In addition to all the feasting over the festive season, it’s important to get out into the fresh air and have fun. Here Molly Miller reveals why Bewl Water is the perfect destination this Christmas for all the family…
If you love Christmas you’ve landed in the right spot. These days the festive occasion extends far beyond the trio of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. With twinkling lights and decorations blanketing our town from mid-November, Christmas is on our radar long before the big day arrives.
A wonderland of festivities inviting families to celebrate this year is Bewl Water, an 800-acre reservoir in Lamberhurst. The team there have transformed the site’s glorious grounds and are ready to fill December with plenty of cheer.
From missing elves and special visits from Santa to festive-themed drinks and a Christmas wish tree, there’s no shortage of fun things to do. Children can even enter the colouring competition to help name next year’s Head Elf!
With this and so much more to enjoy, Bewl Water has really brought the magic of Christmas to the reservoir so get your diaries ready, it’s set to be spectacular!
Breakfast with Santa
(£15 December 17, 18, 23 & 24)
In the run-up to the big day, Bewl Water has secured some extra special visits from Father Christmas as he gets his sleigh ready for a busy evening of present dropping.
Little ones and their parents have been invited to help him prepare and on selected dates, Bewl Water will be hosting a delicious breakfast spread to keep Santa well fuelled.
The buffet-style English breakfast will be available to enjoy at 9.00am or 10:30am and will feature tasty favourites including smoked bacon, freshly grilled tomatoes, crispy hash browns, plus yummy alternatives including granola, winter berries and yoghurt.
Tickets cost £15 per person (adult or child) which includes a 60-minute soft play session after your meet and greet. To book, you’ll need to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Bewl has opened three new self-guided trails for families looking for some healthy, outdoor fun”
The Magical Christmas Elf Trail
(Free throughout December 2022)
A festive adventure invites you and your little ones to Bewl Water this Christmas where throughout December you can explore the free Christmas Elf Trail.
Lost in the enchanted woodlands, Happy the Head Elf has been locked away by the evil goblins and needs help to escape before Christmas Day arrives.
Collect your maps from the Waterfront Café before following the trail to search for Happy’s lost items.Unscramble the magic code, and eventually set him free! For those who succeed, a special sweet treat will be in store at the end.
No bookings are required for the Magical Elf Trail and for families looking to capture those priceless moments, festive selfie frames have been strategically placed around the route where the 800-acre reservoir forms your stunning backdrop.
Bewl Water is beautiful throughout the year, but we think it offers something extra magical over Christmas!
During the season that offers so many reasons to put on your walking boots, Bewl has opened three new self-guided trails for families looking for some healthy, outdoor fun.
Whether it’s to breathe in the refreshing winter air or to walk off your Sunday lunch, the family-sized strolls have been designed for all abilities and range from 30 minutes to 2.5 hours.
Explore the beautiful reservoir at your own pace as you soak up the picturesque views and wander through the wildlife-rich meadows before heading to the Waterfront Café where a selection of winter warmer treats will be available including gingerbread lattes and hazelnut hot chocolates.
The season of goodwill
Christmas is known as the season of goodwill and following these tough few years, it’s an even better time to give back where it’s needed most.
This December Bewl Water has partnered with Kerrie Kent, Tunbridge Wells’ official British Heart Foundation fundraiser to raise money and awareness for the charity that helps over 7 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases.
Located in Bewl’s Waterfront Café there will be a Christmas Wish Tree where visitors to the reservoir can write and hang a special message.
“I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation, the work they do saves lives,” said Kerrie.
Born with congenital heart disease, Kerrie has had seven open heart surgeries to date and has played a key role in setting up ‘Hearts of Gold’ – a Tunbridge Wells fundraising group for the charity.
“The work of the British Heart Foundation means that hopefully in the future a cure will be found,” she continued.
Along with hand-written notes, QR codes will be hung on the Christmas Wish Tree to allow people to easily donate to the charity if they can.
For more information visit www.bewlwater.co.uk
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