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Experience a magical Christmas with the Forestry Commission

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Children playing in winter woodlands

Escape the shops, wrap up warm, enjoy the Christmassy scent of pine trees, and get into the festive spirit this year at a Forestry Commission woodland.

With magical illuminated trails, husky sled runs and holiday inspired crafts, Forestry Commission England sites offer the perfect location for a family Christmas day out. You can even buy a real Christmas tree right from the heart of the forest. Here is a range of events and activities running across the country for families to enjoy:

South West England

For a magical experience, visit the Enchanted Christmas event at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire. The spectacular one mile illuminated trail highlights the striking structures of Westonbirt’s trees against the winter night’s sky.

Have you been good this year? Post your letter to Santa at Haldon Forest in Santa’s special postbox and take a break from Christmas shopping to join a local band and choir around the fire to sing Christmas Carols beneath the trees.

South and East England

For the adventurous, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest are offering the unique experience to meet Huskies up close, along with the opportunity for you to complete your own sled ride! Other Christmas events include making your own clay Christmas decorations, chocolate workshops and help Santa in his ‘Hunt for the Golden Pine Cones’, a very special family event.

Over in the East, enjoy late night shopping at Bedgebury Pinetum and Thetford Forest, along with family fun on the Stick Man themed self-led trails. Visitors to Bedgebury can also enjoy free admission when they buy their real Christmas tree.

Central England

If you’re a fan of arts and crafts then head to Sherwood Pines to make festive souvenirs for all the family. Or if you love a good story then visit Delamere Forest for a magical Christmas telling experience.

And for those who can’t resist a selfie, Cannock Chase has this covered in their 2015 fantastic Christmas selfie scene.

North and North East England

Head for the Yuletide Festival in Grizedale, Cumbria, to enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family – including tree planting, family orienteering, lantern making and festival crafts.

If you prefer Christmas shopping, Hamsterly Forest, Durham is hosting a magnificent Christmas fayre with a host of craft stalls.

Across England, the Forestry Commission will also open Christmas tree sales centres offering a variety of trees that are grown in the UK in a well-managed way, including trees that are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.

To find your nearest centre, purchase a Christmas tree online, or check out top tree tips on keeping your tree fresh and healthy over the festive holidays visit

For more information on Forestry Commission Christmas events across England visit


Notes to editor:

Media Contact:

Rebecca Ulewicz 
Contact: 0300 067 4107 /

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