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UK Lapland Kent

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UK Lapland Kent

Hi i am looking to take our 2 year old to the UK lapland it is very expensive nd we live in South Wales is it worth the time and money as i have had mixed reviews did anyone go last year?is it magical?is there loads to do?is it worth the money?

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1. Re: UK Lapland Kent

Seriously? For a TWO year old?? Who would be just as happy in the local Monkey Mates or similar, and would have no real appreciation of what he or she is seeing and why they have just spent all morning in a car getting there?

I really don't see, even if they do enjoy it, how the sheer tedium of what, a 4 hour drive *each way* ?, (and possibly much worse if the M25 plays up), can possibly be worth the time spent, never mind the money, which is probably £75 on petrol alone, plus obviously whatever the entrance fee is times 2.

Albufeira, Portugal
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2. Re: UK Lapland Kent

£44.50 entrance!

Plus booking fee!!

Bewl Water is not Lapland. I used to live not far away.

IMHO definitely not worth that slog along the motorways.

Save your money.

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Like Albufeira I am agog at the entrance fees. I have been to Bewl Water once, and as nice as it is, in my opinion it didn't warrant the £5 entrance fee they were charging this summer.

Its a reservoir, with a bit of a beach, and an overpriced cafe attached. Im genuinely shocked at the prices they are charging for an alleged Lapland Experience. Give it a wide birth

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What I dont understand wapsrocks, is, when you look at what there is there, even if its as super spiffy as the website says, none of it seems applicable to a 2 year old, (even one thats nearly 3) ?

I could understand it if you had, say a couple of kids aged maybe 4-6 or so, who know what a reindeer is, would aw and ah at the fake snow and 'elves', appreciate a gift from santa etc, go skating, but all that time and money for one child that is likely to be at best indifferent to the whole experience, just makes no sense to me.

There must surely be a better way of spending £200 and a day?

London
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5. Re: UK Lapland Kent

I think Mummy would be very disappointed (because I'm guessing this isn't about the two-year-old ....)

kent
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6. Re: UK Lapland Kent

Hi Wrappsrocks.

If you decide that the UKLapland is not suitable for your family, then you may want to consider some alternatives.

When my children were very young, they thoroughly enjoyed a Christmas trip on some little railways. Both the Kent & East Sussex and the Romney,Hythe & Dymchurch run "Santa Specials", and are considerably cheaper than UKLapland.

For details of operating times/costs/parking and what the santa specials provide, please see

www.rhdr.org.uk

and www.kesr.org.uk

Essex
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Good suggestion mcpinder, I'm sure that wrapsocks10 can find Heritage railways and santa specials closer to Abergavenny though than Kent!

You also might find a lapland 'type' experience closer to home wrapsock that would save you the trek all the way across country to "Lapland UK"

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8. Re: UK Lapland Kent

Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway is right at Abergavenny and has Santa Specials:

http://pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk/

Perrygrove Railway over the border into the Forest of Dean, is 'striking distance' and also has Christmas Events:

http://www.perrygrove.co.uk/

There is also Dean Forest Railway:

http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/

Back into Wales and nearby is the Brecon Mountain Railway:

http://www.breconmountainrailway.co.uk/

Essex
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9. Re: UK Lapland Kent

Here are some events in your more Local area, that might appeal:

http://www.cardiffswinterwonderland.com/

Or Waterfront Winterland at the National Watefront Museum, Swansea:

www.swanseachristmas.com/index.cfm…

The Museum has other 'Christmassy' events' - take a look at "Rudolph, Carols and Santa":

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/swansea/

Perhaps helping Sparkle Elf to find Santa in the National Garden of Wales would be fun??:

www.gardenofwales.org.uk/whats-on/events/

In case you are wondering, that is the 'pick' of the events that IMO are ideal for a 2 year old - but there are plenty more to look at, that might appeal to YOU - I found them here:

http://www.visitsouthwales.com/events.aspx

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