I visited the Land of Lights Lantern Festival 2023 at the Gulliver’s Dino & Farm Park Resort, Milton Keynes, on its opening day and also published the full walkthrough video on my channel. Today, in this article, I am sharing all the details you need to know about this event. So, get ready for an enchanting trail through 12 incredible worlds inspired by legendary fairytales and iconic characters at the Land of Lights show this year!
Land of Lights 2023 Lantern Festival, Milton Keynes, Date & Time:
The Land of Lights lantern festival started on 21st October 2023 and will run until 25th February 2024 at the Gulliver’s Dinosaur & Farm Park resort, Milton Keynes. This festival will also entertain the people of Warrington, UK, from 11th November 2023.
How To Reach Land of lights, The Gulliver’s Dinosaur & Farm Park, Milton Keynes?
The Gulliver’s Land is a family-friendly theme park resort that includes Gulliver’s Land Theme Park, Dinosaur and Farm Park, Splash Zone, and themed accommodations. The Land of Lights 2023 event is happening at the Gulliver’s Dino & Farm Park, which is a separate tourist attraction.
Free parking is available at the park. We booked a cab from our apartment, and the driver left us right in front of the venue within 15 minutes.
If you are coming from London, then first take a direct train from Euston to Milton Keynes Central train station. From there, you can take a bus or taxi to reach the Dinosaur Park
Gulliver’s Dinosaur & Farm Park
Frobisher Gate, MK 15 ODT
Milton Keynes, UK
Things To see & Do at Land Of Lights 2023 Event, Milton Keynes (Review):
Upon reaching the venue, we showed our pre-booked online tickets to the security personnel. The huge decorative entrance gate itself is so fascinating; I couldn’t wait to enter the park 😍!
This year, classic children’s literature takes the spotlight at the Land of Lights festival, bringing beloved tales to life. Hence, the light trail starts with the classic book- Around the World in 80 Days! You’ll see a giant globe-shaped structure decorated with several colored circular lanterns and surrounded by a few of the world’s most popular tourist landmark installations, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, etc.
The Land of Lights event has a couple of gorgeous photo booths to take pictures of yourself or family. The first one is this beautiful butterfly photo spot! Adjacent to it, you’ll see the famous ‘The Time Machine’ tale installation.
The enchanting trail then leads you to the most adventurous land of this amusement park, which is the ‘Lost World’ area filled with 32 life-like animatronic dinosaurs and pre-historic trees. The big trees adorned with gorgeous colorful lanterns are a feast to the eyes 😍.
The narrow pathways are lined with beautiful floral lanterns, making the forest look uber cool and mesmerizing. The ‘Barefoot Walk’ features a huge elephant display from the Ice Age era.
If you or your kids have watched ‘Jurassic Park’ or any other Dinosaur-based movies, you’ll certainly enjoy this show. While wandering around the wonderland, we encountered the infamous T-Rex and other giant Dinosaurs. Listening to their roarings makes the light show even more fun.
The Farm Park is located next to the Dinosaur Park. The light show starts with the Children’s book – The Three Little Pigs. The various-sized pigs, a caterpillar, farmers with a donkey, and tractor displays look adorable.
There is a food zone in the same vicinity. The independent vendors are selling hotdogs, hot chocolates, mulled wines, and lots of tasty snacks.
Adjacent to it, they have placed the Children’s novels – ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and ‘Story of Dr Dolittle’ lantern displays.
The next Aesop’s Fables book series features the classic stories – The Tortoise & the Hare, The Fox & the Grapes, The Frog & the Ox, The Lion & the Mouse, and The Bee & the Spider lantern displays. The massive bee and its buzzing sound will surely draw your attention to it! In the daytime, it would be more fun to watch the animatronic insects at this park.
The ‘Animal Barn’ is located within the Farm Park, wherein you’ll get an opportunity to meet some cute farmyard animals. There are bunny rabbits, ponies, donkeys, pigs, goats, and super cute guinea pigs in the barn.
Once you exit the barn, along the illuminated trail, you’ll see several pretty children’s literature lantern installations, including the Little Red Riding Hood.
The next lantern displays were all about Halloween. I am unsure if you’ll still be able to see those lights, as Halloween 2023 is already over. I apologize for publishing this post in November instead of October!
Adjacent to it, you’ll find some cute yet impressive lantern installations designed by a kid, Anya, who is supposedly the winner of the lantern competition conducted by Land of Lights. Keep it up, kiddo!
Then we spotted the extravaganza Chinese New Year festival-themed lantern displays. The gorgeous red-colored dragon structure lantern and the arches look absolutely spectacular! I cannot describe it in words. Please watch my full walkthrough video to see its true beauty.
As I said before, the Land of Lights has several photo spots, and The Night Before Christmas structure is one of them! You can take your or your kids’ photos with Santa at this cute house-shaped booth.
The captivating Land of Lights trail then takes you to Romeo & Juliet world. As you walk through the glowing red rose-shaped lantern gate, you’ll reach the Mowgli’s den. If you have watched or read The Jungle Book story, you’ll love these light displays.
Oh, opposite to it, you’ll see Peter Pan flying high over Tower Bridge in London and the cute Alice from Alice in Wonderland with her animal friends, a white rabbit, and a caterpillar.
There is another lovely photo booth right before entering the Gulliver’s Travels book world. I did not read the novel, but I watched the movie several times.
A few steps away from the Gulliver’s zone, there is a beautiful lantern display depicting a crocodile swallowing an alarm clock. I guess this scene is from the Peter Pan book!
Along the light trail, you’ll also see a few stunning immersive lantern displays of mythical creatures from folklore and fairy tales, such as the unicorn, The Griffin, the Phoenix, the Snow Queen, the Little Mermaid, The Princess & the Pea, etc.
Last but not least, the giant decorative swans are a treat to the eyes! Although the Land of Lights trail ends here, we wanted to explore the Adventure Village, too. But as that area was too dark and reserved for the resort residents only, we finally decided to exit the event.
Overall, we had a great time at the Land of Lights 2023 show at the Gulliver’s Dinosaur & Farm Park Resort, Milton Keynes. We, as visitors, got the chance to immerse ourselves in the enchanting displays inspired by classic Children’s literature and legendary fairytales! Moreover, the parking area was well-lit and spacious. Since the event was less crowded on the opening day, we took our sweet time to wander around the park and take videos & photographs.
Is Land of Lights 2023 Lantern Festival, Milton Keynes, Worth Visiting With Kids?
Yes, absolutely! 😍 I highly recommend it to everyone who has kids or enjoys fairy tales ❤️.
We are not kids and do not have kids, either, yet we enjoyed the light show to the fullest. We were smitten with the magical lantern displays organized by the Zigong group & Land of Lights. I cannot wait to visit Gulliver’s Land Resort and this Dino Farm park again with my niece and nephews 😍!
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So, tell me, have you been to this Land of Lights Milton Keynes 2023 event? If yes, please share your experience in the comment section below.