It may still be October but as the children keep telling us, Christmas is nearly here!

Santa will no doubt be visiting Leap and Learn this Christmas but there are also many other places to visit him in the build up to December 25th.

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The Guildhall, Peas Hill

Santa has come back to the Visitor Information Centre in Cambridge again to see all the lovely children and find out what they would like for Christmas this year.

Go and see him in his grotto in the heart of Cambridge on Pea’s Hill and be transported into a magical winter wonderland.

The grotto is a treat not just for the children but for the adults as well.

Opening times will be from December 3rd to 24th, Saturdays 11am – 5pm and Sundays 11am – 3pm.

The grotto is closed Monday to Friday until December 19-23 when Santa ramps it up a notch and is open everyday 12-5pm.

The cost will be £6 per child (which includes a toy).

Adults go free!

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Santa’s Magical Journey

Give your children or grandchildren a day they’ll never forget. Visit Father Christmas in the magical setting of Thursford this Christmas. It will be a treat to cherish for everyone who wants to experience this magical fantasy journey and visit Father Christmas in his very special house. 

Your journey takes you past the penguins and polar bears to see all the giant sized teddy bears ready to load Santa’s sleigh, past the busy elves, hard at work in the toy factory taking in the wonderful wrapping machine. You’ll meet lots of fantasy characters including the snowman family but watch out for the snowballs before you make your way through the magical forest to reach Santa’s House where you meet the man himself and all his gifts for all the children that visit.

Santa’s Magical Journey is open:
25th & 26th November 2017
02nd, 03rd, 09th,10th & 16th – 23rd December 2017.

Adults £10.50
• Children £16.50 includes a present

Your visit also includes seasonal children’s entertainment and a 4D film.

All tickets must be pre-booked, with journey times every 15 minutes.

Bookings can be made online at or by telephone 01328 878477.

Blackthorpe Barn, Bury St Edmunds

This perfect miniature grotto promises to be a superb Santa experience.

Santa isn’t giving too much away at this stage but he has revealed that all children will receive a gift (if they’ve been good).

Recommended for children aged 0-9. Must be accompanied by an adult.

Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham Estate, Bury St Edmunds. Weekends from November 25, £6 per child.

Also open December 19-22.

Scotsdales Garden Centre, Great Shelford

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It’s that time of the year again when all the believers are whisked off to the wonderful world of Father Christmas in his snowy Scotsdales grotto.

Usually it is only Father Christmas’ Elves who are allowed on the Elf Express but for a limited time only we’re all invited to jump aboard!

With the help of the Christmas Elves and Rudolph, riders are transported to a magical winter wonderland for a chance to meet and have their photo taken with Father Christmas himself.

Scotsdales Garden Centre, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford.

Father Christmas is there from November 19. £10 per child, £4 per adult.

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Bury Lane Farm Shop, A10

Father Christmas is setting up his grotto on the Garden Shop as usual.

And don’t miss this year’s Reindeer Event focusing on the beautiful Cairngorm Reindeer, their wellbeing, the conservation surrounding them and informing children that reindeer are not just for Christmas!

With many reindeer being kept in unsuitable conditions throughout the year, Bury Lane believes that the Cairngorm Reindeer should be celebrated as the only free ranging herd of Reindeer in the UK and would like to focus on educating visitors on the importance of this, especially during the festive season.

Please be advised that this is a Countryside Restoration Trust event, supported by Bury Lane Farm Shop.

Therefore, if you would like to discuss this further, please contact The CRT direct on 01223 262999 or via email at

Frosts Garden Centre, Brampton

This is a unique grotto experience like no other.

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Enter Santa’s magical wonderland, sing with his bashful elves and then make some reindeer food ready to sprinkle on Christmas Eve.

The adventure continues into Santa’s living room where you will listen to an enchanted story read by Santa himself.

It’s the ultimate Santa experience for the whole family to enjoy! Your experience will last around 30 minutes.

Frosts Garden Centre, Buckden Road, Brampton.

Child Ticket – 6 Months and Over £13.99 each

Adult Ticket – £4.99 each

6 X 8 Photo – £7.50 each |4 x 6 Photo Glitter Frame – £11.99 each

Wicken Fen, Lode Lane

Don’t miss Father Christmas at the Fen. Follow the Christmas trail to find Santa and tell him what you would like for Christmas.

Then visit the elves busy in the workshop, and make Christmas crafts to take home.

Remember to wrap up warm because the Christmas trail can be chilly and no dogs allowed.

Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Ely. Follow the Christmas trail from December 3.

Also check out the Christmas elves and decorations workshops.

Child ticket, £9.

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Shepreth Wildlife Park, Shepreth

Starting on December 2 at 11am, Santa will be parking his sleigh at Shepreth Wildlife Park.

He’ll be meeting the children and giving out presents.

Bookings can be made on the day, but please note the cost of a child will also include the usual admission rate of £9.99. This will make the cost of a child to visit the park and Grotto £14.99 on the day.

All funds raised go to the SWCC Hedgehog Hospital.