FROM woodland walks to craft workshops and Santa Specials to freshly cut Christmas trees, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest near Ringwood, has all the ingredients for some fantastic family fun in the run up to Christmas this year.

The park is in full festive swing with a new Christmas tree shop and Christmas gift market.

There are also themed childrens’ activities and a special menu featuring traditional breakfasts, lunches and dinners – all freshly made using locally sourced produce.

Other seasonal activities this year include a willow workshop for adults, a winter wildlife walk, workshops to make Christmas reindeer decorations, and the ever-popular ‘Santa Specials’ at Moors Valley Railway.

Santa will be in his station grotto until Sunday and the train departs four times a day. Gruffalo fans are also in for a treat at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest this Christmas.

The newly-installed Gruffalo’s Child Trail is open daily until the end of February and for the Christmas period, the rangers have created a special woodland grotto inside the visitor centre where children can also enjoy a reading of Julia Donaldson’s classic story.

The Gruffalo’s Child readings are free-of-charge every Monday and Wednesday until December 17.

Other children’s activities include drop-in craft sessions, ‘Christmas Crafts for Kids’ from 11.30am to 3.30pm on December 13,14, 20, 21 as well as Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Costs start from £1 dependent on the materials used.

If you want to be active in a different way there is a pre-Christmas health walk taking place on the morning of December 15.

The Christmas tree shop and gift market, with its range of locally made chocolates, skin care products, bags, cushions and other crafts, both open daily until 21 December.

You can book online for all the festive events at Moors Valley.

For more details go to or contact the rangers on 01425 470721.