‘Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience’ Returns To The UK This Autumn

A woodland trail inspired by the Forbidden Forest from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series is returning to Arley Hall & Gardens in Cheshire this Autumn. Taking fans on a journey that will quite literally illuminate some of their favourite Forbidden Forest moments, the incredible experience makes for a perfect getaway if you’re looking to escape the city.

With illuminating sets, atmospheric lighting and magical creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, there is plenty to discover along the way. Given the popularity of the trail last year, you might want to secure your spot by signing up to the waitlist now for early access.

Want to be the first to get your hands on tickets? Sign up to the waitlist and receive presale access before they are released to the public on Thursday, March 24, at 12pm.

a Hippogriff and pumpkins in a forest

Transforming the beautiful location into a spectacular outdoor light trail inspired by the wizarding world, guests are invited to explore a magical woodland filled with curious creatures and characters from both the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, which will be taking up residence in this Forbidden Forest.

An interactive experience packed with surprises – aspiring witches and wizards will come face to face with Centaurs, bow to a Hippogriff, cast a mesmerising Patronus and even spy some cheeky Nifflers. That is, all before stumbling upon a charming village where guests can enjoy food and drinks under the stars and shop official Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise.

a dark forest illuminated by lanterns and purple lighting

The trail amazed visitors of all ages when it debuted last year, leaving them thoroughly enchanted and eager for it to return. The experience’s official website showcases just a few of the things they had to say, such as…

💬 Amy B – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely incredible evening! The staff were all amazing and so lovely and the Forest itself was the perfect mix of beautiful, creepy and magical! A must for Potterheads!
💬 Laura C – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amazing experience! 100% recommend! Every detail was thought through and the use of lighting was so effective! Magical and unique experience!
💬 Jenny G – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Brilliant night, so much detail has gone into the experience. Children and adults absolutely loved it, great food and drink stalls, really interactive and fun.
💬 Nicola T – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely amazing!!!! So much effort has clearly gone into this event. Keeping our fingers crossed it comes back every year!!

Car caught on roots in a dark forest

Created by award-winning theatrical designers and experiential creators; Thinkwell, Unify and Fever, Harry Potter fans will be able to enjoy plenty of awe-inspiring activities, interactions and photo opportunities. The entire family can expect something new to uncover at every turn.

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience – Waitlist

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