Posted 5th Dec 2014
Take the kids out for a fun-filled day of tree dressing this weekend for Tree Dressing Day (6th to 7th December) and enjoy the wonders of this winter tradition first hand
Sherwood Forest is home to ancient oak trees which come to life during the winter months and, on 7th December, join in the seasonal highlight of the Sherwood Forest Christmas calendar and partake in the annual tree dressing day event. Learn about the ancient custom of tree dressing as people from all over the country join together to appreciate trees in their natural habit. Visit one of England's most enchanting forests, Sherwood, and enjoy tree dressing in the presence of the ancient trees.
The tree dressing day at Sherwood forest will be taking place on Sunday 7th December between 11.30am and 1pm, and 2pm and 4pm. There is a £3 charge for parking. For more information head to the Nottinghamshire County Council website by clicking here.
Seven Sisters Country Park
Discover how to make nature-inspired Christmas decorations this December by visiting Seven Sisters Country Park near Eastbourne in Sussex. Create your own striking designs and take them home to hang on your tree, or weave a unique garland to hang upon a tree in the woods during a lovely winter walk through the country park. You can also find out how to make your very own bird feeder, which you can also take home to help your feathered friends survive the winter in your garden.
Tree Dressing Day at Seven Sisters Country Park is suitable for children aged five to 11 years, and they must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for Sussex Wildlife Trust members costs £5 per child and £2.50 per adult, while tickets for non-members are £7 per child and £3.50 per adult. Booking is essential.
The event will be taking place on Saturday 6th December between 10.30am and 12.30pm. For more information head to the Sussex Wildlife Trust website by clicking here.
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Celebrate the life-giving properties of trees at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton. Watch a stunning procession and spiral dance around two magnificent aspen trees, dressed with hundreds of glistening lanterns. Enjoy traditional songs, dances and plays about the trees and countryside while making your own lantern, which is then lit for the final procession and hung on the tree during a spectacular display of colour and light that brightens up the winter sky. Delicious spiced biscuits, roasted chestnuts and mulled cider and apple juice will also be on offer to help keep the cold at bay.
Tree Dressing Day at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum starts at 12.30pm on Sunday 7th December. Ticket prices for 2014 are £10.70 for adults, £5.90 for children and £9.70 for over 65s. Visitors wishing to make a lantern should bring their own jam jar and arrive promptly. For more information visit the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum website by clicking here.
Morden Hall Park
Make creative and unique handmade Christmas tree decorations to hang on the tree at Morden Hall Park by attending their traditional Tree Dressing Festival. You can also enjoy the stunning sights of the community Christmas tree exhibition that's nestled in the Morden Hall Park stable yard and take inspiration for your own delightful decorations.
Tree Dressing Day at Moreden Hall Park starts at 11am until 3pm on Sunday 7th December and is free. For more information visit the Moredon Hall Park website by clicking here or call, 020 8545 6850.
Ynys-hir RSPB Nature Reserve
Walk through the idyllic Ynys-hir Nature Reserve after making beautiful Christmas decorations in honour of Tree Dressing Day. Listening to the engaging storytelling of Tales of the Winter Trees with Milly Jackdaw, before enjoying a blissful walk through the reserve, taking in the beautiful trees in winter and seeing nature at its finest.
Tree Dressing Day at Ynys-hir RSPB Nature Reserve is on Saturday 6th December. It starts at 12pm and costs £1.50, while the storytelling session begins at 2pm and costs £3 per adult and £1.50 per child. For more information visit the Ynys-hir RSPB Nature Reserve website by clicking here.
By Lauren Morton
Images courtesy of © Sussex Wildlife Trust, The National Trust: John Miller