christmas postal express

Exbury’s Christmas Postal Express

Everyone loves a Christmas present and this year, as a gesture of goodwill to all its loyal visitors and locals, Exbury Gardens is giving everyone the chance to visit specially selected areas of gardens free of charge for two weekends in December. On the 10/11th and 17th/18th December, Yard Wood will be open from 10.00am – 4.00pm for everyone to enjoy and keep your eyes open as you might even bump into Father Christmas!

There will also be special ‘Postal Express’ trains running from 10.45 – 3.00pm where children will be able to post a picture they’ve drawn for Father Christmas in a special mailbox and then hop aboard the Postal Express. At the end of each day, Father Christmas will then look at all the pictures and choose three winners who will each receive a special present.

During the ‘Postal Express’ journey, visitors will see some beautiful sights and favourite Christmas characters as they head through the woodland and Exbury’s own woodland animals will all be dressed up in their woolly winter hats and scarves. Christmas music will be playing and passengers can sing along to seasonal favourites!

The tea rooms will also be getting in the festive spirit with an ‘Elf Workshop’ where children will be able to take an ‘Elfie Selfie’, make a Christmas crafts, enter a colouring competition and much, much more. Seasonal delights will be on the menu with mulled wine, mince pies and hot turkey rolls!

The charge for the train ride is £5 per person and will be a cash-only system. There is no pre-booking so make sure you arrive early and tickets will be issued on arrival for the next available train.

Make sure you don’t miss out – come and enjoy Exbury’s winter delights!

*Please wear suitable clothing and check the website before coming to check for up to date information. Gardens will be open subject to weather permitting. 

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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