The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, organisers of the pioneering sound and light show in Pitlochry, has awarded £33,514 to 26 worthy community projects in Highland Perthshire.

This is the seventh consecutive year that such a fund has been available, and the 26 good causes range from supporting the Vale of Atholl Pipers Association to contribute to the replacement of their band kit, to purchasing tools for the upkeep of paths by the Rannoch Paths and Open Space Group. Other notable donations include a a new strip for Aberfeldy Rugby Football Club, assistance to Dunkeld & District Strathspey & Reel Society in hiring a tutor and a contribution towards the running costs of The Den, a community run after school club in Blair Atholl, Ballinluig and Pitlochry.

The Enchanted Forest Community Trust is able to offer smaller local community groups access to vital funding that they would otherwise find difficult to obtain from other funders many of whom have much higher minimum thresholds for application. With an average award value of £1289 across the 26 projects funded.

Paul Keith, Trustee of The Enchanted Forest, said:

“2019’s popular show saw more people visiting The Enchanted Forest than ever before. This incredible support means we are able to fund more exciting community events, projects and organisations. We’re delighted that our show helps makes this support possible, and visitors should feel proud that, just by visiting the Enchanted Forest, they have done their bit to give back to the community and benefit the local area.”

Over 80,000 visitors attended last year’s sold-out show Cosmos with proceeds from the event being distributed through The Enchanted Forest Community Trust to worthy causes in the local area.

Organisers announced on earlier this month that the 2020 event would be cancelled as a result of the impact of the coronavirus epidemic. More information on The Enchanted Forest is available on www.enchantedforest.org.uk

The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, organisers of The Enchanted Forest, has today announced its decision to cancel the 2020 event, due to take place in October.

In a statement, posted on the event website and its social media channels, the Trustees of the charity said:

“It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that, due to the ongoing effect of Covid-19, The Enchanted Forest Community Trust has reached the decision to cancel this year’s event.

“Alongside the whole world, we have been watching the situation closely as it develops and, while we had quietly hoped the ban on mass gatherings may ease off in the Autumn, it is clear to us now that the ongoing requirements for physical distancing may remain in place until the end of the year. That and a lack of clarity surrounding the duration of the ban on mass gatherings means it is simply too risky for us to continue with our plans.

“We want to thank every single one of you for your support in making The Enchanted Forest the magical event that it is. Our beautiful home of Faskally Wood will stand proud and tall throughout this, and we will miss all of you coming to visit us this year. But we want our audience, you, to remain safe and well, and it’s so important that we all do our part in making that happen, however heart breaking that may be.

“In 2021, we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary and we plan to use the extra time in 2020 to get very creative and to ensure that our return in 2021 will be full of the magic and enchantment that you have all come to expect from us as Scotland’s pioneering sound and light show.”

Over 16,000 tickets for the 2020 event had already been sold, however The Enchanted Forest Community Trust has confirmed that everyone will receive a refund which will be processed over the next two weeks.

Tickets for the event in October 2021 are not yet available. For more information about The Enchanted Forest visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Organiser of Scotland’s premier sound and light show, The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, has received some pup-tastic news with the birth of Cosmos, a  golden retriever and future “guide dog in training” that has been named after the hugely successful 2019 Enchanted Forest event.

The Trust’s sponsored the guide dog after Guide Dogs Scotland (Perth & Kinross) were chosen as one of the official charity partners of the 2019 event, alongside the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and PKAVS.

Cosmos, a little girl pup, was born on 21 January 2020, alongside four other canine siblings named Flossie, Wendy, Harley and Hazel. Officially named Cosmos this month, she has been placed with her puppy walker who will start to teach her the skills she will need as a future guide dog. Guide Dogs received a donation of £5,000 from funds raised by the 2019 show’s ticket sales.

