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).