Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

What makes a winter wonderland?

Posted: November 18, 2011 at 17:51 pm Author: Gina Mills

The answer to the question "What makes a winter wonderland?" is in no small part "Volunteers".

Winter wonderland

Along with our learning and participation staff, they've today started the task of transforming Westonbirt's education centre into a winter wonderland for families visiting the Enchanted Christmas - which starts next Friday, 25 November.

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During the event evenings, our team will be working with children and families to help them create Christmas crafts, draw a picture for Santa, find out about winter customs, and learn about the history of Christmas trees.

Winter wonderland

The setting for this will be a wonderful snowy, icicled education centre. Today our band of staff and volunteers were working together to install the textured panels which will eventually become a beautiful icy, glittering wall - a backdrop for the many Christmas trees and displays of greenery. Some of the Christmas trees will be supplied by Westonbirt's Plant Centre when they get their delivery next week. Most will be be sold to the public, but a few are reserved for this winter wonderland. The greenery has come from the arboretum, the varied colours of our evergreens making a vibrant display.

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Once the textured panels are in place a local specialist company, well known for creating festive scenes for Hollywood, will come in to make the finishing touches and flourishes which we hope will make this a magical space in the weeks running up to Christmas. This will all be supported by the wonderful creative lighting design that Westonbirt is so well known for at this time of year.

Winter wonderland

At the same time as all of this activity, other volunteers have been working on the craft activities that will be on offer during an Enchanted Christmas, creating examples to inspire you to make your own creations and preparing the raw materials for use.

The Enchanted Christmas is open to visitors every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 25 November to 18 December. Find out more and buy tickets on the Enchanted Christmas pages.

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Enchanted Christmas tickets and info

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