TAKE a trip back to Christmas past at the Forestry Commission’s Delamere Forest Park in Cheshire this festive season.
Delamere Forest is one of the two largest Christmas tree outlets in Britain and last year, a record 14,000 children visited Santa’s Delamere Forest grotto.
Delamere is offering visitors the chance to enjoy a traditional old fashioned Christmas complete with Christmas carols, real trees, wreaths and a magical woodland grotto.
People can choose from the biggest selection of Christmas trees in the North West, including around 8,000 fir, pine and spruce varieties, ranging in sizes of up to 30 feet high. Forestry staff will also be on hand to give advice on the best tree to buy and how to care for it.
Around 43,000 real Christmas trees are sold by the Forestry Commission every year at its 21 Christmas tree sales centres around the UK, and for every tree harvested, at least one other is planted.
Delamere Forest manager, Vernon Stockton, said: “Delamere Forest offers the perfect antidote to the commercialism of modern day Christmas. There’s such a lovely festive atmosphere in the forest at this time of year and kids and adults alike can’t help but feel Christmassy here.
“It’s a great place to start Christmas and get in the mood for the festive season ahead. Bring your walking boots or bike to make a real day of it.”
A Santa's grotto will also be open at Whitefield Car Park every weekend in December from 9am until 5pm, and weekdays from 3pm until 5pm.
The Christmas tree sales centre will open daily between 9am and 5pm until Sunday, December 21. Late night openings will be available on December 11-12 until 8pm.
Hot food and drinks will also be available on site during opening hours and there will be school bands and Christmas choirs joining in the festive fun. This year’s official charity fundraiser is in aid of the Neuromuscular Centre at Winsford.
For more information on where to buy real Christmas trees in your area, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/northwestengland and www.forestry.gov.uk/christmas.
There’s also lots of tips about how to pick the perfect tree and look after it, as well as Christmas tree traditions, forest walks, bike rides and festive events.