Harry Potter – A Forbidden Forest Experience

We are massive Harry Potter fans so this was the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season. A festive walk through the Forbidden Forest combined with the magic of Harry Potter.

Arley Hall and Gardens are hosting Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience and it is a brilliant evening out for all ages whether you are a Potterhead or not.

The trail takes about 60-90 minutes to walk round and there are aspects from all 7 Harry Potter films and both Fantastic Beasts films. There is a really clever use of light and sound to make you feel you are really in the Forbidden Forest beasts, dementors, flying Ford Anglias and all.

You can take the trail at your own pace and there are lots of spots to pose for photos.

Half way round there is an opportunity to engage in a wand duel. There was quite a long queue for this but this is also where there are some refreshment stands and toilets so we had a little break while we were waiting.

The second half of the trail takes you through Aragog’s lair, this is optional so if you are not a fan of spiders then you can skip this part. There are staff on hand to help.

There is a second opportunity practice your wand skills and find out what your patronus is.

The trail finishes with a grand finale at the Lake and then ends in a small village where you can get food, everything from giant filled Yorkshire puddings and fish and chips to marshmallows to roast. There is also a shop with an excellent array of Harry Potter Merchandise.

We really enjoyed the evening despite the rain and it being bitterly cold. The path was a bit wet under foot so wellies were an essential. There was something new to see around every corner which kept Pippa engaged and there was a real atmosphere of magic in the air.

Where: Arley hall and Gardens, Northwich.

Who: The trail is suitable for all ages although it is a walk in a dark forest and designed to be spooky so younger children my find it a bit scary.

Tickets: Tickets are available here.

Accessibility: This is an outdoor trail in the woods although is fairly flat and well maintained. They have mobility scooters that can be hired but you should be able to take a pushchair around.

Food and Drink: There were stalls selling hot food, cakes, drinks (hot and cold), sweets and marshmallows at the beginning, middle and end of the trail.

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