The Magic Lantern Festival of 2017 was open in January and February and had a Silk Road theme to it this year.
The day we went ended up to be rainy and cold, but we conquered the dreary weather and enjoyed the show regardless.
Internally lit and brightly coloured paper lanterns were scattered along the path at Chiswick House gardens. From the large arch at the entrance over huge castles and animals to small figures along the way, every lantern was unique and beautiful.
Most of the larger, themed designs came with a sound scape as well, which helped to immerse us in the magic and beauty of the festival even more.
The lanterns are gorgeous handiwork and absolutely stunning.
As the sun set and it got darker and darker, the lanterns looked more and more stunning with their bright colours against the dark park.
Some of the paths got a littlw muddy as it was continuously drizzling, but most of the park was free of puddles.
The wet foot paths served to reflect the light of the lanterns, giving everything a gorgeous glow.
At the other end of the path, there was a small entertainment area with the usual over-priced rides and food stalls that melt money out of parents’ pockets.
We walked the entire festival leisurely in about an hour and 45 minutes, it’s a great evening trip out and absolutely beautiful.
I’m rating the magic lantern festival four and a half out of six rainbow sloths.