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

Lucky competition ticket winners and some local community group members who regularly get together at The Birks Cinema – one of Enchanted Forest 2018’s official charities – were treated to a visit to remember at Perthshire’s light show spectacular.

Making the most of their tickets kindly donated by Enchanted Forest organisers, the group of all ages spent a fun-filled evening marvelling at this year’s Of the Wild… Nature by Night stunning displays and also gave a big thumbs up for the marshmallow toasting and storytelling.

The Birks Cinema group included members of the Lego Animation and Yoga clubs for youngsters with special needs plus the Craic & Craft and Highland Perthshire Photography Groups which all meet in the cinema’s activity space.

Fiona MacEwan, Community Development Co-ordinator for The Birks Cinema said: “We are delighted to receive support for Aberfeldy’s cinema and community hub from Enchanted Forest. We’re also thrilled to be able to bring some of the cinema community group members along to enjoy the show – it was first time at Enchanted Forest for some of the kids who had a wonderful time.”

 

Hundreds of invited visitors watched in delight as The Enchanted Forest launched its much-anticipated 2018 show Of The Wild in Faskally Wood, near Pitlochry, tonight (Wednesday, October 3).

Showcasing the wild and wonderful autumnal beauty of Highland Perthshire, the sound and light spectacular has released a record 80,000 tickets for its extended five-week run from October 4 until November 4, 2018.

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

“The Trust was bowled over by the incredible feedback we received tonight for Of The Wild. It’s a tribute to our brilliant creative team and producer of the 2018 show, as well as our very talented operations team, all of whom transform Faskally Wood into an enchanted forest every October.

“From humble beginnings as a three-night event with just 1500 visitors in 2002, it’s phenomenal to see how much The Enchanted Forest has grown during its 17 years. The love and support we have received is amazing and we are looking forward to welcoming a record 80,000 visitors this year.”

Breathtaking visuals, state-of the-art technologies, interactive special effects and a dazzling music score combine to make Of The Wild a truly enchanting experience for visitors of all ages.

Inspired by the hidden beauty of Highland Perthshire’s wild woods, 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) has taken that theme literally and come up a show that’s firmly rooted in nature and full of surprises.

Ian Sim continued:

“Our reputation as one of Scotland’s and the UK’s must-see autumn events is partly testament to the time we have spent over the years growing a community of dedicated partners, volunteers and followers, believing in what we are doing and listening and responding to feedback so that we can come back better each year. Despite growing significantly we are still a very intimate event and that’s what people seem to love the most. We don’t ever want to lose that.”

Once again, the show organisers ran a competition to find The Voice of the Enchanted Forest. Hundreds of children from all over Scotland auditioned with a prize of recording a health and safety announcement that is played to visitors as they are bused from Pitlochry to the forest for the event. The winner was seven-year-old Jessica McIntosh, from Auchterarder, who helped open the show.

Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland, The Birks Cinema Trust and Blairgowrie Riding for Disabled have been confirmed as the official charity partners for 2018. These organisations will not only benefit financially but will be promoted extensively during the run of the event.

It is estimated that The Enchanted Forest’s impact on the local tourism economy is around £3 million per annum with around 54% of visitors to the event this year 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 autumn.

The Enchanted Forest sound and light show has announced the winner of its Voice of the Enchanted Forest competition as seven-year-old Jessica McIntosh.

Jessica, from Auchterarder, beat 150 other entrants in a competition that attracted auditions from children all over the country. Jessica’s prize is to record a script to be used during the five-week-long event at Pitlochry’s Faskally Wood from October 3 to November 4.

Jessica, who attends Auchterarder Primary School in Perthshire, stood out from the other entrants because of her “super-cute, bright and smiley” voice, said the organisers. As the Voice of The Enchanted Forest, Jessica will welcome tens of thousands of visitors and inform them of important health and safety information as they travel by bus from Pitlochry to Faskally Wood for the show.

Jessica recorded her message with the help of presenter Claire Kinnaird at Radio Tay this week which, along with sister stations Radio Forth and Radio Clyde, was a co-sponsor of the competition. Part of her prize was a VIP tour of the station, and an invitation to a special preview night of The Enchanted Forest. This will be Jessica’s third visit to the event.

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

“Once again the judges were bowled over by both the number and quality of entrants to the Voice of the Enchanted Forest competition. It was an extremely difficult task to narrow down the shortlist, but Jessica stood out for her super-cute, bright and smiley voice, which is naturally clear, confident and friendly. We think Jessica’s voice will be a real hit with visitors as they travel to the forest.”

Jessica said:

“We listen to Radio Tay every morning and when I heard the announcement about the competition I knew I wanted to enter. I’ve been to The Enchanted Forest with my mum, dad and wee brother Daniel three times before and I can’t believe I’m going to be playing such an important part in the show!”

