The 2016 Event:
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 to be 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 Name: It's a Big Secret!
Coming up with a name for each new show is always a challenge and the creative team haven't let the secret out of the bag as yet so stay tuned - we'll let you know as soon as we do.....
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 provisional First Bus/Last Story times and dates are provided below (these will be firmed up in September 2016):
30 Sep - 3 Oct: First Bus 6.30pm ~ First Story 7pm ~ Last Story 9.30pm
4 Oct - 10 Oct: First Bus 6.15pm ~ First Story 6.45pm ~ Last Story 9.45pm
11 Oct - 17 Oct: First Bus 6pm ~ First Story 6.30pm ~ Last Story 9.30pm
18 Oct - 24 Oct: First Bus 5.45pm ~ First Story 6.15pm ~ Last Story 9.45pm
25 Oct - 31 Oct: First Bus 5.30pm ~ First Story 6pm ~ Last Story 9.30pm
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.
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 Sound Designer,
Drums & Additional Content
Rachel Cullen - Assistant Sound Designer & Additional Content
Mark Wilson - Violin
Robin Mason - 'Cello
Andrew Connell-Smith - Trumpet & Piccolo Trumpet
Christine Smith - French Horn
Michael Butcher - Tenor, Alto, Soprano and Baritone Saxophones
Marcin Buczek - DM Audio Project Manager / Recording Engineer
Michal Jankowski - On-Site Mix Engineer
Allan 'Hef’ Forsyth - Sound Engineer & Programmer
Paul Dent - Chief Sound Technician
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 wonderful...be 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."
The Enchanted Forest Wins Top Tourism Award
The Enchanted Forest Charities Net Four Figure Sums