This news story is now over a year old and information may no longer be accurate or up-to-date. It might also contain obsolete links.
Please use our search link on the left to look for more recent information.
Organisers of Westonbirt’s Enchanted Christmas have revealed more details about the magical interactive features visitors can experience at this year’s event.
The signature winter event, which returns to the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt, in Gloucestershire next Friday (28 November), features a magical one mile illuminated trail highlighting the striking structures within the magnificent tree collection.
Along the trail visitors will find a host of sound and light exhibits to interact with, including a camera that will project an image of a person’s face through the trees, drums that light up a cluster of trees when played and a tree that will illuminate in response to someone singing to it – the louder the visitor sings the higher the lights will climb until the star on the top shines bright.
Exciting new additions to the trail this year also include a bike powered display that requires two people to cycle together to turn on a set of lights. and Other sparkling displays include 1800 rainbow coloured LEDs that climb the branches of a big hydrangea and a bubble den with a mirrorball for children.
Starting on Friday 28 November the spectacle will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening until Sunday 21 December.
The opening night will start at 4.45pm with a stunning lantern parade led by Father Christmas and his reindeer with the Christmas Fairy illuminating the trees as they go.
The event has now been running for over ten years and each year the lighting display is redesigned so regular visitors can experience different species, paths and vistas which showcase the vast tree collection in a very special light.
As well as enjoying the majestic beauty of the towering trees lit by thousands of festive lights, visitors will have the chance to meet entertaining stilt-walkers, Jack Frost, the Christmas Fairy or a very tall reindeer and Father Christmas will be on hand for children to share their Christmas wish lists and receive an early present.
New this year will be an undercover picnic area where people can enjoy tasty treats from the surrounding food and drink stands, including traditional hot chestnuts, mulled wine, hog roasts and toffee apples.
In the foodie area visitors will also be able to find beautiful handcrafted wooden Christmas decorations for sale as well as illuminated toys.
At the end of the one mile trail the Learning Centre will be open for lots of family craft activities and local choirs will entertain visitors with carol singing near the Great Oak Hall.
The Westonbirt Shop will be open for late night shopping and will have plenty of Christmas gifts and treats on offer. A pop pop-up Christmas tree shop run by the Garden Centre Group will be located in the car park.
Tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £5 for children. On Fridays, Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum members get half price admission on adult tickets and their children go free.
Advanced tickets can be purchased from www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas, or by calling 03000 680 400.
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 2014.
For more information please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas
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. Further information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/england
Emily Pryor, Forestry Commission, email@example.com or Dani Andres, Spirit PR, firstname.lastname@example.org