The Enchanted Forest has joined forces with social enterprise The Workshop Aberfeldy to support people in Highland Perthshire who face barriers into employment.

The Dunkeld Road-based charity has produced some beautifully crafted merchandise for sale at this year’s show – Of The Wild – which runs from October 4 until November 4 in Faskally Wood, near Pitlochry. Using a recently acquired CNC Router, a kind of computer controlled cutting machine, the range includes solid oak keyrings, medals, coloured lanyards, name badges for Forest stewards, maps and signage for the award-winning event.

The Workshop Aberfeldy was founded by Paul Parmenter in 2014 after he noticed a lack of job opportunities in the local area. Many of the people it supports have learning difficulties, have experienced issues at school, or simply want to gain skills to make them more employable.

The enterprise provides opportunities to learn practical and technical manufacturing skills in wood working, engineering and laser cutting. Crucially it also offers a safe environment for people to gain self-confidence and develop interpersonal skills at their own pace.

The Workshop Aberfeldy generates revenue by selling the products made during training and completing work for customers.

After meeting the team behind The Enchanted Forest, there was clear connection between the show, which has had a significant impact locally, and a social enterprise organisation working with people who have so much to offer the local community.

Rosie Baxendine, Business Development for The Workshop Aberfeldy, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the Enchanted Forest for the first time at this year’s show Of the Wild. Many of the team know all about the show and there’s a sense of pride that they are now part of such a hugely successful event in our local area.

“Our new CNC router has enabled staff to produce more intricate designs which we are very excited about. The next step is to raise the money to purchase a 3D printer which will further enhance our team’s skills and increase their employability in the longer term.”

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

“We collaborate with many businesses both locally and from further afield every year when producing The Enchanted Forest and we are so pleased to be able to work closely with a social enterprise like The Workshop Aberfeldy which is doing incredible work giving young people in Highland Perthshire the opportunity to learn new skills which will help them find work. We are sure our visitors are going to love the beautifully crafted, locally-made merchandise.”

Scotland’s premier outdoor sound and light event The Enchanted Forest runs from October 4 – November 4 in Faskally Wood, near Pitlochry. This year’s show, Of The Wild, is firmly rooted in nature, highlighting the natural wonders all around us and is inspired by the hidden beauty of the wild forest after dark.

The award-winning Enchanted Forest sound and light show is ploughing £6,000 into the event to improve accessibility for wheelchair users and disabled customers.

The investment in the Pitlochry event this October will include improved path access, increased access to the show’s catering and storytelling areas, and a state-of-the-art Mobiloo toilet. Together, the changes will enable many more visitors to gain accessibility to all parts of the show.

There will be improved path access for all visitors to Faskally Wood, where the event is held, and organisers have focused on increasing accessibility for wheelchair users in many areas where there is bark underfoot, installing matting on top of of the bark. This includes the storytelling yurt, which offers storytelling throughout the evening, and catering areas serving food and beverages.

The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, which puts on the event, has collaborated with Mobiloo, a charity which provides temporary disabled toilet facilities including a toilet with grab rails, an electronic hoist, and an adult-sized changing bench. Mobiloo will be provided in addition to the existing portable toilets.

The Trust, which expects to attract 80,000 visitors during the month-long run, was inspired by Euan’s Guide, the charity and disabled access review website which featured the 2017 show. Reviewer and blogger Claire D’All gave the event five stars but made several suggestions for improved accessibility.

Zoe Squair, Creative Producer of The Enchanted Forest, said:

“We take all of our customer comments seriously, whether they are in the form of comments to staff, social media posts or press reviews. While The Enchanted Forest has always had a good reputation for accessibility, there is always room for improvement. That’s why we wanted to step things up this year and pump a substantial amount of money into making things even better.”

Entitled Of The Wild, the 2018 Enchanted Forest show is firmly rooted in nature and inspired by the hidden mystery of Faskally Wood after dark. It runs from October 4 to November 4. Last year’s sell-out Enchanted Forest event attracted a record 73,000 visitors.

Organisers of the multi-award-winning sound and light show The Enchanted Forest have made an undisclosed donation to Tayside Mountain Rescue to help them replace what was stolen at the rescue team’s storage unit which was broken into last weekend.

The Enchanted Forest Community Trust made the donation to help Tayside Mountain Rescue replace the emergency medicine and other items which were taken when their storage unit on the Dunkeld Road was burgled on Sunday night.

