HUNDREDS of visitors immersed themselves in another universe as the trailblazing sound and light show, The Enchanted Forest, launched for 2019 last week.

This year, the Perthshire visitor attraction can boast a truly universal appeal with its Cosmos set up, based on the many wonders of the galaxy.

Invited guests were welcomed to the illuminating sound and light event last Wednesday, October 2, before opening to the general public the following day for its month-long run at Faskally Wood in Pitlochry.

The Enchanted Forest has released 80,000 tickets for this year's event, with only a few dates still available for last-minute bookings.

Whilst visitors will be able to enjoy the security and familiarity of their forest surroundings, the show will encourage visitors to sense the awe and wonderment of looking up to the sky through the tree canopy and be captivated by the cosmos.

New for 2019 is the Geodome, a 7m inflatable projection dome, accommodating approximately 50 people per show. A completely immersive experience, it gives those within it the impression they are flying through the Cosmos.

Ian Sim, chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said: "Now in its 18th year, The Enchanted Forest continues to break the boundaries of what is possible for a sound and light show, and we are especially proud of our 2019 show, Cosmos. I would encourage those still without tickets to snap up the last remaining few as soon as possible."

He added: "The exciting thing about The Enchanted Forest is that the theme changes every year and we are constantly raising the bar in terms of what is possible.

"Although this brings its own challenges, we are delighted that the team relish this kind of creative challenge and work collaboratively to deliver what is going to be a truly unique and, literally, an ‘out of this world' experience."

Bumblebee Conservation Trust, PKAVS and Guide Dogs Scotland have been confirmed as the official charity partners for 2019.

These organisations will not only benefit financially but will be promoted extensively during the run of the event to raise awareness of their good work in the community.

It is estimated that The Enchanted Forest delivers £7.6million economic benefit to Perthshire's economy per annum, according to a report by Tourism Resources Company in Glasgow.

The event grew to 80,000 visitors in 2018, 52 per cent of whom choosing to stay overnight in the local area.

For more information, visit enchantedforest.org.uk