The team at the Lodge will be selling trees from 1st–22nd December (10am – 4pm) and no matter what you requirements there will be an ideal tree there for you.
From 4 foot to 8 foot trees, you can choose from spruce, fir and pine and prices start at a very reasonable £12.
The Lodge Shop has a selection of decorations, Swedish candles and tree stands and if you want to get a little bit more of the festive spirit then stop off at the café for a warming drink, home baking and mince pies!
There will also be some great activities going on throughout December, so why not come along and spend a few hours in a beautiful, peaceful, relaxing woodland location. It’s a great way to make sure that your batteries are fully charged and ready for the festive season.
Christmas activities will include:
• 1 – 22 December - Festive Trail Quiz: children of all ages can follow the forest trail and make a wish on the special Christmas Wishing Tree….and write a letter to Santa. And there’s a chocolate treat at the end of it!
• 6,7,13, 14 December - Christmas Wreath: for the more craft-minded there will be opportunities to join staff from Intrepid Scotland to make a natural Christmas wreath with materials gathered from the forest (11am – 3pm) (small charge applies)
• Sunday 14 December - the Lomond Mountain Rescue team will be on site raising funds
• Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 Dec - Winter Wildlife Festival (11 – 3): which will include a clue-led trail, a “Who ate this nut?” game, opportunities to create a clay creature - and make a winter home for it - and find out how animals adapt to survive the winter.
The festive season will also see two RSPB Monthly Nature Club events take place at the Lodge:
• Sunday 21 - Owls and Prey: discover what makes owls such excellent hunters, find out what they eat, visit the Hide to search for their prey and look inside mouse and vole holes using a special inspection camera.
• Sunday 11 January 2015 – RSPB Monthly Nature Club – Bushcraft and Animal Tracking (10am – 1pm): fnd out how to survive in the wilderness and learn den building, fire-lighting, marshmallow toasting, bread-making and more. You’ll also learn how to identify animal tracks and signs in the forest.
Anyone taking part should bring warm clothing, waterproofs, wellies, drink and a snack
Booking is essential for these events and there will be charge of £3 – with a 50% discount for RSPB members.
The Lodge will close at 2.00 on 24 December and re-open in the new year at 10.00 on 3 January 2015.
For more information of what’s on at the Lodge Visitor Centre visit the website at www.forestry.gov.uk.
For telephone enquiries to the sales centre/tree sales call 01877 382258
If you are planning a Christmas holiday here in central Scotland in one of our self-catering holiday cottages why not book for the Christmas experience at the Lodge Visitor Centre at Aberfoyle