Husky howls and Hansel and Gretel add to seasonal delights at Moors Valley this Christmas (Nov 2015)

Husky howls and Hansel and Gretel add to seasonal delights at Moors Valley this Christmas (Nov 2015)

Fresh from being named Best Large Visitor Attraction in the 2015 Dorset Tourism Awards, Christmas at Moors Valley is set to be full of adventure and fun this year with a range of new experiences joining the Park’s regular seasonal delights.

In addition to a craft market, Christmas tree sales, train rides and woodland trails, 2015 welcomes Christmas Jumper Sunday, a Forest Forge Theatre festive production and the distinctive sound of howling husky dogs offering forest sled rides.

The Christmas tree shop opens from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 5 December until 20 December. With trees ranging from four to eight feet in height, and a choice of traditional Norway Spruce or the non-drop Nordman Fir, the pine forests of Moors Valley provide the perfect backdrop as you choose your special tree. Parking is free when purchasing a tree.

The Christmas Craft Market also runs daily from 5 to 20 December and features beautiful handmade gifts from Dorset and Hampshire.

Other activities this year include several festive workshops. These range from willow weaving for adults from 10.30am to 3pm on Friday 11 December, making wreaths and table decorations on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December, clay decorations from 11am to 12noon on Saturday 19 December, and a chocolate workshop for adults and children from 10am to 12 noon on Monday 21 December.

Anyone who has a festive Christmas jumper tucked away at the back of their wardrobe is invited to give them an airing on Christmas Jumper Sundays. While no prizes will be given, there will be a small surprise gift for anyone modelling their natty knitwear when they visit the Park on 6, 13 and 20 December.

A new and exciting addition to the Moors Valley Christmas is the chance to meet working husky dogs, learn about how they are looked after, and even enjoy a thrilling ride on a husky-drawn sled on 12 and 13 December. Minimum age to take part is six years old and children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Forest Forge Theatre Company brings their seasonal offering of Hansel and Gretel to the Visitor Centre on Tuesday 8 December. Hansel and Gretel must work together to find their way home after becoming lost in the woods. This interactive adventure includes an encounter with a tiny witch and a beautiful house made of sweets! Suitable for all ages, doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

Seasons restaurant at Moors Valley is also joining in the festive spirit with a different Christmas special each day with freshly cooked food using locally sourced ingredients.

You can book online for all the festive events at Moors Valley. For more details go to or contact the Rangers on 01425 470721

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