FESTIVAL OF LIGHT INSPIRED BY DIWALI: CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE
This autumn, Robin Hill’s popular electric woods event, Festival of Light inspired by Diwali, will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of India’s independence with stunning, creatively themed light, colour, sound and
entertainment that captures the many aspects of Indian culture: wild India, modern India, decorative India,
historical India, urban India, celebration and spiritual India.
Every evening from 30th September – 4th November, 6pm – 10pm, visitors can experience the lush colours, flavours and magic of the Asian sub-continent set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland as they venture on a journey of discovery of India.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary, this unique outdoor event takes on a fresh approach which will immerse visitors in different experiences within each woodland area, transformed by innovative, contrasting themes
and lighting effects.
From the bright lights and digital feel of modern India, venture into the wild and enchanting forests, discover elephants, tigers, monkeys … creatively brought to life. Walk down the highway and find yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life and Indian bazaars … absorb the aromas of Indian cuisine. Then escape to a spiritual, more serene setting in our Woodland ponds where you can relax and enjoy quiet contemplation
before taking part in the celebrations; party to Bollywood music and enjoy colourful kaliedoscopic fun! Your journey continues through decorative India where you’ll discover beautiful examples of art, murals and light
shows and then to draw your cultural journey to a close, we take a nostalgic look back at India’s history creatively curated through light and sound.
No electric woods Festival of Light event would be the same without the magic of Holi powder, which will be a highlight for many visitors! Come and get colourful again this year, with a free bag of coloured powder for
all first-time visitors.
Amidst all this exciting activity, take time to enjoy the enhanced authentic Indian menu of curries and kebabs, Asian sweets, and traditional teas; providing a true ‘taste of India’ in the exciting setting of an Indian bazaar.
During October half term, 21 - 29 October, Robin Hill Country Park will be open during the day from 10am and continue into the evening with Festival of Light inspired by Diwali. Additional evening entertainment is planned.
ELECTRIC WOODS WINS BEAUTIFUL SOUTH AWARD
Robin Hill Country Park has been awarded a coveted Bronze for Tourism Event of the Year at the Beautiful South Awards 2015-16, which took place at the iconic Grand Hotel in Brighton. The presentation evening celebrated the fantastic visitor experiences available across the South and South East of England.
Alexander Dabell, Managing Director of Vectis Ventures Limited which owns Robin Hill Country Park, said, “I am absolutely delighted that we have won this award. The ‘electric woods’ events were introduced in 2012 as a way of extending the tourism season on the Island and for the last two years we have seen a significant increase in visitor numbers, making our month of October as important as our summer months. The investment, creativity and commitment to make these events work for the benefit of the Island, is paying off and I’d like to thank James Crofts, Robin Hill’s park manager and his team for all their endeavours in making this happen.”
FESTIVAL OF LIGHT
INSPIRED BY DIWALI
Following the success of last year’s event, this October, Robin Hill’s electric woods’ once again presents the Festival of Light, a stunning spectacle of creatively themed light, colour, sound, and entertainment inspired by the Hindu Festival of Diwali where ‘light triumphs over darkness’.
From 3rd – 31st October, as darkness falls, visitors can experience the lush colours, flavours and magic of the Asian sub-continent set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland as the spectacular ‘electric woods’ captures the spirit of the most popular festival in the Indian calendar.
Wandering through the ‘electric woods’, visitors can enjoy a spectacular sound & light show which envelopes the Canopy Skywalk (new for 2015) and incorporates fire projectors and illuminated screens to dramatic effect, creating an exciting walk through experience.
The Indian poem, ‘The Ramayana’, which celebrates the victory of good over evil, is creatively portrayed by enchanting cinematic shadow theatre in the woodland amphitheatre – and light installations depicting elephants, stars and peacocks can be discovered throughout the woods.
Back by popular demand, visitors will once again be able to embrace the spirit of Diwali by taking part in the Colour Walk – a vividly coloured walk through the otherwise dark woodland glades where, armed with special ‘Holi’ powder, they will ward off evil spirits by throwing burst of coloured powder into the air (and onto each other!)! All visitors will receive a free pouch of brightly coloured powder to throw whilst on their quest.
The Diwali theme continues across all refreshments with an enhanced authentic Indian menu of curries, Asian sweets, and traditional teas; providing a true ‘taste of India’, served in the magical woodland ponds and in our African Adventure Play Area.
Plus every Saturday night, visitors can take part in Lantern making and Bollywood dance workshops – and join our larger than life Prince Rama and Princess Sita on a lantern parade around our electric woods as a tribute to their home coming in the story of Diwali.
Our Bollywood Dj, Dr Dj, will also be presenting a variety of great Bollywood music and our Bollywood dance troupe will entertain visitors around the electric woods with colourful, high energy performances.
Robin Hill’s electric woods ‘Festival of Light inspired by Diwali’ event is open every evening from 3rd – 31st October, 5pm - 9pm Sunday to Friday and from 5pm – 10pm on Saturdays. During half term, 24th – 31st October, Robin Hill Country Park will be open from 10am – 9pm (10am – 10pm on Saturdays).