Saturday 25 November 2017


29 magical places to meet Santa Claus in Gloucestershire

Steam trains, safaris, and off-roading adventures are just some of the magical ways for children to meet Santa Claus across Gloucestershire and beyond this Christmas.

SoGlos has spoken to the elves and found out exactly where Santa Claus will be this Christmas, with 29 magical places across Gloucestershire for children to hand deliver their Christmas lists and meet the jolly man himself. Ho, ho, ho!

From seasonal shopping trips and exciting off-road adventures, to taking a walk in a winter wonderland, find out where to whisper those wishes to Father Christmas, in this hot list sponsored by Land Rover Experience.

To find out more about Land Rover Experience’s Christmas events, visit https://experience.landrover.com/santas-grotto directly.


1. Go off-roading with Santa


If sleighs and reindeers aren’t your style, take a Land Rover Experience at Eastnor Estate on selected dates between Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 December 2017. Families can head off on a fun and bumpy route which takes in inclines, descents, water and more, on the way to Santa’s Grotto.

The seasonal experience will see little and big kids taking a seat for an enchanting one-hour drive, soaking up Eastnor’s beautiful surroundings before they reach the Jolly Red Man in his magical grotto. Kiddies can whisper their Christmas wishes and receive a small gift, before heading back for some tasty treats and warming hot chocolate.


2. See the green Santa at Westonbirt Arboretum


Walk in a winter wonderland at Westonbirt Arboretum’s annual Enchanted Christmas event on selected dates between Friday 1 and Monday 18 December 2017. Along with appearances from the Christmas fairy; Jack Frost; and Mrs Christmas, children can meet Old Saint Nick himself in his traditional green costume.


3. Explore Santa’s Grotto at The Eastgate

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Combine a spot of Christmas shopping with taking little ones to visit Santa in his grotto at The Eastgate in Gloucester on selected dates from Saturday 25 November 2017 until Christmas Eve, when they can whisper their wishes and receive a gift.


4. Steam along with Santa at Dean Forest Railway

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Kiddies can climb aboard a steam train journey for an unforgettable Christmas memory with Dean Forest Railway on selected dates between Friday 8 and Sunday 24 December 2017, when the Jolly Red Man will visit each child in their seats, along with festive entertainment and warming refreshments.


5. Snap a selfie with Santa in Cheltenham

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Promising festive fun and the chance to win great prizes, Santa will be visiting The Brewery Quarter on Saturdays 2 and 9 December 2017 for its Santa Selfie Competition. What’s more, the jolly red man will also be turning on the complex's Christmas lights on Saturday 25 November 2017.


6. Watch a festive film with Santa at Bacon Theatre


Cheltenham’s Bacon Theatre will play host to the jolly bearded man and his grotto during two festival film screenings on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 December 2017, when he will delight little ones with a gift before they settle down for a special screening of heart-warming film, Beauty and the Beast.


7. See Santa in his sleigh


Father Christmas will be flying into Cheltenham’s Regent Arcade on special dates between Saturday 25 November to Sunday 24 December 2017, greeting festive families and offering the chance for little ones to snap a selfie by his magical sleigh.


8. Hear a story from Santa


Settle down at Corinium Museum for a seasonal storytelling session with Santa on Wednesday 20 December 2017, with excited children hearing stories which feature elves, penguins, polar bears and Mrs Claus, before receiving an early gift.


9. Take tea with Father Christmas at Blooms Garden Centres

Enjoy breakfast or tea at Blooms Garden Centres on selected dates during the festive season, before decorating Christmas cookies and welcoming Santa and his elves when they arrive from the North Pole, laden with special presents.


10. See Father Christmas come down the chimney at Perrygrove


Santa will be shooting out of the chimney right in front of children’s eyes on selected dates during December 2017, during what is sure to be a magical day at Perrygrove Railway, made even better with festive storytelling, mince pies, presents, and treetop adventures.


11. Dig into Christmas at Dobbie’s

Santa will be flying into Dobbie’s Garden Centre in Cirencester this winter, where he’ll be giving kiddies the chance to join him for a hearty breakfast or tea on selected dates throughout the festive season, with diners also receiving a special gift.


12. Santa Specials at Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway


Santa will be taking a different mode of transport when he hops on board a 1960s vintage railcar to spread festive cheer across the county, as well as greeting happy children at Winchcombe station with presents and mince pies, both taking place on selected dates from Saturday 2 to Sunday 24 December 2017.


