Jack isn't very good at the meeting of Father Christmas this, the first year went a little like this...
Until last year and he didn't even go near the Father Christmas, but I live in hope that one day he will accept this tradition. However this year, he was fine with Father Christmas in our first attempt at seeing the big guy. This was down to the brilliant Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centre in Shenstone although this event is at lots of Wyevale Garden Centres. The Father Christmas there wasvery realistic, and Jack just loved him.
So, this year we went for breakfast with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centre, and it was a lovely experience. Wyevale Garden Centre offer a Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas experience in many of their garden centres around the UK and they run until 24th December 2015. For us the experience lasted around an hour and a half and was fun for all the family.
Each of the tables for the event are given a festive make-over, and feature a fun Christmas table cloth with some decorations. Upon arrival, we were shown to our table and given chance to settle down before being offered a drink, tea or coffee for the adults and orange or blackcurrant squash for the children. At the place setting for the children were some activity sheets and also some crayons to keep them entertained before breakfast was served. There were also some Christmas crackers on the table which Jack was keen to get started with.
Shortly after it was time for breakfast, we opted for an Adult Great British Breakfast and a Child's Breakfast for Jack however they do also do vegetarian options for both and an Adult Mini Breakfast.
The children's breakfast was a decent size, it included a pork sausage, scrambled eggs, baked beans, a hash brown and toast soldiers and unlimited squash for £9.99.
Whilst the adult one included a pork sausage, two bacon, black pudding, fried egg, fried bread, hash browns, flat mushroom, grilled tomato, beans and toast and tea or filter coffee for £7.99. I'm not overly fond of cooked breakfasts however I can honestly say this one was delicious.
Once our breakfast was finished, it was time for the Father Christmas experience to begin. Each of the children were invited along to sit on the floor and wait for Father Christmas as he had got lost upon the way. Whilst waiting the children had fun with the elves, calling for Father Christmas with some bells. Then he arrived, Jack was amazed by this Father Christmas - truly believing he was the real thing, for all we know he could have been. Father Christmas interacted with the children talking about the reindeer and then asked each of the children what they would like for Christmas. At the end, each child was invited to choose their own gift from the shelves, Jack chose a fun car set but it was nice to see a wide selection allowing the children to choose, they also seem like good quality gifts which makes a change. Each child was also given a cookie decorating kit to do at home too.
Overall, we had a great time - it's the best Father Christmas experience we have ever had. It's brilliant value for money when you consider the breakfast and although the children's is more they do get a fantastic gift at the end. Defiantly one I would recommend, you can find your local Wyevale taking part and the timings online, where you can also book your own experience.
Please Note: We received a complimentary experience in exchange for a review of the event. All wording and thoughts are my own.