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Christmas at Bolesworth 2023
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Step Into Christmas at Bolesworth

CHRISTMAS has come early for fans of one of the North West’s premier venues.

Tickets are now on sale for the Bolesworth winter spectacular, with early bird offers up for grabs.

The 6,000-acre estate’s festive extravaganza will this year include a 240 square-metre real ice skating rink, fairground, Santa and his reindeer at Rudolph’s Rest, food and drink, a Champagne bar, and the popular lights trail.

People are urged to book now to capitalise on a 50% discount for Santa’s Grotto, with a 20% reduction on all other attractions until Monday (May 1).

Nina Barbour, Managing Director of the Bolesworth Estate, said: “Christmas at Bolesworth has always been a hit with our supporters, but this year will be bigger and better than ever.

“Due to a surge in demand, we have opened for bookings earlier than before and added extra dates to extend until New Year’s Eve; tickets are selling fast, so we encourage people to get in touch and take advantage of these deals to guarantee the time slots of their choice.”

She added: “The real ice rink is a new addition to the line-up, and will be suitable for kids from age three upwards, located within the Christmas Village.

“We are really excited about Christmas at Bolesworth, and while there is still some time to go, we know December will come around fast so don’t miss out!”

As they begin preparations for the 200th anniversary of Bolesworth Castle in 2028, Nina and the team are looking to build back from the pandemic with a range of activities and celebrations for people of all ages.

Among the other highlights in 2023 are a Spring Garden Walk, Cheshire Balloon Fiesta, Fireworks night, a Festive Farmers’ Convoy and New Year’s Eve Fireworks, which form part of the post Christmas celebrations. There is also the revamped Bolesworth International, which runs from June 14-18 with guests including DJs Trevor Nelson and Phoebe d’Abo, pop outfit the Brand New Heavies, and Rick Parfitt Jr and the RPJ Band.

“We are known as a venue for equestrian events and competitions – and we are very proud of that – but Bolesworth is so much more,” said Nina.

“There are hundreds of businesses located on the estate employing more than a thousand people; we are committed to supporting the economy and playing a major role in the community.

“Christmas at Bolesworth will bring people from across Cheshire, the Wirral, North Wales and beyond to our 400,000 square metre-site, which in turn has a knock-on effect for tourism and spend in the area.

“We plan to do even more, go even bigger and be even more daring in the future, hosting world-class, top-quality events in many different spheres – we are only just getting started.”

For more information on Christmas at Bolesworth, visit and use the code EARLYXMAS when booking to secure your discount.

For the latest news and information on Bolesworth Castle, visit or call 01829 782210. Alternatively, email and follow them on social media at @bolesworth.

Christmas at Bolesworth 2023
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Get Your Skates on for Christmas at Bolesworth 2023

The most wonderful time of the year is set to be even more magical in 2023 as Christmas at Bolesworth returns bigger and brighter than ever before.

After thousands of visitors flocked to the winter wonderland sited in the heart of Cheshire in 2022, the team behind Christmas at Bolesworth has added a host of extra dates to give festive revellers even more opportunities to celebrate the season in style.

The event, located eight miles south of Chester, will be open on select days from November the 24th all the way through to New Year’s Eve.

2023 will again see the return of the venue’s spectacular, dazzling lights trail and other favourites like Santa’s Grotto but, following huge demand, a real ice-skating rink will be added as a new centrepiece attraction.

There’ll also be a stunning family-friendly New Year’s Eve firework display, allowing younger visitors to ‘see-in’ 2024 with mum and dad at around 8pm on December the 31st.

Nina Barbour, managing director of Bolesworth said; “We can’t thank the huge numbers of Christmas visitors enough for making our event so special during December. Plans are already being made for 2023 that will include a central feature with a real ice skating-rink, plus many more exciting new zones. We’re also extending the event to run until New Year’s Eve too, where there’ll be incredible fireworks, 200 minutes before the strike of midnight. Allowing families and friends to welcome in the New Year in style.

“Tickets for Christmas at Bolesworth 2023 will go on-sale soon. In the meantime, we invite people to complete our special Christmas survey, to help us understand more about what they loved about the event and the bits we can improve.

“By completing the survey they’ll get access to a special 10% discount on general admission tickets when they go on-sale. What’s more, admission to Santa’s Grotto will be free of charge for all general admission bookings made before the 30th of April 2023.”

To complete the survey, visit

Discover Bolesworth’s events schedule for 2023.

Michael Owen and Family visit Bolesworth Christmas Lights Trail 2022
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Michael Owen Enjoys Family Christmas at Bolesworth

England football legend Michael Owen enjoyed an evening at the enchanting Bolesworth Christmas Lights Trail in Cheshire with his family last night, Wednesday the 21st of December.

