Festival Of Light 2016


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Festival of Light inspired by Diwali

1st October - 5th November

Building on the success of the last two years, this October, Robin Hill’s electric woods’will once again present the Festival of Light inspired by Diwali, a stunning spectacle of creatively themed light, colour, sound, and entertainment inspired by the Hindu Festival of Diwali, where ‘light triumphs over darkness’.

Every evening from 1st October – 5th November, 6pm – 10pm, visitors can experience the lush colours, flavours and magic of the Asian sub-continent set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland as the spectacular ‘electric woods’ captures the spirit of the most popular festival in the Indian calendar.

Wandering through the woodlands, visitors can experience exciting, dynamic lighting effects, whilst down in the valley a spectacular new light, fire & sound show will envelope the new Parting, creating an exciting walk through experience into the woodland ponds.

The Indian poem, ‘The Ramayana’, which celebrates the victory of good over evil, is creatively portrayed by enchanting cinematic shadow theatre in the woodland amphitheatre, where later in the evening an amazing ‘wings by twilight’ falconry show will be held.

Back by popular demand – but with a new twist - visitors can embrace the spirit of Diwali by taking part in the Colour Run – a high energy walk through the otherwise dark woodland glades where bursts of special ‘Holi’ powder will be released at random and visitors will ward off ‘evil spirits’ by throwing coloured powder into the air (and onto each other!)!  All visitors will receive a free pouch of brightly coloured ‘Holi’ powder to throw whilst on their quest.

The Diwali theme continues across all refreshments with an enhanced authentic Indian menu of curries and kebabs, Asian sweets, and traditional teas; providing a true ‘taste of India’.

Plus every Friday and Saturday night, younger visitors can take part in Lantern making and Bollywood dance workshops – both designed to give an insight into the wonders of Indian culture.  Plus join our larger than life puppets Prince Rama and Princess Sita on a lantern parade around our electric woods as a tribute to their home coming in the story of Diwali.

Our Bollywood Dj is also back and will be mixing a variety of great Bollywood classics with some modern favourites, and in celebration of Bollywood, our Bollywood dance troupe will be staging live performances and dance workshop - guaranteed to get everyone dancing the night away!

During October half term, 22nd – 30th November, all the additional entertainment that currently takes place on the Fridays and Saturdays on the lead up, will be held every evening.  See website for full programme.

Robin Hill’s electric woods ‘Festival of Light inspired by Diwali’ event is open every evening from 1st October – 5th November, 6pm - 10pm.   During half term, 22nd – 30th October, Robin Hill Country Park will also be open during the day and include theelectric woods evening event, 10am – 10pm.