Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park is a 1.1 mile long nature walk which takes place of a Autumn/Winter evening against a backdrop of beautifully lit parkland and architecture. I’d wanted to take Esther last year, but for one reason or another we never made it. This year I was determined not to miss out and luckily it was just a 30 min drive from where we now live, so there was no chance on us missing out this time.
Upon parking up (free!) and getting our tickets (details below), the first thing we did was to purchase come mulled wine to harm our hands. The small refreshment stand also sold tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cakes for between £2-£4, but mulled wine seemed like the seasonal option to us. After our quick purchase it was time to enter the Enchanted Woodland.
If you go down to the woods today
The Enchanted woodland was pretty much as described and shown on the website. The tall lurching tree’s and garden features were all lit in an array of bright colours. Disco balls, reflectors and the moon light all add to the spectacle. We followed the dirt path around the central lake taking a few snaps along the way.
Now I only have a compact camera and am generally not that great at photography, but plenty of folks had their DSLRs and tripods out taking what I bet were some epic photos of Enchanted woodland. Here are some of my best/shoddy efforts …
The walking track was well outlined and lit, with a few benches and bins along the route to help out. The track has no steep inclines or declines, its pretty flat and suitable for most ages, many parents had their little ones in pushchairs, and they didn’t seem to be having any difficulty. It did get pretty muddy in parts though due to the recent weather (surprise surprise – rain), so donning your wellies is highly recommended. Also dotted along the route were a couple of small features aimed at engaging younger walkers … so naturally we joined in. The dragons cave had kids arguing if they could see it, how big it was and what its name might be, the shadow puppet corner had them depicting their best shadow animals against the screen. The best we could manage was a rabbit or a rather shady looking dog.
The walk came to a close within a indoor section where you are treated to a small lazer show timed to some classical music. Allowing for stops, the dodging of small children and steering clear of puddles, the whole walk took around 45 mins which was just about long enough.
Upon finishing the walk, you exit at a small cafe area where you can once again get a warm drink, or even a burger if you fancy a bit of the BBQ on offer.
The Enchanted Woodland nature walk at Syon Park is a pretty nice evening out if the weather holds. Its a bit of a shame you can hear the planes from Heathrow overhead at times, it kind of ruins the magic a little, but that said after a while we stopped noticing them. If you’re in the area and fancy a relaxing and picturesque night out, I would highly recommend parting with a few pennies to take the walk, it makes for a pretty good date night or family evening out.
Opening times and costs
Friday 16th Nov – 2nd Dec 2012
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only
5pm-9pm (last entry 8pm)
Where is Syon Park and how do I get there?
Syon Park is located close to Brentford and Richmond in West London.
By Road: Easy to reach from The M4 and A4. Parking is plentiful and FREE!
Closest overground station: Syon Lane via Clapham Junction
Closest underground station: Richmond (district line), Osterley or Northfields (both Piccadilly line).