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Tree Top Performers at Enchanted Forest

 

Homecoming Funding Sees Forest First for Tree Top Performers
The Enchanted Forest, Scotland's premier sound and light show, has today announced that, thanks to the generosity of a grant secured from EventScotland, tree top performances by aerial artists will play a key feature in this year's show, elemental, which opens on Friday 3rd October.
The funding, which has been granted under EventScotland's Beacon Events Programme, is there to support uniquely Scottish events, which generate tourism benefits, contribute significantly to the Scotland the Perfect Stage impact areas and act as examples of best practice.
The funding will be specifically used by event organisers to extend the appeal of The Enchanted Forest, a traditional son et lumiere show, by introducing aerial performance artists who will use the forest as their natural backdrop, and the trees as their stage.
Derek Allan, Producer of The Enchanted Forest said:
"We're delighted to receive funding from EventScotland to bring this unique, and very exciting addition to the show - pushing the boundaries of this very popular event even further than in previous years. Having such a mesmerising live performance element, combined with stunning lighting effects, is something which feels like the next natural step to take and the creative team are working hard to ensure our audience continue to be wowed."
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said:
"We are delighted to support The Enchanted Forest once again during the Year of Homecoming 2014. The Enchanted Forest is a stunning celebration of Scotland's artistic and natural assets and by adding this element of live performance to one of the country's most loved Autumn events will undoubtedly show that Scotland is the perfect stage for events."
The Enchanted Forest is organised by Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company under the Perthshire Big Tree Country brand. Founded in 2002 with just 3000 visitors attending in its first year, the event now attracts more than ten times that number of visitors with over 40,000 visiting the show last year. The 2014 show, elemental, has been designed by Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes and with music by RJ McConnell and Jon Beales.
Next month the event will also compete for the titles of Scotland's Best Cultural Event and Best Large Event at the Scottish Event Awards, firmly cementing the show's position as one of Scotland's top events.
For further information about The Enchanted Forest and to purchase tickets, visit The Enchanted Forest website at www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Homecoming Funding Sees Forest First for Tree Top Performers

The Enchanted Forest, Scotland's premier sound and light show, has today announced that, thanks to the generosity of a grant secured from EventScotland, tree top performances by aerial artists will play a key feature in this year's show, elemental, which opens on Friday 3rd October.

orb-in-the-forest.jpgThe funding, which has been granted under EventScotland's Beacon Events Programme, is there to support uniquely Scottish events, which generate tourism benefits, contribute significantly to the Scotland the Perfect Stage impact areas and act as examples of best practice.

The funding will be specifically used by event organisers to extend the appeal of The Enchanted Forest, a traditional son et lumiere show, by introducing aerial performance artists who will use the forest as their natural backdrop, and the trees as their stage.

Derek Allan, Producer of The Enchanted Forest said:

"We're delighted to receive funding from EventScotland to bring this unique, and very exciting addition to the show - pushing the boundaries of this very popular event even further than in previous years. Having such a mesmerising live performance element, combined with stunning lighting effects, is something which feels like the next natural step to take and the creative team are working hard to ensure our audience continue to be wowed."

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said:

"We are delighted to support The Enchanted Forest once again during the Year of Homecoming 2014. The Enchanted Forest is a stunning celebration of Scotland's artistic and natural assets and by adding this element of live performance to one of the country's most loved Autumn events will undoubtedly show that Scotland is the perfect stage for events."enchanted-forest-trees.jpg

The Enchanted Forest is organised by Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company under the Perthshire Big Tree Country brand. Founded in 2002 with just 3000 visitors attending in its first year, the event now attracts more than ten times that number of visitors with over 40,000 visiting the show last year. The 2014 show, elemental, has been designed by Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes and with music by RJ McConnell and Jon Beales.

Next month the event will also compete for the titles of Scotland's Best Cultural Event and Best Large Event at the Scottish Event Awards, firmly cementing the show's position as one of Scotland's top events.