Tayside Mountain Rescue, a team of volunteers who selflessly dedicate themselves to rescuing people who get into trouble on the Scottish hills, have been heartened by the Trust’s generosity and the support of the wider community in the wake of the break-in which has come at a time when the rescue team is exceptionally busy.

Tayside Mountain Rescue was one of the chosen charities supported by the Trust during the Enchanted Forest’s October run in 2017. Upon hearing about the theft and the impact it had on the rescue team’s ability to continue their work in the short term, the team at The Enchanted Forest Community Trust decided to offer their help.

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

“The Tayside Mountain Rescue team provide an incredible voluntary service 24/7 to the many walkers on our hills and put themselves in harms way to help people who get into difficulty. After we heard about the break-in, we felt strongly we needed to help them keep running that incredible service on our hills. We hope our donation enables them to replace what was taken and resume their business as usual.”

Stuart Johnson, team leader at Tayside Mountain Rescue, commented:

“After what has been a difficult week for Tayside Mountain Rescue, we are delighted to have received this much appreciated donation from The Enchanted Forest Community Trust to help us replace what was stolen at the weekend. Their support will also help us to further enhance the security at our Dunkeld Road storage unit. We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Enchanted Forest and the local community for being so supportive.”

The Enchanted Forest is returning to Faskally Wood this autumn. Running from October 4 – November 4, 80,000 visitors are expected to travel to Pitlochry for the atmospheric sound and light show. This year’s show, Of The Wild, is firmly rooted in nature highlighting the natural wonders all around us and inspired by the hidden beauty of the wild forest after dark.

The Enchanted Forest has launched their search across Scotland for a child who can lend their voice to the award-winning event and welcome the tens of thousands of visitors expected to attend this October. The winning Voice will feature in a recording to be played to all visitors as they travel by bus from Pitlochry to the forest for the event, which organisers expect to be another sell-out.

This is the second year that the event has run the competition which has been developed in partnership with Bauer, owners of Tay FM, Clyde FM and Forth 1. It offers an exclusive experience for a budding young presenter to visit their local radio station, meet the presenters and to record their moment of glory in a professional studio.

Last year hundreds of young hopefuls entered from all over Scotland, with judges whittling it down to just one: 9 year old Robbie Low from Broughty Ferry near Dundee. Robbie visited Radio Tay to make his recording before also taking on the honour of opening The Enchanted Forest’s 2017 event, Oir an Uisge, and switching on all the lights on opening night!

Audition lines are now open for the Voice of The Enchanted Forest. Entry is open to children aged between 5 and 12.

The Voice will welcome visitors to the forest and remind them of some important health and safety messages. The winner will record a pre-written script at one of Bauer’s radio stations, get VIP access to the station, and be guest of honour at the show’s special preview night on Wednesday 3rd October.

This year’s Enchanted Forest show, Of the Wild, runs from October 4th to November 4th 2018. Event organisers The Enchanted Forest Community Trust have released a record 80,000 tickets for Of the Wild which are already selling quickly. The organisers fully expect the show to sell out before opening night.

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

“Families and children are crucial to the success of The Enchanted Forest, which is why we’re delighted to be running this competition along with Bauer Radio for a second year running. Robbie was fantastic last year but we know there’s lots of young talent out there. We’re looking for a child with a voice that’s friendly, fun and assertive so that visitors will sit up and take notice as they’re bused to the event. The winner will get a sneak preview of the event, and some VIP treatment from us and our radio partners.”

Kelly Murdoch, account manager with Bauer Radio, said:

“The Enchanted Forest is a mainstay of Scotland’s events calendar so we’re excited to be on board with them for this unique competition. We can’t wait to hear from all the talented kids out there and also to invite them behind the scenes to one of our radio stations. We just hope they don’t put our DJs out of a job!”

To enter the competition, call 01738 700145 and follow the audition instructions or go to www.tayfm.co.uk, www.forth1.com and www.clyde1.com. Details are also at www.enchantedforest.org.uk. The competition runs until midnight on September 16th.

The award-winning Enchanted Forest, Scotland’s premier outdoor light and sound show, returns to Highland Perthshire for an incredible 17th year this autumn.

