Visiting Santa has always been something I have looked forward to doing with the kids. Up until this year the kids have been very unsure about meeting him, they loved the idea but the reality was very different.
When Wyevale asked us to come and share Afternoon Tea with Santa I was so excited. A little apprehensive but excited.
What was involved ?
When we arrived we were met by some jolly elves (aka the staff) who instantly made it special for the kids, we were shown to our table, all set festively and even had the personal touch of our first Christmas card.
Whilst we waited for the other families to arrive the kids were allowed to play in the soft play, which made it even better as no sitting around.
Food arrived, Ashley and I chose Afternoon Tea, full of festive sandwiches, mini cakes/treats and the best scones I have ever eaten, as they were Hot Cross bun flavoured.
Children could chose between hot meals or picnic dinners, we did a mixture of both and nothing was too much trouble, we had sandwich flavours changed, different crisps, they made sure that the kids were super happy.
Whilst we finished our food the kids had many festive activities to enjoy, including colouring Gingerbread men, counting snowflakes, decorating Snowman biscuits and much more. There was not a second to be bored.
time for santa
But not just in the usual way, it all starts with a story. The kids so engaged listened at the feet of Chief Elf, they heard how Rudolph’s nose was no longer shinning and Santa was finding it hard to find them, so they sung Jingle Bells at the top of their voices for him to follow and sure enough as they sung the last note there he was!
The Little Touches
There were so many that make me sure we will be booking for next year. They brought Santa to the tables first to meet the kids so that they hopefully wouldn’t be anxious when they went up to receive their gift. On the subject of the gifts, it wasn’t cheap nothing presents. They were quality items and instead of assuming what to give them they had a collection and they got to pick their favourites. There was something for all.
There was no time pressure on getting photos, each family got to go up and meet Santa but then after there was a good half hour when Santa sat and you could get additional photos.
I honestly could go on and on about how positive the experience was. I have to friends and family, so much so several have booked tea for their families.
A huge thank you to Wyevale for hosting a truly magical afternoon for us all, it really put us all in the festive spirit and after we loved looking round the amazing decorations for sale in the garden centre.
Fancy Breakfast or Afternoon Tea with Santa ? Then check out where your closest Wyevale is and you can get 15% off child tickets if you book this week.