For further information about The Enchanted Forest and to purchase tickets, visit The Enchanted Forest website at www.enchantedforest.org.uk

 

Enchanted Forest for Charities

Enchanted Forest Branches Out for Charities

The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire's multi-award winning sound and light show, has announced that it has released an additional 1500 tickets for Thursday 2nd October when it will hold a dedicated charity event, the proceeds from which will be split equally between two Scottish charities: Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) and Autism Scotland.

enchanted-forest-pitlochryOver 45,0000 tickets went on sale for The Enchanted Forest's 13th event, elemental, in June and organisers are already predicting a sell-out show this year with demand for tickets already up by 37%. The release of additional tickets will be welcomed by fans of the show and by supporters of the charities alike.

Graham Brown, chairman of the Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company that runs The Enchanted Forest, commented:

"The Community Interest Company is, for the first time, in a strong position to give back to the local community and we have selected two charities that are very active in this area. It is marvellous to be able to assist Scottish Autism and CHAS with a charity night on the 2nd October and we wish them well and hope that they will benefit greatly from this unique fundraising opportunity."

Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest added:

"This is an exciting development for the show. As a community based event, we are very committed to giving something back and the two charities chosen both do exceptionally important work to support families and children across Scotland.

enchanted forest pitlochry, perthshire"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, the show offers an opportunity to enjoy time together and a break from their normal routine. We are proud to be giving both Scottish Autism and CHAS a helping hand."

Karen Wilson, fundraising manager for Scottish Autism commented:

"We are delighted to be selected as one of the charities to benefit from this event. 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:

"We're very excited to have been chosen as one of the charities to benefit from The Enchanted Forest's first ever charity evening. 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 2014 show, elemental, sees the return of the creative team that put together last year's successful show, with lighting design by Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, sound design and composition by RJ McConnell, and orchestral compositions by Jon Beales.

The Enchanted Forest takes place from Friday 3rd - Sunday 26th October 2014 at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry.

Tickets for the Charity Night on Thursday 2nd October are available by visiting www.enchantedforest.org.uk/charity

Enchanted Forest Pitlochry Surpasses Expectations

Enchanted Forest Surpasses All Box Office Expectations

orb-in-the-forest.jpgOrganisers of The Enchanted Forest, a Perthshire Big Tree Country event and Scotland's premier sound and light show, confirmed today that ticket sales for their twelfth show have already surpassed last year's record breaking box office figures and that they are now on target to extend a warm Highland welcome to more than 35,000 visitors this year.

The event attracted a record breaking 30,500 visitors last year and this year the Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company that organises the event have already extended capacity for the shows twice, adding on an extra night and opening up a new twilight show earlier in the evening, to accommodate the unprecedented demand.

Organisers are now encouraging members of the public, specifically those planning to attend in the final week of the show, to buy their tickets now or they risk being disappointed.

trees-in-forest.jpgDerek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest, commented: "The demand for tickets at box office this year has been unprecedented. Sales are up almost 40% but we are fast running out of available tickets so, to avoid disappointment, we'd advise those last-minute purchasers not to delay and to book their tickets now.

Last year we had a lot of people travel significant distances to attend the event who had not purchased their tickets in advance, and with many shows close to capacity and now selling very quickly indeed, we're keen to ensure that everyone has a positive trip to Pitlochry and that they get to see the show."


The event attracts visitors from all over the UK and, indeed, the world and the positive economic benefit to the local area this year is estimated to exceed £2million for the first time in the show's history.

The 2013 show "absorb" has been designed by a creative team led by Derek Allan including Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, music by RJ McConnell, and a specially commissioned orchestral piece in collaboration with composer Jon Beales.

The event runs from Friday 4th October - Sunday 27th October. For further information about the Enchanted Forest visit the Enchanted Forest website at www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Enchanted Forest 2013 launched

Enchanted Forest Soars to Success with 12th Show

enchanted-forest-absorb.jpgThe Enchanted Forest, a Perthshire Big Tree Country event and Scotland's premier sound and light show, launched last night in an array of dazzling colours to a select audience of press and VIPs at Forestry Commission Scotland's Faskally Wood near Pitlochry.

