Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Stargazer of Saltwell

One of the highlights of my Christmas calendar is Enchanted Parks that is held at Saltwell Park every December.   A fantastical story brought alive by the power of light and sound, it truly brings something magical to the beautiful park in Gateshead.

We had an amazing time last year (you can read all about it here) so I bought my tickets the second they went on sale for this year's display.

This year's story featured Estella, a little girl who lived in Saltwell Towers in the 1800's and became obsessed with the stars.  Her bedroom was dedicated to her fascination with astronomy and astrology.

 
Every night she would dream of what lay beyond our planet.  She loved the idea of being able to fly into space and escape her normal life.

 
Whilst some thought the isolated girl was a dreamer, others claim she was ahead of her time and even launched a rocket from Saltwell Park. 

One day Estella mysteriously vanished.  What happened to her?  


As the story ended with a fantastical being that seemed to appear out of a spaceship, I like to think that Estella got her wish and got transported to another world.

 
As always, Enchanted Parks delivered a fantastic escape for the evening and we loved getting lost in Estella's world. Cold feet and wet clothes were forgotten as we walked round the Park.

 
One little grumble though. Last year at the event we had hot chocolates from a little kart that were out of this world.  Perfectly made with cream, marshmallows and caramel we have literally spent the whole year looking forward to having another.  Unfortunately, this year they were nowhere to be seen so we had to make do with powdered hot chocolate.


Such a disappointment! Please come back next year special hot chocolate kart!

12 comments:

  1. I can't believe I've never heard of this, Saltwell Park is fab even before things like this. Maybe we'll check it out next year!

    xo

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    1. REALLY? OMG you have to go, it's amazing!! I think it's in its 8th year!

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  2. I love this post because I forgot to buy tickets this year and felt like I missed out, but your images make it seem so magical! Rosie xx

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    1. Oh no :( I'll try and remember to remind you when they go on sale next year x

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  3. What a magical place - the park looks amazing.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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  4. This looks like a great event. I love outdoor theatre and events. Shame about the choclate hopefully they will change it for next year Lucy x

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    1. I hope so, I was sent a feedback questionnaire so I made sure to mention it ;)

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  5. Stunning photos it looks like a fairytale :) xx

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    1. Definitely worth the travel if you want to go next year! It is so good!

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  6. I really need to save this page for next year.. or just remind me?lol Sounds amazing. With paying for our wedding and little man stil a little young to appreciate certain things, we haven't done too much this year/Christmas. But next year we're going for it! :)
    I love that they've used a local story/tale. :)

    Caroline.x
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    1. I'll try and remember to remind you! There are SO many things I wanted to do this year and I've completely run out of time - there are just so many great looking foodie things, light displays, film screenings ... I need to do more next year! here does the time go?!

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