Lapland UK

(27 Posts)

Its too expensive for us, but if you are interested in going, priority booking opens on Tuesday 10th September, code is ELF.

Zeeky Fri 06-Sep-13 19:50:42

Has anyone here been to Lapland Uk? I'm seriously considering booking tickets as really really wanted to go to Lapland before the kids get too old, but this would be a whole lot cheaper. It's moved to Windsor this year and we have lots of friends we can stay with in that area as we only recently moved from there, which again would make it cheaper.

Any reviews from mumsnetters?

iloveholidays Fri 06-Sep-13 20:03:06

Watching with interest

sassytheFIRST Fri 06-Sep-13 20:06:38

Only ever heard crap things about it. Was completely slated a year or two ago.

RustyBear Fri 06-Sep-13 20:21:47

If you're going, expect traffic hell - the site is nearer Bracknell than Windsor and the roads around it are a bottleneck already. Oh, and take your wellies: the site is a bog - literally, it's called Whitmore Bog...

pinkpetrol Fri 06-Sep-13 20:58:24

It was excellent last year. My children loved it

Did they move? I thought that didn't go ahead because the locality didn't want the increase in traffic.

One year we had snow in December (IIRC 2010) they had to cancel and couldn't rebook. (They still had people booked right up to the 24th so no spaces).
But then it took till March for the refunds.

sassy there's also Lapland New Forest which looked spectacularlly bad. I think eventually there was a court case .

Zeeky Fri 06-Sep-13 21:26:06

Current website says it has moved to Ascot. Until 18mths ago, we lived about 2 miles from the site, so I know exactly how bad the traffic can be! I remember hearing bad things about a uk Lapland, but I thought it was the new forest one & there was another crap one near birmingham I think.

RustyBear Fri 06-Sep-13 23:17:34

Last year they wanted to put it in Swinley Forest, which is in the green belt there were many local objections on grounds of traffic and disturbance to wildlife and the application was eventually withdrawn. This year they applied again, for a site further down Swinley Road - Whitmore Bog, half way between Bracknell and Ascot. This site is part of the Crown Estate and is a commercial part of the forest. There will still be implications for the wildlife in the area, and traffic problems, but this time the application has been granted - they will be there for 3 years, though they have to remove all the buildings between each Christmas.

helenlouisey Sat 07-Sep-13 14:29:31

We went to Lapland UK with my DS (was aged 4) and Niece (was aged 3) and they had an amazing day, it was very well organised and the setting was extremely well done, very magical. We're thinking of going again this year as the new site is only 1/2 hour down the road. Thinking now we need to choose a good time to try and avoid the bad traffic in the area, which I assume is much worse first thing in the morning and in the evening?

LIZS Sat 07-Sep-13 14:57:48

Somewhere in Windsor Great Park this year . I had a priority booking email as must have been signed up several years ago.

kiwidreamer Sat 07-Sep-13 21:25:34

For those who know the area, is it possible to get to by train? We are in Reading, I'm thinking since the site is actually closer to Bracknell than Windsor that we should drive, traffic problems sound dire.

LIZS Sun 08-Sep-13 08:27:53

Says its a mile from Ascot station, maybe there will be a shuttle bus service?

Crusoe Tue 10-Sep-13 10:46:18

Just booked!
It was great last year, I hope it will be just a good this time.
Blooming expensive though ....

oh and yes they are planning a shuttle bus

Crusoe Tue 10-Sep-13 10:46:29

Just booked!
It was great last year, I hope it will be just a good this time.
Blooming expensive though ....

oh and yes they are planning a shuttle bus

wow!!! I as going to book as probably last year that dd1 will believe but £75 per person, i'm going to give it a miss. I'm not far from there either.

kiwidreamer Tue 10-Sep-13 18:06:04

We booked out tickets this morning too, so exciting, flippen expensive on a Saturday but my parents are going back to NZ next August after five years in the UK and it will be a few years before we go back so we are going all out for our last proper Christmas together for a while... I've been ebaying and car booting for months to raise the cash!!!!

Guitargirl Tue 10-Sep-13 19:55:59

I have booked too - man alive my credit card has taken a battering...hope it's worth it!

BaconAndAvocado Wed 11-Sep-13 22:01:04

Nutty prices but its something we've wanted to do for a couple of years.

Now that DD is over her Santaphobia we're going to take the plunge.

At those prices, it better be good!

acmum Sun 15-Sep-13 14:11:00

planning to take my 3 year old, too young?

Inclusionist Sun 15-Sep-13 16:19:56

I'm interested to k now if 3 is too young too. DS will be 3.4 and I'm wondering whether to wait for next year.

Inclusionist Sun 15-Sep-13 18:06:53

Thanks kvass, I have just used ELF to book for Christmas Eve. Hope it is good!

SantasHelper2013 Fri 15-Nov-13 10:55:38

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kiwidreamer Fri 15-Nov-13 11:50:12

reported advertising post... plus LaplandUK send their own FC invite so completely redundant fishing for business.

clux73 Wed 20-Nov-13 13:15:07

Our tickets have arrived! Quite excited now.

Guitargirl Thu 21-Nov-13 12:00:11

Our tickets arrived this morning too, very exciting! Just hope it doesn't rain too much...

CreamyCooler Thu 21-Nov-13 15:51:39

I went a couple of years ago and most of it is under cover. The ice skating is out doors but has a roof. The toy making and biscuit decorating are completely indoors.

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