I can't believe we are thinking of christmas already but I want to book a day out for the kids to see Santa before christmas. Have missed Harrods and not sure where else in or near London does visits - have been to Kew and Bocketts before so looking for something different, preferably combined with something else to make it a day out.
What's Painshill like? Bocketts has the appeal of small farm animals but my DC are getting a bit old for that now. We went to Bocketts for a birthday party, so we petted the rabbits etc, then went on the big slides, and the children rode to the grotto in a trailer driven by an elf . They all met FC as a group. Unsure how it works for individual visitors.
Painshill is nice but not a lot else there for children other than FC. You book a timed slot though and you arrive and there's a waiting area where they get an activity pack in case there's a wait and then you go into his grotto - which is an actual 18th/19th C grotto and is v. pretty. FC has a bit of a chat and then gives present and then out. Its probably not much for your money but its fairly magical (but dd was only not quite 3). There's a longish walk to the grotto.