A team of highly-skilled artists from Zigong in China’s Sichuan province are hard at work creating thousands of giant illuminated lanterns as part of The Festival of Light event which opens at Longleat in Wiltshire on November 11th. (01202 558833) Pic: Longleat/BNPS Finishing touches are added to a family of life size porcelain elephants. A team of highly skilled artisans from Zigong in China's Sichuan province are hard at work producing thousands of illuminated lanterns for the Longleat Festival of light this autumn. The annual event is the largest ever staged in the UK, and features over 30,000 lightbulbs, 20km of silk and 4km of LED's, along with a 20 metre tall cake and life size porcelain elephants.
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Other highlights include a 20-metre-tall birthday cake to celebrate 50 years of Longleat Safari Park, a group of Longleat’s infamous monkeys dismantling a car, and an avenue of four-metre-high lions.

The festival also features dozens of characters from Beatrix Potter’s favourite stories – including Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Jeremy Fisher – to mark the 150th anniversary of her birth in 2016.

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The lanterns – many of which have to be built on site due to their size – will create a series of massive illuminated outdoor tableaux at the Wiltshire estate.

The event is set to be the biggest ever staged in the UK and will feature over 2,500 individual lights, 20 km of silk, more than 30,000 bulbs and over 4km of LED lighting.

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