It is a truly magical Christmas experience for the whole family. Our neighbours had been last year and recommended Stockeld Park as a nice festive afternoon walk and we were not disappointed.
Taking Little M’s Aunt and Uncle, we arrived around three o’clock in the afternoon and after finding our bearings, we started off with a hot drink and some tea for Little M in the restaurant area. The cafe and shop themselves are a magical experience, with beautiful decorations and fairy lights throughout and a spacious dining area.
Lots going on…
We only opted for the enchanted forest, but as you can see below, there is plenty for all ages, including the skating rink, ski trail, maze and Christmas Tree buying. We opted against skiing around and just walked, but i can imagine with older children, this would be another great way to enjoy the Christmas lights.
Once we were all ready, around 4pm we started our walk around the park. Hopefully the photos will give an idea of how enchanted, the woods really are. Going in between Christmas and New Year perhaps ensured we had the space to enjoy a casual meander, without being in the way or on top of other families.
This enabled us to enjoy each photo opportunity and feature of this wonderful forest. It really was gorgeous, with plenty to look at, engage with and probably a good amount that we missed completely.
Little M, now at just 10 months old, loved all the lights pointing out things throughout the journey and Aunty and Uncle pointing out everything to him, taking him into mushrooms and playing outdoor musical instruments.
Whilst we did experience some rain towards the end, the whole forest provides a canopy which protected us from the worst.
I can’t wait for us to take him back next year – perhaps one for the Grandparents next time.