Europe’s largest lantern and light festival has arrived at Heaton Park, just under an hour’s drive from Liverpool.

Lightopia launches today (November 21) and features interactive and immersive lights, lanterns, installations and lasers with water-screen multimedia shows.

One path through Heaton Park has been turned into a safari, with glowing lions, tigers, zebras and a moving rhino, reports the Manchester Evening News .

 

Another path has transformed into a whimsical woodland walk lit up by luminous dandelions and mushrooms, with colourful, dancing lasers speckling the trees.

The largest lantern installations can be found at the middle of the site, including a flamboyant peacock with a flashing, fanned-out tail; the towering Tree of Life, a pair of hands holding a bouquet of flowers; and a cracked planet Earth held together by two people.

Ava Moradi, the artist behind Lightopia, said: "I feel like we need more warmth, we need more friendship, I said I wanted to carry that throughout this festival.

"This is not just an artistic festival. It's for families, friends, lovers, everyone to come here and take pictures”.

Visitors can also see a display of zodiac signs, each set inside a mini colonnade; a shimmering tunnel of lights and a hive of bees.

There’s also light-up swings for visitors to play on, acrobatic performances to watch and a mesmerising water show with lasers and lighting to see.

There are also a range of food stalls and bars serving everything from churros to jerk chicken - and mulled wine, of course.

 

Lightopia runs at Heaton Park until December 31 (excluding Mondays and Tuesdays during term time, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 5pm to 10pm.

Prices start from £11 per child and £18 per adult if booked online, and £13 per child and £20 per adult if purchased on-site.

Tickets are available online and at the box office.

For more information and to book, visit www.lightopiafestival.com .

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