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Frequently Asked Questions

Woodland Experience FAQs:

What Woodland Experiences Do You Offer?

Currently we offer three experiences, our Woodland Fairy Experience,  Woodland Light Experience and Santa’s Woodland Experience, all of which take place within our woodland at North Ballochruin Farm, Balfron Station, G63 0LE.

Woodland Fairy Experience – Let your imaginations run free and come for a walk through our woodland and visit our fairy village. Opening for 2017 on April 1st until April 17th.  Thereafter every weekend and daily through school holidays*

*Please check our published dates for exact holiday dates.

Woodland Light Experience is an outdoor light show, which takes place in November each year.

Experience our natural woodland as never before.  The trees and dark autumn skies are the natural backdrop to a magical theatre of light and colour professionally produced by award-winning NL Productions.

Running from the 3rd-19th November 20175, and within a short drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth, the theme for 2017 is yet to be announced.  Suitable for the entire family, both adults and children will be in awe of the beautiful lighting effects and captivating projections  featuring the natural landscape, light and water.

There is 1.3km of path, meandering through 14 acres of woodland. A gentle stroll for most will take in the region of 45 minutes, with others perhaps taking 60 minutes.

*please note that although we have woodland roads, this is a walk through a woodland and so care must be taken at all times.

Santa’s Woodland Experience is a journey on our tractor trailer to find Santa’s woodland home, Once you have reached the destination there will be a short walk for all to get to the cabin and meet Santa himself.

For 2017 our Santa’s Woodland Experience will open on Saturday 25th November until Christmas Eve.

This experience is a group experience and lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Tickets must be booked in advance.  Tickets are available by calling 01360 752 052.

Where is the Woodland Experience based?

North Ballochruin Farm, Balfron Station, Stirlingshire. SAT NAV G63 0LE

***please note that it is a ZERO in our postcode***
Our events are in an enviously central location, with easy access from the surrounding cities and countryside.
According to the AA Route Planner, the travel times are:
Stirling – 28 mins

Edinburgh (Hermiston Gate) – 1hr 03 mins

Glasgow City Centre – 42 mins

Perth – 1 hr 05 mins Dundee – 1 hr 29 mins

Tyndrum – 1 hr 13 mins

> Click here to view a map

Please note that due to the nature of the Woodland destination some roads are single, farm track roads we therefore STRONGLY ADVISE you to access from A81 at Balfron Station.

From Milngavie –
-Take A81 towards Strathblane
– Continue through Strathblane & Dumgoyne on A81
– Continue on A81 for approx 4.8 miles.
– Turn right onto Indians Road
– Destination is on the right (approx 0.2 miles along road)

From Stirling
– Follow A811 for 17.4 miles through Arnprior & Buchlyvie
– Turn left onto A81, continue on road for approx 0.7 miles
– Turn left onto Indians Road
– Destination is on the right (approx 0.2 miles along road)

Is There Parking Available?

All parking is on-site, and there is no charge for parking.

Can I reach you by public transport?

We are in quite a rural location and are roughly 2 miles from the nearest villages. You can get a bus to the village of Balfron or to Killearn but due to a lack of pavements and distance we would highly recommend pre-arranging a taxi from that point.

During our light show we have shuttle buses that operate on certain nights and we hope to continue this and hopefully become more accessible by public transport but this is very much a new link between us and First Bus.

Is it suitable for children?

All of our Woodland Experiences are suitable for children.

Woodland Light Experience

We love children, and warmly welcome them to our event. The path is mainly level stone and gravel, therefore a robust pushchair suitable for countryside terrain would be advised for younger children.
To keep them safe, and to prevent little people getting lost in the woods, we ask that children remain in the company of an adult, and properly supervised at all times.
There are electrical cables for the lighting, moving tractors ferrying visitors and natural obstacles such as ditches. These have been carefully placed to be outwith the reach of the public behind roped-off areas. With safety in mind, we ask you to ensure that children are not allowed to stray from the paths, enter roped-off boundaries or wander into display areas to touch the lights or creatures they may spot

Santa’s Woodland Experience

This experience is for the child in everybody.

How Do I Make a Booking?

Booking in advance is required for our Woodland Light Experience and our Santa’s Woodland Experience.  NO BOOKING REQUIRED for our Woodland Fairy Experience.

Tickets are sold in advance of our events. To make a booking for any experience, please call 01360 752 052 or please visit Woodland Experiences booking page.

Please note that all ticket purchases will incur a global £1 transaction fee.  For telephone bookings this covers the cost of providing box office staff to serve you in person.  For online tickets this goes towards the online booking system currently used.

