Magical Lantern Festival | #ChineseNewYear

I would just like to take this moment to warn you in advance that this Magical Lantern Festival blog is quite picture heavy! Rather than ramble too much (as I like to do) about how majestic it is, I thought it was better to show you.

'Love' lights up London for the Magical Lantern Festival @ Chiswick House & Gardens

Some of you might remember my Lumiere London post a little while ago and how beautiful London looked lit up with different art installations. Well, thanks to Chinese New Year celebrations, there’s a similar event happening right now at Chiswick House & Gardens for Year of the Monkey’ called Magical Lantern Festival! Now, it’s not the easiest place to get to, but I assure you it’s definitely worth taking a trip to see some of the beautiful light up installations.

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The festival is premiering in the stunning gardens at Chiswick House. I arrived during the day time as I was there to help out a friend with some customer service on site, but even then it looked incredibly colourful… However, I totally wasn’t prepared for how it would when it got darker. The 65 acres are covered with 52 illuminated themed tableaux, using over 58,000 bulbs.

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Due to the fact I was helping out, I didn’t get the chance to see the whole festival, but I’m looking forward to taking my lovely little mum at the end of the month… I know there is a lot more to admire, and many more pictures to be taken!

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If you’re thinking about going, make sure you wear comfy “sensible” shoes and wrap up warm. It was absolutely freezing when I was there and although there’s Chiswick House Cafe half way round & stalls selling warm food & drink at the start & end of the walk, it’s probably going to be a lot less magical if you can’t feel your nose, fingers or toes! Lots of people skipped out on the last bit of the walk because it was just *that* cold. There is also a bar area at the end to warm up in, with cool lit up telephone boxes!

…And now it’s picture time! (Opening dates/cost/location details are at the end of the post!)

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Archways, Magical Lantern Festival @ Chiswick House & Gardens

Bar Area, Magical Lantern Festival @ Chiswick House & Gardens

Where? Chiswick House & Gardens, Burlington Lane, Chiswick, W4 2RP (Nearest tube is Turnham Green on the District Line/Picadilly Line “late night”)

When? Tuesday – Sunday: 5pm-8.45pm. (You have to book a specific time slot & the whole walk lasts around 70 minutes.)

Open until? Sunday 6th March 2016

How Much? Adults: £16 /Concessions: £14 /Children: £10 in advance (+ there are family deals available) – get your tickets here!

Still not convinced? Check out the preview video here!

Time to turn the lights out, all of this late night blogging is making me nocturnal…!

Lx

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2 responses to “Magical Lantern Festival | #ChineseNewYear”

  1. Gemma says:

    Oh wow it looks amazing! The lights are incredible, or should I say lanterns 😀 xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

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Queer & Curvy Cat Lady 💘 Another lifestyle blog, but with a colourful & alternative edge. Covering all kinds of subjects inc. Vegan & Cruelty-Free living, Self Love & Body Positivity, LGBTQ+, Travel & Adventure... To name a few. Usually found cuddling animals, visiting restaurants with plant-based options, singing my heart out at gigs, or covered in glitter in a festival field.

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