When: 30th November – 23rd December 2012, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5 to 8.30pm
Where: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire
£: Adults 9, concessions 8 and children 5. Discounted entry is available for pre-booked groups over 10 people and Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum members receive half price entry on Fridays. For advance tickets visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas.
What is it?
A floating candle tree that wouldn’t look out of place in Hogwarts’ dining hall and the chance to create your own sound and light symphony are just two new surprises for visitors to Westonbirt, The National Arboretum’s Enchanted Christmas this year.
The one-mile easy access trail highlights the striking structures of Westonbirt’s trees as they are illuminated against the winter’s night sky. A new route is created each year to take in different specimens, paths and vistas in the tree collection. The illuminated trail finishes at the Education Centre, where children can make Christmas crafts with Westonbirt’s team. The centre will be transformed with snow and decorations to become a wintry delight. The trail is accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is part of the Forestry Commission estate and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to the National Japanese Maple (Acer) collection, The National Arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains 16,000 specimens.
More info: www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt