Bocketts Farm Santa's Grotto 2013

Saturday, 14 December 2013

I haven't done a family day out post in a while and i get a lot of hits to this site for 'Bocketts Farm Santa's Grotto,' so i thought I'd do a fuller post on our annual trip to Bocketts  Farm.

Some will say that the admission price is steep but for a day out and Santa's Grotto and two very happy girls i can't help but feel it's worth it. We've been to a few Santa's Grotto's in our time, we've tried Garden Centres and Shopping Malls, but Leila is of the age where she is getting beginning to get a bit more clued up and asking questions and she tells me sagely she can spot the fake Santa's from the real one. The Santa at Bocketts Farm, so I'm told, is the real Santa, take it from my 7 year old and for that it's worth the extra money!

This year and last year we arrived about 11am and on both occasions we got the 1:15 time slot. Man alive i love a time slot rather than waiting in a long queue! This gave us time to play around the Farm - see the many pictures! For when the weather is against you there is plenty of indoor entertainer including two play barns with soft play areas. If you are lucky, as we were, then outside there are a number of play areas and we never felt like it was over crowded. For the animal lovers there are my husband's personal favourite the llama's, 90p for a bag of feed and they are your friends for life. The weather was great so we bought a picnic with us and ate outside but there is a tea room and indoor seating areas. After dessert the kids watched the pig races, Harry Trotter is the reigning champion so I'd put your money on him.

This led us neatly to our time slot to meet Santa. We waited at the Elves bus stop, where a kubota pulling a decorated trailer picks the kids up and the parents walk beside the trailer while the kids sing Jingle Bells on the short ride to Santa's Workshop. At the Workshop we are greeted by another elf who tells the children they need to say the magic word to open the doors to see Santa (pssst the magic word is RUDOLPH). The Grotto is beautifully decorated and the Father Christmas is very convincing. The children sit on bales of hay and are invited to come up and see Santa, who writes their names in the book and gives them a present. There's no feeling of being rushed and all the children are completely in awe. As we all leave an elf invites the kids to pick a sweet from a basket. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon playing in the play barn.

They slept well that night!

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