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Dragons the length of three buses and 40,000 light bulbs used to create more than 30 giant handmade lantern displays will illuminate Roundhay Park. The Magical Lantern Festival Yorkshire will take place at the famous park, covering around 10 acres around a winding, dramatically lit lantern trail, with displays featuring lanterns as wide as 20m. There will also be a separate entertainment area and food village, which is free to enter, plus Santa’s Grotto, and a virtual reality experience. The festival launched in London last winter, attracted more than 110,000 people in six weeks and has been shortlisted for four awards in the upcoming Event Awards including Outdoor Event of The Year, Game Changer, Best Debut Event and Creative Event of The Year.The festival has also joined forces with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal as its official charity partner and will help raise funds for the well-known Yorkshire organisation.Ian Xiang, the festival’s co-founder and Creative Director, said: “Lantern festivals have been running for more than 2,000 years across Asia, but they are still new to the West. After the success of our first in London last year, we had to come to Yorkshire. Roundhay Park is an amazing place for us to illuminate and celebrate both Christmas and the upcoming Chinese New Year.“Most of the lanterns are actually made in my hometown in China, so it makes me incredibly proud to see them come all this way across to the UK. This festival will show many people something they’ve never seen or experienced before. It has the potential to increase understanding of Chinese culture here in the UK in a way that is entertaining and, importantly, something that can be experienced as a family.”
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|Thu 8 - Sun 11 Dec 2016||16:00 to 22:00|
|Thu 15 Dec 2016 - Mon 2 Jan 2017||16:00 to 22:00|
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Roundhay Park is situated 3 miles north of Leeds City Centre off the A58 Wetherby Road at Oakwood. Alternatively, we are accessible from the A6120 Leeds Ring Road. Look out for the brown tourist signs for Tropical World.
By Public Transport:
From Leeds city centre follow signs for A58 Wetherby and brown Tropical World signs. Buses from Leeds city centre to Tropical World depart from Vicar Lane (opposite Corn Exchange) or New Briggate (outside Alders). Bus 12 or 2.
: 2 miles from Leeds station
- Coach parties accepted
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups