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.

Tickets for the Enchanted Forest, Perthshire’s
multi-award-winning sound and light show, have gone on sale to the general
public, with the box office releasing over 80,000 tickets today, Friday June
21.

The 2019 event, entitled Cosmos, is inspired by the vastness and natural beauty of the skies that sit
above the forest. This year, the talented creative team are encouraging
visitors to look up and be captivated by the cosmos.

Visitors will follow the winding trail past mysterious
Loch Dunmore deeper into the woods to explore the sight, sounds and scents of
the cosmos. Combining breath-taking visuals, state-of-the-art technologies and
an inspirational soundscape, the award-wining creative team are planning
another spectacular event.

Set against the stunning natural backdrop of Faskally Wood, organisers
The Enchanted Forest Community Trust use Scotland’s premier creative talents 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.

Over 80,000 visitors entered the Enchanted Forest for last year’s
sold-out show Of The Wild,
bringing an estimated £7.6 million to the local
economy annually. Fans of the event have waited patiently for the hotly
anticipated tickets to go on sale. Many pre-sale tickets have been snapped up
by subscribers to the event’s e-newsletter, and organisers have urged people to
book quickly before the event sells-out.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust, PKAVS and Guide Dogs Scotland (Perth &
Kinross) have been chosen as the official charity partners for 2019. These
organisations will not only benefit financially but will be promoted throughout
the award-winning event’s month-long run.

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

“As Scotland’s premier sound and light show, we are proud to offer
visitors another hugely original experience where people, young and old, can
set their imagination alight in Faskally Wood. Our creative team has once again
developed an event that will captivate and enchant our visitors this autumn.

“As the tickets for this year’s event go on sale, I cannot
emphasise strongly enough that people should buy tickets in advance to ensure
they secure a chance to enjoy Cosmos this October.”

This year’s Enchanted Forest will run from October 3 – November 3, 2019 at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Tickets will go on sale to the public from Friday, June 21 at 10am.
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The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, organisers of Scotland’s premier sound and light show, has announced the three charities to benefit from this year’s event.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust, PKAVs and Guide Dogs Scotland (Perth & Kinross) have been chosen as the official charity partners for 2019. These organisations will not only benefit financially but will be promoted throughout the award-winning event’s month-long run.

Returning to Highland Perthshire this October, the Enchanted Forest is embarking on its 18th year lighting up the trees and creating magic in Faskally Wood, Pitlochry. Re-inventing itself year-on-year, the theme for this year’s event is still under wraps, but visitors can expect the winning combination of original music and captivating visuals which the Enchanted Forest is renowned for.

Over 80,000 visitors entered the Enchanted Forest for last year’s sold-out show Of The Wild. Bringing an estimated £7 million to the local economy annually, tickets have already been available on pre-sale to previous customers and with tickets due to go on general sale very soon, customers are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

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

“The Enchanted Forest Community Trust is delighted to be working with these three key charities who each do remarkable work in their respective fields. We hope that the Trust’s support will provide each of the charities with an additional platform to promote their work to a large audience in The Enchanted Forest.”
Gill Perkins, CEO of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, said:

“We rely on the generosity and support of others in order to deliver our science, conservation and outreach activities, so we are absolutely thrilled to be one of the chosen charities for this years’ Enchanted Forest event. Your support will have a huge impact on the Trust, allowing us to make a positive difference to bumblebees and our society that depends on them for our food, health and wellbeing.”

Paul Graham, Chief Executive of PKAVs, said:

“We in PKAVS are delighted to be chosen as one of the official charities to benefit from this year’s Enchanted Forest. The Forest is a highlight of the events calendar in Perthshire and for PKAVS to be recognised by the organisers of such a successful event is an honour. We in PKAVS work across Perth & Kinross enhancing lives and connecting communities, from unpaid carers, young and old, to people recovering from mental ill health, from ethnic minority communities to the broader third sector, we work with people to give them that little bit of help in their lives when they need it most. We are extremely grateful to be recognised by The Enchanted Forest knowing that being associated with such a high-profile event will help us raise awareness of PKAVS and the work we do.”
Kyla McVicar, business development manager at Guide Dogs, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be chosen as one of The Enchanted Forest’s charities this year. We offer a range of mobility services for both adults and children with sight loss, and we currently support around 500 guide dog partnerships in Scotland. Each guide dog costs around £55,000 throughout the course of its lifetime, and the generous support of The Enchanted Forest will help us ensure more people living with sight loss, and their families, can live life to the full.”
This year’s Enchanted Forest will run from October 3 – November, 2019 and tickets will go on sale to the public later this month.

