1 December 2019

An enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury

On Friday evening we went to the opening of the annual enchanted Christmas event at Westonbirt Arbouretum in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, this was the third time we had been and it is certainly a fab Christmas family event, the Little Ones loved it and so did us grown-ups too.

This year, the award winning event has been taken over by fairies and transformed into an enchanted woodland, the fairies have been up to mischief casting their spells and creating a fairytale world of light and magic, and what a delight it was.

The illuminated, mile long, pushchair friendly tree trail was as magical as ever and enchanted us all as we stood and stared at the first spectacle in front of us, a talking tree!

The girls couldn't wait to explore the rest of the trail and soon came upon a group of fairies.

Trees lit in all sorts of colours each with their natural beauty illuminated in a magical kind of way. Dancing lights, fairy lanterns and coloured lights shining out through the trees silhouetting the last remaining leaves made me feel like it was just us there admiring nature's beauty. 

Around every turn was something to grab the Little Ones attention, Little 3 especially liked a musical lights station all three of them spent ages on.

Halfway around the trail we met up with friends, The children ran from sight to sight together, happy with a glint in their eye, the magical beginnings of Christmas spirit.

Father Christmas himself was there dressed in traditional green with his fairy friends who gave the Little ones a gift from their basket, and there was even a Santa's sleigh launch station with lights, sound and smoke. 

Everyone loved the dance screen at the end of the trail, even the grown ups got in on that.

Smiles all round in some foam snow while we listened to the choir then we headed to the Christmas village.

The Christmas village was a sight for all the senses, there were food stalls to make your mouth water ranging from sweets and candy floss to mulled wine, hog rolls, burgers and chips and the most tasty crepes. 

As always on an evening like this we treated the Little Ones and filled up on hot chips for tea and drank hot chocolate to warm ourselves up, chatting about what we had seen and what had been the favourite part of the trail.

There was a family Christmas craft to get stuck into inside the tent that the girls had a go at. 

The traditional fairground rides with all the lights and sounds of the fair had us mesmerised, the children begged for rides and we couldn't not say yes, after all it is nearly Christmas. Plenty of smiles to go around in the Christmas village, it was so lovely spending the evening with friends and a great start to the festivities.  

It is worth noting that lots of the food and gift stalls do not have card facilities and can only take cash so take plenty of cash with you.

Westonbirt Arboretum Enchanted Christmas runs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from now until Sunday 22nd December from 4-9pm. Tickets are advance booking only and are available here https://www.forestryengland.uk/westonbirt/enchanted-christmas where you can also find more information about the event and prices.

We received free entry to the event in return for this post and social coverage but it is the third time we have been and we did genuinely love it, again.

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