Kielder Winter Wonderland returns


Northumbrian Water is advising punters ‘act fast’ to secure some of the hottest tickets around.

The popular Kielder Winter Wonderland event has been a sell out for the last seven years and with tickets going on sale on Tuesday 11 October 2011, the message from organisers is ‘book now to ensure you don’t miss out on one of the most popular Christmas events in the country’ set overlooking the spectacular Kielder Water in Northumberland.

This year, ticket prices have been reduced for the event’s opening weekend, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November. Woodland lodges are also available for those wanting to make an extra special weekend of it.

The north east’s premier Christmas experience sees Leaplish Waterside Park, on the shore of Kielder Water, transformed into a Winter Wonderland full of surprises and attractions for the whole family. Throughout the day long experience, more than 15,000 visitors will meet woodland elves to guide them through the forest to take part in outdoor Christmas theatre shows as well as discovering some of Santa’s friends along the way to seeing the main man himself.

Northumbrian Water leisure manager, Kevin Hudson, said: “Kielder Winter Wonderland is such a popular event so the message is to pre-book as tickets are not available to purchase onsite.

“We’ve been listening to customer feedback - this year we’ve slightly reduced the price and have special cheaper tickets on the opening weekend. We get fantastic feedback every year. It’s a magical weekend for visitors and staff alike. Its popularity gives extended employment during the winter months.”

Elisabeth Rowark, from Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said: “It’s a wonderful tourism boost for the region, especially in such a rural area as Kielder. Local accommodation providers benefit from extra trade out of peak season but the main bonus is that the children who come have the best time!”

Northumbrian Water partners with north east based theatre production company, Dodgy Clutch, and seventy special artists, musicians, performers and visual artists help bring Kielder Winter Wonderland to life. Highlights of the event include Santa’s secret hideaway, Elves’ workshop, Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre, Mrs Christmas, snow tubing, skating and Christmas theatre.

Kevin added: “Families wishing to have that extended Christmas experience can stay for the weekend and cosy up in one of the four or five star Scandinavian style lodges.”

Kielder Winter Wonderland runs every weekend from mid November until Sunday 18 December plus Monday 19, Tuesday 20, and Wednesday 21 December 2011.

A day pass, including all of the activities, is priced at £28 per person. For children under the age of one, the price is £5. Tickets for the first weekend, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November, are available for £20 per person. A booking fee of £4.50 also applies. Booking essential – or call 0845 155 1553 (10am – 5pm Monday to Friday).

To book a Kielder lodge and Winter Wonderland tickets together, call 0845 155 1553. These must be booked together by telephone and cannot be booked separately or online. Group bookings of 12 or more must also be booked by telephone (10am – 5pm Monday to Friday).

Kielder Water & Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information go to

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For more information contact Philippa Clark, communications advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park), on 0191 301 5538, 07970 897 756 or

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun.

Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder and Northumberland County Council. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.

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