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Enchanted Parks – A Winter Event That’s Not Just for Kids!

November 19, 2017 in Festivals and Events 5


Enchanted Parks is a much loved after dark arts adventure that transforms Gateshead’s Saltwell Park in to a mythical wonderland. It’s part of the NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival that takes place annually and the event is always a highlight of my festive season.

I was recently speculating with a fellow Enchanted Parks fan about what this year’s theme ‘The Inventors’ Ball’ might have in store for us and my friend was surprised to hear how excited I was bearing in mind I don’t have children. I quickly pointed out that Enchanted Parks is not just for kids, it’s for everyone!

enchated parks inventors ball, saltwell park

I’ve enjoyed several Enchanted Parks events, both with and without the little ones!

I have attended the event with James and it was the perfect setting for a date night. One year I took my Mum, Dad, brother, niece and nephew and all of us enjoyed it equally! I have even been along to Enchanted Parks on my own once when my friend had to cancel at the last minute and I didn’t want to miss out.

Here’s some of the official pics from previous years (credit to NGI)…

saltwell towers light installation

enchanted parks forest event 2017

enchanted parks gateshead festive event

This year’s event tells the captivating, fictional, story of Ursula Wailes, the eldest daughter of William Wailes and heiress to the Saltwell Towers Estate, who makes a gift of Saltwell Park to the people of Gateshead. After filling the park with incredible inventions, plants from all over the world and wonderful creatures, she captures the imagination of children and adults alike; many reporting that the park itself feels ‘alive’.

This trailer for The Inventors’ Ball reveals more…

The specially commissioned installations will be ready and waiting to be discovered throughout Saltwell Park from 5 – 10 December. Tickets are priced at £8 for adults (plus 50p booking fee) and £3 for children under 16. Children aged 3 and under go FREE. Book at www.enchantedparks.com

You can read my previous reviews of Enchanted Parks HERE and HERE and for more ideas for things to do in the North East this festive season, check out my last blog post HERE.

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Oh this sounds amazing! Definitely the perfect winter date night idea! X

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