This February, the Isle of Wight’s will transform into a dazzling electric woods event to celebrate Chinese New Year. A spectacular fusion of sound, colour and illuminations across 88 acres of woodland, Spirit of the Orient will feature over 4,500 lights, a 12-metre long dragon procession, interactive shows and traditional lion dances. Oriental statues, lanterns and over 4,500 lights will fill the park, alongside 3D water projections which appear to be floating on lakes. Four white lion performers accompanied by a 50-strong pride of digital lions will take to an LED-lit stage for an illuminated dance show, based around the traditional Chinese lion dance which involves imitating a big cat’s movements while dressed as a lion, said to bring good fortune. Other highlights include the ‘Cascading Bridge’ light exhibit, featuring impressive omni-directional sound, light, projection and pyrotechnics, and Britain’s largest lantern festival.
Guests can also tie hopes and wishes to the park’s ‘wishing tree’, design their own Chinese lantern, and hold birds of prey such as owls and falcons, then watch them soar through the skies. An oriental menu will be available, with speciality Chinese pork dishes and marshmallows to toast on an open brazier.
Robin Hill County Park, Downend Rd, Downend, Newport PO30 2NU
Tickets from £15.50, visit