Following his return from the World Cup, this perfect family outing saw Michael, wife Louise and their four children, soaking up the festive atmosphere at the famous Cheshire castle. The venue has expanded its festive offer even further this year to include a huge light projection on to the castle, dancing fountains on the lake, festive market stalls, huge funfair, real reindeer and, of course, Santa Claus himself.

Michael was seen laughing and smiling with his family as he made his way through the trail – taking time out for plenty of selfies and family pictures en-route. Finishing off with a relaxing Christmas family toast at Bolesworth’s VIP Champagne Island.

Michael said: “This was just the perfect start to Christmas with my family around me.

“The light experience is fabulous – we all had a great time and now all feel very much in the Christmas spirit.”

The Christmas experience at Bolesworth, which is dog friendly, is open right through to 6pm on Christmas Eve.

Further information is available at

Christmas at Bolesworth Launch
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Christmas Lands with a Flourish at Bolesworth

Christmas at Bolesworth opened with a fanfare last Friday, the 2nd of December, when thousands of visitors took to the all-new Christmas Lights Trail at the Cheshire based venue.

A walk through the dazzling Lights Tunnel signalled the start of the festive fun for families and friends who went on to enjoy the 1.2-mile Lights Trail, and gaze in wonder at the stunning light pyramids and ground orbs, lasers and strobes, twinkling lights in the trees, and dancing fountains on the ornamental lake.

Twisting through Rudolph’s Rest, complete with Santa’s reindeer, the winter wonderland snaked through Champagne Island and across the Rainbow Bridge before leading back to a sizable fairground, sited alongside food stands and bars. Santa’s Grotto with friendly elves in the Alpine Lodge proved to be a big hit with boys and girls, their parents and grandparents too.

The opening day closed with a spectacular Fireworks Display in front of the historic Bolesworth Castle.

Christmas at Bolesworth reopens with Christmas Jumper Day, for visitors and their four-legged friends, from 4pm this Thursday, the 8th of December and runs through to 9.30pm on Sunday the 11th of December. It then returns on Wednesday the 14th of December, remaining open right the way through to Christmas Eve.

Football fans will be well catered for as all England games will be shown on a big screen in the Bolesworth Alpine Lodge.

Online tickets, from £18.00, offering a saving of 20 per cent over on-the-gate costs, will be bookable daily until 2pm, subject to availability.

Visit for information.

Christmas at Bolesworth 2022 seven days away
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Plan Ahead for Christmas at Bolesworth

The Bolesworth Christmas countdown is on. There are seven days until the festive doors open at the Cheshire estate, leaving just enough time to check out the action and plan ahead.

First up, save £££s by pre-booking. It provides a saving of 20 per cent over on the gate fees and, if a trip to Santa’s Grotto is a must-do, an advanced reservation will guarantee a slot.

Friday the 2nd of December depicts the opening of Christmas at Bolesworth and, to celebrate the occasion, the evening will close with a bang when a display of fireworks light up the Cheshire sky.

The season of goodwill will then continue throughout December as the Bolesworth Christmas lights keep shining. Explore the Cheshire venue’s all-new, dog-friendly festive lights trail, get a head start on Christmas shopping, visit Rudoph’s Rest, and simply get into the festive spirit with delicious food and drink. Perhaps even take in a glass of fizz on Champagne Island?

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a theme or two and, on this front, Bolesworth is set to deliver. Kicking off with a Christmas Jumper Day in support of Save the Children on Thursday the 8th of December, human visitors and their pooches are invited to wear their finest woolly and be in with the chance of winning a prize.

Sunday the 11th of December will see a bevy of runners, or walkers, don a set of red and white gear and participate in the augural Bolesworth 2km Santa Dash in aid of the company’s appointed charity Hope House and Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospices. Entries are now open.

Next up will be a song for Christmas when the 60-strong mixed voice Kelsborrow Choir power up to entertain visitors with seasonal music on Saturday the 17th of December.

Finally, Christmas at Bolesworth ends on a flourish with a fun Festive Fancy Dress day on Christmas Eve where there’ll be prizes up for grabs.

Christmas at Bolesworth is set to entertain and delight this December with a host of seasonal celebrations. Just eight miles south of Chester on the A41.

Tickets are priced from £18.00 with discounted family tickets also available. Find out more at

Santa Dash at Bolesworth
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Santa Dashes Through Bolesworth for Charity

Running alongside its all-new 2022 Christmas Lights Trail, the Bolesworth Estate in Cheshire will host its inaugural Bolesworth Santa Dash, in aid of Hope House and Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospices, this December.

Hope House Children’s Hospices is a registered charity dedicated to the provision of hospice and community care for life limited children and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales. It has been Bolesworth’s appointed charity for just over a year now, with almost £40,000 raised so far.