The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, organisers of the multi-award-winning sound and light show in Pitlochry, has awarded a record £35,672 to over 30 worthy community projects in Highland Perthshire, an increase in awards of almost 100% on the previous year.

This is the sixth consecutive year that such a fund has been available, and the 33 good causes range from supporting Pitlochry in Bloom to support the restoration of the wildlife garden, to replacing the chanters and pipe bags of Edradour Pitlochry and Blair Atholl Pipe Band. Other notable donations include a new sound system and stage curtains for Pitlochry High School, assistance for Dunkeld’s Santa Day to pay for additional entertainers and a contribution towards transport costs for Rannoch Adult Education Association.

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 £1080 across the 33 projects funded, Pitlochry in Bloom tops the table at £5000 this year with their wildlife garden restoration project.

Alison Walker, Trustee of The Enchanted Forest, said:

“2018’s record-breaking show saw more people visiting The Enchanted Forest than ever before. This incredible support means we are able to fund an amazing 33 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 Of the Wild with proceeds from the event being distributed through The Enchanted Forest Community Trust to worthy causes in the local area.

The Enchanted Forest’s impact on the local tourism economy is around £7.6 million per annum with around 52% of visitors to the 2018 event choosing to stay overnight in the area on their visit and over 93% citing the event as their main reason for visiting the area.

This year’s Enchanted Forest will run from October 3 to November 3 and tickets will go on sale to the public in June.

More information on The Enchanted Forest is available on www.enchantedforest.org.uk

The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire’s multi award-winning sound and light show, has confirmed today that an independent report demonstrates that the event delivers a £7.66million shot in the arm to Perthshire’s economy.

An independent report conducted by Tourism Resources Company in Glasgow, specialist economic impact consultants, was commissioned in 2018 by The Enchanted Forest Community Trust which operates the event.

The report looks at visitor behaviour and spend activity, as well as the event’s own purchasing power. It concluded that with over 80,000 visitors attending the Autumn spectacle, 52% of whom stay overnight, and a policy to use local suppliers where possible, The Enchanted Forest boosts the local economy by an incredible £7.66 million every year.  

The news has been welcomed by the organisers. Ian Sim, Trustee of The Enchanted Forest commented:

“This has surpassed even our wildest expectations of what the event brings to Highland Perthshire. We had older economic impact studies which were carried out when the event was much smaller as a baseline and, of course, we have always had anecdotal evidence that hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and cafes are busy – but we are simply amazed to learn just how much value the event brings to the local area.”

“This is really pleasing. The Enchanted Forest was originally set up to help build value for tourism businesses, providing visitor footfall during what was known as the “shoulder season” in Highland Perthshire. It used to be very quiet in Pitlochry in October – now we hear from local hotel operators that it’s their busiest month of the year.”

Just over 80,000 visitors attended the 2018 sold-out show, a 9% increase on the previous record-breaking year. International visitor numbers have jumped from around 0.97% of audience share in 2014 to 2.97% of audience share in 2018, and with more than 85% citing the event as a reason for travelling to Scotland, from a selection of 28 different countries.

The report suggests that the most popular hotels for visitors are the Fisher’s Hotel, Scotland’s Hotel and the Atholl Palace, while those eating locally are favouring Mackay’s Pub, Victoria’s and The Old Mill Inn. Not surprisingly for a family event, the most popular retailers were sweetie shops!

The growth in the profile of the event has netted it a finalist’s place in the national final of the Visit Scotland Thistle Awards for Best Cultural Event or Festival. The winners will be announced this Thursday night at a glittering black-tie ceremony in Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre.

The Enchanted Forest returns in October 2019 and tickets will go on sale to the public in June. For more information on the event, visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Highland Perthshire’s spectacular autumnal sound and lighting event, The Enchanted Forest, has been featured in the latest edition of the award-winning travel guide, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide.

The guide is updated annually, with the latest edition for Scotland becoming available to the public in February. This is the event’s first time featuring in the guide under their “A Year in Scotland” spread, taking pride of place in the October spot. The image of the event featured in the publication was taken by local councillor and professional photographer, Angus Forbes.

