The Magical Lantern Festival made its debut last year as the only Chinese lantern festival outside of Asia. It’s truly unique - all the lanterns are handmade by a skilled team and this year’s light sculptures have never been seen before. Set in the restored 18th Century gardens at Chiswick House, you’ll see 65 acres packed with over 50 illuminated installations, celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Rooster.
This year’s theme is The Silk Road, celebrating the route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China – and includes a 15-metre illuminated sculpture of the Houses of Parliament, a full-size replica of the ship that Chinese Admiral Zheng used on his trade explorations, and an ambitious lantern adventure across the Silk Road, through Europe, Asia, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India and Ancient China. Children’s senses will be tantalized and teased by the magical lights and they can finish the fun with a skate on the ice-rink, a Virtual Reality gaming experience plus plenty of street food and drink to enjoy and there’s even a mini funfair too.
When: 19 Jan – 26 Feb
Where: Chiswick House, London
Price: Advance tickets, from £16.50, adult, £10.50 child and £50 for a family ticket
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