As I mentioned on my last review 'sons birthday treat' - 1 star. At that time I could not write a true review as we did not get past the queues into the centre. We tried again for my sons third birthday. I took a days holiday from work and went on Tuesday - 11.12.12. (his actual birthday). This time there was approx. 50 people there, no queues and plenty of parking in the main car park with the overflow unused. I feel that Santas grotto was quite well done, and on the plus side, my son enjoyed himself on the bouncy 'bungalow', ride on toy horses and little sit on bikes . I thought that the hut full of reindeer pelts was in poor taste and I don't think my son needs to know the realities of the food chain at 3 years old. The animals seemed happy enough, and with the low numbers of visitors, they did not seem stressed. It was nice to be able to feed the reindeer carrotts. On the down side, it was expensive at £10.00 per adult and £12.50 per child and catering consisted of a burger van where it was impossible to purchase a healthy meal for children. I feel that a reasonable day out can be had if you :-
a, Avoid the centre like the plague at weekends during the Christmas period. (I realise this is not easy when most of us still have to earn a living during the week).
b, Take childrens meals with you as you will not be able to buy them healthy meals there, and
c, Wrap up warm as adults may be standing around a fair bit.
I hope this review was fair and may be useful to anybody who may be considering a visit.
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