THE ENCHANTED FOREST

Multi-award winning show

Highland Perthshire�s multi-award winning show fuses the creative talents of Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes (lighting designers) with RJ McConnell and Jon Beales (sound designers) to create an outdoor experience that will set your imagination alight.

With dazzling visuals and innovative design set against an original music score, including a new orchestral piece, explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of Forestry Commission Scotland�s Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Using the forest as a natural backdrop, you will experience a lighting show that is, quite simply, out of this world.

The Enchanted Forest is renowned for being Scotland's premier sound and light experience and attracted over 70,000 visitors in 2016.

The event has swept the board in recent years at a number of prestigious award ceremonies including the coveted Best Cultural Event at the UK Event Awards, Scottish Rural Award for Tourism & Hospitality in 2016, Scottish Thistle Award for Best event in 2015, the Event Management Grand Prix, and Best Cultural Event at the Scottish Event Awards.

Oir an Uisge 2017

Scots Gaelic for "Edge of the Water", this year's show name Oir an Uisge has taken its inspiration from the magnificent Loch Dunmore that's at the heart of Faskally Wood. This year we can see even more of Loch Dunmore following a programme by Forestry Commission Scotland to remove the "non-native species" rhododendrons in the forest. The changes in the natural landscape created by this essential work has surprised and excited our creative team who have all sorts of exciting ideas up their sleeves for us this Autumn. But they won't let us give the game away just yet so you'll need to stay tuned if you want to know more. 

This year's Enchanted Forest event, which runs from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 29th October, is led by the multi-award-winning creative team of Zoe Squair as producer, Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes as lighting designers, and RJ McConnell and Jon Beales providing sound design and composition. Last year the show attracted a record 70,000 visitors and smashed all previous box office records, quickly selling out. Organisers The Enchanted Forest Community Trust are advising customers to book early to avoid disappointment.

The Enchanted Storytelling Yurt

Back due to popular demand, our storytelling yurt will be on site again for 2017 with our two in house story tellers Claire and Lindsey enchanting the crowds with their wistful tales.

This year, our yurt will be a little bit bigger so we can tell more stories to many more children and parents. However, to ensure fair pricing, we still can't fit everyone in so if you want to listen to an enchanting story you will be charged a nominal entry fee of just �1.

Due to limited space, access is on a first come, first serve basis.

Story Times

Storytelling sessions will commence around 30 minutes after the first bus leaves for the site, and will run at regular intervals (every 30 minutes) throughout the evening.We will update story times closer to the event. 

To assist you with your planning, our estimated First Bus/Last Story times and dates are provided below:

  • 28 Sep - 01 Oct: First Bus 6.30pm ~ First Story 7.00pm ~ Last Story 9.30pm
  • 02 Oct - 08 Oct: First Bus 6.15pm ~ First Story 6.45pm ~ Last Story 9.45pm
  • 09 Oct - 15 Oct: First Bus 6.00pm ~ First Story 6.30pm ~ Last Story 9.30pm
  • 16 Oct - 22 Oct: First Bus 5.45pm ~ First Story 6.15pm ~ Last Story 9.45pm
  • 23 Oct - 29 Oct: First Bus 5.30pm ~ First Story 6.00pm ~ Last Story 10.00pm

Mulled Wine and Hot Chocolate

If you fancy eating your dinner in the great outdoors, or you're simply pushed for time, then you'll be delighted to hear that our master outdoor catering team return this year and will be cooking up a storm for visitors to the forest.

So whether it's mulled wine, hot chocolate, hot dogs or delicious Scottish beef burgers, they'll be sizzling and brewing it on site just for you. 

Show Credits

A large group of talented people bring The Enchanted Forest to life with their design, technical wizardry, musical compositions and performances.

Our lead creative team (from left to right) is RJ McConnell (sound), Jon Beales (sound), Simon Hayes (lighting) and Kate Bonney (lighting) with exceptional technical services delivered by NL Productions. 

Music Credits 2017

  • RJ McConnell - Composer & Sound Designer
    Jon Beales - Composer & Sound Designer
    Fraser de Banzie - Assistant Design & additional content
    Rachel Cullen - Assistant Design & additional content
    David Bowes - Assistant Sound Designer
    Michael Butcher - Tenor Saxophone
    John Sampson - Trumpet, Recorder & Crumhorn
    Fraser de Banzie - Drums & Percussion
    Helen MacLeod - Harp
    Mark Wilson - Violin
    Pete Clarke - Violin
    Ben Seal - Recording Engineer
    Marcin Buczek - Project Manager
    Michal Jankowski - Mixing Engineer
    Allan "Hef" Forsyth - Additional Programming
    Paul Dent - Chief Sound Technician
    DM Audio - Sound Services 

Feedback from Previous Shows

  • "I wasn't really looking forward to going out on such a dreich night....but when I got there I realised what I would have been missing if I'd stayed at home. It was fantastic!" Visitor on Preview Night
  • "It is one of the most exciting and inspirational creative exhibitions I have seen throughout this Year of Creative Scotland" Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland.
  • "What an amazing night my daughter and I had there tonight, just so brilliant and everyone so nice and helpful thanks to all who make it possible." Mhairie Dinsdale (on Facebook)
  • "My son has just got back from seeing the Forest tonight. He has autism and the whole light experience has stimulated him very much. Best day ever he said." Julie Naylor (on Facebook)
  • "I spent a while in the Enchanted Forest last night, and think everyone should visit in the rain! The trees sparkled, the lights fizzed, and the reflections on the loch were calm and stunning. Magical!" Shona Cargill (on Facebook)
  • "I'm just back from [The Enchanted Forest] tonight and didn't want to leave, went round 3 times, perfect weather made it even more enchanting...oooo i loved it , like a wee piece of heaven in the trees thanks so much this is truly wonderful...be back next year for sure." Sharon Daly on Facebook
  • "Fabulous show, can't wait to go again next year!!"
  • "The Enchanted Forest was a fantastic experience, really thinking outside the box. I loved the use of the environment as the backdrop and scenery."
  • "Organisation was excellent, location stunning and we very much enjoyed it."