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Learn How To Make A Living Wreath To Decorate Your Home
Why not get decorative as well as festive during the run up to Christmas. Well that is certainly a distinct possibility if you happen to live in and around Lichfield in Staffordshire. For people living in the area are being given the chance to attend Christmas wreath workshops in the delightful surroundings of Lichfield's Beacon Park.

Beacon Park
Beacon Park community gardener Paul Niven

People with a creative bent, who also want to decorate the front of their house during the festive season, are being invited to learn how to create beautiful Christmas wreaths this December. Beacon Park is hosting two Christmas wreath workshops, both on Sunday 11 December, with the first session starting at 10am until 12noon and the second from 2pm to 4pm. The workshops, which are taking place in the park's Discovery Hub, will demonstrate to participants how they can use a variety of locally sourced greenery such as holly and ivy to make a beautiful living wreath.

Beacon Park
Delightful Beacon Park

Councillor Andy Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks at Lichfield District Council, said: "A handmade wreath is a really special edition to any home at Christmas, so book your place on one of the sessions to learn a great skill." And, if that is not a sufficient incentive to persuade people to sign up for one of the workshops, mince pies and hot drinks will be served at the Discovery Hub to help make it an even more festive event. Places on the workshops cost 10 each and need to be booked in advance by calling Beacon Park on 01543 308869 or by emailing

Beacon Park
The pedalos and children's play area beyond

Of course, participants on the Christmas wreath workshops are also encouraged to take a stroll around Beacon Park, particularly if this is their first visit to the facility, which sits close to Lichfield city centre and the historic cathedral. Beacon Park is set in more than 70 acres of beautiful gardens and open space and also provides a range of facilities for visitors to enjoy such as golf, football, a children's play area, tennis, basketball, and bowls. And, in the summer months, activities include mini cars, inflatables, pedalos and donkey rides, ;provided the weather is good enough. A range of woodland activites are also available throughout the year ranging from pond dipping to wildlife watching. But whatever the weather, refreshments are always available in the bistro and the cafe next to the children's play area during peak season.

Beacon Park
One of the many monuments in Beacon Park

Beacon Park is also steeped in history and heritage, and information boards around the site provide a glimpse into the area's rich historical past. The park was created in 1859 when the original Museum Gardens were laid out next to the newly built Free Museum and Library. The majority of the park was originally waterlogged marshland and a lake covered much of the area. But the land was drained in the early 19th century and the Museum Gardens created using silt which was dredged from nearby Minster Pool. Over the years the park was extended in stages until it formed its present area of just over 69 acres. The park is also home to many monuments, most notably a large bronze statue of Captain Smith of the RMS Titanic, who lived in Staffordshire.
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Why? Get Creative This Christmas And Join A Wreath-making Workshop
When: Sunday 11 December 2016
Phone: 01543 308869
Where: Beacon Park, Swan Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6QZ
Cost: 10 to enter
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