Robin Hill Country Park is transforming into a wonderland of lights and lanterns with the launch of Spirit of the Orient – an award-winning Electric Woods event.

To recognise one of the UK’s biggest festivals celebrating the Chinese New Year, Robin Hill is partnering with Chinese restaurants across the Island to give away hundreds of prizes, including one special ‘Golden Pig’ reward, hidden inside celebratory Spirit of the Orient fortune cookies.

Keep an eye on Isle of Wight Radio’s Facebook page this week for extra chances to win!

Running between February 15-23, Spirit of the Orient is a dazzling fusion of sound, colour, illuminations and oriental flavours amidst Robin Hill’s ancient, 88-acre woodlands, capturing the spirit of one of the world’s most popular celebrations.

Featuring impressive new light exhibits, a 12-metre long dragon procession, new interactive woodland light shows, luminous lion dances, Chinese street food, entertainment and crafts, the festival marks the year of the Earth Pig and the traditional Chinese concept of ‘Wu Xing’.

Discover, and even go inside part of, a 12-metre long Chinese dragon procession as it meanders its way around the park’s woodland ponds. Legendary in Chinese mythology, dragons traditionally symbolise power, strength and good luck.

Visitors can enter the ‘Temple of the Giants’, an interactive astrology-inspired experience hidden amongst three huge redwood trees. Using a touchscreen interface, visitors can customise their own show on the floating walkway by modifying the style of the lighting and music.

Other attractions include, tying hopes and wishes to the ‘wishing tree’. A symbol of good fortune, legend has it that the higher the wish on the tree, the more likely it is to come true. Design your own Chinese lanterns before lighting them and carrying them around the woodlands, hold birds of prey, such as owls and falcons, and watch them soar through the skies.

Guests can also savour the delights of an authentic oriental menu, including speciality Chinese pork dishes, served by the atmospheric woodland ponds. Visitors can also toast marshmallows on an open brazier.

Alexander Dabell, Managing Director of Vectis Ventures, said:

“Chinese New Year is a global celebration with more than a billion people joining in across the world. We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to our award-winning electric woods event, Spirit of the Orient.”