Christmas 2013 we took the children to have breakfast with Father Christmas at John Brown's garden centre which is approximately 10 minutes walk from our house. Since then we have visited the cabin every year and every year it got better. Santa's Elf knew us and made comment about seeing us last year etc … John Brown's in no longer an independent Garden Centre but owned by Wyevale Garden Centre's and we were invited to try out this years Breakfast with Father Christmas.
The table was all set for us when we arrived, including christmas crackers, Christmas themed activity sheets and a card placed on the table for each child, which was a super lovely touch. I especially liked the sheets of paper encouraging the children to write Father Christmas a letter and an envelope. Later in the morning Father Christmas collected all the letters up and whilst we ate he sat in his chair reading them and nodding politely. Another super lovely touch.
We had such a lovely time yesterday meeting Father Christmas 🎅 and eating breakfast at John Browns @wyevalegc 🎄 Although she has a giant smile on her face here poor Megan has been throwing up all day 😞 fingers crossed it's just a 24hr thing. #ukparentbloggers #mummyblogger #breakfastwithsanta #review #christmastime #myfamily #olive #charlie #megan #siblings #mylittleloves (Girls Mrs Claus dresses from @hm )
Each child had a full cooked breakfast, which for the girls was fine but Charlie is 9 and could have done with a bit more to eat. In hindsight I would probably have booked an extra adult meal (Daddy Moo and I had a full English too which was an additional £7.99 each you could have a smaller breakfast for £3.99) or maybe a side of toast. It might be handy to have 2 size meals for children.
Once we had finished eating Father Christmas made his way round and said hello to us all. Chatting about whether we had been good or not and what special plans we had. He was a really kindly soft spoken Father Christmas and very good with nervous children (Olive doesn't do well with strangers).
The children were then provided with snowman shaped biscuits and lots of treats to decorate them! No seriously! We were given paper bags to take them home in (although Charlie demolished his!) Once we'd finished Father Christmas asked if the children would like to pick a toy from the sleigh. There was plenty of choice (a little too much maybe I think Olive changed her mind 3 or 4 times!)
Would you believe all of this was priced at £9.99!! The whole experience lasted about 1 hour 30 minutes and it really is excellent value for money. If Breakfast isn't your thing the same experience is offered at teatime! There are 151 garden centres run by Wyevale across the UK.