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London: The Enchanted Woodland offers a wintery escape, Nov 19-Dec 5

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Enchanted Woodlands London
Nature illuminated at London's Enchanted Woodlands. Photo: Kake Pugh

By Lara Kavanagh in London—

As the weather in London grows frosty and thoughts turn to frantic Christmas shopping, it’s a good time to escape the high street and pursue some Christmassy activities out in the increasingly fresh air.

One excellent refuge is the magical Enchanted Woodland, which returns to Syon Park, the grounds of stately home Syon House, from November 19 to December 5, 2010.

Into the grounds

The best place to start is at the cozy onsite café, where you can purchase a hot drink to take with you down the winding path laid out in stunning gardens. Many elements of the grounds, from huge trees to shrubs, and even the waters of the lake, are dramatically illuminated in vibrant blues, pinks, greens and yellows, lending a fantastical air to the surrounding nature.

As you wonder through the breathtakingly altered landscape, there are plenty of surprises in store, including occasional audio excerpts, stand-alone light installations, and even the occasional tiny fairy dangling from a branch.

Furthermore, unlike other public attractions where you aren’t allowed to take any photos of your experience, here you’re encouraged to snap away at the various installations to your heart’s content. For just £5 entry for adults, and a mere £2 for children, the Enchanted Woodland is a Cheapo-friendly, family-friendly, Christmas-spirit-friendly event, and parking is free.

What to wear

You’ll need your winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves, and maybe an umbrella to be on the safe side, and although there are no hills to navigate, sturdy footwear is recommended for treading any uneven ground in the park.

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park
November 19 to December 5, 2010
Open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Adults £5, children £2
Web site
For directions on how to get there, check out this page on the Syon Park’s Web site.

About the author

Lara Kavanagh

About the author: Lara Kavanagh is a travel editor and freelance writer based in London, and has also had the great pleasure of living in and writing about Paris. Top vintage shopping, great food and quirky nightlife are her favourite things about London.

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4 thoughts on “London: The Enchanted Woodland offers a wintery escape, Nov 19-Dec 5”

  1. Hi James,

    The nearest tube stop is Gunnersbury on the District Line, but you do need to take a bus or taxi from that point, as it’s a bit of a walk. I’ve pasted the details from the Syon Park site below:

    How to get here:

    Bus: 237 or 267 to Brent Lea bus stop, or E2 or E8 to Brentford and walk 50 yards to Pedestrian Entrance.

    Rail: From Waterloo to Kew Bridge, then bus as abve.

    Underground: District line to Gunnersbury or Central Line to Ealing broadway or Picadilly Line to Boston Manor then bus as above.

    SATNAV reference: TW7 6AZ

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  2. Wow that does sound amazing! Am thinking of takeing my Fiance out for the day on her birthday and think this will be perfect!
    Do you know what the nearest Tube staion is to get there?

    James.

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  3. How gorgeous and fun! Question; Where is it exactly? Answer; Six miles west of central London on the road to London Heathrow. Cheers!

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