28 November 2016

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

Last weekend we took a trip to Westonbirt Arboretum to visit their annual Enchanted Christmas event, it was the second time we have been and it was even better than last year. Unfortunately, due to her being rather unwell with a throat infection, we had had to leave Little 1 at home with Nanny and just take Little 2 and Little 3 this year.

The main attraction is the illuminated tree trail, a mile of pushchair friendly magical and innovatively lit up forest designed each year to delight and enchant the whole family. 

Bundled up nice and warm against the wintery weather we arrived in time for our trail time slot, this is a new change to this year in order to spread the flow of people around the trail and prevent queues when everyone stops to admire the interactive displays. 

As we walked around the mile of pathway on the Arboretum tree trail we gazed in wonder at the lighting and which did feel rather magical. There were smoke machines pumping out little 0's in the air disappearing between the trees, bubbles and glittering lights shining through branches and the last remaining leaves silhouetting the trees. It is truly surreal and being there in the dark even with lots of people around you, I still felt like it was just me and the trees admiring the lights.

As well as the tree trail there are Christmas activities on offer for the whole family to take part in. We stopped in a tent at the end of the trail and Little 2 made a card by printing with a piece of fern and decorating it with glitter.

Father Christmas, dressed in traditional green, was there helped by his cheeky elves. Mrs Christmas was there too in a yurt telling Christmas stories keeping the Little ones entertained. As we walked around we saw fairy stilt walkers, listened to Christmas tunes played by a local brass band, and Little 2 hopped on for a ride on a traditional children's carousel.

At the end of the evening we headed back to the food tent where you can find a hog roll, chips, mulled wine, mince pie or traditional sweets and warmed up with a tasty cup of hot chocolate before heading home. We had spent almost three hours there without realising!!

My biggest tip if you are planning on taking a pushchair is to take plastic bags for the wheels, the trail, although pushchair friendly, can get really muddy if it has been raining and we found these prevent the car boot getting dirty.

The event is on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from the last weekend in November until 18th December 2016. Due to such popular demand, tickets are advance booking only. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas  for more information about the event, opening times and price information.

N.B We received free entry into this years event in return for this blog post, all opinions are our own honest views.


  1. Ive heard good things about here before. Looks fab. What a shame Little 1 was too poorly to go. Hope she feels better really soon xx

  2. This looks lovely. What a shame Little 1 couldn't go x

  3. This looks like a lovely Christmassy event at Westonbirt Arboretum! Love the way the trees have been lit up! Magical #TriedTested

  4. This looks like a lovely Christmassy event at Westonbirt Arboretum! Love the way the trees have been lit up! Magical #TriedTested


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