We’ve never taken Ava and Thea to visit Father Christmas before. They’ve met him at school fetes and at nursery, but have never been to a ‘proper’ one. This year, we had the opportunity to review Wyevale Garden Centre’s Breakfast with Father Christmas event*. Much excitement ensued!
Meeting Father Christmas
As we walked in, the girls spotted Father Christmas, and Thea ran up to him straight away. Ava hung back a little bit, but soon got chatting to him as well.
It was very well organised; we were shown to our seats and then went up to collect our breakfast from the very friendly kitchen elves. We ordered the Adult Great English Breakfast, for £7.99 each. The kids’ breakfast was £9.99 each, including a lovely present and a biscuits to decorate. Ava said “It’s like being on holiday!” Just look at their excited little faces!
The food was really yummy, and the girls loved having their baked beans in a teacup. They were super excited to have chocolate coins too!
We had plenty of time to eat, which is lucky as Ava and Thea are in the slow eater’s club. One of the staff members brought us more tea and coffee.
Throughout breakfast, Father Christmas mingled around the tables, asking if the children had been good, and what they had put on their letters.
Stories with Santa
When we’d finished eating, it was time for the children to sit on a lovely fluffy rug in front of Father Christmas’ chair, whilst he read them stories. The kids all really loved it, and he read for quite a while. Some of the littler ones wandered off but the older ones (including our two) were quite captivated.
Decorating Christmas Biscuits
After story time, everyone went back to their tables, where the kids found gingerbread Christmas trees to decorate. Well, Ava and Thea were in seventh heaven, and got stuck straight in!
They managed to use all of the icing, so they were too wet to eat, and we had to get a box to take them home in!
Our girls did this activity in about five minutes, but the other older children were a bit more careful and took longer. So Ava and Thea went off to play in the soft play area until it was time to collect their gifts.
A Gift From Father Christmas
Each family was called over separately, so that the children could choose their present and then have their photo taken with the man himself.
It was so lovely that noone felt rushed, and we could take our time getting the photos, and the kids could look at the different presents. The girls both chose the same thing – a kit to decorate butterfly shaped magnets.
They went home very happy, and even more excited about when Father Christmas comes back to give them even more presents! Ava knew it wasn’t the ‘real’ Father Christmas, but Thea was totally convinced.
We all had a lovely time, and think it was great value for money as you get a good breakfast and a long time to enjoy the experience. As there is a limited number of tables, you get to spend a good time with Father Christmas. The staff were all excellent: very jolly and helpful.
We went to the Woburn Sands event, near Milton Keynes, but they are taking place all over the country throughout December, and you can have tea instead of breakfast. It’s easy to book online.
*I was gifted this experience for the purposes of my review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.