The grotto itself is made up of a series of rooms and attractions. Accompanied by two very helpful elves, we were first led down the snow-covered corridor to write our letters to Santa. Alice wrote her own name and I helped them do the rest. On Alice's list there were basically every variation of "dolly" you could imagine, and Rosie's list included a "monster" a "snake" and a "car." I'm not certain that in any of these she meant toy either!
The next room was Santa's workshop area. This was filled with all kinds of tools and toys. Very Christmassy!
Next we walked through the snow-covered corridor with blue twinkling lights to wait to see Santa. The girls were very excited.
First of all Santa talked to the girls to ask them what they would like for Christmas. Then he explained what he would like to be left out for him on Christmas Eve for both himself and the reindeer. The girls were very chatty and were quite keen for this to be a two-way conversation. (In other words - they wouldn't shut up!)
Then the girls were given selection boxes each and posed for a photo. It was a really great experience. It was very different to the usual "queue up to sit on Santa's lap" experience. The girls left feeling like it was really something magical.
The price is £7.50 per child with up to two accompanying adults free. I think this is well worth the price and the quality time that you spend enjoying the experience with your child. If you are in the area, definitely give this a go. Last year they were queueing out of the door, so best get there early!
Dates of Grotto Opening (10am - 5pm)
Saturday and Sunday 21 - 22 November
Saturday and Sunday 28 - 29 November
Saturday and Sunday 5 - 6 December
Daily between 14 - 23 December
We were invited to attend this press opening event free of charge, but as always all words and views are our own.