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See Westonbirt Arboretum in a different light this Enchanted Christmas

10 September 2014

People are being invited to kick-start the festive season with a magical experience amongst the trees at one of the country’s most enchanting Christmas trails.

This November, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire will be home once again to its long-awaited Enchanted Christmas winter event, featuring a spectacular mile long illuminated trail.

Enchanted Christmas, which highlights the striking structures of Westonbirt’s trees as they are illuminated against the winter night sky, will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings between 28 November and 21 December.

Visitors will be taken into a fairy-tale world by following the one mile trail which features an exciting new design for 2014. The beautiful display is refreshed each year to ensure regular visitors can enjoy the arboretum’s amazing range of specimens, paths and vistas which showcase the vast tree collection in a very special light.

As well as enjoying the trees under a magnificent canopy of festive lighting, families and young visitors will have the chance to walk alongside entertaining stilt-walkers, Jack Frost, the Christmas Fairy and a very tall reindeer. Children will also have the chance to meet Father Christmas and to receive their very own Christmas present! For Christmas spirit, there will be carol singing performed by local choirs at all of the Enchanted Christmas evenings.

For nature lovers who like to get creative, there will be plenty of fun, family craft activities at the Learning Centre, as well as festive market stalls offering a wide range of food and drink including traditional hot chestnuts, hog roasts, toffee apples and all-time favourite sweets. New this year will be an undercover picnic area where people can enjoy their tasty treats and mulled wine.

The Westonbirt Plant Centre and Shop, which will be open late, will have plenty of Christmas gifts and treats on offer. In the foodie area, there will be beautiful handcrafted wooden decorations for sale as well as illuminated toys.

Starting at 5pm on Friday 28 November, a stunning lantern parade led by Father Christmas and his reindeer will open Enchanted Christmas to the public, with Fairy and Jack Frost illuminating the trees as they go.

Advance tickets for the event will go on sale in early October and can be purchased from www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas, or by calling 03000 680400. On Fridays only, Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum get half price admission on adult tickets and their children go free.

Enchanted Christmas will open at 17:00 to 20:30, with last entry to the car park at 19:15 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 28 to Sunday 21 December.

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

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For more information please contact Lucy Doyle at Spirit Public Relations on 0117 944 1415 or e-mail ldoyle@spiritpublicrelations.co.uk

Emily Pryor, Communications Manager at Westonbirt Arboretum on 01666 881 207 or Emily.pryor@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Last updated: 8th August 2016

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