The twelfth event in the series is on course to smash all previous box office records, with organisers reporting that advance ticket sales are up over 50% on the previous year.

The 2013 show "absorb" has been designed by a creative team led by Derek Allan including Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, music by RJ McConnell, and a specially commissioned orchestral piece in collaboration with composer Jon Beales. Together they have created a dazzling and engaging show which celebrates the stunning woodland setting of the event and appropriately marks the Year of Natural Scotland.enchanted-forest-tunnel.jpg

Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest 2013, commented:

"We have worked especially hard this year to ensure we deliver a show that is both creative and visually stunning. Every year the remarkable natural woodland of Faskally Wood provides our canvas and inspiration and we really hope our audience members enjoy their visit.

"Thanks to funding from Event Scotland we have been able to extend the reach of the show this year into new markets and I am certain that new visitors to the event from the North East of England, as well as from closer to home, will find the experience both breath-taking and unique."

Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth and North Perthshire, formally opened the show on Wednesday night, commenting:

"This is undoubtedly one of Scotland's finest cultural events which just continues to go from strength to strength. Last year it attracted over 30,000 visitors to Highland Perthshire, an essential boost for the local economy, but it also showcases the natural beauty of Scotland right across the globe. The Enchanted Forest is a must see event for any visitor to Scotland in the Autumn."

enchanted-forest-trees.jpgBudding photographers visiting The Enchanted Forest this year will also have the chance to submit their own digital artwork to an esteemed panel of judges for the event's first ever photographic competition. The winner will receive vouchers for photography kit as well as see their winning image displayed as a special guest exhibit in Perth Museum and Art Gallery' Big Roots Exhibition, which features images of big trees from the local area.

Derek Allan commented:

"Every year our visitors send in literally hundreds of photos on social media and we thought it would be fantastic if we could reward them for their photographic efforts. We are very lucky to have secured Anna Henly, an award winner at the BBC Wildlife enchanted-forest-loch.jpgPhotographer of the Year Competition, to act as our guest judge and we very much look forward to seeing everyone's interpretations of The Enchanted Forest this year."

The event runs from Friday 4th October - Sunday 27th October. Tickets are in very high demand this year with many shows already sold out.

For further information about the Enchanted Forest, the photographic competition and to book tickets, visit the Enchanted Forest website at www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Enchanted Forest Named Best Cultural Event

The Enchanted Forest Named Best Cultural Event at Scottish Event Awards

The Enchanted Forest, Scotland's premier sound and light event, has been named Best Cultural Event at this year's Scottish Event Awards in Glasgow.

Beating off stiff competition from the Wickerman Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival and the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, the event took the title at a sparkling Gatsby style black tie event held in the Crowne Plaza on Thursday evening.

enchanted-forest-trees.jpgIt is the second time the event has claimed this title at The Scottish Event Awards, and it's their second Cultural win this year, having picked up the Regional Thistle Award for Best Cultural Event in June.

Record breaking visitor numbers and its positive impact on the local community in 2012 sealed the deal for the judges, who recognised the ongoing success of the event as a major driver of tourism at a national level, as well as the event's international reach which saw TV crews attend the event from Russia, France and press coverage across the globe including Die Welt, National Geographic Traveller and other international publications.

Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest commented:

"The Enchanted Forest continues to go from strength to strength and we are truly thrilled to receive this award for a second time. Every year we stretch the creative impact of the event and it's rewarding to know that our efforts are recognised."

The 2013 show, absorb, opens to the public on Friday 4th October and has been designed by Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes and with music by RJ McConnell, which includes a specially commissioned orchestral piece in collaboration with composer Jon Beales.