The Bolesworth Santa Dash will be held on Sunday December 11, starting at 3pm (with arrival from 2.30pm). Participants will have the opportunity to run, or walk, a 2km circuit which will wind around the impressive Bolesworth Castle, with incredible views of Cheshire, north Wales, Wirral, and Merseyside along the way.

What’s more, it’s dog-friendly too so pooches are welcome to join the fun.

Contestants are encouraged to dress up and will receive a Santa Dash medal and goody bag at the finish line. They will also be offered a 25 per cent discount per booking of four tickets to the Bolesworth Christmas Lights Trail, which will be matched by a further 25 per cent donation by Bolesworth to the chosen charity.

All entry fees – £5 per child and £10 for adults – will be donated to the Hope House Children’s Hospice charity. Admission is free for spectators.

For further information and to join up for the 2022 Bolesworth Santa Dash, visit

Reindeer at Christmas at Bolesworth 2022
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Less Than a Month to Christmas at Bolesworth

Christmas at Bolesworth is an exceptional time as the castle grounds are transformed into a festive paradise, adorned in seasonal sparkle and yuletide cheer for a month of winter magic.

This, the most wonderful time of the year, is perfect for friends and families to get together and enjoy the season of goodwill. There will, of course, be plenty to keep the little ones amused, however, there’s a host of activities planned, within the extensive Bolesworth grounds, to make this equally as adult-friendly too.

The Bolesworth all-new 1.2-mile Christmas Lights Trail will be bathed in seasonal colour and illuminated by thousands of stunning lights, projections and interactive installations. With the Bolesworth Castle flooded in unique Son et Lumière projections as a background, visitors will get to enjoy the sight of spectacular light pyramids and orbs on the ground, with lasers, glittering mirror balls and stunning dancing fountains on the ornamental Bolesworth lake.

Christmas markets, sited alongside a large fairground, will feature Xmas gift shopping and mouth-watering food stands serving up a selection of indulgent goodies, from savoury hog roast to delicious, sweet treats. Shoppers can enjoy a glass of spiced mulled wine enjoy a celebratory cocktail or a hot chocolate and soak up the grin-inducing atmosphere of the event.

Heated domes with comfortable and relaxed lounging areas on Bolesworth’s VIP Champagne Island provide a secret hideaway on a hidden island where guests can sit and watch the world go by. The (additional) price includes the use of a heated dome for up to eight people, and a bottle of champagne.

Elsewhere, a winter-warming indoor Alpine Lodge, with welcoming bar and plenty of seating will be packed with things to do together with food, and drink areas.

Those making the trip to the Bolesworth Christmas extravaganza on the night of Friday the 2nd of December, will be treated to an added-bonus in the form of fireworks to celebrate the opening of the month-long event.

Simply put, a trip to Bolesworth could well be the perfect way to celebrate Christmas in Cheshire this year.

Tickets are priced from £18.00. Book online at

Santas Grotto Bolesworth Castle 2022
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Santa’s Grotto Now Free at Bolesworth

The team behind the Bolesworth Estate in Cheshire has decided to spread the yuletide cheer and give younger visitors the chance to visit Santa’s magical grotto for free this year.

People who book a general admission ticket to the event before the 31st of October 2022, can also book two slots for their children to enjoy complimentary admission to Bolesworth’s Santa Christmas Experience.*

Visits to Santa will include the chance for children to tell him what they would like for Christmas and whether they’ve been nice (or naughty…), have a picture taken with him and, of course, receive a special seasonal gift.

Christmas at Bolesworth Castle is an exceptional time as the vast grounds are transformed into a festive paradise, adorned in seasonal sparkle for a month of winter magic.

The 1.2-mile accessible Bolesworth Christmas Lights Trail, featuring an all-new extended route, will be illuminated by more than 40,000 lights. It winds through ‘enchanted’ woods, where Santa’s reindeer roam freely, runs beside the extensive lake, complete with new-for-2022 water features, before crossing over a brilliantly illuminated pontoon bridge. And, saving the best until last will be contemporary light Son et Lumiere light show projections on the Castle.

Christmas markets, sited alongside a large fairground and huge indoor Alpine Lodge, with Xmas gift shopping and mouth-watering food stands serving up a selection of indulgent goodies, from hog roast and roasted chestnuts to delicious, sweet treats, all add to the grin-inducing atmosphere of the event.

“We want families to have the best possible experience at our Christmas event this year,” said Matt Bates, Managing Director of Bolesworth Events. “A visit to Santa is a must-do on most children’s Christmas wish-list, so we decided to make it free to book, while keeping the same very-special one-to-one Santa experience, complete with free gift.”

Christmas at Bolesworth runs from the 2nd to 4th, 8th to 11th, and 14th to 24th of December 2022.

Simply put, a trip to Bolesworth could well be a perfect family way to celebrate Christmas this year.

For more information and to book tickets, visit

*Two free Santa slots per Transaction with accompanying general admission tickets.