Location: Ascot, SL5 8BD, Berkshire, England
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"Magical for children and adults…"
Surpassed all expectations. Truly magical experience.Read moreLess
"Not cheap but a lovely Christmassy thing to do with kids…"
This was my second visit to Lapland UK as a guest - this time I took dd2 -now 6 and as youngest of 3 already beginning to waver in her belief in Santa - and my twin niece and nephew aged 3. The A2 traffic jam did us no favours so we had a slightly curtailed visit but Lapland UK went out of their way to make sure we were able to experience everything - from making teddies in Santa's elves' workroom (be warned -
you don't get to keep these, they go to children who've asked Santa for ateddy) to icing gingerbread with Mother Christmas (you do get to eat these). The square with Rudolph characters, sweets, coffees, post office and lovely cafe is next, with an ice rink (one of those fake ones but still skateable) with lots of "penguins" to hold on to.
The food is good and well-priced (though it does all add up for a family) and the huskies and reindeer and well-trained and enthusiastic elves make it a magical experience. Although the snow is not real - dd2: "it's magic of course" - it all looks suitably narnia- esque and the final trip through the forest with twinkly lights, and "snow" covered Xmas trees, accompanied by an elf who is as excited as the children to be going to Santa's house is just lovely.
Amazingly Santa knows things about your child that only you (and he) could know - of course he does, it's special Lapland UK magic - so this is great for children starting to waver in their belief, as well as those who are already convinced (like me). The toy you get is a good quality husky and has immediately replaced all other teddies in dd2's bed - no mean feat.
The only downside - as last time - is the cost. This is not a cheap day out, as well as the entry price and the lunch, there's a shop in the village square which sells lots of lovely things but not much that's cheap, and the photo with Santa also costs extra. But if you're the sort who has always hankered to go to the real Lapland - then it's certainly cheaper and a heck of a lot easier than that. Or if, like me, you just love all things Christmas (and this is the last of your children left who still believes in Santa) - then it might feel worth it for you too.Read moreLess
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"I visited Lapland UK last Saturday along with our 3…"
I visited Lapland UK last Saturday along with our 3 children, Ellie (12) Sam (3) and baby Scarlett (10 Months) as part of a press trip and we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon.
This is much more than a meet Santa experience, Lapland UK has been set up to replicate its Finnish sister, offering visitors a real Christmas treat and the only thing missing is real snow. The 4 hour tour is just long enough and the personal meeting with Santa is really special. All the children were caught up in the magic, even my 12 year old who is arguably too old for such an activity has asked if we can go back.
Children are given the opportunity to help Santa's elves in the toy factory (who incidentally were brilliant and had my children grinning from ear to ear), to make teddy bears - followed by decorating gingerbread with Mrs Christmas; each activity held in wooden cabins that you are led to through a snowy forest walkway and which were laid out perfectly.
A short break gives you the opportunity to get some refreshments in central square, browse the Christmas shop, meet real huskies and even enjoy some ice skating.
Of course the highlight of the day is the personal meeting with Santa; this is really magical and I can't fault the attention to detail here. Santa awaits your visit in his log cabin hidden in the seemingly deep forest. An enthusiastic elf leads the way getting the children even more excited and the meeting doesn't disappoint. Santa revealing his inside knowledge of the children's likes and interests (details taken prior to the visit) is a really nice touch and their gift of a beautiful husky toy is high quality and we all left on a high and full of Christmas spirit.
There is no hiding from the fact that tickets are pricey and don't include parking or any refreshments. And if the question is; is it good value for money? I would have to say I think it is overpriced. I don't want to take anything away from the experience though, it is a great day out and has given us a lovely Christmas memory to treasure.Read moreLess
4 people found this review helpful.
"Forget some bloke in a red suit, this is as…"
Forget some bloke in a red suit, this is as close as you get to the real deal with my 7 and 5 now completely and utterly convinced believers! It's not just about meeting Father Christmas it is about the whole experience.
The magic starts with posted invites from Father Christmas to ask your children to help him make some toys in time for Christmas. You meet the elves who are charming and very enthusiastic, quickly having your children under the Christmas spell. And of course it's the staff that makes this a great experience. The children help the elves make toys then they move on to make gingerbread men with Mrs Christmas.
There is a small ice rink complete with "penguins"; for the children to glide along - helpful if like me you can't/won't ice skate. There is time to write a letter to Santa and have something to eat before walking into the snow lined magical forest.
Proir to visiting you complete a form with info on the kids friends and hobbies , so as Santa mentions their friends they are hooked. They get just about the right time with him and receive a present of a cute husky puppy - soft toy that is !
Then onto to meet the real reindeer and play in Santa's sledge. Then home...; just mind the ubiquitous gift shop! Truly Christmas magic.Read moreLess
5 people found this review helpful.