The Enchanted Forest has been named Best Cultural Event at the 2013 Scottish Event Awards and is renowned to be Scotland's premier sound and light experience and attracted over 40,000 visitors in 2013.This is the second time the event has picked up this award, having swept the floor at 2011 event scooping up the Event Management Grand Prix, alongside the awards for Best Cultural Event and a commendation for Best Large Event.
In the Year of Homecoming, Perthshire Big Tree Country’s multi-award winning show fuses the creative talents of Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes (lighting designers) and RJ McConnell (sound designer) to create an outdoor experience that will set visitor’s imagination alight.
This year’s event has been entitled ‘Elemental’. Coming up with a name for each new show is always a challenge, but the organising team wanted to get back to nature this year and, in true Enchanted Forest style, ensure you enjoyed the elements! Normally the weather is an unpredictable aspect of the show - this year we're bringing in some elemental effects that will truly amaze visitors. Back due to popular demand, the storytelling yurt will be on site again for 2014 with two in house story tellers Claire and Lindsey enchanting the crowds with their wistful tales.
There's not enough room for everyone in the yurt, though, so to ensure fair pricing, everyone who wants to listen to an enchanting story will be charged a nominal entry fee of just £1. Access is on a first come, first serve basis.
If you fancy eating your dinner in the great outdoors, or you're simply pushed for time, then you'll be delighted to hear that the master outdoor catering team return this year and will be cooking up a storm for visitors to the forest with mulled wine, hot chocolate, hot dogs and delicious Scottish beef burgers to name a few items on the menu.
There is no vehicle access to The Enchanted Forest. Everyone is transported to the event by shuttle bus leaving directly from the New Fishers Hotel on Atholl Road in Pitlochry. The shuttle bus transfer is included in with the ticket.
If you are coming to Pitlochry by car, please be aware that the event is very popular and leave extra time to find parking in the town. There are several public car parks, which are signposted, as normal as well as have additional signposting specifically for the event to ensure you can easily find them (look out for the yellow "Event Parking" signs). Parking on the street is free of charge in the evenings also and there is ample street parking available in Pitlochry.
Over 45,000 tickets went on sale on 16th June for the multi-award winning sound and light show and, already, organisers are predicting a sell-out show with demand already up 24.5% on the same weekend last year. Responding to burgeoning demand for the event that attracted a record breaking 40,000 visitors last year, organisers have this year extended the event’s capacity. In particular they have added a popular twilight show option that was trialled in 2013.
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest commented:
“The twilight show is an excellent way to see the forest in a completely different light, arriving just before nightfall, and wandering around as the darkness sets in. Traditionally it has only been seen by the team working on site, but last year we opened up Twilight departure times to the general public and they were immensely popular.”
Tickets are now on sale to the general public. For further information please visit the Enchanted Forest Website at http://www.enchantedforest.org.uk/ or telephone Lo-Call Number: 0871 288 7655 or for International Callers: 0044 1796 947011
If you are planning to visit central Scotland during October this year why not consider one of our self-catering holiday cottages and enjoy a fascinating family event and trip to this visitor attraction while you are here.