Night glow at Longleat's Sky Safari event

Longleat in Wiltshire will be once again play host to Sky Safari, a hot air balloon festival that ran for the first time last year.

The event will run for a second time from 15th until 17th September.

Groups visiting over the weekend will get to see over 50 hot air balloons in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours, which will make a series of spectacular mass launches over the weekend.

Highlights will include night-time hot air balloon displays which will light up the sky over Longleat estate. Last year’s Sky Safari night launch had a synchronised lights show in time to music, and visitors should expect visual displays of a similar magnitude.

Tickets will go on sale later this year, and prebooking for groups will be essential.

More at Longleat for groups

A number ofother highlights will take place at Longleat this year. New for 2017 will be temporary exhibition called Marvellous Monsters, running from 8th April until 31st October.

Anatomically correct animatronic critters will be exhibited across the grounds of Longleat, allowing guests to experience the bizarre and intriguing creatures up close.

Groups will get to see well-known garden frequenters such as bees, ladybirds and a selection of British butterflies, as well as more exotic and unusual creatures such as the orchid mantis, the puss moth caterpillar and the whip scorpion.

Longleat will also be staging a Fantastic Fireworks displays between 26th and 28th October with magical pyrotechnics set to music.

The year will conclude with the Festival of Light (Christmas 2017). This festive outdoor light festival will see hundreds of illuminated characters and scenes transform the estate into a winter wonderland with a brand new themed storyline for 2017.

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