When do i receive my tickets?

Both our experiences are ticketless and so we would ask you bring a long a copy of your order confirmation on the day/night.

How long will our experience last?

Woodland Fairy Experience

Our woodland opens at 10am until 4:30pm (last entry at 4pm), you can stay as long as you wish 🙂

Woodland Light Experience

There is 1.3km of path, meandering through 14 acres of woodland. A gentle stroll for most will take in the region of 45 minutes, with others perhaps taking 60 minutes. However, it is not a conveyor belt, and visitors can take as long as they like to enjoy the stunning visuals

Santa’s Woodland Experience

This will last 30 minutes

There will be our small gift shop, teas/coffee and hot food* available before and after both experiences, in our booking shed where you can continue your experience for as long as you wish.

*Hot food is only available at our Woodland Light Experience and Santa’s Woodland Experience

What Should I Wear?

Our experiences are outdoor and so we recommend you wrap up warm (with gloves, hats and warm layers for our night time experiences).  Be prepared with a waterproof jacket and ensure your footwear is suitable for cold weather and walking the distance on gravel tracks. Being comfortable and warm will make the experience altogether more enjoyable.

Will the weather affect my experience?

Woodland Light Experience

The addition of weather simply intensifies the atmosphere with the lighting effects enhanced by cold mists and drizzle, and gusting wind animating the whole display.

Santa’s Woodland Experience

As long as you are wrapped up in appropriate outdoor clothing, the weather should not affect your experience too much. For the main you will be under cover, whether on trailer or in cabin.  There is a short walk through trees but again if suitably dressed any bad weather s should not dampen any spirits.
Our events will go ahead in all weathers, unless the conditions are deemed to be unsafe (e.g. Met Office Severe Weather Warnings issued for electrical storms or gale force winds). Snow is a beautiful addition and the show will go ahead. If there is extreme weather and you are unsure, please phone before traveling

Will there be food or drinks available?

Woodland Fairy Experience

Tea/Coffee and biscuits are included with your admission.  A small selection of juice and crisp snacks are available to purchase.

Woodland Light Experience & Santa’s Woodland Experience

To keep chills at bay, there will a stand at the entrance serving some rather famous gourmet meat pies. Acclaimed award-winning local butcher T & R Skinner of the Extraordinary Sausage Co. are currently planning the menu, but we expect their top quality, melt-in-the-mouth pies – made with locally sourced meat – to be a favourite with visitors.

How much are tickets?

Woodland Fairy Experience

Entry for 2017 is £5 per person.  Under 2’s are free.

This includes tea/coffee/juice and biscuits

Woodland Light Experience

Tickets are sold in advance of the event  (demand for the tickets is high, but if any surplus tickets remain, these will available on the night)
Tickets Monday – Thursday

Adults £12, Children £6, Under 3’s FREE, Family Ticket £34

Tickets Friday – Sunday

Adults £14, Children £7, Under 3’s FREE, Family Ticket £40

Santa’s Woodland Experience

Tickets must be booked in advance.

Adult – £7.50

Child – £15

Infant – £6.50 /Free  (gift/without gift) – Infants tickets are available for any child 0-18 months old at time of experience

Please note that all ticket purchases will incur a global £1 transaction fee.  For telephone bookings this covers the cost of providing box office staff to serve you in person.  For online tickets this goes towards the online booking system currently used.

Are dogs allowed?

Unfortunately dogs (other than guide/assistance dogs) are not allowed within the woodland.

Here at Woodland Experiences, we just love animals but with all the cables and lighting equipment set up around the roadways, it is just too dangerous.

When should I arrive?

Woodland Fairy Experience

Anytime from 10am until 4pm on our open days.

Woodland Light Experience

Our woodland opens at 4:30pm each day that the experience is on and we invite anyone who has booked to arrive between 4:30pm – 8:30pm (woodland closes at 9:30pm).  We are sure there will be peak times throughout the evening and so to minimise any congestion, we will be running groups to the start of the woodland in our tractor trailer.  This will happen every 5/10 minutes and so we hope for you never to be waiting too long to get started.

Santa’s Woodland Experience

We request that everyone arrive 25 minutes ahead of the booked experience time to allow for booking in process.  Our trailer leaves to start at the experience times and so we would not like anyone to miss out.

Can i have an exchange / refund?

Tickets cannot be refunded.  Tickets can be exchanged at the sole discretion of Woodland Experiences and subject to availability, any exchanges will incur an administration fee of £10.00

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