The Enchanted Forest, Perthshires multi-award winning sound and light show, has announced that 55,000 tickets have gone on sale to the general public from today, Friday 12th June.
After smashing box office records for the event in 2014, The Enchanted Forest has extended its run from 23 nights to 32 nights this year, opening up thousands of additional tickets, including a dedicated charity night on Thursday 1st October, to meet the increasing demand.
An exclusive pre-sale period for previous customers has already seen an uptake on tickets that is 66% higher than in 2014, prompting organisers to recommend early purchase, particularly for those families who have a specific date or time in mind.
The extended run is expected to be worth more than £500,000 additional income to the local economy, boosting tourism trade in what has traditionally come to be known as the shoulder season.
Confirming the title of this years show will be FLUX, Graham Brown, chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust that runs The Enchanted Forest, commented:
We are delighted that we have been able to extend our run this year to accommodate growing demand to attend the event and to continue to expand this popular spectacle for visitors to the area.
We are also delighted to be including a dedicated charity event on Thursday 1st October, which will see three charities benefit this year: PKAVS, Scottish Autism and CHAS. As a charitable trust we are in a strong position to give back to the local community and we have selected three charities that are very active in this area. It is marvellous to be able to assist PKAVS, Scottish Autism and CHAS in their important fundraising efforts and we hope that they will benefit greatly from this unique fundraising opportunity.
Even though we have made thousands of extra tickets available by extending by one week, we are already experience strong demand for shows across the run with some show times already sold out before weve gone on public sale. The message is very clear: if you have a date and time in mind, dont leave it to the last minute to book.
Tricia Fox, marketing manager of The Enchanted Forest commented:
As a community based event, we are very committed to giving something back and all three charities do exceptionally important work to support families and children across Scotland. Every year we get very positive feedback from customers whose children are affected by autism, and the profound impact the show has on them. For other families who are facing challenges, such as those supported by CHAS and PKAVS. The show offers an opportunity to enjoy time together and a break from their normal routine. We are proud to be giving Scottish Autism, PKAVS and CHAS a helping hand.
Claire Macdonald, Marketing & Fundraising Assistant at PKAVS commented:
We are delighted to be part of this renowned experience and are pleased that funds raised from the evening will be invested back into our local communities through our work at PKAVS. We look forward to bringing along some of our service users and supporters to experience the magic of The Enchanted Forest on the night too.
Karen Wilson, fundraising manager for Scottish Autism commented:
We are delighted to be selected as one of the charities to benefit from this event for a second year running. This is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of our services which support people with autism and their families throughout Scotland. We are also looking forward to bringing along some of our service users to enjoy the experience on the night.
Alison Rennie, CHAS Fundraiser commented:
Were very excited to have been chosen for the second year as one of the charities to benefit from The Enchanted Forests charity evening, which was very popular last year. Once again it promises to be a magical event and all the funds received by CHAS will help us to continue to provide vital support to babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
The 2015 show, FLUX, sees the return of the creative team that put together the multi-award winning 2013 and 2014 shows, with lighting design by Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, sound design and composition by RJ McConnell and Jon Beales. As in previous years, they will be led by creative director and producer, Derek Allan, of Allan Associates.
The Enchanted Forest takes place from Thursday 1st October Sunday 1st November at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Tickets will be available from 10am on Friday 12th June at www.enchantedforest.org.uk
Tickets for the Charity Night on Thursday 1st October will also be available to book on 12th June by visiting www.enchantedforest.org.uk/charity