Monthly Archives: January 2017

Magic Lantern Festival

 If you are looking for a way to celebrate the Chinese New Year this week end with the children I would recommend the Magic Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens.


Last week end I took my two young god daughters to the Magic Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens.

It is a fabulous way to mark the Chinese New Year. The theme this year is the SILK ROAD and the giant illuminations illustrating scenes of culture and commerce along the ancient route light up the inky night sky.


The trail takes you winding around the gardens past a vast gleaming ship that is also reflected in the river flowing below it. Past giant flower, camel and panda lanterns with depictions of eastern traders with piles of silk and even a radiant Eiffel Tower surrounded by giant skinny catwalk models. The children were enchanted and we kept warm as we wandered with toasted marshmallows and steaming dim sum. lantern3

There are also festivals taking place in Yorkshire and Birmingham.


Our Wild & Gorgeous Autumn Winter 2017 collection drew plenty of inspiration from the rich designs, embroideries and emblems of the Far East. From our beautiful peony print Empress and Shanghai Dresses to our Brave as aTiger Jumper and embroidered dragons and tigers emblazoned on this season’s collection. lantern5