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Kelburn's Christmas Forest

Kelburn's Christmas Forest

Whatever the December weather the Kelburn team will be creating a Hygge to remember by creating a warm atmosphere, helping you to appreciate the good things in life! Follow the lit and festively decorated paths through the our magical Christmas forest, meeting our enchanting  characters who will assist in helping you find all the clues for Santa..........

Dear Children,

Hello, Santa here. Now this is a strange request as it’s normally you writing to me, but you see I’m in a bit of a pickle and need your help. As you know Christmas is a very busy time for me and my elves, but someone has stolen my present making tools! So, you see it really is a bit of an emergency.  Can you please come and help find them and who stole them!? No need to write back, I’ll be ready and waiting for you and we’ll sort this mess out together.

All the best,

Santa et al. xxxx

P.S. Rudolf says bring carrots, we need all the fuel we can get.


Some of our time slots have already sold out: 

Saturday 8th:  11am, 11.20am & 1pm

Sunday 9th: 12pm & 3.45pm

Sunday 16th:  11am, 2pm, 3pm, 3.30pm & 3.45pm

Advanced purchases recommended.


Your ticket includes the following

  • ‘Kelburn’s Christmas Forest’ open 11am -3.45pm. Timed experience, taking place in our Secret Forest. Entry is via time slot only, select when booking ticket. Concludes with a present for all kids.
  • Kelburn's grounds are open 10am - 4pm. Explore our glen trials & participate in other activities before or after your time slot.  
  • ‘Stickman Trail’- 10-4pm. Self-led trail around the magical grounds of the estate. Reward on completion.
  • Outdoor play areas: Adventure Course and Saloon- 10-4pm. Great run around areas for the kids to get active (and warm!).
  • Our Courtyard Café and Gift Shop will be open 10-4pm. Courie in the café with a hot chocolate or pop into the shop for any last minute presents!

And there’s more! Optional activities where small charges will apply

  • Christmas Craft- Get sticky making a Christmas tree decoration. (Small charge for kids, adults free).
  • Pony Rides- £3. Our ever popular ponies will have their tinsel on, ready to delight kids on a led walk.
  • Fire and Mallows- The fire barrels will be lit for toasting marshmallows and warming  hands!
  • Play Barn- £1.50 per half hour. In door, warm soft play area for adventuring through tunnels, diving in the ball pit and whizzing down slides!

Tickets on sale below

Firther Event details- (please read) Tickets on sale below

  • Tickets- we encourage you to buy tickets in advance online at a discounted price. We accept phone screen shots & email confirmation as well as printed copies.
  • Online tickets- £6.80 adult; £10.50 child 3-15yrs; £3.50 under 3yrs. All child tickets include present. 5 or more online tickets are entitled to a further 10% discount. Please apply discount code TOA2BV. 
  • Tickets offline/on day (subject to availability) are £7 adult; £11 child 3-15yrs; £4 under 3yrs. 
  • Tickets are non-refundable.  Date transfers can be made subject to admin charge (£10) and availability.  Online sales available until midnight for the following day.
  • Santa is an important character in the Christmas Forest who you will meet however he will not host an individual sit down with every child. A festive photo opportunity with Santa will be avaialble for families and freindship groups.
  • You will enter the Christmas Forest in mixed groups of up to 15, and the experience should last 30-45 minutes.
  • Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your selected ‘Santa’s Christmas Forest’ time slot, or earlier. Check in at the information office before proceeding to the start queue point.
  • The 'Christmas Forest’ & ‘Stickman Trail’ terrain is uneven and includes stairs so therefore not ideal for prams or those with reduced mobility. Pram parking will be available.
  • Weekend event. Dates- 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th, 15th &16th December
  • Please note that Kelburn's Christmas event is outside, on varied terrain. We recommend wearing appropriate footwear and warm layers and bring a torch if leaving after 3.30pm.
  • Season ticket holders receive 50% off advertised prices. Please call 01475 568685. Payment will be required at time of booking.

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Child (Peak Ticket)

Child Tickets £7.00

Adult (Peak Ticket)

Adult Tickets £9.00

OAP (Peak Ticket)

Concession Tickets £7.00

Family (Peak Ticket)

(2 Adults and up to 3 Children)
Family Tickets £30.00


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Child (Off-Peak Ticket)

Child Tickets £4.00

Adult (Off-Peak Ticket)

Adult Tickets £5.00

OAP (Off-Peak Ticket)

Concession Tickets £4.00


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