more enchanting...oooo i loved it , like a wee piece of heaven in the trees thanks so much this is truly back next year for sure." Sharon Daly on Facebook
  • "Fabulous show, can't wait to go again next year!!"
  • "The Enchanted Forest was a fantastic experience, really thinking outside the box. I loved the use of the environment as the backdrop and scenery."
  • "Organisation was excellent, location stunning and we very much enjoyed it."