Christmas is less than three weeks away, and across our parks and open spaces we've got festive fun for all the family! From woodland trails to festive feasts, read on to find out more 🎅
Events at Upton Country Park 🎄

Early one morning when the winter solstice was done, Upton Country Park woke to find the woodland animals...gone.
Where could they have gone, with no sign of whisker or tail?
Come and find out on the Christmas Woodland Trail!

Join the adventure over the Christmas holidays and take part in the Christmas Woodland Trail that's on from 17-24 December and 27 December - 1 January 2023.

Purchase your trail sheet at the new Upton Country Park Welcome Centre then go and search for the winter woodland animals and earn your Christmas present, that you will collect from under the Upton Country Park Christmas tree.

This immersive trail will take you on a winter wander along an accessible route. Discover festive scenes and listen for musical moments amongst the trees. Receive a large present by purchasing the Green Trail sheet for £6 or a medium present by purchasing the Red Trail for £4. No Booking is required.

Find more Christmas events here
Kingfisher Barn at Christmas 🦋

Book up for some cute reindeer-making fun on 20 December. The sessions run for half an hour between 10am - 4pm, and places are very limited, so please do book ahead to avoid disappointment. The cost is £9.50 per reindeer made, which includes decorating your creation as well! Mince pies will also be on offer - yum!

As popular as ever, please book your session online here.

There is also Wreath making on the 11th and 14th and Christmas decoration making on the 17th, check out these events on the link below

Find out about more events at Kingfisher barn
Events at Highcliffe Castle 🏰

Join Swing Unlimited Big Band on 13 and 14 December once again in our majestic Great Hall at Highcliffe Castle for an evening full to the brim with Christmas classics both old and new.

Join Liam White in the Great Hall at Highcliffe Castle for The Bublé Experience’ on 16 December for a performance including the very best hits from one of the most successful male artists to date, Michael Bublé.

The show includes the much-loved classics from the ‘Bublé’ albums, such as ‘Feeling Good’, ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’, ‘Me and Mrs Jones’, and many, many more!

On 19 December, we're offering another chance for families to visit for just £5.00 (instead of the usual £15.00). No need to book – just come along and enjoy! Entry includes an extra create your own elf craft activity, plus the Elf Trail, Bauble Bunting and other family activities. Family ticket includes 1 adult and 3 children or 2 adults and 2 children.

Visit Highcliffe Castle for full event details
Rocking around the Christmas Tree in BCP 🎅

If you’re coming into Bournemouth during December, make sure you wander around our free festive light trail Christmas Tree Wonderland, which includes the iconic 60-foot walk-through tree in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens.
You can also pop into Poole and enjoy the free Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival as well – they’re both on until 2 January 2023.

Festive activities across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Christchurch living advent calendar now on!
Park Cafes 🍰
Book your Christmas get together here
Get together for Christmas golf
Want a get together over the festive season?
We've got together with our friends at Woodpecker Café to produce a great golfing treat that would make a perfect Christmas gift. 

Fore! Enjoy 4-ball golf, 4-club sandwiches and 4-pints (or soft drink alternatives) with prices from £120 (Mon-Fri) and £140 (Sat-Sun). For info or a gift voucher for this deal, please get in touch with the café functions manager and don't forget to ask about the T&Cs.

Great value society golf 
Secure the best tee time availability and book your 2023 society golf now! Our early birdie deal gives you one free place, plus a complimentary Srixon Queen's Park Golf Course logo ball, pitch repairer and ball marker. T&Cs can be found on our website.

Play more winter golf for less!
Make the most of the excellent course drainage at Queen's Park and play your winter golf with our popular winter season ticket, available now! Having a Queen's Park season ticket gives some great reciprocal deals and discounts.

If you buy a winter ticket, you can then 'Switch and Save £50' in April when you purchase a full year Season Ticket - T&Cs apply, ask for further details. You can also join one of our associated golf clubs based here at Queen’s Park
Visit Queens park golf course website here
Roast dinners at Queens Park
And a tree by Kate Wakeling 🎄

and a tree is a promise
safe-kept by a seed,
and a tree is a dance
that is swung by the breeze,

and a tree is an engine
spinning only on air
and water and light;
nothing lost, nothing spare,

and a tree is a king
who is topped with a crown,
(and a tree never once
loses touch with the ground)

and a tree is a home
with numberless doors,
and a tree is a world
for an ant to explore,

and a tree is a gift
(for a tree is a lung)
and a tree is a song
that is whispered and sung
by the bees and the birds,
and in rustles and creaks,
yes, a tree is a song
that is sung without words,

and a tree is a lesson
in the meaning of roots,
and how out of the mud
swell the sweetest of fruits,

and a tree is a story
of hope and repair,
or perhaps more a question;
a wish or a prayer,
for a tree (plus a tree)
shows us how we might share,

and when we should grow
and when we should sleep
and what we could lose

and what we must keep.

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