Special Christmas day out help(5 Posts)
Hello I'm looking for recommendations in the Midlands for a special Christmas day out - I have 2 children (one is a teen and the other is 5 with ASD)
Would prefer a time slot for visiting Santa as my ASD child doesn't like queueing!
Severn Valley Railway? One of the NT places? Notcutts in Solihull do a good grotto IIRC- that along with something else?
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East or West Midlands?
The Great Central Railway do Santa specials if you are anywhere near Loughborough.
Last at we went to the Snow Dome in Tamworth. You can play in real snow, have snowball fights, go down a huge slide, and ride on a sledge and snow tubes. There’s also a walkway for those who want to enjoy the snow with a rather less slippery surface underfoot.
After that, there’sa Santa stage show, real reindeer to meet and a trip to Santa’s house, where you can leave him a letter to let him know what you want for Christmas. although it’s brilliant, you don’t actually get to meet Santa. Whilst this wouldn’t be an issue for us per se, I think it’s worth priming children so they know they won’t meet him to avoid disappointment.
Drayton's Magical Christmas was also great. There were fairy lights everywhere, fake snow and even little snowstorms. There was music, rides, a little ice rink and an enchanted castle where children could visit Santa in his Grotto. When it got dark, there was a fireworks display set to the War of the Worlds music. For my children, the day out at Drayton Manor was literally the highlight of their Christmas. This was despite being too small for the ice rink – they didn’t have the little skates that go over children’s shoes and skates only went down tosize eight. This didn’t dampen their spirits at all, but it is worth bearing in mind for budding skaters that might be too
Hawkstone Park in Shrewsbury will be offering a Santa Safari.This involves a ride in a Landrover across the park to the cave network of festively decorated and fairy-lit tunnels. After wandering through the cave network, elves will guide visitors to Santa’s grotto. It is also possible to meet Santa’s reindeer.
Ironbridge Victorian Village brings to life a Victorian Christmas. Traditions from the 1800s are shown to visitors by the cast of the Victorian village.Children are able to get involved in crafts such as printing Christmas cards and making paper chains. Father Christmas will be present in his grotto and there’s a Christmas party including a pantomime.
You can also watch Punch and Judy, ride a donkey, ride a horse and carriage and take a lesson in a Victorian school.This is supposed to be an incredibly special event to go to, especially for those of us who prefer traditional celebrations rather than the more commercialised Christmas events that happen nowadays. However there is very limited availability.
Breakfast with Father Christmas takes place at a Wyevale Garden Centres across the country. Families arrive and are shown to their tables where a host of activities are provided including colouring, Christmas crackers, chocolate coins and biscuit decorating. When they’ve had a few minutes to play, breakfast is served. We all had a nice big fry-up – making this event a winner for parents as well as children! After breakfast, the children were each allowed to go and have a chat with Santa and choose their own gift from his selection of toys.
Every year the sea life centre in Birmingham does something special. They have an underwater Christmas tree in the 360 degree ocean tunnel, a festive film in the 4D cinema and Santa’s grotto is set against the backdrop of the ice adventure area – complete with gentoo penguins
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