Fes­tive fun on the farm

Santa drops in to help spread Christ­mas cheer

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AFARM is of­fer­ing vis­i­tors a truly mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in the run up to Christ­mas.

Lan­caster Park and An­i­mal Farm, in Chad­der­ton, have pulled out all the stops with their Santa’s Grotto.

Not only do young­sters get to meet the jolly man in red but they have to make their way through a fes­tive maze to find him.

Lily Lan­caster, who runs the farm with her brother David, said: “We’ve called it a Santa’s Grotto but it’s re­ally a bit more than that.

“We have a se­ries of rooms that we’ve trans­formed into a Christ­mas maze.”

Young­sters are guided through the Elves’ Work­shop, onto a na­tiv­ity scene where Mrs Clause tells them the story of Christ­mas be­fore writ­ing a let­ter to Santa.

An elf then takes you through a snowy moun­tain cor­ri­dor be­fore you get to meet the big man him­self. There is even a Dis­ney’s Frozen themed room where Olaf the snow­man is wait­ing to meet you be­fore you en­ter the Christ­mas Tree for­est for pic­tures on Santa’s Sleigh.

And no trip to the farm would be com­plete with out a chance to meet the an­i­mals in­clud­ing Lan­caster Park’s lat­est ad­di­tions Twin­kle­toes and Sparkle­dust the rein­deer.

The grotto fol­lows the suc­cess of the park’s Farm of Hor­ror event at Hal­loween.

Lily added: “Our events are go­ing down re­ally well and it’s re­ally nice to see peo­ple get­ting their money’s worth and hav­ing a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We opened on Satur- day and the re­sponse has been over­whelm­ing.

“The kids just loved it and a lot have said it’s re­ally be­liev­able and mag­i­cal.

“We’re now in our third year here and we’ve al­ways planned to ex­tend our open sea­son.”

Santa’s Grotto will be open from 10am to 4pm on week­ends and in the school hol­i­days in the run up to Christ­mas.

En­trance to the farm and grotto for an adult and child is £10, and £6 for any ad­di­tional adult and £6.50 for a child.

The en­trance fee also in­cludes a present from Santa.

After Christ­mas Lan­caster Park will re­main closed un­til March.

●● Lily Lan­caster and Beth Sc­holes meet Santa and his elves Jen­nifer Krista and David Stans­field

●● Santa meets Sparkle­dust the cheeky rein­deer

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