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REVIEW

Magical Woodland 2021

Blakemere Village, Cheshire

By Jenny Schippers – 9th October 2021
What I loved about the Magical Woodland:

This magical outdoor light trail is set in woodland at Blakemere Village, close to Northwich and Delamere Forest. In its fifth year, the Magical Woodland is a hugely impressive walking experience that is safe, socially distanced, and perfect for the whole family. The interactive light installations, many set to music, encourage adults and children of all ages to get involved. There is a woodland clearing with food and drink stalls (cash and card accepted), together with some seating and marshmallows to toast on the open fires (additional charge).

New for 2021, the Jurrasic section is packed with dinosaurs and you can get up close to hear them ROARRR! With a laser light show, illuminated water fountains, and an atmospheric woodland walk through thousands of lights; Magical Woodland really needs to be seen to be believed. Towards the end of the trail, there is a brilliant interactive laser lightroom that my daughters absolutely loved as well as birds of prey to finish off the experience.

Worth paying a babysitter?

No need! This is a lovely family-friendly activity for children and adults of all ages. Bear in mind, the paths are dark and uneven woodland trails so leave the pram at home and use a baby carrier. It may be difficult for those that struggle to walk long distances (takes about an hour to complete) or have walking difficulties. My daughters, who are four and seven years old, had no problem walking the whole trail themselves but for those with younger children, I would recommend booking an early time slot, where it is not completely dark and you complete the trail by a reasonable time.

Onsite at Blakmere Village there are food and beverage stands to use before you begin your trail; these are located close to the top car park, as are the toilets and accessible baby-change facilities. If you had an early time slot, you could always spend some time at the children’s funfair before visiting the Magical Woodland. Check opening times of this before visiting.

Expect:

Lots of colourful lights and interactive displays set to music. As this experience is outdoors and in woodland, remember to wear wellies and appropriate warm, waterproof clothing. The trail takes approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete, the time slots are staggered and there is plenty of space throughout to socially distance easily. There are toilets and food outlets on site. Parking is free.

Value for money: (out of 10)

8 out of 10. For a family of four, the cost is £55-60 depending on the day/time slot. I believe this represents good value for money given that the whole family can get involved and it takes close to 1.5 hours to complete. Having visited many similar trails across Cheshire, Magical Woodland remains as our favourite and we would not hesitate the recommend it to others.

** Images above from the 2020 event. The rocket installation has been replaced by dinosaurs for 2021**

Slots of selling quickly for this event with all early-evening weekend slots now fully booked. I would absolutely recommend this event and I encourage you to book your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The dates for 2021 are 9th October to 7th November. The trail will then reopen in the run-up to Christmas with an amended display.

For more information visit: Magical Woodland

Enjoy!

Don’t forget to tag me in your posts @girlabout.cheshire and using the hashtag #makingmemoriesincheshire

Jenny x

REVIEW:

This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management to visit the Magical Woodland in exchange for an honest and frank review. All opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

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