Santa's grottos 2014: the South

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We round-up the best Santa's grottos 2014 in the South of England...

Father Christmas at Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex
In this beautiful house there will be decorations and lots of exciting Christmas craft activities for children, perfectly rounded off with a visit to see Santa.When? 6th, 7th, 14th, 21st December 2013
Where? Uppark House and Garden, South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex, GU31
How much? £3.50 per adult, £5.50 per child. Booking is not required.

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? 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and Mon 22 and Tues 23 December, 10am-3pm
Where? Ham House and Garden, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, TW10 7RS
How much? £3.50 per child plus normal admission

Santa's grotto at Whitehall Garden Centre, Bristol
Visit Father Christmas at the Whitehall Garden Centre, and you'll also meet his reindeers, Starlight and Moonbeam. Journey through Santa's workshop, then Santa himself will read you a festive story. Then head into his present room where the child can choose their very own present and they'll also be given a real baby Christmas tree to grow!
When? November 15th to December 24th
Where? Whitehall Garden Centre, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0BT
How much? £9.99 per child and £2 per adult

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.
When? December 6th - 24th
Where? Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE
How much? Child: £9 Adult: £7.70

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? 22nd November - 24th December
Where? Brookside Garden Centre, Seven Mile Lane, East Peckham, Tonbridge, TN12 5JG
How much? £10 per child/£2 per adult. You MUST book your ticket in advance.

Santa at Weald Country Park, Essex
Meet Father Christmas in his grotto with his live animal friends, mulled punch and Christmas music.
When? 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December 2014
Where? Weald Countryside Park, South Weald, Brentwood, CM14 5QS
How much? £6 per child

Santa's grotto at Cressing Temple, Essex
See Santa, his reindeer friends and his elves hard at work in their workshop as they prepare for Christmas.
When? 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st December 2014
Where? Cressing Temple, Witham Road, Cressing, Braintree, CM77 8PB
How much? £9.99 per child

Santa's Celebration Trail at Thorndon Country Park, Essex
Follow Santa's trail and rendezvous with the fella in red at his grotto to receive a special gift
When? 7th December
Where? Thorndon Country Park North, Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Essex, CM13 3LW
How much? £8

Santa's Celebration Trail at Hadleigh, EssexJoin the festive fun as Santa gets ready to make his rounds on Christmas Eve.
When? 14th December
Where? Hadleigh Country Park, Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP
How much? £8
Visit: Hadleigh Country Park

Newquay Zoo's Festive Weekend, Cornwall
Meet Santa in his grotto, then join his team of helpful elves for a special elf tour of the Zoo.
When? 13th and 14th December
Where? Newquay Zoo, Newquay, TR7 2NN
How much? TBC

A very special Santa's Grotto at Montacute House, Somerset
Meet Father Christmas in his very grand grotto in Montacute House - the very young will be spellbound and adults enchanted.
When? 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20nd, 21st December
Where? Montacute, TA15 6XP
How much? £9 per child

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? 22nd, 23rd November and 6th, 7th, 13th - 23rd December
Where? Merritown Ln, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 6BA
How much? Under 1's £5.00, 1-3 yrs £12.50, 4yrs + £15.50, Adults £4.50. Including entrance to soft play centre.

Christmas at Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Pop along and visit Santa Claus in the majestic setting of this country house.
When? Weekends from the 6th December -21st December
Where? Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA
How much? Normal admission prices apply

Father Christmas at Arlington Court, Barnstaple, Devon
Visit Arlington and meet a very special character - Father Christmas! Bringing toys for all good girls and boys. Plus write your Christmas list and hand deliver it to Father Christmas yourself - no worries about it getting lost in the post!
When? 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st December, 12noon-3pm
Where? Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4LP
How much? £4 per child

Father Christmas comes to Claremont, Surrey
The quaint Thatched Cottage will be magically transformed for a very special visitor...
When? 13th and 14th December
Where? Portsmouth Rd Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG
How much? £10

Woodland Santa, Standen, East Grinstead
Come and visit Santa in his woodland workshop. Toast a marshmallow on the fire and enjoy some warming hot chocolate! He even has some gifts for little ones!
When? 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st December
Where? W Hoathly Rd East Grinstead, Sussex RH19 4NE
How much? £3.50 per child

Santa's Grotto and Reindeer Trail, Nymans, West Sussex
Follow the reindeer trail to find Santa in his grotto waiting with a present for each boy and girl. And while you're there, how about exploring the winter garden and visiting the Potting Shed for some Christmas craft.
When? 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th December
Where? Handcross, near Haywards Heath, RH17 6EB
How much? £5 (booking is essential)

Story time with Father Christmas, 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!
When? 13th and 14th December,
Where? Petersfield Road, Hinton Ampner, Alresford, SO24 0LA
How much? £5

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? Friday 28th November to Sunday 30th November 2014
Where? Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3LJ
How much? Children £15.50, adult £17.50 - entry to the whole festival included

The Longdown Farm Christmas Barn, Southampton
Visit a barn similar to the one in the traditional nativity play, to meet cute chicks, kid goats, calves and pigs! See the peaceful Nativity scene, which will be watched over by the farm donkeys. Look out for Father Christmas's tractor sleigh parked outside the Farmhouse Grotto. Father Christmas himself will be waiting inside the farmhouse Grotto to greet the chidlren and give them a gift.
When? 6th December - 24th December
Where? Longdown Activity Farm, Deerleap Lane, Ashurst, Near Southampton,
Hampshire, SO40 7EH
How much? Adults £2, children £6.50, under 3s go for £4.50

Christmas at Marwell, Winchester
Guests at Marwell Zoo meet more than just Santa, they also get to see the helpful elves, Mrs Claus and reindeers too! This really will be a day to remember for little ones and parents alike.
When? 22nd November - 24th December
Where? Thompsons Lane, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH
How much? Entrance to park, included festive activities, adults £25, toddlers £12.50, babies under 12 months £5

Brighton Christmas Gift Fair Spectacular, Brighton
An enchanting experience awaits Children in the Brighton Christmas Gift fair Spectacular grotto. It's the perfect opportunity for your little ones to tell Santa what they're secretly wishing for this Christmas, and even receive a gift from the man himself!
When? 15th November, 10am-5pm
Where? Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9XZ
How much? Adults £3, kids go free. Grotto entrance: £5


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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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