Tuesday 20 October 2020

29 magical places to meet Santa Claus in Gloucestershire

Steam trains, safaris, and underground 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!

About the sponsor – Stagecoach West

Stagecoach West is one of the leading bus companies operating in Gloucestershire. With fantastic facilities like onboard WiFi on most buses and contactless payment available, Stagecoach West offers a great way to explore Gloucestershire.

Perfect for the festive season, Stagecoach West will be running two park and ride services this Christmas, as well as the 94 service between Gloucester and Cheltenham, which runs all night, six days a week.

For more information about Stagecoach West this Christmas, visit stagecoachbus.com

1. Meet Santa at Cotswold Farm Park

Father Christmas and his elves will be heading to Cotswold Farm Park on various dates between Saturday 23 November 2019 to Monday 23 December 2019. Children can step inside Santa’s luxury grotto, meet the man himself and choose a gift from the Toy Room before they leave.

2. Meet Santa at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Enjoy some festive magic at Slimbridge Wetland Centre when Santa’s grotto is open for visits on selected weekends during December 2019. Children can also write a letter to the North Pole and send if off at the festive post office. Even better, there’s a choice of breakfast or festive afternoon tea included in the package price.

3. Meet Santa at Dobbie's in Cirencester

Santa will be flying into Dobbie’s Garden Centre in Cirencester on Sunday 24 November 2019 and Saturday 30 November 2019 to Tuesday 24 December 2019 where he’ll be giving kiddies the chance to join him for a hearty breakfast or tea on selected dates throughout the festive season, or visitors can meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto.

4. Meet Santa on board the Santa Specials at Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Santa will be taking a different mode of transport when he hops on board a steam train to spread festive cheer across the county on selected dates from Saturday 30 November 2019 to Tuesday 24 December 2019. Travelling from Cheltenham Racecourse Station to Winchcombe, the Santa Steam Special will take families to Santa’s grotto, along with complimentary mince pies, hot drinks and activity sheets too.

5. Meet Santa at Court Farm Shop

Head out on an adventure to meet Santa at Court Farm Shop on Sunday 24 November and Sunday 15 December 2019. Families can jump on the festive trailer to reach the elves, donkey and goats, before a visit to Father Christmas. The head elf will also take families off for a polaroid photo to remember the visit.

6. Meet Santa at Dean Heritage Centre

Little ones can meet Father Christmas at Dean Heritage Centre on Saturdays and Sundays between Saturday 14 December 2019 and Sunday 22 December 2019. Santa will be in the Forester’s Cottage with plenty of presents to hand out.

7. Meet Santa at Winchcombe Christmas Festival

Father Christmas will be making an appearance at Winchcombe Christmas Festival on Tuesday 3 December 2019 in the Guide Hall. As well as meeting Santa, families can explore the market stalls, enjoy carol singing and see the illuminated Christmas trees.

8. Meet Santa at DoubleTree by Hilton

Tuck into a festive Sunday lunch at DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham on Sunday 8 December 2019 where Santa Claus will be making an appearance. Kiddies can meet the big man himself and receive a special gift too.

9. Meet Santa in Birdlip

Santa will be paying a visit to Birdlip Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 30 November 2019 with a gift for all of the boys and girls. With gifts, games and Christmas shopping, the festive event will be great for all the family.

10. Meet Santa at Hatherley Manor

Pop to Hatherley Manor on Sunday 8 December 2019 for the Christmas Extravaganza where children can meet the man of the moment and get a gift too.

11. Meet Santa at The 3 Shires Garden Centre

Father Christmas will be stopping off to refuel at 3 Shires Garden Centre for a tasty festive breakfast on weekends during December 2019. Families can meet Santa and tuck into a cooked breakfast, get a free gift and decorate a gingerbread man.

12. Meet Santa at Batsford Arboretum

A magical grotto will be at Batsford Arboretum this Christmas where children can meet Father Christmas and his elf. Santa's grotto at Batsford will be open on Saturday 30 November 2019 and Sunday 1 December 2019.

13. Meet Santa at Regent Arcade

Meet the big man himself at Regent Arcade in Cheltenham for free this December. Santa will be heading to the arcade on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December 2019, when families can meet Father Christmas and see the arcade’s brand new Christmas decorations.

