We were all taken by the glitter balls that cast winks of dancing light around the woodland and Little Button was sure she might have caught a glimpse of the fairies.
Overall, we loved how you could take everything in at your own pace, and it only felt a touch busy towards the end section of the mile long walk.
There were a couple of really interesting, submersive style installations towards the end of the walk and of course the finale in the Great Conservatory. But by then Little Button, Nanny and Grandad Button were ready for a pit stop and somewhere to put their feet up so we whizzed through those bits and ended up back where we started. The walk (with stops) took us about 45 mins.
Once you come out of the Enchanted Woodland, you’ll find yourself by the garden centre cafe (seating is very limited) and the outdoor pit stop for burgers, hotdogs and hot drinks (expect London prices). Unfortunately it had been raining, so there was nowhere dry and warm for us to sit at the time. It was a shame that the large outdoor seating area hadn’t been covered with a gazebo of some kind. But we hadn’t come for the food particularly, so this didn’t put us off the event.
1. If you’re planning to go, don’t wait to book. The event is very popular so bookmark it for next year and as soon as tickets are available, go for it! In the past I have seen some ticket deals through Buy Apaurin Diazepam (none this year though). It’s still worth keeping an eye out for these, but there’s no guarantee any will come up.
2. On a practical note, part of the walk was pretty soggy and mucky during our visit. The ground is typically quite soft in November so I would definitely recommend welly’s and warm layers with a waterproof and umbrella tucked in your bag, just in case.
3. Bring wipes and antibacterial gel to clean up mucky pups hands after the walk. There are toilets at the end of the trail where hands can be washed, but the ques tend to be pretty long!
4. Once booked, you can’t move your tickets to another date even if it’s pouring with rain. But don’t let that put you off! Just make sure your suitably dressed for the weather.
5. Buggy’s will bump along quite nicely through the trail, so don’t be afraid to bring one for younger viewers if needed. Just be prepared for operation mud clean afterwards. Oh… and please be kind to non-bugging walkers! No one likes a leg full of muddy buggy wheel or a squashed toe (she says grimly).
6. But above all, just relax and enjoy the experience. It’s pretty amazing.