A Visit to Santa’s Grotto!

We visited 2 grottos this weekend – well, why not?!  The first was at our local garden centre and the Santa there was so lovely!

The second trip was to the Shugborough Estate – we booked this in advance and it cost £25.80 for myself, my husband and my toddler (under 2 years old).

We love Shugborough and have been a couple of times throughout the year.  The Estate includes the Mansion House, Servants Quarters, farm, café and shop.

They did a great job at decorating the Servants Quarters where the Christmas event was being held – complete with fake snow and ‘snowfall’ occasionally throughout the day.

Miss M slept through most of it (typical!) but woke up just in time for the grotto tour and visit to Santa.

The rooms were decorated beautifully, including a table full of Christmassy treats for the elves, shown to us by Mrs Claus!

The tour through the grotto probably took about half an hour, including a wait to see Santa.  We were a bit disappointed that Christmas songs were not played, instead it was 70s disco music, a strange choice.  However the decorations and the overall ambience did make up for this and we got some lovely photos.

Santa himself was a nice man (not as authentic looking as the one the day before who had a genuine beard and no gold jewellery) but we did feel very rushed out – we were in there about 60 seconds which didn’t quite give Miss M a chance to settle down and relax although she didn’t cry at least.

Santa handed her a wrapped gift and she immediately said ‘Cwis-mas Pwesent’ – I don’t know who taught her that!  We were impressed nonetheless :)

Afterwards we went to our local pub for Sunday dinner where Miss M tore into her new present – a lovely book, always a winner in our house!

Overall we had a lovely day at Shugborough.  We might not go again next year as there wasn’t a great deal of entertainment on for the kids but it was a nice, if not expensive, experience all round.


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  1. 12th December 2014 / 9:28 pm

    Glad you had a good time, although it’s a shame you were rushed out of the Grotto! Hope you enjoyed your Sunday dinner ;o) best bit in my book hehe x

    • 19th December 2014 / 2:44 pm

      Ah it’s the best bit for me too, especially at this time of year! :)

  2. 11th December 2014 / 2:06 pm

    What a lovely day! We had planned to go to Santa’s grotto at the weekend, also at a nearby garden centre, but the kids weren’t well. I can’t wait to take them and think they will love it. Hopefully it works out this Saturday! Glad you had so much fun. Such a special time, and happy memories :) x

    • 19th December 2014 / 2:43 pm

      Hope you managed to get to see Santa in the end and the kids are better! :)

    • 10th December 2014 / 1:34 pm

      Oh thank you! She did – she had a lovely time, well, when she was awake! :)

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