The Christmas Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum – Our Review, Hints and Tips

We were given free passes for the Christmas Trail at Bedgebury. All opinions are our own

This was our first experience of The Christmas Trail at Bedgebury so thought I would give you the benefit of a few hints and tips that I found and will do next time.

What can I say? For a start we would go back without hesitation. It is a Christmas Wonderland without a doubt. I apologise now, my photographs do not do it justice.

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On the steps outside Bedgebury’s Cafe

The Christmas Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum is about 45 minutes from Sevenoaks, depending on traffic.

We arrived and found it to be well organised from the minute you enter the car park. I would recommend pre paying for parking tickets for ease which you can do at the time of booking – see below for details.

There is plenty of space in the car park and it is lit well enough to see your way. There are stewards to direct you towards the entrance. Have your tickets ready to speed things up. We have never been to Bedgebury Pinetum before, not even during the day so when I read there was a cafe I didn’t expect the huge building before me!

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The building had been decorated and there was loud Christmas music playing which really gets you in the festive mood before you even start the trail.

Although we had had a light snack before we left home we decided to stop and have something “proper” to eat in the cafe. I can personally recommend the vegetarian pasty, although it was cheese and onion and not tomato and basil as described, and Monsieur Incidental said that his steak pasty was one of the best he’s had!

3 pasties, 2 portions of chips, 2 reindeer cookies and 5 drinks cost £33ish which, under the circumstances isn’t too  pricey.

We then all used the loo before setting off.

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What to expect from The Christmas Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum?

I had read a bit about the trail, the lights and so on but it doesn’t really prepare you. I have to be honest I got quite emotional at times. I know you’re going to think I have lost the plot, but sharing such a special experience with your family really is precious. Oh, and I am a sucker for Christmas too so….

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Decorated with poppies

The Christmas Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum is more than “just lights”

The different music in each area really sets the mood. We loved the fact that the trail seemed to transport you smoothly from one area to another without there being a direct shift in ambience. 

Each of the areas had their own charm. From the uplit trees. The lit boats on the lake. The decorations. The fire pits where you could toast marshmallows. The picture frames with infinity stars changing colour and Father Christmas giving a talk on how wonderful trees are. It is simply fabulous.

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Big and Little L sharing the limelight

The Christmas Lights at Bedgebury Pinetum – what you need to know:

How much are tickets to The Christmas Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum?

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults: £18

Children (3 to 16): £11.50

Family (2 adults and 2 children): £54

Children under 3 and carers are free but you do need a ticket.

There is a transaction fee (per transaction, not ticket) of £2 for e-tickets or £2.50 for standard delivery.

You can book tickets here: https://christmasatbedgebury.seetickets.com/

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An amazing feature that blew out fire. Little L thought it was a dragon

Do you have to pay for parking at The Christmas Lights at Bedgebury Pinetum?

Yes! Car parking is an additional £6.00 at – this can be paid at the time of booking tickets and I would recommend you do this for ease

Is food and drink and available at The Christmas Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum?

Yes! There is a large cafe selling hot and cold food and drink. Including some festive favourites, mulled wine and cider. 

Between us we spent £33 on 5 drinks, 3 (large) pasties, 2 portions of chips and 2 Christmas gingerbread cookies. Not cheap but not extortionate

There are also some stalls around the trail selling hot and cold food. 

There are fire pits to toast marshmallows. Marshmallows are for sale at £1.50 EACH (but they are bloody lovely to be fair and last a while, they aren’t your bog standard marshmallow) but you can take your own – don’t forget your sticks!

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Different flavoured marshmallows for toasting

Are there toilets on the Christmas Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum?

YES! Although I would suggest using the loos in the cafe before you set off there are portable loos about halfway round, including a disabled loo with ramp and baby changing facilities.

How long does the Christmas Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum take?

It’s just over a mile but it takes as long as you like. We took around an hour and a half, it was a lovely amble. Our 3 year old (and 76 year old granny) managed to walk the full distance with no problem.

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Is the Christmas Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum accessible? Can you use a wheelchair or pushchair?

The trail is mostly on path and accessible. The toilets have a ramp to enable a wheelchair user to access them. It is very dark in places and Granny used a torch for the floor as she isn’t as steady on her pins as she once was. There are some steep and muddy places but I wouldn’t let that put anyone less able bodies off at all.

Is there a fun fair at The Christmas Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum?

Yes! But it for little ones only. There are a few rides: a swing, carousel and so on. You have to purchase tokens from the entrance which are £2.50 each and you need one per ride. It took us a while to work out where to buy the tokens and you have to go out and back in again so it’s worth buying them before you enter if you think you might want them.

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Big and Little L enjoying the swings at the funfair

Is Father Christmas at The Christmas Lights at Bedgebury?

Yes he is, BUT it is not a grotto experience. Father Christmas is in a chalet in the woods and it is small performance between him and an elf. Although it is interactive children aren’t able to see him and there are no presents involved.

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Father Christmas and Connie Fur (I like what they did there)

There are LOADS of other events locally, check out a few of them here: Festive Experiences not to be missed Christmas 2019 and Spa Valley Railway Santa Special

 

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