So just before Christmas we did a thing.
My partner, on a whim, decided we were going to visit a place called Westonbirt Arboretum. This is the National Arboretum of England so we were crossing the Severn Bridge yet again. It is nominally a large tree garden with several thousand species of trees and some very pleasant walks through them.
But, during the festive period, the trees are illuminated and the place become a very magical, fantasy location. We went on a very wet and windy night but thankfully the adverse weather held off for the most part. They had a lovely festive market there, selling fresh donuts, traditional Bavarian fayre and – which was a particular highlight – Baileys and Hot Chocolate. This was most welcome on a cold and wet night.
This seasonal attraction is great for all the family, but the walks can get muddy and slippery in bad weather, so appropriate footwear is a must. I’m not sure what the walks would be like during the day, but the illuminated version was well worth the visit.
My Top Tip: Pack your wellies! In bad weather, the overflow car park (which is on an adjacent field) and the paths can get sludgy, so don’t ruin your shoes!
Website: Westonbirt Arboretum