Christmas at Bedgebury - What you need to know

What you need to know

What is Christmas at Bedgebury?
Firmly positioned as unmissable within the UK’s seasonal calendar, Christmas at Bedgebury has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way. Discover softly-lit doves delicately balanced on branches, reed-like neon structures, sparkling tunnels of light and the Pinetum filled with all the colours of the rainbow as you walk under Liquid Sky, just one of the new displays to see this year. 

Who is Christmas at Bedgebury suitable for?
Christmas at Bedgebury is suitable for all ages, friends and family alike.  Due to the natural landscape the trail does include some gradual and steeper slopes and paths can be uneven in places.  Those with limited mobility should park in the Visitor Centre car park and may need assistance on the trail. Please consider this at the point of booking.  Wheelchairs are accommodated but discretion is needed as the trail may not be suitable for all.  Wherever possible stewards will assist but this cannot be guaranteed.

What are the dates for Christmas at Bedgebury 2023?

  • Friday 17 - Sunday 19 November
  • Friday 24 - Sunday 26 November
  • Wednesday 29 November - Sunday 10 December
  • Tuesday 12 - Sunday 24 December 
  • Tuesday 26 - Sunday 31 December 

What are the illuminated trail times?
4:15pm*,4:30pm, 4:45pm, 5:00pm, 5:15pm, 5:30pm, 5:45pm, 6:00pm, 6:15pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:15pm*, 7:30pm*, 7:45pm*, 8:00pm*

*Not available for every date

Where is Christmas at Bedgebury and how do I get there?
Address: Bedgebury National Pinetum, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SJ. Satellite navigation is not accurate please use What3Words: outnumber.maps.recline

  • By road: Bedgebury is sign posted off the A21 on the B2079.
  • By train: Etchingham (on the Hastings line from Charing Cross or London Bridge) is the closest station to Bedgebury. Alternatively, Tunbridge Wells, Frant and Wadhurst (on the Hastings line) and Staplehurst and Marden (on the Ashford line) are also nearby.

Please note Bedgebury is not on a public transport route and further travel arrangements should be made in advance for your journey to and from the venue.

Should I arrive in advance of my ticketed time slot at Christmas at Bedgebury?
Please arrive at Bedgebury no earlier than 5 minutes before you are due to begin the trail.  You will not be allowed onto the trail before the timeslot shown on your ticket.

I am visiting Bedgebury during the day, do I need to leave the site before entering Christmas at Bedgebury in the evening?
To ensure that only ticket holders for Christmas at Bedgebury have entry to the illuminated trail in the evening, daytime visitors must vacate the site by the stated closing time of 3.30pm.

Please note the Bedgebury Café and Visitor Centre atrium close to daytime visitors at 3pm*.

*Subject to change

Is there a dedicated pick-up and drop-off area?
Drop-off & pick-ups can be made in the Visitor Centre car park.  Visitors with limited mobility can be dropped off and picked up from the Visitor Centre car park if required, please speak to the parking attendants on arrival.

Can we see Father Christmas at Christmas at Bedgebury?
At this time of year, Father Christmas is extremely busy so is unable to meet children individually, however be sure to look out for him as he will be on the trail this Christmas!

Will there be strobe lighting at Christmas at Bedgebury?
There will be lighting sequences created within the lighting design that will have some flashing lights contained within them, however, these will not be strobe lighting. We have worked to guidelines on photosensitive epilepsy and will adhere to the industry standard of synchronising effects and locking the sequences to ensure that lights do not operate at more than 5 flashes per second.

What should I wear to Christmas at Bedgebury?
Christmas at Bedgebury takes place outdoors and you may need to queue on busy days. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for winter weather. We reserve the right to refuse inappropriately clothed patrons access to the trail if it is felt they are open to a greater risk of injury.

Keep exploring

Trees illuminated in colourful and spectacular lights at Bedgebury Pinetum
Friday 17 November - Sunday 31 December 2023
Selected evenings
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

A magical trail with new lights for 2023 – an after-dark stroll through an iconic, illuminated tree collection

Early morning mist rising up above the lake in autumn

Bedgebury is an award winning visitor attraction with something for everyone. Open all year, Bedgebury is the perfect place for healthy outdoor activity.