As we begin our third Christmas with Olly, we have started to look at different experiences around the Midlands that we think our toddler would enjoy. He’s at that age where everything seems brand new, he doesn’t remember last Christmas (and why would he, he was only 22 months old) so this year everything is exciting and Christmas is beginning to be a very magical time of year. There’s always lots of festive activities going on so I think it’s important to have a look at what’s on offer and pick something suitable for your child and your family.
After putting our Christmas Tree up on Friday afternoon, we thought Breakfast with Father Christmas would be a fantastic way of introducing Olly to the magic of the season and kick the weekend off in style. We were invited to our local Wyevale Garden Centre in Shenstone for Breakfast with Father Christmas and we had a lovely morning.
On arrival at the Garden Centre, we headed straight for the restaurant and took our seats at our festively decorated table where Olly had a Christmas placemat to colour in and we all had crackers to pull. All the staff were dressed as Elves and Christmas music was playing in the background. It was a wonderful atmosphere with the restaurant full of families eagerly awaiting the arrival of Father Christmas.
Our hot breakfasts were served with a child’s breakfast consisting of a pork sausage, scrambled egg, hash brown, baked beans and toast with unlimited squash. The adults breakfast was a similar version of the children’s meal but with added bacon, black pudding, tomato, mushroom and fried bread with a hot drink. An adult mini breakfast is available if you don’t fancy a cooked breakfast which is a freshly baked pastry and a cup of tea or filter coffee.
Hubby and I really enjoyed our cooked breakfast however Olly wasn’t keen on the baked beans touching the rest of his meal making them soggy (his words not mine!) If the baked beans had of been served in a little dish on the side rather than directly on the plate, he would have eaten more but that’s just his preference.
After breakfast, the Elves invited the children to sit on the rug by Father Christmas’ Grotto. The anticipation was building and the children were all rather excited to see Father Christmas. It was nice that the Elves got into their roles and really looked the part, I loved the jingle bells on their shoes and their multi-coloured stripey tights. Within a couple of minutes, Father Christmas walked in and the children gasped with delight.
Father Christmas spoke to the children about Christmas, asking them questions about their decorations and if they had sent their Christmas letters off yet. Father Christmas asked what time the children were getting up on Christmas morning and as a couple of the older children mentioned 3 and 4am, Father Christmas reminded them if they get up too early, he might not have been so they need to stay in bed until at least 7am to ensure he’s been!
All the children were invited to pick a gift from the shelves and Olly picked a fire engine toy. There were plenty of gifts to choose from with choices for younger and older children and I liked that the children can pick their own gift. It’s always a worry when spending money on an entry ticket to visit Father Christmas that the gift you know they are going to be given is cheap tat that breaks within minutes.
Olly had chance to say thank you to Father Christmas for his gift and had his photograph taken. The event didn’t feel rushed and we could spend as much time with Father Christmas as we wanted to. All the children were also given a gingerbread biscuit decorating kit and a bag of chocolate coins to take away.
We all had a lovely morning meeting Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centre which was topped off with a wander around the Garden Centre looking at Christmas decorations and treating ourselves to a few new tree decorations. We’ll definitely consider visiting Wyevale again next year as it was great value for money and we all had a lovely morning.
The Breakfast with Father Christmas session lasts around an hour and a half*. A children’s breakfast is £9.99 and this includes a gift from Father Christmas and the festive activities. An adult’s cooked breakfast is £7.99 and the adult’s mini breakfast is £3.99. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
*Dates and sessions vary between centres, please check your local Wyevale Garden Centre for more details.
Thanks to Wyevale Garden Centre in Shenstone for inviting us to review this experience free of charge, all words and images are my own.