Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

Escape the hustle and bustle this December

Posted: November 29, 2023 at 16:04 pm

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is a beautiful place to visit any time of year, but it is especially peaceful in December. The arboretum is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, and if you’re looking for something to get you in the Christmas spirit there are a number of special events and activities taking place.

Winter family trail - Hidden Westonbirt

Discover more about the animals and plants that make the arboretum their home during the winter by exploring our playful family treasure hunt trail.

Family exploring Westonbirt

Westonbirt Guided Walk

Join a guided walk of the arboretum and learn about the history, trees, and wildlife. These walks take place daily at 11am and are a great way to learn more about this special place.

Discovery Walk

Delve a little deeper into Westonbirt’s captivating trees and take a guided Discovery Walk to take the path less travelled.

There will be a different specialist theme for each walk.

Enchanted Christmas

Prepare to be dazzled by an enthralling winter wonderland, filled with sparkling lights, festive sounds, and mesmerising installations – making for an unforgettable experience for all the family. Enchanted Christmas is open on selected evenings until 23 December, and is a must-see for all ages.

Couple enjoying a winter walk

Christmas Crafts and Discovery Day

Get into the festive spirit with Christmas Crafts and Discovery Day. This event takes place on 09 December from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Find out about the trees that feature in our winter and Christmas traditions through discovery, challenges and crafts.

Make your own Christmas crafts to take home, made from natural materials.

Budding scientists can learn more about nature in winter by taking a close look at evergreen leaves under the microscope.

Willow Sculpture Workshop

Learn how to make your own willow sculpture at this workshop. The workshop takes place on 16 December from 10am to 4pm and is a great way to get creative this Christmas.

Christmas Wreath Workshop

Create your own festive Christmas wreath at this workshop. The workshop takes place on various dates throughout December from 10am to 12.30pm and is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.


Nordic Walk

Join a Nordic Walk and enjoy a brisk walk through the arboretum. Nordic Walking is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air.

In addition to these activities, there are also a number of other things to see and do at Westonbirt in December. You can:

- Explore the christmas product range in the Westonbirt Shop.

- Enjoy a coffee or meal at the arboretum's restaurant.

- Browse the arboretum's extensive collection of plants and trees.

- Spot some of the arboretum's many bird residents from the bird hide

So why not come and visit Westonbirt in December? It's the perfect place to get into the festive spirit and enjoy a magical winter day out.