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The Cotswold Farm Park’s Enchanted Light trail is back for 2023. This is a beautiful event for families, particularly for those with young children who love being able to interact with the animals as well as enjoying the festive fun. Huge thanks to Keri and her family for their review and beautiful photos.
About Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park is a family farm where rare breeds are allowed to thrive. Visitors can can meet 7 species of farm animals and over 50 breeds in total. There’s a rare breeds trail, discovery barn, woodland walks, food and drink and a shop to enjoy too.
At this time of year, the Cotswold Farm park is closed to visitors but they open up in the evenings for their fabulous enchanted light trail experience.
About the Enchanted Light Trail
The Enchanted Light Trail at the Cotswold Farm Park is a step beyond other light trails due to the addition of animal interaction, a fire-pit and marshmallow toasting. The trail itself showcases illuminations, installations and marvellous creations. There are plenty of selfie opportunities and there’s even a professional photographer on site to take some snaps for you.
Follow the lights to take an enchanting stroll around the farm park. The trail will take you from the visitor centre all the way to the outer boundaries of the park and back.
Head into the barns to meet and feed the animals and get into the festive spirit as you wander around the farm. Look out for a fire-pit where you can toast marshmallows. The indoor play-barn is transformed with a festive theme and adults can relax with a hot drink while little ones play. Don’t forget to head into the souvenir shop and check out the festive menu in the café.
Cotswold Farm Park Enchanted Light Trail Review by Keri
My husband, two boys (aged 7 and 9) and I had a lovely evening last night at Cotswolds Farm Park. It was a really magical start to the Christmas period, with a great range of things to do and see.
To start with, the animal barns, with Guinea pigs, chickens and the largest rabbit we have ever seen! There was also a barn for the larger animals. Cows, sheep and lots of greedy goats. Here, we were able to feed the animals, which the boys loved.
The play barn was great fun, with a sandpit, soft play area, and a silent disco, which was great for warming up in. We loved having a boogie to S-Club 7 and other cheesy hits!
The outdoor lights were really lovely, and led us to the children’s favourite part… the fire pits for toasting marshmallows and warming up! We also had a delicious hot chocolate and equally tasty festive mince pies and brownies. The other food on offer looked good too, especially the “giant pigs in blankets” brioche rolls.
Extra attractions along the way
To make it even more magical, there was a stage area, with a live singer, which the children were mesmerised by. After warming up, we went for a walk through the forest, which was truly beautiful. From the thousands of fairy lights, smoke machines, glitter balls, and illuminated trees, it really was magical. Even though it was bitterly cold on the night we went, my youngest, who hates the cold, didn’t want to leave: his words were, “this is so beautiful and colourful”.
Overall, we really liked it, and would love to go again in the future. Although Santa was there, this was a pre-bookable optional extra, and for us this was a good thing. So many places include Santa, and having already booked a Santa Christmas trip, we like to meet “the big man” once a year, to keep the magic alive, and avoid the confusion of non-identical Santas, so we loved that Santa wasn’t a compulsory part!
Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park Enchanted Light Trail FAQs
You can book your light trail experience on the Cotswold Farm Park website.
The enchanted light trail takes place on 1st to 3rd, 8th to 10th, 15th to 17th, 20th to 23rd and 28th to 31st December 2023. It opens at 4 pm each day.
Visitors can book the evening experience including visiting Santa as well as the illuminated light trail. This is optional so you can choose whether to visit Santa during your light trail experience.
The light trail is on flat ground with crushed stone or concrete pathways so it is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Visitors can book a daytime Christmas experience to meet Santa, decorate gingerbread, meet the animals and enjoy indoor and outdoor play. Time-slots can be booked online in advance on the Cotswold Farm Park website.