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.