The guide also highlights some of Scotland leading events including Hogmanay, The Fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival. Fellow Perthshire event, the Perth Festival of the Arts, also gets a mention in DK’s round up for things to do in Scotland in May.

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

“I’m so pleased to see The Enchanted Forest take pride of place in what is a leading series of guidebooks for visitors to Scotland. 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.”

The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Scotland is available from all leading bookshops. For more information on The Enchanted Forest, please visit: www.enchantedforest.org.uk

The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire’s multi award-winning sound and light show, has confirmed today that just over 80,000 visitors attended this year’s sold-out show, which closed on Sunday night (November 4), a 9% increase on the previous record-breaking year.

Event organisers have also announced that its three official charity partners – Birks Cinema Trust, Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland and Blairgowrie Riding for the Disabled – have each received a donation of £5000.

This year’s show Of the Wild captured the public’s imagination around the globe with international visitors one of the fastest growing audience segments. International visitor numbers have jumped from around 0.97% of audience share in 2014 to 2.97% of audience share in 2018, and with more than 85% citing the event as a reason for travelling to Scotland, they represented more than 28 different countries.

The growth in the profile of the event in recent years saw it take the title for the Best Outdoor Festival at the Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards 2017, and it is also up for a coveted Visit Scotland Thistle Award later this year.

It is estimated that The Enchanted Forest’s impact on the local tourism economy is around £3 million per annum with around 55.6% of visitors to the event this year choosing to stay overnight in the area on their visit and over 93.7% citing the event as their main reason for visiting the area this Autumn.

Of The Wild was inspired by the hidden beauty of Highland Perthshire’s wild woods and the multi-award-winning creative team of Zoë Squair (creative producer), Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes (lighting designers), and RJ McConnell and Jon Beales (sound design and composition) delivered a show that was firmly rooted in nature and full of breathtaking visuals, state-of the-art technologies, interactive special effects and a dazzling music score.

The sound and light spectacular released a record 80,000 tickets for its extended five-week run from October 4 until November 4 and, as has almost become the norm, again broke all previous box office records and sold out midway through the show’s run.

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

“Once again The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, the charity that runs The Enchanted Forest, is completely blown away by the response to the event. We’re delighted it has smashed yet another of its own box office records. This is very much an event run by the community of Highland Perthshire and the team behind it are really exceptional, from the creative team who devise the concept, our show producer Zoe Squair and brilliant operations team to the stewards who stand out in the woods night after night for five weeks. The Enchanted Forest’s success is testimony to their hard work and commitment to providing a top quality family-friendly experience for our thousands of customers.

“We’re also extremely pleased that the event has also been able to contribute to three very worthwhile charity partners and support them in their work in the community. Birks Cinema Trust, Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland and Blairgowrie Riding for the Disabled have all received donations of £5000 each.”

The Enchanted Forest returns in 2019 and tickets are available for sale from Monday, November 5, at www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Scotland’s premier sound and light show The Enchanted Forest celebrated an incredible milestone this week when it welcomed its 500,000th visitor.

Genna Sawers, a nurse from Glasgow, bought the historic tickets to experience the award-winning event with her boyfriend Darrel Clark.

To mark the occasion Genna was contacted by show organisers and offered an all-expenses-paid dinner and overnight stay for two at nearby Fonab Castle Hotel and Spa to enjoy during her visit to Pitlochry.

Genna, who has never been to The Enchanted Forest before, was amazed when she got the call.

She said: “I’d been hoping to go to The Enchanted Forest for a few years after hearing about how amazing it is from friends and family but had never been able to get my hands on tickets until this year. I was really surprised to be the 500,000th visitor and feel very lucky to have received such a great prize.”

Launching as a three-night show with just 1500 visitors in 2002, The Enchanted Forest has grown to be one of the most popular and must-see autumn events. Now in its 17th year over 80,000 people are expected to travel to Faskally Wood to see this year’s already sold-out show Of The Wild which finishes on Sunday.

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

“The story of The Enchanted Forest is truly remarkable. From humble beginnings with just 1500 visitors in our first year to welcoming over 80,000 visitors and selling out in 2018, this event just keeps getting bigger and better every year. We are delighted to be able to celebrate this milestone with our 500,000th visitor and hope Genna has a wonderful time here. After all, it is our visitors that have enabled this fantastic event to endure.”

More information about The Enchanted Forest is available at www.enchantedforest.org.uk