Thursday, November 12th 2015 - Wednesday, November 25th 2015
The Woodland Light Experience
16:30 - 16:30
Bringing the woodland to life is the inspiration behind the beguiling Woodland Light Experience.
Introducing a breathtaking new event within central Scotland, visitors are invited to experience the natural woodland as never before. The trees and dark autumn skies are the natural backdrop to a magical theatre of light and colour professionally produced by award-winning NL Productions. The Woodland Light Experience adds to their already impressive portfolio.
Running from the 12th – 25th November, and within a short drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth, the theme for 2015 is ALIVE.
Suitable for the entire family, both adults and children will be in awe of the beautiful lighting effects, captivating projections and the breathtaking finale featuring the natural landscape, light, music and water. Seeing the woodland as a living space is the inspiration behind the theme this year, and the professional lighting sympathetically enhances and captures that organic feel.
With the trees creaking and branches swaying, and the addition of the ingenious lighting effects, this woodland experience fuels the imagination of both adults and children. If the moonlight is just right, it is said to be possible to catch a glimpse of the elusive community of Woodlanders that live there.
North Ballochruin Farm, Balfron Station, Stirlingshire. SAT NAV G63 0LE
Our event is in an enviously central location, with easy access from the surrounding cities and countryside.
According to the AA Route Planner, the travel times are:
Stirling – 28 mins
Edinburgh (Hermiston Gate) – 1hr 03 mins
Glasgow City Centre – 42 mins
Perth – 1 hr 05 mins
Dundee – 1 hr 29 mins
Tyndrum – 1 hr 13 mins
All parking is on-site, and there is no charge for parking.
Visitors will be transported the short distance from the car park to the woodland as passengers on our special woodland tractor and trailer.
Disabled visitors, and those with mobility issues, are most welcome to all of our events. We try our very best to accommodate where we can and, if you have very specific needs, please phone us in advance and let us try to make your visit as easy as we can.
The woodland has a country track that we level and pack down to the best of our ability. We have found that this can be successfully negotiated by robust wheelchairs and motility scooters designed for outside use.
Every evening the display will start at 1630hrs, with groups being gently staggered thereafter to minimize any congestion.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
There is 1.3km of path, meandering through 14 acres of woodland.
A gentle stroll for most will take in the region of 45 minutes, with others perhaps taking 60 minutes. However, it is not a conveyor belt, and visitors can take as long as they like to enjoy the stunning visuals.
Tickets are sold in advance of the event
(Demand for the tickets is high, but if any surplus tickets remain, these will available on the night)
Tickets Monday - Thursday
Adults £10, Children £5, Under 3’s FREE, Family Ticket £28
Tickets Friday – Sunday
Adults £14, Children £7, Under 3’s FREE, Family Ticket £40
Large family or group bookings can be taken provided the booking happens early enough. This will be for an allocated and agreed time, and allows the group to have the tractor and trailer to themselves and to enter the event together as a full group.
Coaches of visitors and large private parties are most welcome by prior arrangement.
The addition of weather simply intensifies the atmosphere with the lighting effects enhanced by cold mists and drizzle, and gusting wind animating the whole display.
The event will go ahead in all weathers, unless the conditions are deemed to be unsafe (e.g. Met Office Severe Weather Warnings issued for electrical storms or gale force winds). Snow is a beautiful addition and the show will go ahead. If there is extreme weather and you are unsure, please phone before traveling.
This is an outdoor event in mid-November, so please apply common sense. Wrap up warm with gloves, hats and warm layers. Be prepared with a waterproof jacket and ensure your footwear is suitable for cold weather and walking the distance on gravel tracks. Being comfortable and warm will make the experience altogether more enjoyable.
We love children, and warmly welcome them to our event. The path is mainly level stone and gravel, therefore a robust pushchair suitable for countryside terrain would be advised for younger children.
To keep them safe, and to prevent little people getting lost in the woods, we ask that children remain in the company of an adult, and properly supervised at all times.
There are electrical cables for the lighting, moving tractors ferrying visitors and natural obstacles such as ditches. These have been carefully placed to be outwith the reach of the public behind roped-off areas. With safety in mind, we ask you to ensure that children are not allowed to stray from the paths, enter roped-off boundaries or wander into display areas to touch the lights or creatures they may spot.
FOOD AND DRINK
To keep chills at bay, there will a stand at the entrance serving some rather famous gourmet meat pies. Acclaimed award-winning local butcher T & R Skinner of the Extraordinary Sausage Co. are currently planning the menu, but we expect their top quality, melt-in-the-mouth pies - made with locally sourced meat - to be a favourite with visitors.
Hot drinks will be served at the Hub, where the display concludes.BACK