Tickets for The Enchanted Forest 2013 are selling quickly. For more information visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Enchanted Forest Pitlochry Tickets on sale

Enchanted Forest Tickets Go On Sale

Over 30,000 tickets have gone on sale this weekend for the multi-award winning sound and light show The Enchanted Forest.

The Enchanted Forest attracted almost 31,000 visitors in 2012, organisers have announced an extension to the event's usual 23 night run to include an additional night to cater for tourists holidaying in the area during the English mid-term holidays.

The Enchanted Forest celebrated its 10th anniversary last year and was recently named Best Cultural Event at the VisitScotland Thistle Awards ceremony held earlier this month, adding to a raft of awards won over the last few years.

enchanted-forest-pitlochry2.jpgThe 2013 show, 'absorb', has been designed by Scottish lighting designer Kate Bonney and sound designer RJ McConnell, and will include a new orchestral piece which has been specially commissioned, by composer John Beales.

Derek Allan, creative director of The Enchanted Forest commented, "We are looking forward to this year's event which will be held in the glorious Autumnal setting of Faskally Wood. It's always a challenge for the creative team to reinvent the canvas of the event but we have been working on some very exciting concepts for this year's show which we are certain will deliver the wow factor that our customers expect from us as well as showing new aspects of Faskally Wood that returning visitors may never have seen before."

The Enchanted Forest will take place from Friday 4th - Sunday 27th October 2013 at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry.

Tickets are now on sale to the general public. For further information please visit www.EnchantedForest.org.uk

Enchanted Forest the autumn show

Tourism Chief Says Forest Event is Tree-Mendous Way to See Scotland

VisitScotland chairman, Mike Cantlay, has stated today that The Enchanted Forest, a Perthshire Big Tree Country event and Scotland's premier sound and light show, is a must see event for visitors to Scotland this Autumn, embodying the essence of the country's national tourism message: Surprise Yourself. Visit Scotland.

Visiting the event on its opening night with his family, Mike Cantlay saw the multi-coloured event unfold in all its glory. He commented: "The Enchanted Forest is a spectacular and incredibly popular event, which attracts tens of thousands of people to visit Perthshire each year, and I am confident it will be a box office ticket smash again this year.

My family and I had a wonderful time at the Enchanted Forest and it proves you don't have to travel very far to experience Scotland's vibrant culture, which is so evident in every corner of this country."

The Enchanted Forest now attracts visitors from all over the UK
and, indeed, the world and the positive impact on the local area is estimated to be well in excess of £1.5 million economic benefit every year.

With box office numbers soaring, the impact on the local economy is expected to increase and closer working relationships with key businesses this year are set to enhance the offering for visitors to the area this Autumn.

Enchanted Forest Autumn Light show in PitlochryA number of local tourism businesses are working collaboratively to promote the event, with local accommodation providers offering deals that include tickets to the event, and other visitor attractions offering discount entry for Enchanted Forest ticket holders.

Blair Castle on Atholl Estates is one of the businesses that is promoting discounted entry during the show. Mike Dukes, Head of Visitor Services at Atholl Estates explained why: "The Enchanted Forest is a firm favourite amongst families and creates a real buzz across the region as people flock from across the country to come and see the spectacular light displays. The fact that the exhibitions are refreshed each year also means that we see a flurry of new visitors through our doors when the event is on. It also provides a very welcome boost to businesses across the surrounding area and we're delighted to extend a warm Highland Perthshire welcome to The Enchanted Forest's customers."

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland added: "The success of The Enchanted Forest has a knock-on positive effect on the local economy and I would encourage businesses, accommodation providers and the tourism sector to seize the opportunity this provides to showcase to visitors all that this fabulous area has to offer.

In this, The Year of Creative Scotland, we have the chance to spotlight, celebrate and promote Scotland's cultural and creative strengths, so let's embrace this and show what a warm welcome Scotland can offer each and every visitor!"


Organisers are encouraging members of the public to buy their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment with recent box office reports suggesting the event is on target to power past all previous box office records.

