Enchanted Forest 2020 Cancelled
The Enchanted Forest Trust has released the following statement: "It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that, due to the ongoing effect of Covid-19, The Enchanted Forest Community Trust has reached the decision to cancel this year’s event.
Alongside the whole world, we have been watching the situation closely as it develops and, while we had quietly hoped the ban on mass gatherings may ease off in the Autumn, it is clear to us now that the ongoing requirements for physical distancing may remain in place until the end of the year. That and a lack of clarity surrounding the duration of the ban on mass gatherings means it is simply too risky for us to continue with our plans.
We want to thank every single one of you for your support in making The Enchanted Forest the magical event that it is. Our beautiful home of Faskally Wood will stand proud and tall throughout this, and we will miss all of you coming to visit us this year. But we want our audience, you, to remain safe and well, and it’s so important that we all do our part in making that happen, however heartbreaking that may be.
In 2021, we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary and we plan to use the extra time in 2020 to get very creative and to ensure that our return in 2021 will be full of the magic and enchantment that you have all come to expect from us as Scotland’s pioneering sound and light show.
Our dates for 2021 are Thursday 30 September - Sunday 31 October.
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be reaching out to everyone who has purchased tickets to arrange a refund. Because our 2021 show is more than 12 months away, we felt this was the fairest thing to do. Tickets for 2021 will go on sale later this year and everyone who has purchased tickets for this year’s show will be given privileged access to tickets, allowing them to rebook, prior to anyone else.
If you have any questions, our team are here and happy to help. Please drop us an email at email@example.com"
John Swinney says: “Whilst this is a sensible decision, it is one that will bring significant sadness to Perthshire residents. The Enchanted Forest has proven to be a huge hit and has established itself as one of the premier events in Perthshire’s annual calendar. It has been responsible for introducing the beauty of Highland Perthshire to so many tourists from across the country and has made a significant impact on our local economy. I look forward to the Enchanted Forest’s return in the years ahead, and I am confident that this temporary setback will do nothing to slow the growth of this magnificent event.”
Pete Wishart added: “The Enchanted Forest is a unique tourist attraction and something which usually draws people from all over the country. Given the need to continue to follow social distancing for the foreseeable future, it is completely understandable as to why organisers had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event. I wish all the team the very best and I can’t wait to welcome them back in 2021.”
Mike Williamson: “Whilst it is disappointing that the Enchanted Forest cannot go ahead this year, it is totally logical as to why it had to be cancelled for 2020. The Enchanted Forest is such a unique attraction and it is always great to welcome people to share in the magic of Faskally Woods, but given the current circumstances, it would not be appropriate this year. I am sure that the organisers will be putting everything they have into welcoming visitors again when it is safe to do so.”