Enjoy a little Christmas Magic at Almond Valley
As the days grow shorter and the nights grow chilly, dear old Santa Claus takes up residence in his magical farmyard cottage. He wishes everyone the compliments of the season, and has some early Christmas presents to share with the children who visit him. Elsewhere, Almond Valley is brightly decorated for Christmas, there are seasonal crafts in the museum to try your hand at, while the animals of Mill Farm are enjoying their own special celebrations. This year Santa has a cozy cottage in the warmth of the tearoom, and there are many different ways to meet Santa and enjoy the special wonder of the festive season.
Santa's Farmyard Cottage
December 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, & 24th - (all day, NO advance bookings)
Visit Santa in his farmyard cottage and receive an early Christmas present as part of a great day out at Almond Valley, which is open as usual between 10am and 5pm. Usual admission prices to Almond Valley apply (adults £8.50 and children £6.50), however when you buy a Santa visit ticket, that child is admitted free of charge. Tickets to visit Santa in his cottage cost £3.50 each, and include a worthwhile and age-appropriate early Christmas present.
Santa visit tickets for these dates can't be booked in advance, and when you purchase tickets on arrival, you'll be given a time when Santa will be ready to meet you in his cottage. Santa is busy throughout the day between 10.30 and 17.00, so it's best to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
December 13th, 14th & 15th - (part-day, advance booking essential)
On these special mid-week dates, Santa is at home in his cottage from 10.30 to 12.00 and from 14.30 to 16.30, especially to meet folks who wish to book their visit in advance. Telephone us (01506 414957), give your details, and we'll make a booking for a specific time. Its ideal for pre-school children and small groups. Prices and conditions are the same as for weekend visits (above). For larger groups and those who want to make it a really special occasion, see the Santa Party package described below.
Supper with Santa
December 11th to 13th and 18th to 20th - (16.30 to 18.30, advance booking essential)
Take your seat for a tasty supper in Morag's Milkbar tearoom, served at your table by some very entertaining Christmas elves. Once all bellies are filled, it's time for Santa to arrive with early Christmas presents for all his young guests. The kids are then free to go wild in the soft play area.
Santa Supper tickets cost £12 per child and include a tasty choice of cooked kid's supper and a Christmas gift. A maximum of two adults can accompany each child free of charge. A choice of grown-up suppers at £8 each can be ordered in advance for adults, (and are recommended as there will be no counter service in the tearoom during the event, and additional suppers cannot be booked on the night.)
TO BOOK - Telephone us on 01506 414957 during office hours to check availability, then provide full information on the names and ages of the children who will be attending, their menu choice, the number of accompanying adults, and the menu choice for any adult catering. Credit card details should be provided for full payment at time of booking.
Supper go-ers should arrive at Almond Valley no earlier that 16.00, for a prompt start to festivities at 16.30. Supper tickets do not provide access to the rest of the Almond Valley site, which will be locked by 17.00. All children aged 12 months and over must be paid for. It will not be possible to change bookings or refund payments.
Group Visits and Santa Parties
Scheduled as required.
We're very happy to welcome group visitors at Christmas-time and offer a special mid-week Santa visit package for groups of twenty of more children. We also host Santa parties with food and drink, ideal for nurseries, playgroups, company outings, and all other forms of children's group. Click here to download further information and a booking form.