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A Magical Electrical Celebration Deep in the Woods
If you go down to the woods in Robin Hill Country Park, from the end of September to the beginning of November, you will be in for a pleasant surprise. The trees will be lit like an enchanted forest with lanterns and garlands and illuminated stars, for the Diwali-inspired event in celebration of India's 70 years of independence.

Robin Hill Country Park is near Newport on the Isle of Wight and is easily reached by either the Portsmouth to Fishbourne ferry or the Southampton to East Cowes ferry and there is plenty of free parking when you get there.

The Festival of Light has been a popular autumnal event on the Isle of Wight for the last 4 years and this year promises to be just as spectacular. So take advantage of the long nights drawing in and head to the ancient woodland festival and embark on a journey into many of the cultures and colours of India.

You will find subtly lit oriental bridges, arched across lily lit ponds and innovative lighting effects which bring elephants, tigers and monkeys to life.

Urban India is depicted by bazaars and authentic Indian cuisine with the aromas of spices permeating the air. Although toasted giant marshmallows over open fires and candy floss on light sticks are not traditionally Asian in origin, they are nonetheless great fun on a cool autumnal evening.

The spiritual side of India is represented by Bollywood music, dancing and parades with larger than life carnival puppets adding to the experience while Rangoli art patterns, murals and light shows contribute to the decorative India.

During half term (21st to 29th October), Robin Hill Country Park will be open all day from 10am through to the Festival of Light in the evening, when there will also be additional evening entertainment.

An Indian festival celebration wouldn't be complete without a splash of colour from Holi powder and every visitor is given a bag of coloured powder and the option to take part in the festival of colour walk.

Mark your diaries for the Diwali 2017 Festival of Light at Robin Hill Country Park it's looking like it's going to be an exciting outdoor family event full of fun, colour and music.

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Why? A lovely way for the whole family to spend an autumn evening
When: 6pm to 10pm Every Evening between 29th September and 4th November
Phone: 44 (0)1983 527352
Where: Robin Hill Country Park & Gardens Downend, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 2NU
Cost: 15.00 (age 4 to 59), Concession: 13.50, 4 Person saver: 55.00, School Half Term (21st to 29th October): 19.00 (age 4 to 59), Concession: 17.00, 4 Person Saver: 72.00
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