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Tickets on sale for Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

October 2013

This is an archive news release and may contain some inaccurate information.

Tickets are now on sale for Enchanted Christmas at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire.

Enchanted Christmas, Westonbirt’s signature winter event, inspires festive cheer with an illuminated one mile tree-lined trail through the arboretum. The spectacle takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from Friday 29 November to Sunday 22 December.

The magical event will start with a big switch-on at 5pm on Friday 29 November. Real reindeer accompanied by two elves and Father Christmas will do the honour of switching on the spectacular lighting design.

Tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £5 for children. Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum get half price admission on Fridays.

The centrepiece of the event is a spectacular one mile illuminated trail highlighting the striking structures of Westonbirt’s trees lit up against the winter night sky. Each year a lighting design is created so visitors can experience different specimens, paths and vistas in the tree collection.

As well as enjoying the majestic beauty of the towering trees lit by thousands of festive lights, visitors can meet Father Christmas dressed in traditional green, along with festive stilt-walkers including Jack Frost, the Christmas Fairy and a very tall reindeer and join in with the carol singing performed by local choirs.

Festive market stalls will offer a wide range of food and drink including Moroccan street food by Exotic Tagine, hot chestnuts, hog roasts, toffee apples and a traditional sweet stall. There will also be the opportunity to get those creative juices flowing with a range of seasonal craft activities in the Learning Centre and purchase Christmas gifts from the range of festive products on sale in Westonbirt Plant Centre and Shop.

The Westonbirt Restaurant, run by Calcot Kitchens, will this year offer visitors the chance to enjoy a three-course festive meal when they take their stroll through the arboretum. The restaurant menu will only be available on certain dates, as outlined on the website, and costs £20 per head.

Restaurant bookings need to be made directly with the restaurant by e-mailing westonbirt@calcotmanor.co.uk or calling 01666 880064. The last available sitting will be at 20:00.

Tickets for Enchanted Christmas can be purchased from www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas, or by calling 03000 680400.

Enchanted Christmas will open at 17:00 to 20:30, with last entry to the trail at 19:15 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 29 to Sunday 22 December.

For more information please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas

ENDS

For more information please contact:

Gina Mills, Communications Manager,Forestry Commission/ Westonbirt Arboretum, on 01666 881231 or email gina.mills@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Dani Marlborough at Spirit Public Relations on 0117 944 1415 or e-mail dmarlborough@spiritpublicrelations.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITOR

  1. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to five national collections, the arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains 16,000 labelled specimens. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of over 28,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford and later developed by his son George Holford. Unlike many arboretums, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt.
  2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Further information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk.
  3. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum was formed in 1985. The charity’s objects are to support the National Arboretum in promoting public understanding of the crucial role of trees to the environment and society. It is funded by membership receipts from over 28,000 members, other fundraising, and the use of the Great Oak Hall for events and activities. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a registered charity (no. 293190). More information at www.fowa.org.uk

Useful links:

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas

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