There are always lots of things going on leading up to Christmas and it can be difficult to know which ones to go to. That’s why online reviews are always handy. Today we went to the Enchanted Christmas Kingdom at Hatton Adventure World near Warwick to see what it was all about and to give all of my readers an idea of what they can expect.
Enchanted Christmas Kingdom At Hatton Adventure World
The Enchanted Christmas Kingdom is at Hatton Adventure World every weekend from 24th November to the 23rd December and weekdays from 17th to 21st December as well as Christmas Eve. Children of all ages get to meet Santa and the well-behaved ones receive a Golden Key to unlock his workshop and then choose a present of their choice from the huge range of quality gifts in the secret toyshop.
We have been to Hatton Adventure World before when we went to the Pirate Festival last year, so we knew what was on offer in terms of the day to day attractions. We were more interested in the Christmas activities and we weren’t disappointed. We took our Little Man and our niece as Hatton kindly gifted us tickets for two adults and two children. Little Man loves his cousin so we knew they would enjoy the experience together.
We had an appointment with Santa at 11.30 and arrived in good time to meet the big man. The idea of having an allotted time is ideal as it’s less time spent queuing which is always a good thing when you have children in tow. We were greeted by one of Santa’s elves and happened to be right at the front of our queue and didn’t have to wait long at all.
Walking through the grotto was a magical experience. There were Christmas trees and pretty lights all around. We were given those funky glasses to wear that make all of the lights turn into snowmen or reindeer, the kids loved that. The grotto is decorated with many twinkly lights and plenty of Christmas characters and snowy scenes.
When it came to meeting Santa we handed over our tickets beforehand which we had written the children’s names on so Santa knew exactly who he was meeting. We were shown into a cosy little room, decorated as you would imagine and found Santa sat in the corner. He spoke to the kids and asked them what they wanted for Christmas, he then checked to see which list they were on this year. I think they were relieved to find out they were on the ‘good list’! He then gave them a magic key and told them they could go to his workshop and pick a toy of their choice. I think this is a fabulous idea because I’ve lost count how many times we have been to see Santa in the past and have ended up with something that isn’t really suitable.
The meeting Santa experience was great, however, we did feel a little rushed towards the end when one of the elves came in to see if we were finished. There is the option to have a paid photo taken but unfortunately, the camera wasn’t working at the time of our slot, and so we had to take our own, which meant we couldn’t make it a family photo. But the children were in it, so that’s the important thing.
Santa’s workshop was fabulous. There was a huge array of toys to choose from and for all ages. It was great for the kids knowing they could pick anything they wanted. They simply had to hand their golden key to the elf and he bagged up their goodies. It’s a really lovely idea that adds to the magical experience of meeting Santa.
Gingerbread Decorating with Mrs Claus
After we had done that we headed over to meet Mrs Claus who was teaching the children how to decorate gingerbread men. I thought this was a lovely idea. My only criticism of this is that you do have to wait to be shown into the room, but this wasn’t altogether clear. It really could do with a ‘Please Wait Here’ sign outside the door. You are kind of left wondering whether you can go in or not. We had no objection in waiting at all. It was just a little confusing.
Once inside, the children can put on their aprons and Mrs Claus guides them through the process of decorating their own gingerbread men. Once this is done they can bag them up and take them home to enjoy later. Of course, a photo opportunity is available and Mrs Claus was really accommodating. We didn’t feel rushed at all and she was only too happy to have more than one photograph taken.
We were ready for lunch by this point so we headed over to the cafe to see what was on offer. It was very busy and I can see that this is because there is a big soft play area for children. Lunch for the four of us including drinks, was £30, so not too bad. The portions were a great size and neither I or the Mr could finish ours, so that’s always a good thing.
Make your own Reindeer Food
Full up and ready for some more fresh air, we headed back outside to go and make some reindeer food. The Elf in charge of this activity was brilliant with the children. He explained to them what they needed to do and what each ingredient helped the reindeers do. From Flying Dust to Speed Enhancer, it’s all there to help the reindeers get Santa all around the world on Christmas Eve. Once they had bagged it all up, the Elf tied up the bag to make it secure and explained that they needed to sprinkle it outside before they go to bed on Christmas Eve and that the reindeers will enjoy it whilst Santa is delivering their presents. This is a really magical idea and it’s something I’m looking forward to doing with the Little Man when the day comes.
Reindeer Quest and Writing a Letter to Santa
The next mission was to make our way around the Enchanted Kingdom to find all of Santa’s reindeers. The children got to mark them all off and their prize was some Christmas chocolate. They loved doing this and it was a great way to see the rest of the park.
The last thing the children did was to write their letter to Santa and post it. The letter templates they can use were really lovely and it was in a quiet area where they could sit and concentrate. We were told that if they put their name on the letter and post it, they will get a letter back from Santa, so we will eagerly await our reply over the next couple of weeks!
Lots more to do!
We didn’t do all of the activities, but other things on offer are The Christmas Magician with lots of magic from Zoobee. ‘Cool Colin’ and his interactive quiz. The Owl and the Orient King featuring flying displays, festive Fun Fair Rides, ‘Zoobee’s Festive Friends Puppet show’ which has plenty of mischievous Christmas capers. On top of all of this, there is Christmas in the Farmyard and Guinea Pig Village, which as you can see is decorated beautifully.
What does it cost?
The cost of a visit to the Enchanted Christmas Kingdom starts at £15.95 for children and £13.95 for adults. Prices increase the closer you get to Christmas. Discounted group weekday visits are also available throughout December. There is also the option to buy a Photo Package which includes 1 x 6×9 mounted photograph, 1 x snow block, 1 x snow globe, 1 x bauble, 1 x keyring and 1 x magnet. Or, a Premium Photo Package which includes a Santa Story Book (photo included) and light up Christmas photo frame (photo included).
Please note, all tickets must be booked online, which you can do here. Telephone booking is not available for the Enchanted Christmas Kingdom.
Overall, it was a lovely festive day out with lots for the children to do. It was nice to walk around and watch the children take it all in and get excited for Christmas. I secretly enjoyed the Christmas songs that were playing throughout the park and I have to say, the staff were absolutely fantastic with the kids. Now we just need to get our own Christmas decorations up and we will be well and truly in the mood!
Take a look at the Hatton Adventure World website for more details.
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We were gifted with entrance to the Enchanted Christmas Kingdom in return for this honest review. All words and opinions are my own. Many thanks go to Hatton Adventure World.