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Gulliver’s announces two major lantern trail attractions this winter

Building on the success of the Land of Lights attraction in Milton Keynes last year, Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts has announced it will host two light festivals across its UK resorts this winter.

The incredible mile-long light and lantern shows will take place at both its Milton Keynes and Warrington resorts.

Gulliver’s, a family-business which has four parks across the UK, has again teamed up with award-winning Lantern Festival and Lamp Manufacturer, Zigong Lantern Group, to put on the Land of Lights event at Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park which is adjacent to Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes and Gulliver’s World in Warrington.

Guests at Milton Keynes will this time experience the theme of classic children’s literature brought to life with a wide variety of installations from popular and much-loved characters and scenes such as Alice in Wonderland, Gulliver’s Travels, the much-loved classic, Wind in the Willows and more.

At Warrington, visitors will enjoy a visual voyage exploring 12 vivid dream worlds of imagination and illumination featuring bespoke lanterns covering nature, monuments and seasonal celebrations.

The impressive displays will be a mile long and each include more than 7,000 individual lanterns and hundreds of thousands LED lights.

Julie Dalton, managing director of Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts, said: “We’re thrilled to announce that Land of Lights is set to return in late 2023.

“Last year’s festival in Milton Keynes proved to be really popular, enchanting visitors of all ages and with people coming from far and wide, so we took the decision to expand this time round making it both bigger and better at Milton Keynes but also bringing it to a new audience in Warrington.

“We have found the perfect partner in the Zigong Lantern Group to help deliver this fantastic attraction to our resorts which not only provides an exciting winter attraction for our guests but also ensures a real economic boost to both areas with more seasonal jobs available at Gulliver’s and further opportunities for suppliers in each locality.

“Here at Gulliver’s, we’re always looking at new ways we can excite our customers and bring new visitors to our parks and Land of Lights is a great opportunity for us to do this. We can’t wait to put on another magical experience again this year.”

Over 100 people are involved in the lantern production process, which takes no less than three months as each handcrafted lantern requires multiple skill sets to complete it.

Justin Corsa, CEO of Zigong Lantern Group, said: “Together, Zigong Lantern Group and Gulliver’s have formed a powerful group, establishing a pathway to expand our offering and produce a really exciting and innovative attraction. This year, we have gone even further, developing a bigger and better exhibition for 2023, and building the Land of Lights brand across the UK. Our craftsmanship is second to none and Land of Lights focuses on quality, experience, and creativity that is fun and awe inspiring for everyone of all ages and background.’’

Land of Lights will run in Milton Keynes from 21 October to 25 February 2023 and in Warrington from 11 November to 25 February 2023.

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