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Get into the festive spirit at Haldon Forest Park

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Haldon's Reindeer

There is more to Christmas than battling busy high streets so why not gather up your friends and family, wrap up warm and get in to the Christmas spirit at the Forestry Commission’s Haldon Forest Park near Exeter this December.

Dartmoor Christmas Tree Farm, who will be providing 10 Downing Street with their Christmas tree this year, will once again be at Haldon every day from Saturday 26 November until Friday 23 December between 9am and 5pm.  They will be selling a range of beautiful real trees including Norway spruce, Frazer fir, Noble fir, Nordmann fir and Blue Spruce.  Potted trees are also available and Haldon Forest Park Discovery Pass holders are entitled to a £1 off their chosen tree.   

People can also purchase one of their award winning wreaths as well as festive foliage, cones, decorations and Christmas tree stands.  There is also a free prize draw and the winner will win £100 cash and a donation from each tree sold will go to their nominated charity – Families for Children.

Haldon will be feeling very festive again with its Christmas scene, and children can post their letter to Santa in our special post box.  Once again the post box will be guarded by Haldon’s special reindeer and this year people have the chance to either win or bid for one of these gorgeous chaps to take home. 

On Saturday 10 December the ever popular Santa’s Den Building event will take place between 10.30am and 12.30pm.  Bring the kids to help build a den for Santa and when they have finished, he will come along to inspect it with gifts for all of his little helpers.  People must pre book to attend this event by calling 01392 832262 – the cost is £4 per child.

Spectrum Music will once again be entertaining visitors to Haldon with some Christmas music.  They will play on Sunday 4 December and Saturday 17 December between 11 and 1 and will be raising money for their chosen charity. 

The Forestry Commission is also running a Christmas competition this year.  If you have bought a Christmas tree from a Forestry Commission site, you can post a picture of your decorated tree to our Flickr site at to be in with the chance of winning two tickets to a forest concert of your choice. 

Fantastic value ex-hire mountain bikes and new cycles will be available to buy from Forest Cycle Hire, as well as plenty of stocking fillers for the keen cyclist.  In addition, for anyone who gets a new bike or a ‘bike in a box’ for Christmas their trained mechanics are available on site to help and advise. 

All in all it is set to be a fun festive season at Haldon.  As well as all the Christmas goings on all the bike and walking trails will be open for business as usual!  Haldon is also home to The Ridge Cafe and the Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World. 

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

  2. Forestry Commission England sells around 50,000 Christmas trees each year from 25 Christmas tree sales centres.

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