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Santa's grottos 2016: the South

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We round-up the best Santa's grottos 2016 in the South of England...

Follow a trail to Santa's grotto at Ham House and Garden, Surrey
Follow the magical Christmas trail in the 17th-century gardens to Santa's grotto, where every child will receive a Christmas gift.
When? 10th-11th, 17th-22nd December, 10am-3.30pm
Where? Ham House and Garden, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, TW10 7RS
Visit: nationaltrust.org.uk

Father Christmas in the Crystal Grotto, Painshill Park, Surrey
Take a relaxing stroll through the park then call in to see what Santa and his elves are up to. Activities last 2 hours and can be combined with Natural Christmas Decoration Workshop, Christmas Scavenger Hunt or any other led or self-led activity.
When? First weekend of December up until Christmas eve. Bookings for general members of the public start from 10th October.
Where? Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE
Visit: painshill.co.uk

Christmas Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre, Kent
Santa invites children to check that they are on his nice list at this award-winning Christmas grotto. Take a magical walk through winding paths full of bright twinkly lights and hidden surprises, leading you to meet Santa in his Finnish hut in
the Magical Forest.
When? From November
Where? Brookside Garden Centre, Seven Mile Lane, East Peckham, Tonbridge, TN12 5JG
Visit: brooksidegc-kent.co.uk

Newquay Zoo's Festive Weekend, Cornwall
Help Santa’s elves create tasty treats for the animals to enjoy at feeding times throughout the day. There is also a Santa’s grotto.
Where? Newquay Zoo, Newquay, TR7 2NN
When? 10th -11th December
Visit: Newquayzoo.org.uk

Christmas Adventure Wonderland
The indoor adventure play centre gets a Christmas makeover complete with a Father Christmas, his faithful reindeer, Rudolph, and helpful elves in their traditional log cabin (and there's mulled wine and mince pies for the adults!)
When? 26th-27th November, 4th , 10th , 11th , 17th-23rd December
Where? Merritown Ln, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 6BA
Visit: letsgoout-bournemouthandpoole.co.uk

Father Christmas comes to Claremont, Surrey
The quaint Thatched Cottage will be magically transformed for a very special visitor...
When? 10th-11th December
Where? Portsmouth Rd Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG
Visit: nationaltrust.org.uk

Father Christmas and real reindeer, Hinton, Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
Santa will be dropping into Hinton Ampner with lots of presents, don't forget to bring your Christmas list with you! Father Christmas will be reading a Christmas story and bringing two real reindeer's with him. There will also be a grotto and children can receive a gift from Santa. There’s a free family trail and face painting for you to enjoy, too.
When? 21st-22nd December
Where? Petersfield Road, Hinton Ampner, Alresford, SO24 0LA
Visit: nationaltrust.org.uk

Traditional Father Christmas, Victorian Festival of Christmas, Portsmouth
At the Victorian Festival of Christmas, Father Christmas is dressed in his traditional green garb. Together with his fairies, he takes centre stage to entertain young and old alike and spread his very own special Christmas cheer! This year there will be a new addition to the festivities: Disney's Frozen sing-a-long!
When? 25th-27th November
Where? Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3LJ
Visit: christmasfestival.co.uk

Christmas at Marwell, Winchester
Guests at Marwell Zoo meet more than just Santa, they also get to see the helpful elves, Mrs Claus and reindeer's too! This really will be a day to remember for little ones and parents alike.
When? 19th November-24th December
Where? Thompsons Lane, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH
Visit: marwell.org.uk

Crampton Tower Museum, Broadstairs
Journey to the top of Crampton Tower, through the elves' workshop, to visit Father Christmas in his grotto. Kids of all ages can ride on a 5-inch gauge miniature railway.
When? 3rd-4th ,10th-11th ,17th-18th ,20th-21st December 1pm-5pm
Where? Crampton Tower Museum, The Broadway, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2AB
Visit: cramptontower.co.uk

Kent and East Sussex Railway
The Santa Specials take place on a return train ride from Tenterden to Northiam
Station. Santa visits each child on the train and delivers their (age appropriate) gift to them during the return journey to Northiam.
When? 3rd-4th, 10th-11th, 17th-18th, 22nd-23rd and 24th December
Where? Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE.
Visit: Kesr.org.uk

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arenina

Not much from Cornwall! We've got Eden Project, Homeleigh and Bodmin all doing amazing Santa's Grottos just off the top of my head. Actually, you could probably do with a full article just for Santa's Grottos in Cornwall ;)

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