Magical Christmas Trails at High Woods Country Park

PUBLISHED: 14 December 2020

Date issued: 14 December 2020

Gather your little angels for a sparkling good time at High Woods Country Park this weekend (19 and 20 December). 

The whole family can enjoy two magically good Christmas themed walking trails, suitable for ages 4-8 and 7-11yrs. Explore the woods and follow the trail to solve the festive clues.

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December, 10.30am-3.30pm:

  • Christmas Wordsearch Trail (4-8yrs)
  • 12 Days of Christmas Trail (7-11yrs)

Grab your trail sheet from High Woods Country Park visitor centre, for just £1 (per sheet). Complete the trail for a sweet treat, why not get into the Christmas spirit and wear a Christmas jumper too!

There’s no need to book, you can just turn up! Suitable for aged 4 to 11 years old and their families. Please bring your own pen or pencil to complete your trail sheet.

Cllr Martin Goss, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Waste, Environment and Transportation, said: “Winter is a great time of year to visit our beautiful parks and this year is no exception. Christmas celebrations will look a lot different this year, and these self-guided Christmas Trails are a safe way to have some family fun, whilst exploring our beautiful award-winning park.” 

High Woods Country Park visitor centre is open every weekend between 10am-4pm, except for Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 December when it will be closed. Please check visitor centre and car park opening times before you visit at  

Car park users are encouraged to make contactless parking payments using MiPermit which is available via an apponline portal, text or phone call. Parking information, including opening times and fees can be found at 

Residents can also download the council’s free Castle Park walking trails, suitable for ages 6-12yrs and teens and adults. Choose between historical or wildlife themed trails - or complete them all! The trails can be downloaded from and can be enjoyed on a smartphone, tablet or printed at home.

High Woods County Park and Castle Park trails support the aims of Livewell Colchester, a campaign which helps to support residents to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. To find out more about the Livewell campaign in Essex, please visit 

Page last reviewed: 14 December 2020


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