Yeah, yeah. I know Christmas is over. I know it’s the New Year. But we had the best time visiting Santa at Wroxham Barns in December I really wanted to share it with you.
I was supposed to write this before Christmas but I had promised myself a blogging break, which has actually been wonderful and well needed. My break was actually longer than planned thanks to our broadband completely failing and me not feeling very well. So here I am now writing about Christmas.
If you are reading this later in 2018 getting ready to plan your Santa visit in Norfolk, I would highly recommend Wroxham Barns, it was great value for money and a lot of fun. Different to the other experiences we have tried over the last few years as you get to spend a lot of time with Santa.
We headed to Wroxham on a very dreary Sunday, it was grey and cold and thoroughly miserable. Our experience was booked for 1pm so we nipped into the centre of Wroxham for a cheeky McD’s first, though we could have easily eaten at Wroxham Barns we were worried it would be really busy and as we hadn’t booked a table we didn’t want to risk it!
With the child well fed we headed to Wroxham Barns, we happened to be there for their Christmas Fun day, so there were entertainers wandering round juggling or stilt walking, there were free mince pies and mulled wine (I was very happy) and all the shops had joined in with the festivities. It was lovely and none of this was why we were even there!
We were there to see Santa in the Junior Farm and our tickets to see the main man also gave us access to the Junior Farm for the whole day, amazing. We had a little mooch round the farm before we got ready to see the elves and head to the large marquee tent they had set up for all the festive fun. We also made sure to nip to the bathroom first as we were going to be having 1 hour and 30 minutes of fun.
We were checked in quickly and efficiently by some very helpful and excited elves, shown to our table and given some time to settle in whilst L cracked on with some colouring. All the children got to sits at tables with loads of chairs nearby for the grown ups, who were welcome to sit at the tables so long as there was enough space. I thought they had got the numbers just right in our session, it was busy but not crowded.
When everyone was settled in everyone had to sing Jingle Bells loudly so that Santa could find us, in he came and spent the whole time being around to talk to the kids and join in with some of the fun.
There were games for the kids, that of course L refused to join in with, musical statues and Santa says are not for him apparently. With little prizes for each winner. There was also a spirited game of animal noise bingo making sure no one left without a prize, we got a sticky snowman that ‘walked’ down the window.
Breaking up the games was a fab crafting session, L sewed for the first time ever (so proud) and had a great time decorating his stocking which he took to show Santa when he had finished. Santa also put on a magic show which was a lot of fun. There was singing, dancing, crafting and fun. All this before the children got to see Santa for their gifts.
L couldn’t believe Santa knew how old he was and all about his best friend Gerry the Giraffe, in fact Santa had a lot of facts about all the boys and girls which was a lovely touch and just proves how magical he is (and has nothing to do with the booking form). L couldn’t wait to open his gift, so we let him. He got a mug with different festive scenes to colour in, it’s great. After everyone had got their gifts there was some time to take pictures with Santa before heading out.
When we had finished we spent some more time walking around the Junior Farm before grabbing a few Christmas gifts from the lovely shops at Wroxham Barns and stalking Santa a bit more as he even came out to see the children outside the farm.
We just had a lovely time, despite the weather, and I was so impressed with everything. I love Wroxham Barns anyway, but this was just perfect.
I loved that you got to spend the whole time with Santa. Getting full entry to the Junior Farm was wonderful. Despite the weather they had heated the marquee so we were toasty warm. Every single member of staff, elf or entertainer we met made an effort to say hello and be friendly. It wasn’t too busy and because you have to book your ticket you know you will not be facing any queues. You get to craft something to take home, win prizes and get a gift from Santa. The value for money is superb.
Disclosure – we paid for our own tickets, this is in no way sponsored, I just wanted to share our experience.