On the day that Jasmine turned eight, we visited our local Wyevale Garden Centre to have breakfast with the big man himself. This is our third year and we always enjoy it. There is so much included in the ticket price, as well as the magic of meeting Santa. When we arrived, we were shown to our table, which was decked out with activity sheets for the children and Christmas crackers for all.
The children busied themselves with pulling crackers and doing some colouring whilst waiting for breakfast to arrive. We adults were offered tea or coffee and the children were given a choice of orange or blackcurrant squash (I chose to upgrade my coffee to a latte as I’m not keen on filter coffee). Breakfast itself was delicious, and the only minor complaint was that Jasmine would have liked bacon as part of the child’s plate, though she did enjoy what she had. Sonny, still the fussy monkey he has always been, did not want his cooked breakfast – the staff were very obliging and brought him a croissant instead, which was much appreciated by us all.
After breakfast, the children had a run around the soft play area before returning to the table for some biscuit decorating.
Sonny took care over his, while Jasmine just piled everything on!
At this point, Father Christmas arrived and spent a few minutes visiting each table and chatting to the children before entering his grotto area.
Each table was called to visit Father Christmas individually so there was no queuing or discrepancy over who was next. When it came to our turn, the children were invited to sit with Santa on his special bench; he asked them what they wanted for Christmas and showed them the special key he uses to enter homes like ours where there is no fireplace. Sonny wasn’t feeling very well when we visited, hence his less than impressed expression here!
After a few minutes, the children were allowed to choose a gift to take home. Instead of being given a wrapped present (so often pre-determined by gender), they had the opportunity to choose something from a selection. Jasmine opted for a craft chest whilst Sonny eventually decided upon a car.
As always, we had a brilliant time at Wyevale’s breakfast with Father Christmas – I am so impressed with what is included for the price. Child tickets are £9.99 and adults start at £3.99 for a continental breakfast, which I think is very reasonable. I am already looking forward to next year!
We received complimentary tickets for the purposes of this review; all opinions are our own. Wyevale is running its breakfast with Father Christmas event right up until Christmas Eve and tickets are available online.