Afternoon tea with the elves at the Slimbridge Wetlands Centre
It's become a Christmas tradition that each year we book a different festive experience; it started with the trail at Westonbirt Arboretum when I was pregnant with Archie (and then when he was a toddler), before we discovered the magical experience at Blenheim Palace last year. This year, I spotted a leaflet for Santa's Grotto and afternoon tea with the elves at the Slimbridge Wetlands Centre, and as it's somewhere we'd previously visited and had a great time, we decided to round up the grandparents and visit for the day on Christmas Eve Eve Eve .
We were booked in to see Santa at 1:30pm so arrived a couple of hours earlier to feed the ducks and geese and play on the park/splash in every puddle. We roasted marshmallows, built dens and spent hours making Christmas decorations to hang on the tree; it was amazing to see Archie so engrossed in colouring, sticking and creating something when before he started school, his concentration span was so much shorter.
There was so much to do and we probably could've spent longer there if we'd arrived earlier. Archie taught Santa the floss, informed him that actually the grinch does like Christmas at the end and explained that he is extra Christmassy because he turns 5 on December 25th, whilst Jesse peeped out every now & then from behind my legs.
After Santa, we enjoyed bottomless tea and hot chocolate in the swan café and devoured umpteen mini sandwiches, cakes, scones and mince pies; there couldn't have been a better way to end the day. If it wasn't so far for us, I'd be signing us up as members in a heartbeat; it's such a lovely place to spend a morning, afternoon or day, feeding and getting up close with the wildlife and getting as wet and muddy as possible in the process. Thanks Slimbridge for a super festive Christmas Eve Eve Eve!
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