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Pitlochry Enchanted Forest show in record sell out

The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry is Scotland's largest outdoor light and sound show. Picture: Graham Smith/Complimentary

The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry is Scotland's largest outdoor light and sound show. Picture: Graham Smith/Complimentary

  • by FRANK URQUHART
 

THE Enchanted Forest, Scotland’s largest outdoor light and sound show, has sold out in record time, it was revealed today.

Over 38,000 tickets have now been sold for the twelfth annual staging of the flagship Autumn event which opened at the Forestry Commission Scotland’s Faskally Wood near Pitlochry on 3 October.

The event, which is staged by social enterprise company the Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company, runs until 27 October.

A spokeswoman for the organisers said: “Over 38,000 tickets have been now sold for this year’s event, setting new box office records, and selling out in record time.”

She added: “The Enchanted Forest now attracts visitors from all over the UK and the world and the positive impact on the local area is estimated to be in the region of £2 million economic benefit this year.”

Derek Allan, the producer of The Enchanted Forest 2013, said: “We are simply delighted that this year’s event has surpassed all targets set for it, and has sold out completely. It’s a testimony to the hard work and efforts put in by the local Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company in managing and delivering the event.

“We are so happy we can play our part in attracting over 38,000 people to the area at this time of year, and in putting Scotland’s magnificent forests firmly on the international map as a must see event.”

Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, saw the show at the weekend with his family. He said: “The Enchanted Forest is a spectacular and incredibly popular event, which attracts tens of thousands of people to visit Perthshire each year. I hear it has already surpassed all previous box office records and it’s not hard to see why. It fully demonstrates how Scotland’s magnificent landscape can create wonder and awe.”

This year’s show - “Absorb” - has been designed by a creative team led by Derek Allan including Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, and features music by RJ McConnell, including a specially commissioned orchestral piece in collaboration with composer Jon Beales.

 

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