Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited along to two festive events. Although based in different counties, the two events had some similarities, both centred around beautiful displays that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. If you are looking for something to do with the family in the lead-up to Christmas, I would highly recommend both Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland and the Christmas at Beaulieu events.
Christmas Tree Wonderland opened on 16th November and is on until 2nd January. The festival trail is free and leads you through Bournemouth gardens with fantastic tree displays from around the globe as well as a giant teddy bear and gingerbread people that children will love.
As well as the beautiful displays and illuminations, Christmas Tree Wonderland has a full alpine themed market selling home-made gifts, crafts and delicious food and drink sure to get you in the festive mood. The alpine lodge bar is the perfect meeting place for all those Christmas gatherings with friends and if you want to reach peak Christmas spirit, head to the outdoor ice rink and get your skates on!
If you are looking for even more entertainment, the big wheel by Bournemouth pier gives the best views of the town in its full festive glory and the kids will absolutely love meeting Santa himself in his grotto. Christmas Tree Wonderland is well worth a visit over the festive season.
Meanwhile Beaulieu, situated on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire, has a totally magical festive trail on selected dates between 23rd November and 24th December. Their Christmas at Beaulieu events, priced at £48 for a family ticket, involve a mile long trail through the stunning grounds with surprises around every corner.
Visit the scented fire garden, walk through the tunnel of light and watch the mesmerising illuminated light display across the grand country house whilst listening to classic Christmas music. Father Christmas also makes an appearance along the way!
There are plenty of photo opportunities and festive snacks available along your way including hot chocolates and mulled wine to keep you warm as you wind your way along the paths.
At the end of the trail ride the vintage carousel and Ferris wheel and pick up Christmas gifts in the visitor centre shop before a final photo next to the Christmas tree on your way out. If you fancy getting a bite to eat during your visit, there is also the opportunity to dine in Beaulieu’s historic abbey before or after you embark on the trail.
Both Christmas Tree Wonderland and Christmas at Beaulieu are the perfect festive experiences to enjoy with your family over the next month.
I was invited along to both events for a complimentary visit which included tickets to attractions. However all opinions and images are my own and I was under no obligation to write a post on my experiences.