I was asked by Lotherton Hall to visit their new Christmas Experience preview evening. Unfortunately I was unable to take my grandson but my husband and I went along, eager to see the new Christmas themed event and to sample the free mince pies and drink !
It was a bitterly cold night when we arrived and as most of the activities are outdoors, it would be wise to wrap up well. Spread throughout the estate at Lotherton Hall, The Christmas Experience has several attractions, including Twelve Days Of Christmas Walk, an Elf Village ( where Santa resides) and a wonderful secret Fairy Dell. We made our way into the main house on arrival and it was lovely to see the Hall decorated with a stunning Christmas Tree and other decorations. There are activities in the house too, so have a look out for those. There is even a dressing up box where children and adults can enjoy the fun of dressing up.
The Twelve Days of Christmas is set in woodland decorated with twinkling fairy lights with twelve different themed areas along the way. There is plenty in the woodland to keep children of all ages occupied and the whole set up was very magical. Visitors are guided through the woodland with fairy lights on the paths and the themed areas are intermittently set out along this path. Most of the themed areas are interactive and fabulous for children and adults alike to really get involved. I have deliberately not put up photos of these as I think it would spoil the surprise for new visitors.
In the Elf Village, families are greeted by Santa’s elves and taken to their workshop where children can help the elves with crafts and make a souvenir to take home. While we were there, we saw children eagerly painting their own fairy doors to take home with them to put in their own garden.
On entering the Elf Village families are then taken to meet Santa in his lovely grotto. We didn’t venture in to meet Santa as we didn’t have a child with us but my hubby did look rather disappointed !
Also in this area is the Lotherton Hall cafe which provided snacks and drinks for visitors. The outdoor seating area was candle lit and there were warm blankets on the chairs which was a nice welcome touch as it was a cold night. The Lotherton Hall shop is also located in this courtyard which sells Christmas decorations, gifts and souvenirs.
We made our way to the final attraction and perhaps my favourite, the Fairy Dell. This was truly magical and I really enjoyed this. The Fairy Dell is a full fairy village set amongst rocky garden landscape and you can even hear fairies laughing and giggling amongst their fairy houses.
All in all we enjoyed the evening very much and Lotherton Hall have really excelled themselves in providing a christmas experience for families. Of course I think our evening would have been enjoyed more if we had had our grandson with us, as the whole event is obviously targeted to young children. After all isn’t the magic of Christmas best experienced with young children anyway?
Until next time dear friends
*Many thanks to Lotherton Hall for the kind invite to the preview evening*