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Escape from the shops, gather together friends and family, wrap up warm and experience the magical atmosphere and crisp fresh air in your local forest this Christmas.
There is more happening in the forest this Christmas than you might imagine. The Forestry Commission has released its top twelve days of Christmas, offering a range of festive events and gift ideas that can be enjoyed by all the family across England’s Public Forest Estate.
On the first day of Christmas an English forest gave to me, the chance to buy a real tree with my family.
More than 90 per cent of families in the UK put up a Christmas tree. The Forestry Commission sells FSC standard spruce and sustainably grown pine and fir trees especially for the season and invite the public to enjoy the magical experiencing of choosing their own tree during the festive period.
On the second day of Christmas an English forest gave to me, the chance to walk through illuminated tree trails.
One of the spectacles of the festive season in the West is The National Arboretum at Westonbirt’s Enchanted Christmas. On Fridays to Sundays from 29 November to 23 December visitors can experience a spectacular one mile illuminated trail, highlighting the striking structures of the trees against the winter night sky.
On the third day of Christmas an English forest gave to me, the chance visit Santa and the reindeers
From 30 November to 18 December Cannock Chase, Staffordshire forest celebrates Christmas with festive activities and visitors will be able to meet and Santa and his reindeer.
On the fourth day of Christmas an English forest gave to me the chance to spend Christmas Day amongst the trees.
After the madness of December, slow down and enjoy your own luxury woodland cabin with Forest Holidays. Celebrate Christmas morning around the tree before heading out for a brisk walk to prepare for your celebratory feast.
On the fifth day of Christmas an English forest gave to me, the chance to buy gifts for my whole family.
This year the Forestry Commission has launched its own online shop full of perfect gifts for all the family, from hampers bursting with local produce, fine jewellery made from leaves in the forest to mugs and cushions for the home.
On the sixth day of Christmas an English forest gave to me, unusual cards and decorations that bloom into wildflowers.
Made entirely from recycled paper which also contains seeds, the Plant-It range includes cards and decorations that once finished with can be planted inside or out to grow wildflowers.
On the seventh day of Christmas an English forest gave to me, a chance to swing through the trees like Tarzan.
Even though the Go Ape Forest Adventure courses close during December and January, vouchers make great Christmas presents for super Mums, little monkeys and show-off Dads. The Go Ape experience is a 2-3 hour Tree Top Adventure – fly down zip-wires, leap off Tarzan swings whilst enjoying breath-taking scenery.
On the eighth day of Christmas an English forest gave to me, a chance to give the gift of the forest.
The Forestry Commission’s Discovery Pass entitles the bearer to a whole host of discounts and offers when visiting their nearest forest from free parking to 15% off Go Ape Forest Adventure.
On the ninth day of Christmas an English forest gave to me, the chance to give the gift of experiencing live music amongst the trees.
During June and July each year, several forests across England host Forest Live, a series of live concerts in the heart of the forest. Tickets can be bought as gifts for the 2014 concerts from December. Previous acts have included Olly Murs, Jessie J, Jools Holland, Blondie and many more.
On the tenth day of Christmas an English forest gave to me, the chance to see the stars in the night sky.
Forests can offer an incredible location for star gazing. Dalby Forest in the North East has one of the darkest skies in England and on 6 December the Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society will add some sparkle to your Christmas with an evening of stargazing.
On the eleventh day of Christmas an English forest gave to me, the chance to go on a trail with the Stick Man.
This winter the Forestry Commission has teamed up with the Stick Man, creating a series of animated trails in twelve forests across England packed with activities to encourage children to learn through play in the forest.
On the twelfth day of Christmas an English forest gave to me, the chance to sip mulled wine while listening to carols.
On 7 and 8 September Kielder Forest and Water Park will host the Kielder Castle Christmas Fayre with craft and gift stalls, mulled wine and mince pies, Christmas tree sales and carols in the courtyard.
For more information on how to experience the festive season in a forest near you visit www.forestry.gov.uk/kielderforestpark.
Notes to Editor
- For more information please contact:
Katrina Podlewska, Forestry Commission, 0117 9066030, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dani Marlborough at Spirit Public Relations on 0117 944 1415 or e-mail email@example.com