Sunday, 19 December 2010


Every year, without fail we visit Father Christmas at Longleat - this is our 10th year. It is so popular you have to book it in May but it is worth every penny and to top it off this year - we had snow!

It was always Grandma's treat, she sadly passed away 3 years ago but Grandpa has kept the tradition going and it so special getting all the Grandchildren together ranging from a very unamused 14year old to the youngest at 2.

You take the little steam train through the forest, then once through the dark tunnel you arrive at Father Christmas's cabin in a wooded glade, lit spectacularly in fairy lights. It really does take your breath away.
There is a big roaring fire to warm yourself by, which was very welcoming as it was -4 today.

The trees looked truly beautiful.

There is a stable where you can peg up a letter to Father Christmas, a sleigh and a cabin serving Hot Chocolate - perfect festive treat.

Then there is Father Christmas's cabin it's self and 2 very excited children.

Inside all the presents are named and are age appropriate so that Father Christmas calls out the children's names and gives them their own special gift.
Father Christmas even comes down and stands by the fire and waves the train on it's way. It really is a truly magical experience and will always hold a very special Christmas memory for us all. A perfect time to share as a family and swap Christmas gifts in the car park!


Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Wow, Becky, what a wonderful idea. To think we used to live about 5 miles from Longleat and I didn't realise Father Christmas came each year.

Shall definitely have to put that on the calendar for a couple of years hence, when Florence will appreciate it. What fun!

Sue x

Anonymous said...

Oh ! I've got tears in my eyes reading the line about Grandma and Grandpa! I love Christmas for it's traditions and getting together and even the 14 year old will look back fondly on that magical day.
Have a very Merry, snowy, Christmas, Dee x

Rebecca said...

Oh it looks truly magical and what a wonderful tradition. It looks like you all had a fabulous time x

KC'sCourt! said...

It looks wonderfully magical
Something to think about for Caitlin in the future.