Ian Sim, Chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said:  “Cosmos, the theme of our very popular 2019 Enchanted Forest event, has literally been given a new lease of life with the birth of our this little guide dog in training, a gorgeous golden retriever.  We’re delighted with this news, particularly in the current climate when everyone needs a little bit of cheering up, and thrilled that after her training Cosmos will be able to give a blind person a better quality of life and a freedom that without a guide dog they would not be able to have.”

Kyla McVicar, Business Development Manager at Guide Dogs Scotland, commented: “We are extremely grateful to the Enchanted Forest Community Trust for their generous support. The birth and naming of Cosmos has been such fantastic news amongst all the current challenges we are facing as a society. We look forward to the day when she is able to provide a blind person with the ability to get out and about and enjoy some level of freedom. Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind. When someone loses their sight, Guide Dogs are here to make sure they don’t loose their freedom as well.” The Enchanted Forest event this year is still due to take place between 1 October – 1 November 2020, although The Enchanted Forest Community Trust is closely watching the Coronavirus sitation and following Government guidance.

It’s becoming more common for couples to save for a more expensive and exotic honeymoon, and to keep the exciting newlywed energy going, many couples are choosing to go on a minimoon shortly after their wedding.

VisitScotland has created a list of romantic getaways for the ultimate Scottish minimoon where the Enchanted Forest is featured to experience for those visiting the stunning backdrop of Pitlochry and Perthshire.

Tickets for the 2020 Enchanted Forest go on sale in June. Find out more here.

The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, the charitable organisation that runs Scotland’s trailblazing sound and light show The Enchanted Forest, is now accepting applications from local community groups, projects and charities in Pitlochry and the wider Highland Perthshire area for their 2020 Community Fund.

Now in its eighth year, The Enchanted Forest Community Trust set up the Fund to ensure the event provided significant economic benefits to the local community.

Successful applicants will be asked to provide a report to The Enchanted Forest Community Trust on how they have used the money in relation to their request.

Completed applications should be returned no later than February 28, 2020 to Allie Walker either by email: community@enchantedforest.org.uk or c/o Walton Kilgour, 30 Bonnethill Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BS.

To download an application form, visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk

VisitScotland’s 50th anniversary mascot, BuzzBò, will be reaching new heights at The Enchanted Forest’s 2019 Cosmos event.

This year VisitScotland celebrated their anniversary by launching the world’s first Highland Coosmonaut into ‘near space’ wearing a special spacesuit featuring Armstrong tartan, a nod to the first human to land on the moon 50 years ago.

Footage of BuzzBò’s momentous journey was unveiled to the public on the anniversary of the launch of the moon landing mission itself, July 16th, but the Coosmonaut will now revisit the cosmos from the safety of planet earth during his stay at The Enchanted Forest throughout the month of October.

The 2019 show takes its inspiration from the vastness and natural beauty of the skies that sit above the forest. Whilst visitors will be able to enjoy the security and familiarity of their forest surroundings, the show will encourage visitors to sense the awe and wonderment of the looking up to the sky through the tree canopy and be captivated by the cosmos.

New for 2019 is the Geodome, a 7m inflatable projection dome, accommodating approximately 60 people per showing. A completely immersive experience, it gives those within it the impression they are flying through the Cosmos. The whole experience lasts for five minutes.

Ian Sim, Chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said:

“Fifty years after man stepped on the moon for the very first time, we promise this year will be a delight, particularly for those with a fascination with space and astronomy. We are delighted to be collaborating with VisitScotland to bring BuzzBò, the World’s first Highland Coosmonaut, to our 2019 space themed show. Be sure to stop by our Customer Services desk where BuzzBò will be stationed throughout the run.

“The exciting thing about The Enchanted Forest is that the theme changes every year and we are constantly raising the bar in terms of what is possible. Although this brings its own challenges, we are delighted that the team relish this kind of creative challenge and work collaboratively to deliver what is going to be a truly unique and, literally, an ‘out of this world’ experience.”

Before blasting off into the cosmos at The Enchanted Forest, BuzzBò will take in all that Perthshire has to offer with an overnight stay at one of Scotland’s most popular leisure resorts, Crieff Hydro.

Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, said: “The Enchanted Forest is always a spectacular event which brings people from across Scotland and further afield to the region. I’m thrilled that our very own Coosmonaut BuzzBò will be able play a part in this year’s show, promoting VisitScotland’s 50th anniversary, Scotland’s connections with space, and Perthshire’s tourism offering to visitors.

“At VisitScotland we want to champion collaboration, spearhead innovation, promote local areas and events and ensure that tourism is recognised for the positive impact it brings to Scotland. It therefore made perfect sense to get involved in this exciting project which is frankly, out of this world!”  This year’s Enchanted Forest will run from 3 October – 3 November 2019.

Hundreds of visitors immersed themselves in another universe as the trailblazing sound and light show, The Enchanted Forest, launched its much anticipated 2019 event, Cosmos, on Wednesday, October 2nd.

Invited guests were welcomed to the illuminating sound and light event before opening to general public on October 3rd, for its month-long run at Faskally Wood in Pitlochry.

Taking inspiration from the vastness and natural beauty of the skies that sit above the forest, The Enchanted Forest has released 80,000 tickets for this year’s event, with only a few dates still available for last minute bookings.

Whilst visitors will be able to enjoy the security and familiarity of their forest surroundings, the show will encourage visitors to sense the awe and wonderment of looking up to the sky through the tree canopy and be captivated by the cosmos.

New for 2019 is the Geodome, a 7m inflatable projection dome, accommodating approximately 50 people per showing. A completely immersive experience, it gives those within it the impression they are flying through the Cosmos.

Ian Sim, Chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said: “Now in its 18th year, The Enchanted Forest continues to break the boundaries of what is possible for a sound and light show, and we are especially proud of our 2019 show, Cosmos. I would encourage those still without tickets to snap up the last remaining few as soon as possible.”

Commenting on this year’s event, he said: “The exciting thing about The Enchanted Forest is that the theme changes every year and we are constantly raising the bar in terms of what is possible. Although this brings its own challenges, we are delighted that the team relish this kind of creative challenge and work collaboratively to deliver what is going to be a truly unique and, literally, an ‘out of this world’ experience.”

Bumblebee Conservation Trust, PKAVS and Guide Dogs Scotland have been confirmed as the official charity partners for 2019. These organisations will not only benefit financially but will be promoted extensively during the run of the event to raise awareness of their good work in the community.

It is estimated that The Enchanted Forest delivers £7.6million economic benefit to Perthshire’s economy per annum, according to a report by Tourism Resources Company in Glasgow. The event grew to 80,000 visitors in 2018, 52% of whom choose to stay overnight in the local area.

Less than a week before it opens to the public, The Enchanted Forest is celebrating a shortlisting for the coveted Visit Scotland Thistle Awards for Best Cultural Event or Festival in Central, Fife & Tayside.

The event won the category last year and this year’s shortlisting is the sixth in a row for Scotland’s premier outdoor sound and light event which takes place at Faskally Wood in Pitlochry throughout the month of October.

News of the event’s shortlisting for Best Cultural Event in Central, Fife and Tayside comes just days before the much-anticipated 2019 show – Cosmos – opens to the public on Thursday, October 3.

Ian Sim, chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, which operates the event, said:

“The show has grown from the strength to strength and last year’s show was record-breaking, with just over 80,000 visitors in attendance. We’re delighted there is so much interest again this year, making it by far the most popular show to date. However, we would advise those who haven’t yet booked to do so as soon as possible as we expect the full show run will sell out once again.”

The 2019 show takes its inspiration from the vastness and natural beauty of the skies that sit above the forest. Whilst visitors will be able to enjoy the security and familiarity of their forest surroundings, the show will encourage visitors to sense the awe and wonderment of the looking up to the sky through the tree canopy and be captivated by the cosmos.

New for 2019 is the Geodome, a 7m inflatable projection dome, accommodating approximately 60 people per showing. A completely immersive experience, it gives those within it the impression they are flying through the Cosmos. The whole experience lasts for five minutes.

