A brilliant Christmas family day out that doesn’t break the bank. Does such a thing even exist? I am pleased to say I have found just such a place at The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall. Here are 5 reasons it’s a perfect family day out for the holidays.
There is no way around it, Christmas is expensive! Not only that, but the run up to Christmas can be equally expensive if you’re not careful. Happily, family entry to the Lotherton Hall estate costs only £18 and includes access to the beautifully decorated house, The Twelve Days of Christmas Woodland Walk, The Fairy Dell, The Elf Village (activities are extra) as well as the Christmas Courtyard, play areas and bird gardens. Now, admittedly, it might be a little bit tricky to not spend any extra money in The Elf Village, but you could have a fun, full day out for £18.
2. The Twelve Days of Christmas Trail
We’ve been on our share of activity trails for kids and I have to say, the 12 Days of Christmas Trail is one of the best we’ve been on. It’s interactive and just loads of fun! Kids get to help the drummers drumming, try to knock over one of the geese’s eggs, and the chance to spin a giant wheel to make the two turtle doves fly. At about 20 minutes it’s the perfect length for little legs too! The path was flat so it would be no trouble for a buggy although it is a bit muddy underfoot.
The trail ends with a trip through a magical fairy grotto where you can hear the fairies whisper and giggle in the wood.
3. The House
It’s impossible to not feel festive in the beautifully decorated Lotherton Hall. It’s not only grand for grown ups, but there’s lot of little bits to keep the kids happy as well. Mine were in awe of the giant table of pretend food and had a go at an ‘elfie’ in the Elfie Studio.
4. Elf Village
While entrance to the Elf Village is free, activities cost £3 per token or £10 for 4 tokens. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the activities and came home with Christmas plates, candle holders, door hangers and even our very own elf door. There were 4 activities on offer in total when we visited, so it may be worth deciding what you want to do before buying your tokens. Leo ended up with two candle holders as he steadfastly refused to make an elf door.
You can also buy hot chocolate, have a bite to eat, or do a bit of holiday shopping at the Little Christmas Shop in Elf Village.
5. Santa’s North Pole
If you’re looking for a ‘real Santa’ experience you’ll be happy with the Santa at Lotherton Hall. A visit to Santa is £10.95 and includes a chance to meet Santa’s elves, help in the workshop, and receive a present from the big man himself. The night we visited was a press night so Santa wasn’t handing out gifts, but the kids had a great time meeting him and making their craft in the workshop.
Both of mine are convinced they’re not going to get snow this year, so they made the most of the synthetic snow at the North Pole.
Our visit to The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall was a great way to start the holiday season. It was festive, fun and a great mix of activities on offer. They have some exciting weekend event on as well throughout December, check them out here before you plan your trip!