How will the Spellbound Forest work?

Families will come into the forest on a timed ticket. You will have a ticket to enter within a 15 minute time slot. This is to make sure that the forest doesn’t get too busy. Once inside, you can stay for as long as you like. There are three separate paths to walk inside the forest, each telling the story of an English fairy tale through theatrical performance, music, storytelling, creative writing and dance. There is also lots of lovely food and drink and a picnic area. We expect most families will spend between 3 and 4 hours in the forest.

Who is the Spellbound Forest for?

The Spellbound Forest is for families of all shapes and sizes. We think that families with children aged 3-12 will get the most out of it.

How much does it cost, and where can I buy tickets?

Visit the tickets page for all the details.

Where is the Spellbound Forest?

The Spellbound Forest will take place in Delamere Forest in Cheshire. The postcode is CW8 2JG. The Spellbound Forest entrance is approximately 15 minutes walk (with children) from the Forest Train station (click here to find out how to get here by train), and just by the Whitefields Car Park.

Where can I get tickets from?

Click here to take you to the ticket information page, where you can click through to the Forestry Commission box office to book.

How can I get there?

Delamere Forest in on the main railway line from Manchester and Chester. Not only that, but if you travel to the Spellbound Forest by train, you will get a Spellbound Forest goody bag with discounts from the traders and official merchandise. Just show bring your train ticket to the information tent at the event. Find out about getting here by Northern Rail by clicking here.

If you are travelling by car, Linmere, Northwich, and Delamere are the nearest towns or villages. The forest is situated approximately 10 miles from the outskirts of Chester and close to the M56. The forest park is well sign posted from the A54, A556 and B5152. You can access more details on Delamere forest from the Forestry Commission website.

Disabled visitors

Click here for information for disabled visitors. Some of this information may also be relevant for parents bringing younger children in buggies.

Can I bring my dog?

We’re afraid that dogs will not be permitted in the Spellbound Forest. There will be lots of young children at the event, with different reactions to our furry friends. Please leave your dogs at home. Thank you.

What about the weather?

The Spellbound Forest will continue regardless of weather. Canopies and tents will ensure that all of the activities can be enjoyed whatever the weather. We advise that you wear suitable clothing and footwear for an outdoor event.

Where can I stay locally?

If you would like to stay nearby, you can find details of local accommodation on Visit Chester & Cheshire.  There is a Camping and Caravanning Club site five minutes walk from the event entrance.