Thursday, 13 December 2018

Lotherton at Christmas Experience Review

We were invited to Lotherton Hall to review their magical Christmas experience., including a trip to visit Father Christmas. Until the 23rd of December, families can embark on a festive adventure in the ultimate winter wonderland, letting their imaginations run wild. There is an Elf Village, along with a Twelve Days of Christmas Woodland Walk, The Enchanted Fairy Dell, The Christmas Courtyard and The House and Edwardian Selfie Studio.  Unfortunately the weather was not on our side on the evening we attended, and it was freezing cold and pouring with rain.

Lotherton North Pole

The Christmas Experience features a very special North Pole, which honestly is one of the most magical I have ever walked in to. The elves are hands on, and there are activities for the children to do on their way to meeting Father Christmas. First up we made reindeer food, using lentils and seeds. It was so much fun, and they were designed  in the style of Rudolph. I loved seeing both my children get stuck in with this activity. 

Making reindeer food at Lotherton

Then we moved on to drawing a postcard for Santa, which explained what they both wanted for Christmas. I'll be honest, they both wrote things that I hadn't anticipated! The elves were wonderful and kept the children talking. They even managed to control the sheer level of sass that my daughter managed to come out with!

Drawing a postcard for Santa
Lotherton Christmas Experience

Lotherton is a beautiful Edwardian country hall and estate on the outskirts of Leeds. It is perfect for a family day out, and we would love to return in the summer or when the weather is a little better. Meeting Father Christmas was the highlight of our evening, and he was fabulous with the children. He explained to my daughter why he wasn't allowed to bring her a real life puppy for Christmas, and it definitely seemed to help her. He spent time with both children and it didn't feel like we were rushed at all at any point.

Meeting Father Christmas at Lotherton

Next we went down to the Elf Village, where there were different activities that children could take part in. These were all at an additional cost. My children loved designing the plates, and we paid £3 per child for this. The end result was fantastic and it was amazing to see my son being so creative. Again, the elves were very attentive and great with the children. One of the other activity huts burst into festive songs, which was fantastic.

Plate decorating Lotherton Hall

 Tickets for The Christmas Experience start from £3.50 with a number of visit options available, early booking is recommended. For further information, check out Lotherton's website.

Disclosure: We were provided with an entrance ticket and to meet Father Christmas, but we paid for additional activities ourselves, for the purpose of this post. All opinion is my own.

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