A festive food and gift fair, holly wreath making workshops, stories with Santa and a candlelit carol service are among the activities planned for visitors to the Arboretum in the run-up to Christmas.
The programme will kick off on December 5 and 6 with the following events and activities:
· Festive fair with handmade gifts and a selection of food and drink.
· Workshop in which adults can learn the art of making traditional holly wreaths. The activity costs £27 and pre-booking is essential. All materials, mulled wine and mince pies are provided.
· Stories with Santa in his grotto and a puzzle trail in Santa’s garden. This activity costs £10 per child and pre-booking is essential. Each child will receive a Sutton seeds Fun to grow Garden set.
· Workshop in which children can make Christmas cards and decorate Christmas baubles.
Christmas in the trenches during World War 1 will be the theme of a talk by World War I writer Joss Musgrove Knibb on December 17.
On December 19, there will be a candlelit carol service in the grounds of the Arboretum in the evening, which is open to everyone.
Winter warmer walks, based on World War I related memorials, including the Christmas Truce, will take place every weekend apart from December 5 and 6. The walks cost £7 per person and include mince pies and mulled wine.
The Arboretum’s restaurant, which is open daily, will offer a Christmas carvery throughout December.
Sarah Montgomery, Managing Director of the Arboretum, said: “We always welcome lots of extra visitors in December when many families and friends get the chance to spend more time together.
“We hope that our varied programme of activities and events will provide inspiration for children and adults alike at this very special time of year.”
For more details on these and other events at the Arboretum, log on to http://www.thenma.org.uk/news-and-events/forthcoming-events