The Big Play Barn's Santa Experience is the highlight of our year. Last year's guests were delighted with the event and left fabulous reviews.


We believe the event's popularity is down to our staff's dedication to providing a personal touch. You won't be herded, rushed or hassled and every child (and adult) is made to feel special. The cost is £22.95 for a child and £8.95 for an adult, including food and gifts for all. You can book online or by telephone, but please be aware that full payment is needed in advance to secure your booking. The whole experience lasts two and a half hours including a short play at the start but you are also welcome to make a day of it and spend longer in the Play Barn, subject to normal opening hours (9.30 to 6.30). This is especially important in the case of our Supper event – the barn closes as your visit finishes, so if you would like extra play allow time before your Santa Experience starts.


We do like to keep an element of surprise but here are some key features so that you'll know what to expect and when to get your camera ready.

  • Play first: your visit starts with a short play. This allows everyone to let off steam and ensures that any late arrivals don't disrupt the proceedings.
  • Elf school registration is a fun way to get started … no talking at the back though!
  • We wake up Santa first and then head off to meet the reindeer. Of course, we have to sing "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and there is a chance to sit on Santa's sleigh.
  • By this time, everyone's hungry and ready for a Christmas meal with a difference: the elves, Santa and Mrs Claus are all in attendance.
  • In the Enhanted Forest, there's time for a little one-on-one chat with Mrs Claus and maybe even a special treat for well-behaved children.
  • Finally, before a Story with Santa, it’s the moment the children have been looking forward to – present time!