I find it very hard to pull myself – and my kids – out into the cold at this time of year. It’s so easy to spend a day snuggled up with a duvet and hot chocolate and a whole heap of Disney. But we forced ourselves out this weekend to Wilderness Wood (near Uckfield) and I’m very happy we did because it turned into one of the loveliest days out. It’s such a beautiful place, full of fresh air, nature and wintry magic.
You can pick your own growing Christmas tree, put your name on it and decorate it before you come and collect it a little bit nearer the time. How cute is that! It was hard not to feel festive in this place. I’m fighting it – I don’t want to get excited too soon because I worry by the time it gets here we’ll all be bored of it. But when you see the kiddies bouncing around at the sight of ‘Father Christmas trees’ it’s hard not to melt a bit inside.
I brought buckets for the kids to collect leaves and twigs and stuff to make some sort of nature picture (was quite chuffed at my own organisational skills!). Neither child was up for that. Amelie used hers as a means to transport bunny around the woods and Lilah threw a meltdown to end all meltdowns each time I suggested putting anything in it. Fail.
If you’re in East Sussex you should head to Wilderness wood before Christmas, you’ll be happy you did. Unless it’s pissing down, can’t imagine it would be so magical in the rain…