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WHERE TO MEET SANTA

FAM­I­LIES SPOILT FOR CHOICE OVER SANTA CLAUS VENUES

- By JENNY MOODY jen­nifer.moody@reach­plc.com @Jen­ny_­moody85 Good News · Celebrations · Centre · Stoke-on-Trent · Tatenhill · The Garden Centre Group · Findern · Ticknall · Alton Towers · Enchanted Forest

THERE is an ex­cite­ment in the air as Christ­mas draws ever closer and chil­dren are get­ting those all-im­por­tant lists ready to give to the Santa Claus.

But where is the best place to find Fa­ther Christ­mas? Af­ter all, he is rather busy at this time of year.

We have com­piled a list of some of the places where Santa will be stop­ping off on his trav­els in Bur­ton and Swadlin­cote be­fore Christ­mas Day.

■■ North Pole Ad­ven­ture at the Na­tional For­est Ad­ven­ture Farm, Taten­hill

When: Satur­day, Novem­ber 17, to Mon­day, De­cem­ber 24 Where: Na­tional For­est Ad­ven­ture Farm, Postern Road, Taten­hill, DE13 9SJ

Cost: Prices range from £10 to £32. For a full list of prices, which vary ac­cord­ing to dates and on-the-door or ad­vanced pur­chases, visit the web­site.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 01283 533933 or email info@ad­ven­ture­farm.co.uk.

■■ Santa’s Grotto and Tea or Break­fast with Santa at Wye­vale Gar­den Cen­tre, Fin­dern

When: Daily, 11am to 2.45pm, un­til Mon­day, De­cem­ber 24 Where: Wye­vale Gar­den Cen­tre, Bur­ton Road, Fin­dern, DE65 6BE

Cost: Grotto – £6 per child. Break­fast or tea with Santa – £10.95 per child, adults from £5. For more in­for­ma­tion or to book, visit the Santa’s Grotto web­site or the Break­fast or Tea with Santa web­site.

■■ Fa­ther Christ­mas in his Grotto at Calke Abbey

When: 11am to 6pm, ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day from De­cem­ber 1, to De­cem­ber 23.

Where: Calke Abbey, Tick­nall, DE73 7LE. Fa­ther Christ­mas will be in his mag­i­cal grotto in the Stab­le­yards. Just fol­low the signs to find him.

PS: Hats, scarves and gloves are rec­om­mended – Santa’s grotto can get a bit chilly!

Cost: £5

■■ Santa’s Sleep­over at Al­ton Tow­ers Santa, Mrs Claus and all of their friends are pre­par­ing the Al­ton Tow­ers Re­sort for the most won­der­ful time of year and the only thing miss­ing is you!

With a com­bi­na­tion of se­lected rides and at­trac­tions in the theme park, in­clud­ing CBee­bies Land, Christ­mas ac­tiv­i­ties to keep all the fam­ily en­ter­tained, and a full sched­ule of fes­tive en­ter­tain­ment, a Santa’s Sleep­over is the per­fect way to treat the fam­ily to a spe­cial get­away at the most mag­i­cal time of year!

Plus, en­joy the pan­tomime Alice in Won­der­land, new for 2018.

When: De­cem­ber 2, De­cem­ber 9 and

De­cem­ber 14 to De­cem­ber 23.

Where: Al­ton Tow­ers, Far­ley Lane, Al­ton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST10 4DB

Cost: Prices vary ac­cord­ing to ac­com­mo­da­tion and length of stay – to book, visit the Al­ton Tow­ers Santa’s Sleep­over web­site.

Win­ter Won­der­land at Conkers

Af­ter ar­riv­ing at Wa­ter­side Win­ter Won­der­land, Santa’s Chief Elf and his team will lead chil­dren through the En­chanted For­est and the Val­ley of Christ­mas lights to dis­cover Santa’s Wood­land Grotto.

This is your chance to tell Santa that you have been good, and fin­gers crossed, he may share some pre-Christ­mas presents.

Dur­ing your visit you can take a trip on Head Elf ’s Twinkle Toes Train through the tun­nel of dis­cov­ery, meet the Bal­loon Modeller (1pm-5pm) and watch Christ­mas shows and films.

New for 2018, tick­ets in­clude ac­cess to Conkers Dis­cov­ery, where vis­i­tors can en­joy a Christ­mas film in the 4D cin­ema. When: Ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day from De­cem­ber 1 to De­cem­ber 16, and then ev­ery day from Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 19, to Mon­day, De­cem­ber 24. Win­ter Won­der­land is open 10.30am to 8pm (5pm on Christ­mas Eve), Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre is open 10am to 5pm. Time slots are avail­able ev­ery 30 min­utes.

Where: Conkers, Raw­don Road, Moira, Swadlin­cote, DE12 6GA

Cost: Adult £11.95 (mem­bers £7.95), child (2-15) £13.95 (mem­bers £9.95), fam­ily (one adult, three chil­dren or two adults two chil­dren) £50. For more in­for­ma­tion/to book, visit the web­site.

Break­fast and tea with Santa at Byrkley Park Gar­den Cen­tre

Chil­dren can en­joy a spe­cial break­fast or tea with Santa where they will be greeted by his helpers in the Top­i­ary Restau­rant and served their meal.

Santa then ar­rives and takes them on a Christ­mas ride to his grotto and they can choose a present from his toy store.

When: Break­fast dates – De­cem­ber 1, 8, 15, 20 to 22, 24 at 9am.

Tea dates – De­cem­ber 13, 14, 17 to 21 at 4pm. Where: Byrkley Park Gar­den Cen­tre, Range­more, DE13 9RN.

Cost: £12.50 per child and £1 per ac­com­pa­ny­ing adult.

Mag­i­cal mo­ments with Santa at Coop­ers Square shop­ping cen­tre

Santa will re­turn to the shop­ping cen­tre to sit on his fes­tive throne ev­ery Satur­day of De­cem­ber through to Christ­mas.

Chil­dren re­ceive a free goody bag to take home with them.

When: Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 10am to 5pm.

Where: Coop­ers Square shop­ping cen­tre, Bur­ton.

Amer­ton Farm in Stowe by Chart­ley

Amer­ton Farm has a va­ri­ety of Christ­mas events for chil­dren this year. This in­cludes break­fast with Santa where they can tuck into a full English and visit Santa and his elves with presents.

He will also make a trip to the En­chanted Vil­lage where chil­dren will have a trac­tor and trailer ride to see Santa in his grotto and his rein­deer.

The Twi­light Christ­mas Ad­ven­ture will see chil­dren write a let­ter to Santa with quill pens, take the trac­tor and trailer ride to see Santa and Mrs Claus, the elves and rein­deer.

They will see their let­ters be­ing sent to Santa by an Elf Rocket.

When: Break­fast with Santa – Satur­day and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 1 and 2, 8 and 9, 15 and 16, Fri­day to Mon­day, De­cem­ber 21 to De­cem­ber 24.

Santa in the En­chanted Vil­lage – Satur­day and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 1 and 2, 8 and 9, 15 and 16, and Fri­day to Sun­day, 21 to 23.

Twi­light Christ­mas Ad­ven­ture – Fri­day and Satur­day, De­cem­ber 7, and 8, 14 and 15 and Fri­day to Sun­day, De­cem­ber 12, to 23.

Where: Amer­ton Farm Ltd, Stowe by Chart­ley, Stafford, ST18 0LA

Cost: Var­i­ous prices

If you know of any more events with Fa­ther Christ­mas tak­ing place in the area, please email jen­nifer.moody@reach­plc.com with the de­tails.

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