This year’s show is supporting Bumblebee Conservation Trust, PKAVS and Guide Dogs (Scotland).

Scotland’s pioneering sound and light show, The Enchanted Forest, is reaching for the stars this October with an exciting new installation, the Geodome, a spectacular 360° immersive experience.

The 2019 show, entitled Cosmos, takes its inspiration from the vastness and natural beauty of the skies that sit above the forest. Whilst visitors will be able to enjoy the security and familiarity of their forest surroundings, the show will encourage visitors to sense the awe and wonderment of the looking up to the sky through the tree canopy and be captivated by the cosmos.

It’s in this spirit that The Enchanted Forest is introducing the Geodome. The Geodome is a 7m inflatable projection dome, accommodating approximately 60 people per showing. A completely immersive experience, it gives those within it the impression they are flying through the Cosmos. The whole experience lasts for five minutes.

Bringing this new creative feature to the show this year is Immersive Experiences, a company founded by entrepreneurs with a passion for astronomy. Immersive Experiences is a multi-award-winning provider of learning experiences across the UK’s largest fleet of mobile planetariums, drones, VR and sensory rooms.

Now in its 18 year, The Enchanted Forest prides itself on trailblazing the creative bar in sound and light shows internationally with a changing theme each year and a host of new creative talent and installations. This year, in addition to Immersive Experiences, several companies will be involved in helping the team deliver another outstanding event.

Novak, a specialist in motion design, will once again be lending its expertise to the show and providing video content. EventFX will be providing pyrotechnics expertise, alongside Airstar, a world leader in designing and producing inflatable technologies. Ray Interactive and Bespoke Lighting and Video will also be involved, and Definitive Special Projects will be creating a beautiful laser show.

Set against the stunning natural backdrop of Faskally Wood, organisers The Enchanted Forest Community Trust use of some of the world’s premier creative talents, many of whom are based in Scotland, to produce a world-class show. Zoë Squair has returned as creative producer, alongside Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes as lighting designers, and RJ McConnell, Jon Beales and Rachel Cullen providing sound design and composition for this year’s magical event. This year visitors can expect a dynamic, contemplative walk through the wood unlike anything experienced at The Enchanted Forest before.

Ian Sim, Chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said: “The exciting thing about The Enchanted Forest is that the theme changes every year and we are constantly raising the bar in terms of what is possible. Although this brings its own challenges, we are delighted with the team relish this kind of creative challenge and work collaboratively to deliver what is going to be a truly unique and, literally, an ‘out of this world’ experience.

“Fifty years after man stepped on the moon for the very first time, we promise this year will be a delight, particularly for those with a fascination with space and astronomy. We are really pleased to be collaborating with Immersive Experiences for this year’s show. For those returning to The Enchanted Forest show we can guarantee new and exciting experiences!”

This year’s Enchanted Forest will run from 3 October – 3 November 2019.

The Enchanted Forest, Scotland’s premier sound and light show, has joined forces with Blair Athol Distillery to make the award-winning event as accessible as possible for visitors.

For this year’s event, entitled Cosmos, a brand-new Accessibility Bus service has been introduced which may better suit customers who have specific access needs but do not require disabled parking on site.

Accessibility Bus Customers will be able to park at Blair Athol Distillery on the outskirts of Pitlochry where the transfer service will run regularly into the Forest throughout the event’s five-week-run.

As disabled parking is very limited in the forest, the Accessibility Bus offers an alternative option for guests who require a little extra help. The bus will not require people to climb stairs to board the coach and can accommodate a small number of wheelchair and specialist buggy users, subject to availability. Older patrons and families travelling with autistic children who find large crowds more difficult may also look to use the new service.

The event has also teamed up with Mobiloo, a mobile accessible toilet with adult-sized changing bench and hoist, for the second year in a row to further enhance the event’s accessibility credentials.

With over 80,000 people visiting Highland Perthshire annually to experience The Enchanted Forest, organisers are keen to make the event as accessible as possible.

