When we arrived at Westonbirt Arboretum we were directed to park in a field along with all of the other visitors. Thankfully we had all brought sensible footwear with us as the fields were very muddy due to the recent rain. After a short walk we were at the start of the Christmas stalls which included food stalls, gift stalls and of course there was a merry go round too.
The next stop was the Enchanted trail. The trail is a mile long and takes you through the beautiful Westonbirt Arboretum where you will see the area come to life with beautifully illuminated trees. There are glitter balls sparkling from trees, bubbles blowing in the wind and lots of fun things to do along the way.
Throughout the woodland trail you will find lots of interactive stops. The first thing we came across were the Drum roll stumps. It was quite dark so I’m not sure if the “drums” were tree stumps or not. The idea of the area is to bang on the drums and this illuminates the tree. There are a few different drums and each one lights up a different tree a different colours so it’s a lot of fun especially for young children. Most of whom wanted to stay there for the night.
This interactive stop was my favourite. There is an illuminated board near the base of the tree and if you put something over the board it is projected onto the tree. The above picture is of Maxx’s face, a little spooky but lots of fun.
The next fun stop was marked “Make a noise” this one was really fun. The area in front of the stop is covered in light tubes which light up when a noise is made into the microphone. This was Maxx’s favourite stop and he sang Rudolph the red nose reindeer into the microphone and even got a round of applause.
The last interactive thing we came across was the buzzer game where if you set the buzzer off it lights up. The interactive points that are scattered throughout the trail are great for young and old and were getting everyone into the fun Christmas spirit as we made our way round.
Towards the end of the trail something very special happens. It starts to snow! The snow was great fun, all of the children (and adults!) loved running around in it. It was a lovely end to the trail. There is also a craft centre where you can stop to make crafts. I really love this idea and we would have loved to stay sadly it was already half an hour past Maxx’s bed time so we didn’t stop. This is something we can hopefully do when we attend next year.
After we left the woodland trail we were a bit bewildered as to where Santa was and wondered how we had missed him. Then we thought perhaps we had missed the time and had come a little too late. Thankfully on our way through the entrance stalls we came across a very special man! After queuing for 10 minutes it was Maxx’s turn to see Santa. For those who are wondering why Santa is in Green those were the colours he traditionally wore before he became the jolly red man he’s known as today. Maxx didn’t seem to question it and was happy (although a little apprehensive) to see him and to get his very special pencil which has a Christmas tree eraser on the top.
If you you are looking for something to add a bit of magic to Christmas I would highly recommend going. Maxx loved his night out and I think it has made Christmas a little bit more magical for him. We will be going again next year as each year the route changes so it will be completely different next time.
If you do decide to go wrap up warm and wear sensible footwear, I would suggest wellies if possible. Most of all have fun and remember to look out for those elves that live in the woods!
The Enchanted Christmas is running until the 23rd of December on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 5-8:30pm (Last entry 7:15pm).
You can find more information on An Enchanted Christmas on the Forestry Website.