insideKENT Magazine insideKENT Issue 69 Dec 2017 - Page 86

DAYSOUT Where will you see Santa THIS YEAR ? cont. Kent and East Sussex Railway // 2-3 Dec, 9-10 Dec, 16-17 Dec, 22-24 Dec Walnuts Shopping Centre // 19 Nov-24 Dec The steam trains at the Kent and East Sussex Railway will be decorated beautifully for the occasion of this special train journey during which Father Christmas will be passing by each carriage and chatting to the children inside. Following on behind are the elves, carrying loaded sacks of gifts for the kids. And, if there are any teenagers on board who might prefer something a little sweeter, there are boxes of chocolate just for them. The Walnuts Shopping Centre in Orpington is proudly offering a totally free Father Christmas Grotto for your little ones this year. Pop along and and write your letter to Father Christmas then post it in the Talking Post Box – he tells jokes you know! Take a ride in the sleigh with Rudolph at the helm, do some fabulous colouring, and then go and meet Father Christmas to ask him which list you’re on this year. Groombridge Place // 2-3 Dec, 9-10 Dec, 16-17 Dec, 23-24 Dec Hempstead Valley // 18 Nov-24 Dec At Groombridge Place, the elves have a lot to do, especially during the Merry Elfmas event that takes place each weekend in December. Elf storytelling, Christmas letter writing, plenty of Christmas-themed crafts and even a stage show all take place here, as well as the chance to meet Santa in his grotto. Father Christmas has taken up residence in his traditional grotto, which features many enchanting characters including penguins and a towering, beautifully decorated Christmas tree. The traditional grotto is open daily until Christmas Eve and a visit to see Father Christmas includes a wrapped gift. Broadditch // 2-3 Dec, 9-10 Dec, 16-17 Dec, 21-24 Dec With all the fun of the farm combined with meeting the most well loved Christmas icon, Broadditch has everything your little one might want this festive season. Climb aboard the tractor sleigh and experience an exciting journey into the enchanted wood where the elves will lead you to Santa’s cottage. Listen to a story, make a wish, and come away with a great gift. Crampton Tower Museum // 2-3 Dec, 9-10 Dec, 16-17 Dec, 22-23 Dec 86 The Glades // 25 Nov-24 Dec It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Experience it in a magical new light at The Glades’ grotto spectacular – ADVENTure Land – hosted by the team from the centre’s sell-out smash, Kids On The Moon. From 25th November until Christmas Eve, families can enjoy an enchanting 45-minute, elf-led escapade around a Nordic- inspired village discovering fun-packed games, music, jokes and surprises – all hidden behind 24 windows and doors. Santa will be waiting at the end for a chat, photographs and to present adventurers with souvenirs. Grottos do tend to get booked up well in advance, so finding one that doesn’t need tickets is always a bonus – and the Santa Special Weekends at the Crampton Tower Museum in Broadstairs works in exactly that way. Santa is waiting patiently at the top of the tower, and good boys and girls will be taken there by an elf. On the way, they can walk through the elves’ workshop to see toys being made, and when they’ve finished chatting to Santa – and received their gift, of course! – they can then enjoy a ride on a miniature railway to finish the day off in style. Whitefriars // 3-24 Dec The Santa’s Grotto experience at Whitefriars is bigger this year than ever before. This year, you can make elf dust while you wait, and once children have met Father Christmas, they’ll will receive a lovely commemorative certificate.