Christmas at Rushmere – a fun-filled December of festive fundraising

Christmas at Rushmere – a fun-filled December of festive fundraising

Rushmere Country Park near Leighton Buzzard is gearing up for a fun-filled December of Christmas magic, woodland fairies and events raising funds to support the park.

Sales of real Christmas trees begin from 1st December daily from 10am – 4pm, while stocks last, outside the Herons’ View Visitor Centre where you can choose from a large selection of fresh Fir and Spruce trees, many of which are grown here at the park.

For ONE DAY ONLY you can visit Rushmere’s very own Christmas Tree plantation to pick your own special Christmas tree fresh from the ground – Sunday 10th December 10am – 4pm (final admission at 3.15pm). Warm clothing and suitable footwear essential, just follow the signs to the Lower Meadow on arrival, no booking required*.

Our rangers and volunteers will be on hand to help with all Christmas tree purchases – we’re a member of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association and all proceeds from the sale of our trees are reinvested into the park.

To get you in the Christmas spirit, join us on all three Sundays before Christmas (3rd, 10th and 17thDecember) for our Christmas Craft & Curios Sunday events featuring gift stalls from local suppliers in the Visitor Centre atrium, with festive refreshments and entertainment on hand and Christmas trees for sale.

As part of each Sunday event we’ll have festive craft workshops:

All workshops take place in the Education Room in the Visitor Centre and tickets cost £14pp (adults only please) including tea/coffee and mince pie.

Our popular music evenings return to the Tree Tops Café with soprano Ilana Jacobs performing A Winter’s Tune: heart-warming Opera and Song on Friday 1st December with music by Puccini, Gershwin, Schubert and more. Food available from 6pm prior to the performance starting at 7.30pm, tickets £15 per head (12+ only) and include a glass of house wine/juice and parking.

On Friday 8th December Alison Carter returns for Christmas Shopping, Jazz and Blues as part of a special Christmas shopping evening where we’ll have a selection of gift stalls for you to browse with festive food available while Alison performs. Christmas trees will be on sale until 7.30pm on this evening only. Tickets cost just £5 per person.

Throughout December, starting from this Sunday 26th November, we’ll have a Festive Fairy Trail sheet available to purchase from the Visitor Centre (£2)  – follow the self-led trail, meet our woodland fairies who are returning to the park once again for the festive season and make a pebble wish.

Rushmere Country Park is run on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of visitors and wildlife by local environmental charity The Greensand Trust.

* Please note the £3 parking exit fee still applies if you are coming to the park solely to buy a Christmas tree

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