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Pitlochry’s Enchanted Forest

Hello, English language learners,

This week’s language school blog takes you to one of the best-loved events of the Scottish cultural calendar.

Today we’re giving you a glimpse of The Enchanted Forest, which is an outdoor sound, installation and light show which takes place every year in Faskally Wood near Pitlochry.

 

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Spotlight | The Enchanted Forest | Scottish Cultural Events
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“There are stunning, huge, choreographed shows to see and hear – as well as the tiny details of the forest picked out by lights.”

Ruth, 2019

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The Enchanted Forest | It’s an Immersive Experience

Visitors arrive by a chartered bus that leaves from the centre of Pitlochry, driving its passengers out of time as we know it, and into a forest filled with lights, sounds and sculptures.

Passengers descend from the bus into a different world.  Like any ‘immersive’ experience, perceptions of your environment quickly sharpen and you can experience the forest in a completely new way. 

As visitors follow the path around the dark forest, there are stunning, huge, choreographed shows on all sides to to see and hear – as well as the tiny details of the forest picked out by lights.

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Orb | The Enchanted Forest | Scottish Cultural Events
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Giving You the Cosmos | English for Artists and Designers

This year’s theme is Cosmos.
 

It’s a mystery how the artists and engineers create the illusions of the light show.

An astronaut hovering over the loch, a moon spinning in space, a giant eye staring blankly back at all the spectators.

Other parts are more lo-fi. I particularly liked the large listening tubes with funnels set at different heights – playing a series of flipping sounds akin to ones sent into space.
Crieffs Cowches Artist Katy Galbraith
Crieffs Cowches Artist Katy Galbraith

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Crieffs Cowches Artist Katy Galbraith

 

“The event brought the night sky down into the forest, and helped us look anew at both tiny leaves and the whole world, universe and cosmos.”

Ruth, 2019

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A Celebration of our Natural World (and others)

The word magical gets overused, but this was an enchanting, magic-filled evening.

Above all, the event is a celebration of a forest, with our typical experience of a woodland walk both turned on its head and abstracted (as our usual senses get dimmed and new ones heightened).

 

The event brought the night sky down into the forest, and helped us look anew at both tiny leaves and the whole world, universe and cosmos.

If you are wondering, this festival happens at the time of year when there are no nesting or migrating birds, and visitors stick to the pathways. 

 
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Forest Fire | The Enchanted Forest | Scottish Cultural Events
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A Fire Festival | The Best Conversations Happen at Firesides

As to be expected, the Scottish weather stuck to its own patterns of behaviour so if you are planning a visit – wrap up warmly. 

Fortunately, there were small fire pits scattered around and of course, the ubiquitous van selling hot drinks. This one arming small people with marshmallows on sticks at a no small price. 

The inclusion of fire is just genius. Of course its warming, but it’s also a very primal emotion seeing it burning bright against a dark, cold night. 

If you like to visit festivals in Scotland, you’ll know that the communal fires are where great chats and sharing happens – very much the ethos of our English language school, which is why we quite often take our language learning guests to a local shoreside and have a small fire,  watching the sunset. 

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The End of the Show

I really loved the bus ride back into town.

It felt like there was new camaraderie between everyone – even strangers, having shared an experience together.

The bus was nice and warm. Even though it felt a bit like climbing into a spaceship, normal perception replaced the heightened forest sense of the last few hours. 

 

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Discover more about The Enchanted Forest here.

 

Want to read about another superb audio/visual Scottish Cultural Event? Read our blog: 

 

Learn English in the UK | From Scotland With Love

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A quick note from the author

We began the Blue Noun blog back in 2019, when we called ourselves a ‘language school’ (we now call ourselves a language hub) and we were building up our business completely from scratch.

Our first few months were spent making friends in the community, researching homestay hosts for our language guests and finding out about all the good local places and activities to take our language learning guests.

In 2021 we moved the Blue Noun website to a different platform. We had the option of deleting these old blogs – they are very different form our current, more pedagogic style of posting, but I think they are quite charming to see how our young business grew, turning from a language school run by an artist – into a language hub which really began to focus on coaching artists in English by immersing them in creative environments.