Following a successful opening weekend demand for tickets has surged indicating that the 2012 event is set to sell out.

Derek Allan, creative director of The Enchanted Forest 2012, commented: "Last year many people travelled significant distances to attend the event, all we're asking is that they plan ahead and book their tickets in advance. Tickets sell so quickly and many shows are already sold out with hardly any tickets left for the most popular Saturday nights - a little bit of advance planning can avoid disappointment on the night."

The 2012 show "FLOW" has been designed by a creative team led by Derek Allan which includes Scottish designers Simon Wilkinson (lighting) and RJ McConnell (sound), as well as Dundee based visual artists Dalziel + Scullion, whose work is supported thanks to the generosity of a grant from Creative Scotland in celebration of Year of Creative Scotland 2012.

The event runs from Friday 5th October - Saturday 27th October. For further information about the Enchanted Forest and to book tickets, visit the Enchanted Forest website at www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Local support needed for the Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest Looks to Local Business for Support

 The Enchanted Forest, the multi-award winning Perthshire Big Tree Country event, which this year attracted over 26,000 visitors to the Highland Perthshire area, is calling on the local business community to get behind it with a bold and unprecedented move to raise £40,000 of private funding from the businesses that the event directly benefits.

 In recent years The Enchanted Forest, which is set to return to nearby Faskally Wood for its 10th anniversary show in 2012, has successfully transitioned from being run by public sector agencies, to being run by a not for profit Community Interest Company.

 However with public funding hard to come by, and ever increasing costs of running the event, the Community Interest Company Directors are asking the hundreds of local businesses who directly benefit from the event to help provide the financial backing needed to ensure The Enchanted Forest's ongoing economic input to the area.

 Eddie Thomson, chair of the Highland Perthshire Area Community Interest Company commented

"This has been a tremendous year for the event, winning four major awards and attracting over 26,000 visitors to the area and we're really very keen for that success to continue into 2012. Over half of The Enchanted Forest customers stay overnight in the area and with increased numbers attending, the overall economic impact of the event is now estimated to be in the region of £1.5million benefit to the local economy."enchanted-forest-support2.jpg

 "In our most recent feedback survey we asked our customers to tell us which businesses they spent money with while in the area and well over 250 businesses were mentioned by name, ranging from restaurants to take aways, from hotels to retail shops. If each of those businesses were to pledge just £160 then we would have the necessary capital we need to continue to run the event. It's not much to ask when you consider the sheer extent of the economic impact of the event is almost 10,000 times that much per business - that's an exceptional return on investment."

 Businesses are being invited to attend an open meeting at Fishers Hotel, Pitlochry at 7pm on Tuesday 20th December, 2011 where there will be an open and public discussion around the future of The Enchanted Forest and how they can play an active role in ensuring its success continues.

 To register attendance at this meeting, contact Eddie Thomson, Chairman of the Highland Perthshire Area Community Interest Company by email on info@enchantedforest.org.uk 

 The Enchanted Forest was founded in 2003 and this year has acquired a string of accolades including the Event Management Grand Prix at the Scottish Event Awards, Best Cultural Event, Event of the Year at the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards and the Community Award at the Perthshire Big Tree Country Awards.

2011 Enchanted Forest Record Sales

The Enchanted Forest, a Perthshire Big Tree Country event, has smashed all previous box office records, welcoming over 26,350 visitors during its 23 night run, picking up the Big Tree Country Community Award in the process.

 The event, which was founded in 2002 with the primary objective of extending the traditional tourism period, held in Pitlochry came to a close on Saturday after attracting a record breaking 26,350 visitors, up 31% from 20,000 visitors in 2010.

 enchanted-forest-pagoda.jpgAttending the Big Tree Country Awards on Sunday afternoon, the Highland Perthshire Area Community Interest Company, who is behind the management of the event, was delighted to hear it had also become the lucky recipient of the Big Tree Country Community Award for its work in spreading the impact of the event amongst local businesses and community projects.