13. Find Santa in the woods at Puzzlewood

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Families can have festive fun exploring the woodlands at Puzzlewood during this year’s Little Red Riding Hood-themed festivities. Children are invited to dress up and find their way to Grandma’s house, where they’ll meet a very jolly visitor, on selected dates between Saturday 9 and Sunday 24 December 2017.


14. Go on safari with Santa at West Midlands Safari Park


Take a magical sleigh ride to the North Pole at favourite animal attraction, West Midlands Safari Park. On selected dates from Saturday 11 November to Sunday 24 December 2017, kiddies can meet Santa, and visit the elves’ workshop to pick a special gift, along with meeting the resident wild animals.


15. Join Santa for a festive feast at The Gables Hotel

Father Christmas will surprise little ones during a festive family lunch at The Gables Hotel on Sunday 17 December 2017, bringing with him a bag of early presents for well-behaved children.


16. Go to Narnia with Father Christmas

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Children can step inside the magical wardrobe and enter a winter wonderland to feast on a festive Narnia Afternoon Tea, with Father Christmas also waiting in his magical grotto to meet happy visitors on Saturday 9, Sunday 10 and Saturday 16 December 2017.


17. Give your gift wish to Santa at Slimbridge


Little ones will be welcomed to Slimbridge Wetland Centre by Santa from Saturday 16 to Friday 22 December 2017, taking a trip to his cosy grotto as well as enjoying a host of festive activities, and tucking into either afternoon tea or breakfast with the elves.


18. Hop on the Santa Train at Longleat Safari Park

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Enjoy a family day out at Longleat Safari Park when children can hop aboard the Santa Train during the festive season, steaming off on a special journey to meet the jolly red man where they’ll also receive an early Christmas present.


19. Go wild with Santa at Cattle Country


Children can have some festive farmyard fun at Cattle Country Adventure Park during the Christmas season, with Santa’s grotto open for excited visitors on selected dates between Saturday 25 November and Saturday 23 December 2017.


20. Experience a real Christmas Fantasy at Clearwell Caves

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Father Christmas will be giving out presents to well-behaved little ones in the truly magical setting of Clearwell Caves from Friday 1 to Sunday 24 December 2017, inviting visitors to follow the enchanting and curious tale of Cora and the Bloobious Bright through wonderful displays.


21. Shop with Santa at King's Walk


Santa will be flying into King’s Walk Shopping Centre in Gloucester to spread festive cheer on Thursday 7, Tuesday 12 and Sunday 24 December 2017, ready to hear their Christmas wishes and cheer up seasonal shopping trips.


22. Go cruising with Santa in Gloucester

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Families can step aboard a special cruise from Gloucester Waterways Museum and wait for the magical moment when Father Christmas arrives on selected dates between Saturday 9 and Saturday 23 December 2017, when they can meet their favourite festive character and receive an exciting present.


23. Have lunch with Santa at Jury's Inn

Head to Jurys Inn Cheltenham which will be getting into the festive spirit for its Santa Comes To Lunch events on Sunday 10 and Sunday 17 December 2017, offering the chance to tuck into a tasty buffet and receive a gift from Father Christmas.


24. Visit Santa's magical grotto at Batsford Arboretum


Santa will be taking up residence within the stunning setting of Batsford Arboretum on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December 2017, inviting children to meet him and his friendly elf, before receiving an early Christmas gift.


25. Meet Santa on the farm


Offering even more excitement at Cotswold Farm Park, Santa will be taking up residence in his grotto during the festive season, with children able to tell him their Christmas wishes and go home with a gift.


26. See Father Christmas in a winter wonderland

Cheltenham’s House of Fraser will be welcoming kiddies to a winter wonderland on selected dates between Thursday 30 November 2017 and Christmas Eve, offering the chance to meet Santa and his elves and even head home with their very own Christmas toy.


27. See Santa and some favourite friends at Dean Heritage Centre


Santa will be welcoming children into the cosy Foresters cottage at Dean Heritage Centre from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 December 2017, settling down with his friendly elf and handing out gifts to lucky visitors.


28. Go wild with the elves and Santa


Enjoy a brilliant festive experience during Elves Go Wild in Evesham from Saturday 25 November to Sunday 24 December 2017, with children able to visit Santa, see the centre’s resident animals, and find out what the elves have been getting up to, promising a fun-filled visit this winter.


29. Meet Santa and his reindeer


Go walking in a winter wonderland at Prinknash Bird and Deer Park, which will play host to a magical Christmas event with highlights including reindeer, magical illuminations, the chance to meet the park’s birds and animals, and see Santa, his grotto, and his sleigh.


© SoGlos
Tuesday 21 November 2017

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