Let there be Light: Lan­tern Fes­ti­val re­turns to gar­dens

Mag­i­cal Lan­tern Fes­ti­val re­turns to London

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Lois Swin­ner­ton lois.swin­ner­ton@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE sec­ond year of the Lan­tern Fes­ti­val is set to il­lu­mi­nate Chiswick House Gar­dens this week as the colour­ful dis­play opens to the pub­lic.

An artis­tic in­stal­la­tion of beau­ti­fully sculpted life-size and gi­ant lanterns will brighten the land­scape , from a daz­zling set of wildlife to myth­i­cal crea­tures.

Set out­doors in the gar­dens, the il­lu­mi­nated dis­play will cel­e­brate her­itage, arts and cul­ture.

Here are the de­tails to make your trip as easy as pos­si­ble.

When is the fes­ti­val tak­ing place?

You can visit the an­nual event from Thurs­day Jan­uary 19 to Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 26

Where can we buy tick­ets and how much are they? Tick­ets can be bought at the Magic Lan­tern Fes­ti­val web­site and are non-re­fund­able.

For week­days, adult prices are £16.50 in ad­vance or £18.50 on the day, and for week­ends, £18 in ad­vance and £20 on the day.

Chil­dren’s tick­ets are £10.50 for week­day ad­vance, £12.50 on the day or £12 in ad­vance and £14 on the week­ends. Chil­dren un­der three can go for free.

Is there park­ing nearby? The fes­ti­val venue is Chiswick House Gar­dens, London, W4 2QN and park­ing is re­served for dis­abled badge hold­ers and drop off, pick up only.

Near­est tube sta­tions are Turn­ham Green and Gun­ners­bury and the near­est over­ground sta­tion is Chiswick.

The venue is ap­prox­i­mately a 10 to 15 minute walk from these sta­tions.

What other at­trac­tions are there dur­ing the fes­ti­val? As well as the Lan­tern Trail, there will be an ice bar and plenty of stalls and rides to keep peo­ple en­ter­tained along­side the vis­ual dis­play.

Will there be food and drink at Chiswick House? A huge mix of in­ter­na­tional cui­sine and tra­di­tional street food will be on of­fer at this year’s fes­ti­val, from Span­ish chur­ros to Mex­i­can de­lights.

There will also be a range of Chi­nese food ven­dors of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from noo­dles to sticky rice and dumplings.

The pop­u­lar Chiswick House Café will also be open dur­ing the fes­ti­val hours an serv­ing hot and cold food and drink.

Pic­tures: Chris J Rat­cliffe/Getty Images

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