Running from October 4 – November 4, Faskally Wood is set to once again be illuminated in dazzling light with 80,000 visitors expected to travel to Pitlochry for the hugely popular event. This year’s atmospheric show, Of The Wild, is firmly rooted in nature highlighting the natural wonders all around us and inspired by the hidden beauty of the wild forest after dark.

Running for four weeks and five weekends, mind-blowing light displays and interactive elements beautifully choregraphed with originally composed music recorded for this year’s event will be experienced by visitors of all ages and from all over the world.

As well as breathtaking visuals, state-of-the-art technologies and a magical music score, the creative team have teased some surprises in the forest. Ian Sim, Chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, which runs The Enchanted Forest, said:

“This year’s Enchanted Forest, Of The Wild, is set to be an incredible and unique experience for our many visitors to Faskally Wood as the theme celebrates the wonders of nature. There will be some surprises in the woods, but you will have to wait and see what’s in store!”

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. Now in its 17th year, the event brings in an estimated £3 million to the local economy.

For tickets and more information on The Enchanted Forest visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk

The Enchanted Forest has announced Lov Events as caterers for its award-winning sound and light show.

The Bankfoot based catering and events business will provide its signature unique dishes nightly for the 80,000 visitors who are expected to visit the Pitlochry event, which runs from October 4 to November 4 at Faskally Wood in Perthshire.

Lov Events specialises in creating menus that boast a variety of locally sourced produce with a Scottish twist, from Perthshire burgers and Mexican street food to cooking up a storm on an Argentinian grill. Its offerings at The Enchanted Forest will include warming soups and hot chocolate, mulled wine, burgers with meat sourced from Perth butcher D.G. Lindsay, and a few surprises.

Lov Events has six years’ experience serving a range of unique, tasty dishes at world-renowned events such as The Ryder Cup, Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Silverstone and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Entitled Of The Wild, the 2018 Enchanted Forest show is firmly rooted in nature and inspired by the hidden mystery of Faskally Wood after dark.

Fraser Potter, Managing Director of Lov Events, said:

“We’re excited to be working on such a fun and internationally recognised event as The Enchanted Forest. And although this year’s show theme is one of hidden mystery, it’s no mystery what Lov Events will be doing – creating excellent locally sourced food with a Scottish and countryside theme.”

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

“We’re delighted to announced Lov Events as our catering partners. We always look to source the best in their field and, where possible, home-grown talent. I believe Lov Events ticks both of those boxes.”

The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire’s multi-award-winning sound and light show, has released almost 80,000 tickets for this year’s event, with the box office opening to the general public on Friday, June 15.

The 2018 event, entitled Of The Wild, is firmly rooted in nature and inspired by the hidden mystery of Faskally Wood after dark. The creative team has come up with an engaging event that combines breathtaking visuals, innovative technologies, interactive special effects and an original music score.

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. Now in its 17th year, the event brings in an estimated £3 million to the local economy.

Tickets have been made available already by private pre-sale to previous customers and subscribers to the event’s e-newsletter. Demand has been brisk with almost 30,000 tickets snapped up already. Weekend nights are already selling fast and customers are advised to book early this year to avoid disappointment with organisers predicting that the event will sell out before opening night for the second year running.

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 month-long extravaganza which opens to the public on Thursday, October 4.

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 state-of-the-art show which has won numerous awards, most recently being named Best Cultural Event Finalist in the 2017 Scottish Thistle Awards.

Ian Sim, Chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said: “Innovation and imagination are at the heart of The Enchanted Forest’s reputation as Scotland’s premier sound and light show. Without giving too much away, I am delighted to say that our creative team has once again come up with an event that will deliver a real wow factor to enchant and enthral visitors of all ages.

“As demand for tickets grows year on year, I cannot emphasise strongly enough that people should buy tickets in advance to ensure they secure a chance to visit this year.”

This year’s Enchanted Forest will run from October 4 to November 4 at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Tickets will go on sale to the public from Friday, June 15 at 10am www.enchantedforest.org.uk

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

The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, organisers of the multi award-winning sound and light show near Pitlochry, has announced three official charities to benefit from this year’s event. 

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

Now in its 17th year, the theme of this year’s show is still under wraps but will incorporate the dazzling visuals, innovative design and original music score which has made The Enchanted Forest Scotland’s premier sound and light event.

Set against the stunning natural backdrop of Faskally Wood, organisers The Enchanted Forest Community Trusty use Scotland’s premier creative talents to produce a state-of-the-art show which has won numerous awards, most recently being named Best Cultural Event Finalist in the 2017 Scottish Thistle Awards.

