Thousands of Midlothian locals attended the inaugural Fire and Light Adventure at Vogrie Country Park last week. Aimed at visitors of all ages, the immersive walk through the estate delighted families and adults alike with light installations, fire sculptures, and interactive performers and installations
6,000 visited the event between Monday 24th and Friday 28th September, which sold out on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. It attracted people both locally and further afield in Edinburgh, presenting Vogrie Country Park in a unique way to highlight its natural beauty and accessibility to the public. One visitor commented on social media that it made them feel “very happy to be living in Midlothian”.
This participatory walk was organised by the Lothians-based Out There Projects in partnership with Midlothian Council and funding from EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. Based on the success of the first Fire and Light Adventure, and of its sister event Woodland Dance Project - which sold out over two weeks in advance - the organisers are now planning future events at Vogrie Country Park. Fire and Light Adventure will run again in 2019 for an extended period and with more installations, and other ideas include events for Bonfire Night, Christmas, and Easter.
As a gesture towards the local community, some proceeds from the event will be used to donate 20 pairs of boots to Police Scotland Youth Volunteers based in the Lothians. There are also plans to build a permanent hut in Vogrie Country Park’s woodland to cater to Scouts groups and to be used as a hub at future events, and to generate funding for the park generally to help keep it open to the public all year round.
Callum Ross, one of the event Organisers at Out There Projects, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with how the first Fire and Light Adventure went. There was a great atmosphere in the park all week and we had lovely feedback from visitors who came to enjoy the walk.
“Looking forward, we’ll be planning how we can put it on again, as well as similar events, with an increased infrastructure and more funding for installations and interactive features. We’re a small grassroots organisation that operates with limited funding, so this has been a fantastic experience and we’ve learnt a lot that we can put to use next year. We’re keen to provide more community-oriented events that help fund the park and keep it in public ownership”.
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted at the success of Midlothian Fire and Light Adventure, attracting impressive crowds to Vogrie Country Park, and in turn delivering strong benefits to the local area. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and we look forward to seeing this great outdoor event develop in years to come.