In Christmas


By Theresa Hopwood

On a lovely crisp winter evening I hopped just across the Wiltshire border to Westonbirt Arboretum as I had been lucky enough to be invited to preview their Enchanted Christmas Illuminated Trail. 

The magic starts as you draw close to the arboretum entrance, as the trees near the road are spotlighted in subtle colours, drawing you in to the main entrance. Once parked up a short walk takes you through the main entrance where the magic begins!

The trail, which takes around 45 minutes, includes some breath taking light installations, alongside the simplicity of the lighting on certain trees where the shape of the wintery branches, gently lit is enough to draw oohs and aahs!


I have been to Westonbirt many times at different times of the year, the autumn colours being particularly spectacular.  However, for me, seeing the trees in the skeleton form with the magnificent, and varies shapes of the branches enhanced by the lighting, is particularly special.


Now open until 18 December the Trail offers something for everyone, with a Christmas Village, and the chance for younger visitors to meet Father and Mother Christmas, and some of their magical friends.  Local choirs offer a musical background to add to the atmosphere.

If you would like to go along to experience this yourself, advanced booking is essential. To find out more about Westonbirt The National Arboretum and what's on nearby click here




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