On Friday my mother in law arrived for the weekend from York, so we decided to book us all in for a visit to Santa at Webb’s. Molly was beside herself with excitement at the prospect of seeing her nanna, and even more so at seeing Father Christmas!
We went last year when Molly was 21 months old and it was so good, but being the age she was she didn’t really understand what it was all about. This year, however, she has been completely captivated by the Christmas magic, and cannot wait for the big day. It’s so wonderful to see her like this, and it has reignited my love for all things festive.
Webb’s of Wychbold is one of the most amazing places to visit over the Christmas period. You don’t even have to go and see Santa as there are loads of little displays and free things to look at while walking around. I would recommend going late afternoon/evening time to get the full effect of all the beautiful lights outside as they really are magical.
Last year among their entrance display they had a gorgeous Princess carriage where your little ones could sit and have a photo, however this year they have replaced it with some talking reindeer! Kids can press the button and all 3 of them talk and sing.
Walking through the actual centre itself is like being in a winter wonderland. There are so many things to look at, and I would love to go on my own one time just to browse, as you don’t get much time to do that with a lively 2 year old. There are plenty of things to keep the kids occupied throughout the store though, perfect for inquisitive little people!
After buying a few presents in Hobbycraft it was time to see Santa. We had pre-booked tickets online which is advisable particularly during busy times such as weekends. However I did see a few people buy tickets there. At £9.99 per child (with one free adult) you get a lot for your money.
Firstly, everyone is shown into a room where the kids get to make their own magical reindeer food.
The ‘Elf’ that was organising it then told the kids that they had to sprinkle the magic food outside on Christmas Eve for Rudolph. They were over the moon!
The next room we were shown into was for making their own baubles. They each had their own plastic bauble in two halves which they had to fill with tissue paper, pom poms and glittery decorations. When they had finished we put the two halves together and the Elf came round with two stickers for them.
Then it was off through the grotto to meet the big man himself. It’s like walking through a mini Lapland, with displays full of fake snow, penguins, polar bears, Eskimos & twinkling lights.
Santa was really jolly and friendly, although Molly was a bit shy she did manage to tell him what she wanted for Christmas. We didn’t manage to get a smile out of her for the photo though!
We exited the room into a huge storeroom full of presents, and each child can pick their own. They’re of really good quality and it took her ages to choose one (she settled on a kitchen set in the end). Outside there were 2 real reindeer which I thought was a lovely touch.
We went and had a look at the mini ice rink but luckily Molly didn’t want a go! Again, with the lights and the music it really put us all in a Christmassy mood.
There’s a restaurant next to the ice rink but we opted for the local Harvester down the road for dinner (we had a 20% off voucher!).
Webb’s get it right every year, it never fails to put you right in the festive spirit, and there is something for all ages. We’ve got some wonderful photos & memories which I know we will cherish forever. I really cannot recommend this place enough. I might even squeeze in another visit just for myself before the big day!