This year they have gone for an enchanted forest theme with 120 real life fir trees! Believed to be the first live forest to be created in an indoor shopping centre, you walk through the fairy lit forest to meet the one and only Father Christmas/Santa. Little ones can meet Spud and Eve Weston Favell's own elves and spot the animals as they walk through. There is a small craft area at the beginning for children to decorate a tag and write their wish list.
I loved the real trees but I did think they would be more spaced out creating more of a forest walkthrough but the effect is nice. The lights are lovely and staff really good. Santa's cabin is really cosy & well decorated just as you'd imagine. Santa was very authentic and little ones will love him.
My 7 year old said he did a very good job even though he's Santa's helper and must have been trained by the real Santa well so praise indeed. (He believes the real Santa stays in the North Pole because he's busy but sends helpers to the grottos.)
It costs £4 per child and my children both received a book as a gift. If you book online there is a booking fee.
I think it was good value for money and a nice experience. After you can purchase the usual photos and key rings. I bought the basic package for £10 as it was a nice photo and my 10 year probably won't come to a grotto again sob!
The Grotto is open from 17th November 2017 - 24th December 2017.
Address for those unfamiliar with Weston Favell is -
Weston Favell Shopping Centre
You can purchase tickets following this link -
Opening hours are -
19TH NOVEMBER - 18TH DECEMBER
Monday to Friday
|12.00pm - 6.00pm|
|10.00am - 6.00pm|
|10.00am - 4.00pm|
19TH DECEMBER - 23RD DECEMBER
|9.00am - 6.00pm|
9.00am - 3.00pm
Disclaimer: I received 2 tickets in exchange for this review. I purchased the photos myself. All opinions are my own & honest.