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Waltzing Waters (Newtonmore)

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Address: Newtonmore / Scotland / PH20 1DR / Tel: 01540 673 752

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      20.04.2010 13:10
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      Waltzing Waters is situated in the sleepy little village of Newtonmore in the Scottish Highlands and is an attraction that combines a musical extravaganza with dancing water. It's an attraction with a difference, the only one of its kind in Scotland although there are similar water shows across the globe. There is ample free parking when you get to the attraction which is set in a plain looking white building. You can enter the theatre about 10 minutes before the show starts but there is also a nice little shop selling souvenirs to browse round if you have a while to wait until doors open. The first thing that struck me when I entered the theatre was a slightly musty and damp smell, I suppose because there are no windows it must be hard to keep the area properly ventilated. The seating is comfortable enough giving good views of the stage but would have been better if it was on different levels instead of all floor level, on the day I visited the auditorium was half empty meaning there was not the same problems that might have otherwise occurred from having short people sit behind tall people. Time for the show to begin and the music started playing. They say the music will please everyone and I think the overall choice was fairly bland. We had a couple of pop tunes from Abba and Queen as well as some popular classical music like the 1812 overture which everyone will instantly recognise. The fact that the music is bland and they are trying to please everyone means that they have made safe yet unexciting choices and I doubt anyone will be wowed by the selection. It was instrumental version of the pop songs rather than those with lyrics. Of course the main part of the show is not the music but the waltzing water. The dancing waters truly are a magical feat of engineering. The waters spray out into different formations in a rainbow of bright colours, greens, blues, yellows and reds light up the darkened auditorium. The water is perfectly synchronised with the music and sprays out gently and lightly when a slow song is playing and gushes out at great force with bold patterns and colours when the music is more forceful. There's something very relaxing about watching the water show, the combination of the coloured fountains and the swooshing noise that it makes is extremely relaxing and hypnotic and it can be tempting to lie back and have a snooze during the show. Waltzing Waters is a unique attraction and is well worth going to see the show if you are in the area. The combination of music and dancing waters is magical even if the choice of music could be better.

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