Something I've been excited about for a long time is being able to enjoy Enchanted Parks at Christmas, held every year in Saltwell Park, it promises a spectacular collection of light displays. Unfortunately last year it fell on a weekend that I wasn't visiting Simon so I missed out. This year I bought my ticket the day they went on sale and have been looking forward to it ever since.
When the day finally arrived, it was even better than I ever could have imagined it to be, I was so impressed and would really recommend everyone buy a ticket next year. You will not be disappointed.
Let me set the scene for you ...
After the last visitor has left the Park and the Park Keeper has locked the gates, the Park comes alive with fairies, glowing flowers, fantastic creatures and mysterious musical noises. It's a very well kept secret that Saltwell Park is Enchanted!
Unfortunately the Park Keeper is about to retire and needs to pass on the keys to a special someone who can carry on his work of keeping Saltwell Park's enchantment alive. In his hunt for a new keeper the Park Keeper has decided to open the gates after dark to invite us normal folk in to experience it for ourselves for the very first time. He hopes that he will find someone who he can pass on his secrets to and can take on his job.
Of course the Park Keeper can't keep Saltwell alive on his own, he has some "Familiars" to help him out, part human and part animal with magic sparkly tails.
The evening was truly magical and I was completely blown away by the displays which were not only gorgeous and breathtaking to look at but also teased all of the other senses. I was not expecting to see so many clever things and hear such wonderful sounds.
We were guided round the park by the Familiars who kept us on the right path and did a great job of entertaining the kids - they really brought the whole story alive. I actually feel very lucky that this Christmas I've seen real fairies, although I hope that someone has let them out of the jam jars now, they weren't very happy at all about being trapped.
Now, I don't want to give away all of the Keeper's secrets but I will let you into one little discovery that we made. Enchanted Parks had THE best hot chocolate I've had in a long long time! There was a little coffee kart parked outside Saltwell Towers and it was the perfect place for a hot chocolate with cream, marshmallows and a shot of caramel. The lady who served us was very impressed at our dedication to doing hot chocolate properly.
Unfortunately this year's Enchanted Parks is now over, but make sure you get yourselves there next year because you really will have a wonderful evening.