On Wednesday, my sister and I took our little ones to the Christmas Experience at West Lodge Rural Centre.
Upon arriving the boys were given a passport with some stickers. Each time they completed a part of the Christmas experience they could stick a sticker in their passport. They were also given some glasses to use in the twinkly wood which had a magical effect on the lights.
The Christmas experience was broken down into sections, the first allows Christmed the boys to make reindeer food. While they were making it, one of Santa’s helpers told us what special power each different food provided for the reindeer.
The second part took us to elf school, where the boys learned a few elf tricks and found out whether they are on Santas naughty or nice list this year.
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After this, we were then taken through to Santas sorting office where there was the chance to write a letter to Santa and post it in the magical post box. We were also able to decorate a Christmas card and have a photo taken in the sleigh. One of Santas elves was available to take a photo for us, using my phone which provided us with a beautiful memory to take away.
From here we were taken to meet the big man himself. It was a truly magical experience. During the original booking process, I was given the chance to enter a few personal details about each child which Santa then used to engage the children with. He made sure he gave each child some attention which was so special. There was also the opportunity for a family photo with Santa which we purchased separately.
After the experience, we were able to explore the rest of the farm including the indoor and outdoor play areas. As always, the animal feed was available to buy from reception to feed the goats, pigs, and ducks with and the barrel ride was operational.
In the petting barn were 3 small tables each with an animal on that the children could stroke.
For lunch, we were able to eat in the restaurant. I had pre-booked our table but we wanted to go in a bit earlier and they were happy to let us do this.
There is a good food choice of burgers, large sandwiches and other mains and a great kids menu too. My sister and I shared the burger and a brie, bacon, and cranberry panini and both were absolutely delicious. The portions were also very generous so we were left with very full tummies!
From here we let the boys burn off some energy in the outdoor play area where they enjoyed playing in the giant fort with its big slides and on the pedal tractors.
We then headed to the indoor play area to let the boys warm up while my sister and I enjoyed a festive drink.
Due to covid, there were obviously some changes, as I mentioned, we booked our table for lunch as per the recommendations. We also had to book our time in the indoor play area so that numbers were limited and the staff was to clean the area between each 1-hour slot.
What I absolutely loved was that the numbers were limited throughout the farm and it made the day so much more relaxing. There was no waiting for your turn to see an animal or fear of losing your child in the crowd.
The Santa experience at West Lodge was also limited in numbers. For our experience, there were 4 groups of us, our group of 2 adults and 2 children being the biggest so it was a really chilled out and intimate experience.
I have said this before, but West Lodge is one of my favourite places ever to take the kids. The thought and love that has gone into the whole experience is so clear to see. The staff around the farm are always happy, friendly, and welcoming and every visit I have had to the farm has been amazing.
You can read my full review of West Lodge Rural center here.
Have you been to the Christmas Experience at West Lodge Rural Centre? What did you think?
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