Christmas Fair in a unique forest setting

The countdown to Christmas has begun, and Forestry England is helping you get into the festive mood with the Kielder Castle Christmas Fair on the 7 and 8 of December.

As well as real Christmas trees for sale, there is lots more to create the perfect Christmas day out. There will be unique gifts for family and friends at the pop-up stalls and a live choir will be singing on both days. The Shaun the Sheep and Zog children’s activity trails will be open and the café will be serving some festive specials as part of their menu.

It will also be the last chance to view The Custody Code, a film installation by artist Amanda Loomes, revealing stories from the working forest.

Alex MacLennan, Recreation and Business Manager for Forestry England in Northumberland, says:

Our Christmas Fair is set to be a really special way to mark the start of the Christmas season, giving you a chance for some Christmas shopping away from busy high street crowds. With our family trails and the last chance to view our unique film installation, The Custody Code, it’ll be a great day out in the fresh air.

With 100 years of forestry experience, our tree team will be on hand to help you choose the perfect tree for your home. The money raised our Christmas tree sales helps to support our work at Kielder Forest for wildlife, for you, and for future generations.”

The Christmas fair and real Christmas tree sales will be open from 10am to 4pm on 7 and 8 December. Visitors can buy the activity packs for the Zog and the Shaun the Sheep trail from the Bike Place at Kielder Castle. For the best experience, download the app to accompany the Shaun the Sheep trail before you arrive.

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 Notes to Editor


  1. Kielder Forest is managed by Forestry England. It is England’s largest forest and home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking and rare wildlife. For more information visit

  2. Forestry England manages and cares for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests, with over 230 million visits per year. As England’s largest land manager, we shape landscapes and are enhancing forests for people to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and businesses to grow. For more information visit Forestry England is an agency of the Forestry Commission.
Christmas Fair in a unique forest setting