Santa's grottos 2015: the South

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We round-up the best Santa's grottos 2015 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.

Where? Ham House and Garden, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, TW10 7RS


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. 

Where? Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE


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. 

Where? Brookside Garden Centre, Seven Mile Lane, East Peckham, Tonbridge, TN12 5JG

Santa at Weald Country Park, Essex
Meet Father Christmas in his grotto with his live animal friends, mulled punch and Christmas music. 

Where? Weald Countryside Park, South Weald, Brentwood, CM14 5QS 


Christmas Celebration at Hadleigh, EssexJoin the festive fun as Santa gets ready to make his rounds on Christmas Eve. 

Where? Hadleigh Country Park, Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP 

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. 

Where? Newquay Zoo, Newquay, TR7 2NN 


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!) 

Where? Merritown Ln, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 6BA 



Father Christmas comes to Claremont, Surrey
The quaint Thatched Cottage will be magically transformed for a very special visitor... 

Where? Portsmouth Rd Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG 

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! 

Where? Petersfield Road, Hinton Ampner, Alresford, SO24 0LA

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!

Where? Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3LJ 


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.

Where? Longdown Activity Farm, Deerleap Lane, Ashurst, Near Southampton,
Hampshire, SO40 7EH 


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.

Where? Thompsons Lane, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH



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! 

Where? Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9XZ 



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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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