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 event brings in an estimated £3 million to the local economy. Tickets have been made available on pre-sale to previous customers and, with sales already soaring over last year, 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, giving them additional exposure of their good work and a platform to promote their key objectives.”

Dougie Baird, Chief Executive Officer, Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the three 2018 charity partners by the Enchanted Forest and feel proud to be associated with such a fantastic organisation. Being able to raise our profile by working with the Enchanted Forest will be of huge benefit to our organisation and any funds raised will directly benefit public access for those in Scotland.”

John Freeman, Chair of The Birks Cinema Trust, said:

“The Birks Cinema Trust is thrilled to have been chosen as a 2018 charity partner for by the award winning Enchanted Forest. Funds raised will primarily support our wide-ranging community activities programme and we are excited that working with Enchanted Forest’s woodland wonderland experience will raise awareness.”

Louise Burrell, Treasurer, Blairgowrie Riding for Disabled, said:

“Blairgowrie Riding for the Disabled is excited to be selected as one of the named charities for Enchanted Forest 2018. This volunteer run charity provides therapeutic riding and fun for some of the most vulnerable children in our community. Riding is a fantastic platform for learning, personal development and therapy – as well as being a fun and healthy activity in its own right. Last year our five ponies and a fabulous team of volunteers provided services to seven Perthshire primary schools and we hope to at least match this in 2018. It is a joy to watch the children progress as they learn new skills. In the future we hope to offer our services to more Perthshire schools and be able to offer older children and adults an opportunity to ride. The group is already looking at increasing the scope of activities and additional support from the Enchanted Forest will be enormously helpful in developing exciting plans for the future of Blairgowrie RDA.”

This year’s Enchanted Forest will run from October 4 to November 4 and tickets will go on sale to the public in June 2018.

The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, organisers of the multi-award winning sound and light show in Pitlochry, has awarded a record £17,870 to a wide range of worthy projects in Highland Perthshire.

This is the fifth year that such a fund has been available, and the 15 good causes range from supporting Pitlochry Path Group for its project to upgrade the path network at Loch Faskally, to kitting out six players in the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band. Other notable donations include financial backing for the March Into Pitlochry music festival, Pitlochry’s Christmas Festival and the Soldiers of Killiecrankie. Full list as follows:

  • Scottish Canoe Association.
  • Pitlochry Town Hall.
  • Vale of Atholl FC.
  • Soldiers of Killiecrankie.
  • Pitlochry Art Walk.
  • Vale of Atholl Pipe Band.
  • Pitlochry Path Group.
  • Pitlochry Baptist Church.
  • Royal Highland Education.
  • Mid Atholl Strings & Things.
  • Struan Trust.
  • March Into Pitlochry.
  • Women’s Institute.
  • Pitlochry Christmas Festival.
  • Pitlochry High School Duke of Edinburgh Award Group.

Ian Sim, Chairman of The Enchanted Forest, said:

“2017’s record-breaking show saw more people visiting The Enchanted Forest than ever before. This incredible support means we are able to fund 15 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 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.

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 2017 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 4 to November 4 and tickets will go on sale to the public in June 2017.

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 just over 73,000 visitors attended this year’s sold-out show, which closed on Sunday night, a 4% increase on the previous record-breaking year. Event organisers have also confirmed that its three official charities – Tayside Mountain Rescue, Alzheimer Scotland and Giraffe – have each received a donation of £2500 with proceeds from the dedicated charity night held on the opening night.

Oir an Uisge, Gaelic for Edge of the Water captured the public’s imagination around the globe with international visitors one of the fastest growing audience segments for the event this year. International visitors have jumped from around 0.97% of audience share in 2014 to 2.72% of audience share in 2017, and with more than 75% citing their main reason for travelling to Scotland was to see The Enchanted Forest, they represented more than 15 different countries.

The growth in the profile of the event in recent years saw it take the title for the UK’s Best Cultural Event last winter and it is also up for a coveted Visit Scotland Thistle Award later this year. As has almost become the norm it has again broken all previous box office records and, for the first time, tickets sold out prior to the show opening on 28th September. Over 10,000 customers have since signed up for advance notice of when 2018 tickets will go on sale.