Ian Sim, Chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said:

“The Enchanted Forest is delighted to be working with local business, Blair Athol Distillery, to introduce our first ever Accessibility Bus service for visitors. We want as many people as possible to be able to experience our sound and light show up close and this new service will enable even more people, who perhaps thought an adventure into Faskally Wood may be a challenge too far, to have a wonderful time in the Forest.”

Laura Murray, Brand Home Manager at Blair Athol Distillery: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Enchanted Forest. The show drives tourism within the area and also supports local initiatives and we are proud to be associated with their new accessibility bus service to allow even more people to enjoy the spectacular event.

“We are aware that parking can be difficult in the town during The Enchanted Forest and we are happy to be able to support the community by alleviating some of the parking shortage.

“We are also excited to announce that the distillery’s Mash Tun Bar will be opening later during The Enchanted Forest, offering an array of refreshments while people wait for their departure to the show.”

This year’s Enchanted Forest will run from October 3 – November 3, 2019 and tickets are now on sale. Coaches with a low floor and flat, step-free entrance will be running every 30 minutes from the local distillery during the event’s evening performances.

To find out more about the Accessibility Bus service visit https://www.enchantedforest.org.uk/tickets/

Scotland’s premier sound and light show, The Enchanted Forest, has made it into the very first Lonely Planet Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist.
The guide is the latest compilation of unmissable experiences and hidden gems from Lonely Planet, which ranks the 500 greatest experiences across the Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands to create the definitive UK travel hitlist.

The sell-out show has been captivating audiences since 2002 and attracts 80,000 visitors each year to Loch Faskally in Pitlochry throughout the month of October.

For the 2019 show entitled Cosmos, show producers have taken inspiration from the vastness and natural beauty of the skies that sit above the forest, encouraging visitors to look up and be captivated by the cosmos.

This is the second inclusion for the show in an international guidebook this year, after securing a feature in the latest edition of the award-winning travel guide, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide.

Ian Sim, Chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said: “It’s not every day you get recognition from one of the world’s most prestigious travel media companies, needless to say we’re incredibly proud of this feature.

“We have increasing numbers of international visitors attending the event every year and this will only serve to extend the reach of The Enchanted Forest to new visitors for years to come.”

This year’s Enchanted Forest will run from October 3 – November 3, 2019 and tickets are now on sale.

The Enchanted Forest, Scotland’s premier sound and light and show, has joined forces with Pitlochry High School to donate special backpacks to children receiving Mary’s Meals.

When members of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust heard that a group of pupils were collecting items to fill school bags to be sent to children in Malawi, they were quick to offer special Enchanted Forest t-shirts to be included in the donations.

The team of Primary 5 pupils from Mrs Cardew’s class at the Highland Perthshire school have, with help from Den @ Heartland Kids’ Club Breakfast Supervisor Judith Dingwall, sent a total of 55 complete backpacks to Mary’s Meals Backpack Project.

Each backpack includes notepads, pencils and other stationery, cutlery, a toothbrush and clothing as well as various other essentials to help children get the most out of their lessons at school.

The Enchanted Forest Community Trust has been delighted to have been able to contribute to the project and support the efforts of local children to help children less fortunate get the most out of their schooling.

Ian Sim, Chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said:

“It is difficult to imagine not having access to basic school items like such as pencils and paper, so we are proud to have been able to help Mrs Cardew’s Primary 5 class at Pitlochry High School support Mary’s Meals Backpack Project. We hope the backpacks will help the children they reach enjoy their school experiences to the full.”

Frank Nelson, Head of Fundraising at Mary’s Meals, said:

“We’re so grateful to the children of Pitlochry High School and the Enchanted Forest for supporting The Backpack Project. So many of the children who receive Mary’s Meals in Malawi come to school without the basic tools for learning. Giving the children a backpack full of educational items enables them to get the most out of their education.”

This year’s Enchanted Forest will run from October 3 – November, 2019 and tickets are now on sale.