There are only a few thousand tickets remaining for this year’s Enchanted Forest show, Of The Wild, which runs from October 4 to November 4, 2018.

The Enchanted Forest has a double reason to celebrate this week after being named as a finalist in Scotland’s top tourism awards AND being picked as one of the UK’s top autumn events by TripAdvisor.

The Scottish Thistle Awards shortlisting for the sell-out 2017 show – Oir an Uisge – is the fifth in a row for Scotland’s premier outdoor sound and light event which takes place at Faskally Wood in Pitlochry.

News of the event’s shortlisting for Best Cultural Event in Central, Fife and Tayside comes just days before the much-anticipated 2018 show – Of The Wild – opens to the public on Thursday, October 4.

Meanwhile, The Enchanted Forest has also been picked by Trip Advisor as one of the UK’s must-see events this autumn. The show is featured in the Best UK Events for October 2018 section courtesy of HolidayLettings.co.uk – the UK’s leading holiday rentals website and a TripAdvisor company. The article is now live on the site which attracts an audience of around seven million visitors per month.

A TripAdvisor spokesperson said:

“I’m excited to announce that we’ve included The Enchanted Forest in our travel feature Best UK Events for October 2018 – as one of the top 10 UK events taking place next month. This list has been compiled to celebrate only the best of the UK events from October, and the final shortlist is selected from hundreds of the biggest and most exciting events across the UK.”

The Enchanted Forest released a record 80,000 tickets for sale this year and with only a few thousand now remaining, organisers are urging the public to book quickly to avoid disappointment. All weekends are sold out, but there is still some availability Mondays to Thursdays, especially later shows after 8.30pm.

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 was record-breaking, with just over 73,000 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 the full show is likely to sell out before it begins next Thursday, October 4.”

The 2018 event, entitled Of The Wild, is firmly rooted in nature and inspired by the hidden mystery of Faskally Wood after dark. The dazzling spectacle is produced by Zoe Squair and designed by lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes. The original music score is by RJ McConnell and Jon Beales.

This year’s show is supporting three charities – the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland, The Birks Cinema Trust and Blairgowrie Riding for Disabled.

Persistence has finally paid off for a trio of Scottish motion-design artists who are returning to their roots this Autumn as part of the creative team behind the award-winning Enchanted Forest.

Adam Finlay from Glasgow, Elliot Thomson from Elgin and Keith Daniels from Caithness founded Newcastle-based NOVAK, a creative studio which specialises in producing innovative and ambitious art, design and motion-design projects.

NOVAK hit the headlines when they presented a spectacular projection mapped artwork onto the south façade of Brighton Pavilion. They have also presented work at the UK’s largest light festival, Lumiere, and the internationally renowned Singapore Night Festival. Their work has also featured alongside many critically acclaimed musicians at some of the world’s leading music events; including Glastonbury (UK), Coachella (USA), Fuji Rock (Japan) and Roskilde (Denmark).

Although now based south of the border, Scotland’s premier outdoor light and sound show has been on NOVAK’s radar for years, and the group has been seeking opportunities to collaborate with lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes for some time.

Adam Finlay, Studio Director at NOVAK explained:

“Over the years, we met Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, the lighting designers from the Enchanted Forest, at a few different events and we always took the opportunity to tell them how much we admired the show and would love to work with them. Our persistence paid off and Kate and Simon invited us to see last year’s show. The rest is history!”

This year, Adam, Elliot and Keith have been able to bring their ideas to the show’s creative mix and they are excited for people to see it for themselves when they enter Faskally Wood.

Adam continued: “It has been such a fun process working closely with Kate and Simon to refine our ideas and continue to compliment this year’s theme which is about the natural environment and the nature within. We don’t what to give too much away about what we’ve been working on, but there is a seasonal cyclical element to our contribution. Look out for something spectacular over the loch – you’ll know it when you see it.”

It has been particularly special for the team at NOVAK to be involved in an event closer to their families – many of whom are fans of The Enchanted Forest already.

Adam added: “My family live in Perth which is just down the road from Faskally Wood and they are big fans of the Enchanted Forest. They are delighted that we are part of the creative team behind this year’s show. I can’t wait for them to see our work in person in a show that they already love. It isn’t easy for us to bring our families to see the work we do, so it will be extra special to share this experience with them.”

Running from October 4 to November 4, the theme of this year’s Enchanted Forest is Of The Wild, and 80,000 visitors are expected to travel to Pitlochry to enjoy the mind-blowing light displays and interactive elements beautifully choreographed with originally composed music.

Over 73,000 visitors attended last year’s sold-out show Oir an Uisge (Gaelic for ‘Edge of the Water’), which was a four per cent increase on the previous record-breaking year. The Enchanted Forest brings in an estimated £3 million to the local economy.