Enchanted Parks – Saltwell Park 2014

Enchanted Parks – Saltwell Park 2014

On Thursday evening the three of us visited Enchanted Parks at Saltwell Park in Gateshead, a series of art installations using light, sound and fire against the back drop of the cold North East darkness.

This is Enchanted Parks 9th year which was developed and commissioned by NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council. The theme for this years event is the story of Estella,  who lived inside Saltwell Towers and dreamt of a life amongst the stars.

The paths are dimly lit but the event is very well staffed, with volunteers at every step along the way who are polite and keen to chat. The route is fixed with signs warning you not to stray from the path.

The woodland around Saltwell Park looked beautiful. Everything was eerily lit with the pale lighting.

The little man was absolute transfixed with the lights and surprisingly, stayed awake for the entire walk round the park grounds.

The External combustion installation pictured above was quite spectacular, both in site and sound! The sequence of the flames mimic the pattern of the solar flares on the surface of the sun.

The light installations were very impressive and looks amazing against the dark night sky. You can read about the artists who created them here.

We had a great time at Saltwell Park and I’d thoroughly recommend it, my only advice – wrap up warm! It was freezing!

Tickets cost £7 each for Hubby and I and then little man was free. Parking at the park itself was £3 which was pretty reasonable. There was no issues getting or out and the event itself was very well organised with plenty of staff and volunteers to provide help if necessary. We’re looking forward to next year already!

 

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