The wood’s wonderful all year round, but at Christmas is has a special kind of magic. Our Christmas Festival throughout November and December is a celebration of seasonal treats - find the perfect tree, deck it in stunning ethically-sourced decorations, stock up on unique gifts and indulge in sumptuous festive fare.
In November explore our woodland plantation and reserve your tree while it’s still growing (members have first choice on 27th - 31st October, general public from 1st November) then come back in December to cut it down. Or choose from hundreds of locally sourced ready-cut trees in the yard from November 24th, along with all the trimmings, including pots and stands, holly, mistletoe, foliage and gorgeous wreaths.
STOP PRESS 13th November We only have about 100 trees left to reserve in the plantation, and these are mostly in the 3-4ft height range. Come this week to avoid disappointment.
From November 1st the Barn’s decked out with a dazzling array of hundreds of ethically sourced decorations – from jewel-like recycled glass baubles and fair-trade felt angels to wooden reindeer and twinkling lanterns. Mix and match for a unique collection of treasures that will become family favourites for years to come.
We’ve got Christmas wrapped, with unique gifts and stocking-fillers for all the family. Stop Dad’s gripes about muddy floors with a welly puller and welly rack. Treat Mum to a set of our beautiful hand-painted fair-trade enamel ware or one of our beautiful chopping boards made with wood grown here. Give adventurous boys some outdoor kit to keep them busy – a firestriker, bugbox and robust water bottle. Delight girls with cute soft toys (maybe one of our handknitted teddies) or a set of fair-trade felt hairbands. Surprise the grandparents with a set of recycled glass lanterns or one of our handmade benches.
Warm up with hot soups, drinks, and mince pies warmed on the log stove while you do your Christmas shopping. And our beautiful timber-frame Barn is the perfect venue for festive meals with your work team, family or friends. Groups of 6-30 can choose from delicious 2, 3 or 4-course menus accompanied by carefully chosen local wine and beer, served in a unique festive setting. Contact us to make a booking.
Christmas dates for the diary
Tree Lighting Party: Make Christmas wishes & paper lanterns for a candlelit walk into the wood & decorate our festive tree. Organic hot dogs & other treats from the wood grill, mulled wine & hot chocolate around a roaring bonfire. 5% discount on gifts, decorations & trees Fri 30 Nov workshops at 5.30pm & 7.00pm - guests may stay until 9.30pm
£12.00pp incl hot dog & mulled wine / hot chocolate Call 01825830509 to book tickets
Creative Seasonal Soiree: Something for the grownups: spend the evening in our cosy candlelit Barn making a stunning hanging kissing ball from woodland foliage as a centerpiece to decorate your home while enjoying woodland canapés & mulled wine Sat 15 Dec 6-9pm £55pp incl materials & refreshments Call 01825830509 to book tickets
Winter Narnia Campfire: Find the woodland lamppost & learn to light a campfire to keep the wicked queen away. Toast crumpets & enact the tale of the Lucy & the Wardrobe. 17, 19 Dec 11-12.00 & 4-5.00 Child (5+) £6.60 Adult £4.80 Call 01825830509 to book tickets
Christmas Creations: Collect woodland materials to make beautiful wreaths, table decorations, cards & clay reindeer 18 Dec 11-12.30 & 4-5.30 Child (6+) £7.70 Adult £4.80 Call 01825830509 to book tickets
Mini Christmas Creations Collect, stick & model to make Christmassy things to take home 18 Dec 11-12.00 & 4-5.00 Child (3+) £6.60 Adult £4.80 Call 01825830509 to book tickets
Christmas Cookies Roll, cut & bake biscuit stars & trees in the cosy Barn. Make a wooden “plate” to take your decorated cookies home on. 20 December 11-12.30 & 4-5.30 Child (6+) £7.70 Adult £4.80 Call 01825830509 to book tickets
Stick Man Listen to the story of Stick Man around a campfire then make your own Stick Man to take home 21 Dec 11-12.00 & 4-5.00; 23 Dec 2-3.00 Child (5+) £6.60 Adult £4.80 Call 01825830509 to book tickets
Wintery Welly Wander Grab your boots & hat & come squishing through the mud (or snow!) to discover what happens in the winter woods. Look for signs of animals, find next year’s buds and watch the birds. 22 Dec 11-12.00 Child (3+) £6.60 Adult £4.80 Call 01825830509 to book tickets
The Christmas Fairy's Garden Find the fairy glade & listen to a story about the Christmas Fairy. Decorate a mini tree for the Christmas fairy & make a wand to take home with you 22 Dec 10.30-11.30 & 2-3.00 Child (3+) £6.60 Adult £4.80 Call 01825830509 to book tickets
All events must be pre-booked. Prices include full day's admission to the wood.
Visit our events section for more information.