 Eddie Thomson, chair of the Highland Perthshire Area Community Interest Company commented

"Winning the Big Tree Country Community Award is the icing on the cake for us, after such an amazing year. We're truly delighted that our efforts as a community interest company have been recognised by Perthshire Big Tree Country."

 "Such an unprecedented increase in ticket sales is also very good news for the local businesses in the area. 50% of Enchanted Forest customers stay overnight in the area, and a 31% increase in attendance translates into a very strong increase in the overall economic impact of the event, which is now estimated to be in the region of £1.5million benefit to the local economy" he continued.

 The Enchanted Forest has also been shortlisted for Event of the Year at this year's Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards.

Enchanted Forest 2011

orb-in-the-forest.jpgI went to the Enchanted Forest Press Night last night and saw this years show - if you have been to previous years show, my advice, is go with a completely blank canvas. By this I mean, do not go expect to see what you saw in previous shows - each year it is very different and you will be disappointed if you are looking for things from previous shows.

Having given you a word of warning, in my opinion this year it is EXCELLENT, it is not just me saying this, but I ran in to a past Enchanted Forest Chairman (2007 to 2009), he used words like "They have nailed it." "I really like what they have done". "It was truly superb!" He knows, as he has been to all 9 Enchanted Forests.

Location - this year it is in a very different venue, there is no registration in the centre of Pitlochry. You park in Pitlochry and can walk (allow 15mins) or catch a Yules Bus (£1), from outside Fishers Hotel, which will drop you right at the Enchanted Forest entrance.

The new venue which gives it a totally different feel. For the last 5 years it has been at Faskally Woods around Loch Dunmore which is all relatively flat. This year's site does not have any water, but it does have some height. The Paths are excellent, there is a very good affordable snack catering facility on site, if you fancy a coffee or hot chocolate when you are there.

trees-in-forest.jpgWhat tips can I give? I think the real secret is take your time going round, (unlike other years) you can go round which direction you fancy. There is an arrow pointing one way round, but you do not have to go that way. Better still (if you have the time, go one way round and back round the other way (with your cup of hot chocolate), this will give you a totally different perspective, (there is no time limit for being in the forest). The other key thing to be aware of, is the time it takes for the full display of music and lights at various points in the forest. I am told each takes around 9 to 10 minutes to run through.

The catering in the Enchanted Forest is by Fayre and Square from Gandtully - You will find it very reasonably priced Venison and Steak Burgers £3.50, Giant Hot Dog £3.50, - Vegi Burger £2.50, - 6 mini doughnuts £2,  - Soup, Tea, Coffee £2, - all soft drinks £1 etc

My suggestion is, as you go round, find good viewing spots and wait there for 10 minutes before moving on, listen to the music and watch the light show. So find a spot at the bottom of the valley, maybe half-way up, and at the Pagoda (Building) at the top of the valley and make sure you stop and see the whole sequence of lights from within the Pagoda too. Every spot you will see something different.

A couple of other tips I would give:-

  • The restaurants and pubs in Pitlochry are all geared up for providing meals for visitors to the Enchanted Forest (it does no harm to book yourself a table in advance).
  • Various businesses in Pitlochry are putting things on in support of the Enchanted Forest (I am in the process of pulling these together as they advise me what is going on. I will add them to the Enchanted Forest site page).
  • I am also putting together a wee You Tube Video, aimed at encouraging people to get the most out of their trip to the Enchanted Forest and Pitlochry - this will be added to the same page.
  • 22 businesses in Pitlochry are taking part in a 'free' treasure hunt for pumpkin clues - all you have to do is find a treasure hunt form, make sure you have a pen and take part - it is a good bit of fun, a great way to discover the town, especially if you have kids (adults also enjoy the treasure hunt from previous years feed back).

So the Enchanted Forest it is back with a totally differenent show, one to really savour - enjoy!

 

 

 

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