14. Meet Santa at The Suffolks Christmas Market

Join in with the festivities and meet Father Christmas at The Suffolks Christmas Market on Sunday 24 November 2019. As well as meeting Santa, there will be children’s entertainment and festive stalls galore.

15. Meet Santa at The Valley Evesham

There’ll be a special visit from Father Christmas at The Valley Evesham's Christmas light switch-on on Thursday 28 November 2019. With live music from the D-Day Darlings and a LED robot show, it’s worth the trip just across the border.

16. Meet Santa at Clearwell Caves

For a chance to meet Santa somewhere completely different, families can visit Clearwell Caves this Christmas for the Archie and the Unicorn event from Friday 29 November 2019 to Tuesday 24 December 2019. Check out the displays through the caves and meet Santa and his elves.

17. Meet Santa at Cotswold Clubhouse

Families can enjoy Breakfast with Santa on Sunday 8 or Sunday 15 December 2019 at Cotswold Clubhouse in Bourton-on-the-Water. Kiddies can enjoy a yummy breakfast before a festive story and a gift from Father Christmas.

18. Meet Santa at Perrygrove Railway

Treating families to a magical experience every year, Perrygrove Railway’s Christmas experience is back from Sunday 1 December to Tuesday 24 December 2019. Children can enjoy a festive show with Father Christmas, a ride on the steam trains and a treasure hunt.

19. Meet Santa at Fairview Gardener & Tea Room

Meet the man in red at The Fairview Gardener's Festive Evening on Friday 6 December 2019. Making a special appearance before dashing back to the North Pole, Santa will be there along with Christmas carol singing.

20. Meet Santa at The Outdoor Inn

For the first time, Father Christmas is coming to The Outdoor Inn as part of Frostival – a month of weekend festivities including a Christmas market, Christmas trees and visit from Santa.

21. Meet Santa at Cattle Country

Father Christmas is making his way to Cattle Country every weekend from Saturday 23 November 2019 to Tuesday 24 December 2019. Little ones can enjoy a tractor ride to Santa’s grotto and play in the farm park after.

22. Meet Santa at Hidcote

There will be a magical festive trail at Hidcote on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December 2019 where children can meet Santa and explore the beautiful gardens.

23. Meet Santa at Gloucester Lights Switch On

Father Christmas will be leading the procession at this year’s Gloucester Christmas Lights Switch On which takes place on Sunday 17 November 2019. With a Pinocchio theme for this year, the whole family can enjoy a festive night out.

24. Meet Santa at Bacon Theatre

Enjoy a festive performance at Bacon Theatre in Cheltenham on Monday 9 December 2019. Santa's Christmas Countdown performance will be a fun family show where littles ones can post their Christmas letters in Santa’s post box.

25. Meet Santa at Toby Carvery's breakfast

Tuck into a scrumptious breakfast with Santa at Toby Carvery in Gloucester. Taking place on various dates in December, kiddies can enjoy a cooked breakfast, a drink and a chance to meet Father Christmas.

26. Meet Santa at Newent Christmas Lights switch on

Meet Santa at Newent Christmas Lights switch on on Saturday 23 November 2019 where he’ll be in his grotto and switching on the town’s Christmas lights. With snow machines making the event magical, Santa will be up for visitors before and after the lights switch on.

27. Meet Santa at Tetbury Christmas Lights Switch On

With market stalls and Christmas music, families can meet Father Christmas at Tetbury Christmas Lights Switch On on Friday 6 December 2019. A lantern procession will loop through the town and children can visit Santa in his grotto during the evening.

28. Meet Santa at All Things Wild

Join Santa's Present Quest on weekends in December where families can visit Santa in his grotto and experience life as an elf. Each child will also get a gift to take home.

29. Meet Santa at Daylesford

Father Christmas is heading to Daylesford in Kingham on Saturday 7 December 2019 to treat little ones to a gift from his grotto. Also heading along with be two reindeers to create the festive feeling.

For more information about Stagecoach West this Christmas, visit stagecoachbus.com.

© SoGlos
Wednesday 18 December 2019

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