On the Sunday before Christmas we headed to the Findern garden centre (one of the Wyevale garden centres) to have breakfast with Santa. Walking through Findern was pretty magical for the kids as it was very Christmassy and they were very excited.
When we got to the cafe we were seated quickly, the kids had crackers to pull and activity sheets to do whilst they waited and grown ups were served tea and coffee. Parents were served a full english breakfast and the kids had sausage, hash brown and beans. We were all served toast but this was really cold, we asked for more when the fresh batch came round but this was cold too, thankfully we had enough with our breakfasts which were delicious! Tea, coffee and juice were topped up constantly and we were all very full of lovely food and happy.
After breakfast the kids were brought gingerbread Christmas trees decorate each with an icing bag and lots of sweets, they loved doing this and they had plenty of icing and sweets to use! The staff came round to chat to them at this point about Christmas presents etc which was nice. They also brought bags round for the kids to take their Christmas trees home which obviously never happened 😉
Then it was time for Santa to visit, the kids were all given bells to ring and they had to make lots of noise so that Santa could find them because he had got lost apparently! Santa arrived and sat in his grotto and one of his elves called the children by name when it was there turn to go and visit Santa, thankfully my two didn’t have to wait too long and they got to have a lovely chat with Santa! Santa was lovely and definitely the highlight of the visit! The kids loved him and he understood exactly what the kids wanted when they told him they wanted “Minecraft stuff’ and “Woody Stuff” lol
After their chat with Santa they were allowed to choose a toy from the toy shelf. Bugs chose a dinosaur and Boo chose a game called ‘Rase to Base’ which they both loved.
We thought the event was well worth the money and would happily pay to go back next year, it was a very relaxed way of seeing Santa, we have queued for an hour or more to visit one before and the kids are always so impatient but this way they get to have breakfast and some fun while they wait.
Tickets to have breakfast with Santa (or you can opt to have tea with Santa) cost…
Children – £9.99
Adult – £7.99 (mini ticket £3.99)
Wyevale garden centres also do a Easter Bunny event, you can see a review of that on my sister’s blog if you are interested! I’m hoping to go to that one this year too 🙂
* We received free tickets to go along and have breakfast with Santa – all thoughts are my own.