On Saturday Jaz and I visited Longleat for their Great British Autumn Festival. We went last year and loved it so there was no question about going again. Longleat is an amazing place, if you’re in the UK and haven’t been I highly recommend it. There’s always so much to do, it’s great for children, and adults, and they have loads of events on during the year. The Autumn Festival and the Festival of Lights is definitely a must!
Jaz and I took a lot of pictures during the day but I also filmed quite a bit, so if you want to watch that the full video will be at the end of this post!
We got to Longleat for about 12:30pm and immediately got in the queue for the train as it was leaving in 10 minutes. This train takes you around the park and if you’re lucky you’ll get to see some animals. It was very cold when we went so there weren’t that many animals out, but we did get to see some monkeys and a seal. It’s a very scenic route and looks beautiful during autumn.
After the train, we then made our way to the house where things were being set up for the Festival of Light. This year’s theme is a fantastic voyage and from the looks of it, it’s going to be as amazing as always.
We wandered around inside the house which is just stunning. I love looking at all the paintings and seeing who the people in them are. There was also an enormous family tree for the Thynne’s who first built the house. A direct descendant and his wife and children live and manage the house today. It was fascinating looking at the family tree, seeing all the connections and just how far back it goes.
Once we left the house we went into the mirror maze. Despite having done this mirror maze several times before I still get lost and confused haha. We then went into their Christmas shop where I bought a couple of decorations with mine and my sister’s name on.
Then it was time for my favourite part…the bat caves! I could spend hours in there watching the bats fly over our heads, they’re so cute. We got there just in time as they were in the middle of being fed so they were very active. A few fights between bats broke out over food. It’s pretty difficult getting good pictures in the bat cave as it’s so dark and they move incredibly fast!
We then saw the rest of the animals, including the most adorable red pandas and some teeny tiny meerkats I also had the chance to hold a snake, this is something I look forward to every year and it was the first year Jaz held the snake too. Despite having a fear of spiders I decided to hold a tarantula as well. Don’t ask me why haha. Just after I handed the snake back I watched as people held a big, furry tarantula in their hands. It didn’t look as scary as I thought so I got in the queue, much to Jaz’s confusion and held the spider. It was quite tickly as he moved his legs and surprisingly soft. I’m really glad I did it but I still won’t be the person responsible for removing spiders from the house or the office haha.
Lastly, we tackled the hedge maze which is the biggest maze in Britain. Again we’ve done this quite a few times now and got to the observation tower in record time! We saved this to last hoping to get to the tower for sunset to take some amazing pictures but unfortunately, it was too cloudy. We still got some great pictures though and despite getting to the centre so quickly it was still fun. To be honest, if I wasn’t with Jaz I would’ve 100% got lost, he can find his way around things and remember directions so well.
I hope you all enjoyed this post! Have you been to Longleat for the autumn festival before? Let me know in the comments. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog while you’re here and follow me on Instagram and Twitter too. Thanks for reading!