Magic Lantern Alight!

We went for a walk with Stanley and Maddie at Chiswick House late last week  Running along the paths we know Giving chase to each other Maddie, one of our neighbours, joined in the fun. Then we saw that things were not quite the same at the park …Along the paths where we normally walked were all sorts of brightly coloured sculptures. Stanley checking out some of the over-sized hooman sculptures Another poo got in the act and checked out more of these very large colourful sculpturesIt seems a never ending array of them – in all shapes and colours
Mummy liked this the best –The whole sculpture was made up of blue and white plates, spoons and cups.

Oh, and that ever-present Panda!Not just one Panda seemed enoughThere was King Fu PandaAnd a whole army of them it seemed!

And all these little guys And even a cavalry! We particularly liked this row of lanternsIt felt so majestic walking through itAnd I was wearing my red coat to match!

By the time we left Chiswick Park, it was just starting to get dark and some of the lights were switched on … So we got a hint on what they might look likewhen it is all dark in the grounds.
But we won’t be able to see them properlyAs dogs are not allowed in once the show begins at 5pm. So we’re lucky to have just caught a glimpse of it at dusk.

May’s comment: The Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House Garden is open to the public from the 19 Jan – 26 Feb, 2017 from 17.00 every night. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Explore The Silk Road’.This is the second year they are on display. It coincides with the Chinese New Year celebrations which starts on the 28th January and goes on for 15 days.

Dogs are not allowed in when the show starts but you can walk the gardens at Chiswick House during the day to see these very large life-sized and over-sized sculpted lanterns – a spectacular fusion of colour, art, heritage and culture. But if you’re there at about 16.00, they lights start to come on and you get an idea of how they will look in the dark.

But nothing like the real show. Here are some pics taken by Diana Shveydel when she visited the show:


  1. Jill Keiser

    Diana Shveydel’s night time photos are glorious!

  2. Laura Cordovano

    This is amazing! So beautiful.

  3. Cheryl

    Incredible photos, thank you for posting.

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