In December 2018 we visited Weston Park for their Enchanted Weston event. Enchanted Weston is an illuminated walk around the woodland of Weston Park, with multi-coloured lights portraying a beauty of the trees that’s not seen in normal conditions.
Upon purchasing tickets, a time slot is allocated . Car parking is free and a festive atmosphere is felt immediately on arrival. We arrived and saw the event in full swing, with a live performer in the courtyard, the smell of marshmallows on a fire and the buzz of mulled wine and gin bars.
Our time slot came up and we entered the wooded area. Previous to arrival, we downloaded an app called Enchanted Glen. Along with the projections and light shows, the kids can interact with the displays, by finding the toadstools and opening up the app. On the screen a fairy comes to life. Virtual reality allows the fairy to be superimposed on the camera for pictures with little ones.
Our walk took us around 30 minutes, with plenty of stop off points for fairy finding, and picture moments for the ‘gram. The surroundings are beautiful with colourful beams of light highlighting the allure of nature. The lake is lit beautifully with strobe lighting. A seat nearby is perfect for sitting and looking across the lake for a romantic moment.
After all the wonders of the forest are captured, the courtyard holds a manner of craft stalls with Christmas gifts. A fire pit was perfect to warm up by, and the kids had a marshmallow to roast. I had a lovely gingerbread gin and Dicky had a beer from the Festive Fizz and Eats pop up in the courtyard. We were kept dry with the large canopies and the atmosphere was festive and warm.
This year, Weston Park have kept up the interactive experience and added a secret pop-up area after the enchanted walk through Temple Wood.
Enchanted Weston takes place every evening from Friday 13th – Saturday 21st December.
Woodland walk is open from 5pm, the Christmas Market and Festive Fizz and Eats areas are open 4:30pm – 9:30pm.
Tickets must be pre-booked. Select your chosen time slot for your woodland walk on booking. Popular dates and time slots are selling fast, book your tickets to avoid disappointment.
The tickets will be available to purchase online until 2pm on the day of each evening. No tickets will be available to purchase on the gate.
Standard single: £9 per person
Standard Family (2 adults + 2 children): £30
Annual Pass Single: £7 per person
Annual Pass Family (2 adults + 2 children): £25
Under 4’s go free and do not require a ticket.
Gates open at 4.30pm – 9.30pm. At Enchanted Weston you are more than welcome to arrive before your allocated time slot to enjoy some food and drink at Festive Fizz & Eats or in the Granary Brasserie.
There isn’t a cash machine on-site and not all traders are able to take card payments.
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
The woodland trail is pushchair and wheelchair friendly, however this may change if there is inclement weather.
Under 4’s go free and don’t require a ticket.
Wrap up warm and wear sensible footwear!
Father Christmas will not be stopping off at Enchanted Weston.
In 2019 we attended a similar event at Himley Hall. You can read about our experience here.