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.