BURNBAKE is the perfect base from which to enjoy the big Christmas build-up.

While we are tucked away in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, we’re only a 30-minute drive from Bournemouth, where all the festive action takes place.

Visitors to Bournemouth will enjoy a Christmas season to remember when the fabulous Christmas Tree Wonderland comes to town.

The wonderland, a unique trail featuring more than 100 glittering trees and illuminations, will be delivered by the team behind the town’s award-winning air festival.

The free trail will open on November 16, starting at the illuminated big wheel at Approach.

It will then weave its way through the Lower Gardens, featuring iconic themed trees from cities around the world including Moscow, St Petersburg, Bethlehem, Seattle and Warsaw, as well as a Tree of Light and canopy of cascading lights over Pine Tree Walk.

The centrepiece will be the Bournemouth Wonderland Tree, a 60ft spectacle comprising 30,000 individual lights programmed for regular sound and light shows.

A giant teddy bear, huge bauble, gingerbread people and animated polar bears, fairies and elves will also be found along the way.

There’s also a Santa’s grotto and entertainment.

Burnbake’s general manager, Chris Wyburgh, said: “Bournemouth’s festive offering makes it a real Christmas destination this year.

Christmas lights in Bournemouth

Come and see the Christmas lights in Bournemouth from November to early January.

Christmas lights in Bournemouth

Twinkling lights and beautiful alpine stores are the perfect backdrop for festive winter shopping.

“Staying at our luxury lodges and at the same time being able to enjoy all that’s going on in town, is the perfect combination for a pre-Christmas break. You might say it’s a cracker of an idea.”

Images supplied by Bournemouth Council.