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Santa / Father Christmas recommendations in Kent / East Sussex

(23 Posts)
NeverNic Thu 20-Aug-15 09:14:20

Does anyone have any recommendations? I know a lot of them go on sale very soon. TIA

Cherrypippin Mon 24-Aug-15 15:13:15

Last year Penshurst Place did a fabulous Narnia inspired grotto, really magical. Tickets aren't on sale yet but it's now advertised on the website so I imagine they'll go on sale soon.

vestandknickers Mon 24-Aug-15 15:16:16

My favourite is the Ashdown Llama park. Tastefully done and they have real reindeer !
There's a nice cafe too for a bit of lunch.
Leeds castle is good too.

RatOnnaStick Mon 24-Aug-15 15:19:23

RHDR do a Santa Special. Also The Rare Breeds Centre usually do one though the details are not up yet.

RatOnnaStick Mon 24-Aug-15 15:20:57

And the Reindeer Centre at Capralama Farm is quite good.

NeverNic Wed 26-Aug-15 12:53:29

Thank you. Some great suggestions here. Cherrypippin - is the Narnia theme quite grown up? My son is only 3.5 but Penshurst is really close to me...

MargaretHale Wed 26-Aug-15 14:52:22

We went last year when da was 2.5 and he was terrified but I loved it! I thought it was very well done- more meaningful if he's actually heard the marina story or seen the film though, otherwise it's fairly incomprehensible- you climb through a wardrobe into a forest etc! Brook side garden centre in east Peckham is supposed to be amazing but all the weekend slots sold out within three days of starting to sell tickets last week, so only good if you're free on weekdays now.

NeverNic Fri 28-Aug-15 10:45:43

In that case I might give Penshurst a miss. My son can be a bit of a wuss. hmm Has anyone done Polehill or Groombridge?

Celen Fri 28-Aug-15 10:52:56

Ooh following with interest, thanks OP smile

Loolah Tue 01-Sep-15 00:56:57

I too am interested, as have been looking to take DD6 : Leeds castle, Hop farm and the reindeer Centre. I may have a look at Penshurst and Groombridge

sleepyelectricsheep Tue 01-Sep-15 01:06:41

Also place marking smile

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 01-Sep-15 08:46:16

Does Deal Castle still do Santas Grotto?
We went when our DC were 4 and 1.6yo ( years ago)

Also look at Steam Railways. They do special Santa Expresses (and our DS loved them when he was little)

Makes me whistful for small DC , our teens don't want to do these things now grin

Wilberforce2 Sat 05-Sep-15 14:19:08

I always like Ruxley Garden Centre but they are having major issues with their website at the moment and have suspended ticket sales until the 15th, worth waiting for though. Polhill is ok nothing amazing and the staff there a couple of years ago were seriously miserable! I will probably go back to Ruxley this year as my ds always has a great time.

Reastie Sat 05-Sep-15 19:02:27

Have heard very mixed things ant polhill so not sure about them. We went to hever castle two years in a row and thought it was good. The first year we had a wonderful Father Christmas but the second year the Father Christmas was slightly over dramatic and a bit too much for a timid dd. they had a lovely snow bit you walk through to get to Father Christmas though and it was a lovely little trip out. They had a carousel by the castle and a snow machine in the courtyard in the castle. I've been trying to get Ruxley tickets but as previous poster mentioned sales are having issues.

lilyheather1 Tue 08-Sep-15 14:07:43

Tickets for Penshurst Place go on sale on Monday I think. We missed out on tickets last year, excited to go this year (fingers crossed)! Kent always seems to do quite well with Grottos! has anyone been before?

Zorion Tue 08-Sep-15 21:02:44

We did hop farm last year, it was pretty awful, although the Father Christmas was nice. The rest of it was rubbish. I like the look of Penshurst but DS will only be 2.5 so maybe too young still?

Biggles398 Mon 14-Sep-15 11:50:46

Zorion, did the santa there know you lo names etc before you turned up at the hop farm or was it just a generic visit?

andrealondon8545 Wed 16-Sep-15 15:28:29

I was pretty underwhelmed with Polehill, we have done Ruxley which was good and booked for Penshurst place this year. Hever castle is also meant to be really good and tickets went on sale there this week.

Pigleychez Sat 19-Sep-15 22:44:03

arghh. I cant believe so many places are sold out on weekends already! I thought looking now was being organised sad

Littlemousewithcloggson Sun 20-Sep-15 09:47:39

Never been to Penshurst and too far for us (unless we make a weekend of ) but SIL has booked for this year and said she couldn't get the times she really wanted even though it was less than half hour since tickets go on sale. Think it's all sold out now. Am guessing it must be as popular as Harrods! Is it really good?

Littlemousewithcloggson Sun 20-Sep-15 09:48:31

Am very happy with our Kew Gardens and Lapland uk booking - but there's always next year to think about!

Zorion Sun 20-Sep-15 20:42:39

Biggles I don't think he did, but DS was only 1 so I wouldn't have noticed such an important detail at the time! He was very lovely to him and they had a long "chat" which was sweet given DSs age and his being clueless about the concept.

We've decided to go for Kew Gdns this year.

CarolinePennington Tue 03-Oct-17 13:04:50

The Father Christmas at Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink is always excellent with a photo and present included in the price.

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