Places to Meet Santa in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire & Rutland 2017
It may seem like summer has only just passed, but some of the opportunities to meet Santa started selling from September 1st! So, to avoid disappointment, here are all the local places to meet Santa. I’ve just booked ours, which one will you visit?
Meet Santa in Cambridgeshire
Dobbies: Peterborough and Kings Lynn November 18th -24th December
Book for the Father Christmas Grotto for £9.99 or breakfast or tea with Father Christmas for £11.99 (Note – adults attending the events will need a ticket, starting at £5.99.) Advance booking is required for breakfast or tea with Santa – tickets are not available to buy on the day.
Book a visit to see Father Christmas in the Hall’s Library. Meet the Christmas Elves and receive a small present. Booking is essential. There is also the Christmas at Doddington event running from November 25th to December 21st.
Fenland Light Railway: Ramsey, Huntingdon 2, 8, 9 and 15th December, 10am-5pm. Advance booking required.
Enjoy a train ride around the track and end your journey at Santa’s Grotto. Meet Santa and receive a present and then board the train again back to the station. On arrival, enjoy the seasonal refreshments included in the ticket price. £7.50 per child and one free accompanying adult. Additional adults £2.00
Nene Valley Railway – Wansford From 24th November to 24th December
The popular Santa Express has tickets on sale NOW! Every child receives a present from Santa in his log cabin. On-train entertainment adds to the festive cheer as well as refreshments, children’s crackers and of course Santa popping by to say hello. Please note you may be sat with other passengers in Classic Santa. We suggest large groups arrive early in order to secure seats together. First Class option is available too for £20-£25. There are other premium options available too! Tickets start from £15 and under 1’s are free.
Notcutts: Orton Waterville, Peterborough – weekends only from Nov 18th to December 23rd, and also on Christmas Eve.
Tickets need to be pre-purchased online and all children receive a gift from Santa. £7.50 From Sat 9th December there are also breakfast ( from £4.95 adult, £11.00 child) and from Friday 15th December tea events with Santa (from £6.95 adult, from £11.00 child)
Queensgate Centre: Peterborough
Sacrewell Farm – Wansford Available Daily from 1st until 24th December except Monday’s.
Come and visit Santa at Sacrewell before he boards his sleigh. Each Santa visit includes a present for the children and Christmas themed crafts. Other activities* including Christmas crafts, tractor rides around the farm, and marshmallow toasting by campfire are also taking place. • Please arrive at least one hour before your chosen time slot to see Santa. Normal admission rates apply plus £7.50 per child.
A further option is breakfast with Santa. From 9.30-10.30 on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of December, Santa will be interrupting his busy schedule to join those wanting to start their festive day at Sacrewell. Following your meal, Santa invites you to a little storytelling and presents each child with a small gift. £9.95 pp.
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve (National Trust) Wicken, Ely 3rd December to 23rd December
Follow the Christmas trail to find Father Christmas, but remember to wrap up warm! Then visit the elves in the workshop and make some Christmas crafts to take home. £9 per child at various set times. Book in advance. ( Dogs not allowed)
Wyevale Garden Centre Huntingdon 18th November to 24th December.
Choose to have breakfast or tea with Santa where the whole family meets Santa and children decorate a festive biscuit and choose a present to take home. There is also a pre-bookable grotto at this location, with the arrival parade on Saturday 18th from 11am. Plant and grow a real magical mini Christmas tree to decorate and take home. A child’s breakfast or tea is £10.95
Meet Santa in Lincolnshire
Baytree Winter Wonderland : Spalding Weekdays 11-5pm, Thursday’s in December 11-8pm, Sat 9-5 and Sun 10-5 (9am in December)
26,000 sq ft of a magical wonderland. Wind your way through snow-covered trees, watch elves hard at work and singing reindeer. Extremely popular on December weekends. Every child who visits Santa gets a present and a mini real Christmas tree (£9.50) Accompanying adults & children £1.50. For Winter Wonderland only £1.50
Children and families are invited to Lincoln Castle for a special after-dark tea time treat. A visit to the Victorian Prison for a storytelling performance of “A Christmas Carol”. Costumed characters Sir Henry Greatham and Lady Lydia along with a host of puppets bring to life Dicken’s famous tale with plenty of laughter along the way. After the 30 minute performance, all are invited to the Castle café for tea when our special guest, Father Christmas, will take time from his busy schedule to meet all of you! Every child and accompanying adult will receive a Christmas themed picnic box with sandwiches and festive treats along with hot and cold drinks. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Event Times, 4.30pm & 6pm. The Tea with Father Christmas experience will last approximately one hour fifteen minutes.
Admission: £15 per person, adult & children. All children need to be accompanied by an adult.
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway : Ludborough December 9th,10th,16th & 17th. Each child will receive a gift and grown-ups are served mulled wine. £11.00 for children aged 12 and under and £11.00 for grown-ups. Trains run at 10.30,11.45,1.15 and 2.30pm
Normanby Hall: Scunthorpe December 2,3,9,10,16,17 and Tinsel Tots on December 12th 10.30-1.30pm
Meet Santa in the bothy.On the 12th December join in for festive fun for children aged 5 and under. Snuggle up by the fire in Normanby Hall for singing, stories and making Christmas craft to take home. Places cost £4 and must be booked in advance.
Rand Farm: Lincoln 25 November -23 December
Meet Santa, train in Elf academy and walk through the Enchanted Forest and meet real reindeer. £15.95 per child.
Stamford Garden Centre : Great Casterton
The Collection Museum: Lincoln
The Stokes cafe will be transformed into a grotto. Children can write letters to Santa and receive a gift from the man himself.
Waterside Garden Centre: Baston From 1st December ( Price varies)
Enjoy breakfast, or tea with Santa where you receive a visit from Santa and a gift plus magical reindeer dust. Decorate your own cookie. the experience lasts for approx 80 mins. You can also book an ice-skating experience where each session lasts 45 minutes (Ice skating from 24th November).
Wyevale Garden Centre: Crowland, Wolds View, Louth 18th November to 24th December
Choose to have breakfast or tea with Santa where the whole family meets Santa and children decorate a festive biscuit and choose a present to take home. There is no grotto at this location. A child’s breakfast or tea is £10.95
Meet Santa in Northamptonshire
Barnwell Country Park TBA
Northampton & Lambert Railway: Chapel Brampton, Northampton Weekends only from 25th November – 23rd December 10.30 -3.30pm
Come along to visit Santa in his Magical Grotto and then take a train ride along the Northampton & Lamport Railway from Pitsford and Brampton station. each child receives a gift from Santa, a soft drink and biscuits. Adults receive a glass of sherry or a soft drink and a mince pie. Prices start at £5 for infants, £11 for children and £10 for adults.
Whilton Locks Garden Village: Daventry – Weekends only from 24th November, then every day from 15th-24th December, 11am -4.30pm £9.99 plus a gift. No need to pre-book.
This years theme is Winter Wonderland and there will even be an ice-rink! You can also have Breakfast With Santa or Afternoon tea with Elsa.
Wyevale Garden Centre, Harlestone Heath, Northampton, Podington Wellingborough
Breakfast or Tea with Santa 18th November to 24th December – £10.95 per child.
Meet Santa in Rutland
Rutland Water Reserve TBA
Nearby Gates Garden Centre: Oakham, Leicestershire
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