Reflecting the changing landscape of Forestry Commission Scotland’s Faskally Wood, this year the creatives behind the show took inspiration from the natural setting with dazzling visuals including a multitude of spectacular water effects, state of the art lighting technologies and exciting new artist installations. Oir an Uisge also featured a musical score that combined contemporary with traditional and which has proved a hit with visitors.

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.
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 creatives team who devise the concept, our new show producer Zoe Squair and brilliant operations team and to the stewards who stand out in the woods night after night during the month of October. The Enchanted Forest’s success is testimony to their hard work and commitment to providing a top quality experience for our thousands of customers.”

“We’re also extremely please that the event has also been able to contribute to three very worthwhile charities and support them in their work in the community. Tayside Mountain Rescue, Alzheimer Scotland and Giraffe have all received donations of £2500 each thanks to a sell-out charity event on our opening night.”

The Enchanted Forest returns in 2018 and people can sign up for advance notification of when tickets go on sale at www.enchantedforest.org.uk

The Enchanted Forest – October 2012

The Enchanted Forest’s storytelling yurt is an annual favourite for visitors to the award-winning sound and light event. But this year the tent is more magical than ever, with sensory stories, special guests and an international storyteller from Poland.

Resident storytellers Lindsey Gibb, Claire Hewitt and Owen Pilgrim who perform nightly for ticketholders at the cost of just £1 per person, will be joined by Scots and Polish tale tellers, a local musician and a herbalist during the month-long event.

Claire is also treating visitors to sensory stories. Once a week she is using sensory story boxes which include puppets and tactile objects to tell tales aimed particularly at young children and adults with learning difficulties.

This year’s storytelling guests feature:

Sheila Kinninmonth on Friday 13th October. Hailing from Fife, Sheila is a storyteller and author of Fife Folktales. Her storytelling style is fun and interactive, providing kids and adults a chance to break out of the audience and contribute to the story.

Munro Gauld on Friday 27th October. Munro is a local musician who has played woodwind instruments for both formal and informal events, and he takes his ideas from the rich history and culture of Perthshire. Munro and resident storyteller Lindsey Gibb have created ‘Flute of the Forest’, a musical tale especially for the Enchanted Forest, which will be showcased alternately throughout the night with a local traditional musical tale.

Gosia Litwinowicz on Thursday 26th October. Gosia is Artistic Director of the famed Warsaw International Storytelling Festival. Her appearance is part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2017, which kicks off on the same day. Gosia’s stories are inspired by fantasy as well as reality, drawing from biographies and everyday events, as well as magic worlds and creatures from literature. Gosia, Lindsey and Claire will share both Scottish and Polish stories for a magical and unique night of culture at the Forest.

Amanda Edminston on Saturday 28th October. Amanda, a former student of herbal medicine, brings a new twist to the art of storytelling with her folklore, drawing upon the history of using plants.

Lindsey Gibb, who has been in The Enchanted Forest’s storytelling yurt for five years, said:

“The yurt is a popular stop-off every year for visitors to The Enchanted Forest and this year it’s no different. We’re thrilled to have these guests this year, and to link up with The Scottish International Storytelling Festival makes it extra special.”

The Enchanted Forest sound and light show has been declared “the best one yet” by visitors at the same time as the event was named a finalist in the Scottish Thistle Awards.

The news of the event’s shortlisting for Best Cultural Event in Central, Fife and Tayside came as the 2017 show made history for selling out before it opened to the public last week.

“Amazing”, “awesome”, “incredible” and “the best one yet” were just some of the comments in a video that captures visitors’ delight at this year’s show, Oir an Uisge. The dazzling spectacle was 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.

The Scottish Thistle Awards shortlisting – for the hugely successful 2016 show, shimmer – is the fourth in a row for this popular Autumn event which takes place at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry.

Tickets to Oir an Uisge sold out just hours before the show opened. The name is Gaelic for “Edge of the Water” and is inspired by its natural setting of Faskally Wood and Loch Dunmore. There are elements of Scottish folk music in the score, and instruments used include whistles, recorders and crumhorn, as well as orchestral sounds of strings, percussion and harp.

A record 72,000 tickets were released for Oir an Uisge. Proceeds from the official opening night, September 28th, will benefit the show’s three chosen charities this year: Tayside Mountain Rescue, Alzheimer Scotland and Giraffe. The Enchanted Forest runs until October 29th, 2017.