Webb's popular Christmas attraction on Birmingham's outskirts has returned for 2023 and we got a first look at its Enchanted Gardens festive light trail. With a Peter Pan theme, Neverland has a thrilling new hidden addition that children will love at the top-rated garden centre in Wychbold, off M5 Junction 5.

When this festive walk first opened two years ago between Bromsgrove and Droitwich, the highlight was the colourful and enchanting rainbow bridge. While that's still there, it has been eclipsed by a dazzling array of bigger and better light displays that show how ambitious this family attraction has come.

One of the most exciting displays is early on that you won't want to miss. It's hidden under the bridge at the Riverside Gardens, which visitors wind themselves around for about an hour. Prices for this year have been frozen amid the cost of living crisis during the attraction's run until January 3.

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As Peter Pan is this year's theme, it begins in charming fashion with snow flurries, carols and front doors decorated with wreaths to transport visitors back to Edwardian London and the Darling family home at Christmas-time. From the nursery, see Wendy, John and Michael fly with Peter Pan past the stunning glowing moon.

A mermaid section follows with Calypso music that can't help but make you want to jig. A pond has even been cleverly adapted to project images of leaping frogs and dragonflies too.

Further along, on the banks of the River Salwarpe is the pirate's cove where Captain Hook dwells and this is where things step up a level.

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Webbs of Wychbold's Enchanted Gardens Christmas attraction with Peter Pan theme

Shanty songs and even a photo opportunity for little ones to pose as a pirate are a delight but not half as good as what's lurking under the river bridge. With so much to see, including a box of glowing treasure and an inn where pirates drink on one side, make sure you don't miss one of the best features of the whole walk on the other side.

Nestling opposite on the river bed is a ferocious crocodile with its jaws wide open and ready to attack an illuminated boat nearby. As an adult, I was impressed so imagine how jaw-dropping it will be for children.

A skull and crossbones is lit up on the bridge while the sounds of cannons being fired make it even more exciting. You won't be able to see it once you cross over the bridge to the other side, so this is your main chance to take it all in. You can see photos from around Enchanted Gardens in the photo gallery below.

Once over the bridge, the easy and flat trail heads through the woods with trees glowing in blue and green tones. Illumiinations of huge red and white toadstools, frolicking hares and squirrels line the route before visitors come across an interactive unicorn.

Further on is Tiger Lily's camp with smoke even billowing from a fire and tinkerbell glowing in the darkness above a tee-pee. Wendy's house in the woods has another photo stop at the beautiful table set up for tea under a dozen or so lampshades. Parents were keen to get their little ones to pose for pictures here.

The ever-popular rainbow bridge remains at this point ahead of a beautifully intricate installation of Tinkerbell's tree house. It's small and easy to miss, so keep a look out as it's one of the highlights of the festive walk.

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It's a miniature doll's house built within a tree trunk with Tinkerbell even seen sleeping with her wings in bed. It's exquisite.

From the tiniest character to one of the largest, an extra large Captain Hook is around the corner. It's a good reuse of the installation that was last year's giant in the Jack and the Beanstalk section.

The most breath-taking moment is saved for the story's finale with the Jolly Roger pirate ship. A huge boat structure with masts is lit up imaginatively in a pond with Captain Hook and the crocodile back again. It shimmers in the night sky and takes the Enchanted Gardens to a whole new level of sophistication.

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The stunning crocodile at Webbs of Wychbold's Enchanted Gardens Christmas attraction is a must-see

There's the option of skipping the Santa Claus section, but it's a very short walk to see the cute elves house and grotto where a jolly father Christmas waves, chats and poses for photos with children or the young at heart from within a roped off area.

Winding your way back to the entrance through pretty light tunnels, lit up gardens and rows of illuminated Christmas trees, it's a cheerful close to the festive walk. It took me around 50 minutes to complete but that was without any crowds or stopping to take many selfies.

There are more details below on prices, dates, times and facilities as Webbs Enchanted Gardens. You can see what it's like in the video below too.

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Dates of Webbs Enchanted Gardens 2023 and how to find it

The Enchanted Gardens Neverland runs at Webbs of Wychbold until Wednesday January 3 and it includes a Santa's grotto along the route but Santa will only be there until December 28.

Time slots run every 10 mins from 4pm to 8.30pm most days.

Webbs is in Worcester Road, Wychbold near Droitwich. Use postcode WR9 0DG to find it. It is off Junction 5 of the M5 in Worcestershire.

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What price is Webbs Enchanted Gardens?

Webbs has frozen its prices so they are the same as last year. Child tickets apply to those aged three to 16, while two-year-olds and under go free. Carer tickets are available of one free carer ticket for each paying disabled visitor.

  • Off-peak prices are for weekdays in November and are £16 adult, £10 child or £50 family ticket for two adults and two children.
  • Standard prices apply for weekends in November and weekdays from December 1 to December 14 and are £18 adult, £12 child or £55 family ticket for two adults and two children.
  • Peak prices are for weekends in December and from December 15 to 23 and are £19.50 adult, £13.50 child, £60 family ticket for two adults and two children.

Visitors are urged to book online in advance to avoid disappointment but they may be able to buy at the gate if there are spaces available. Book tickets at the Webbs website here.

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What facilities are at Webbs Enchanted Gardens including parking and food and drink?

Parking is free for the event at the Webbs car park. Blocks of temporary toilets are available at the entrance and exit to Enchanted Gardens.

As not all wheelchairs will be suitable for the terrain in the woodland, Webbs has all-terrain wheelchairs available for free hire.

There is a large tee-pee cafe serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and hot food. The tent opens around 30 minutes before the first light trail of the day until closing time. Sessions in private igloos are also available to book.

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Webbs of Wychbold's Enchanted Gardens Christmas attraction with Peter Pan theme

Food and drink available includes a Webbs' Bratwurst for £7.99, or a children's version for £5.99 and vegan one for £8.99. Loaded bowls are sold for £4.99 and range from a base of either nachos, fries or jacket potato with the choice of one topping from nacho cheese with crispy onion, nacho cheese with bacon bits, nacho cheese with jalapeno guacamole and salsa.

Hot chocolate costs £3.89 or £5.19 with marshmallows and whipped cream. A child's hot chocolate costs £2.39. Alcoholic drinks include a Bailey's hot chocolate for £5.89, mulled cider at £4.49 or mulled wine for £4.99. A tea is £1.99 and coffees are between £3.29 and £3.79.