Turn on the festive charm at one of these exciting and fun Christmas events for families in Staffordshire! Enjoy!
1. Drayton Manor Magical Christmas
Tried and tested by LIVING, the Drayton Manor Magical Christmas combines the thrill of a theme park with the magic of Christmas. It is the perfect setting for a day out with the family where you can enjoy the fun Thomas the Tank Engine themed rides at Thomas Land, live shows, fireworks and a visit to Father Christmas all in one place.
Thomas land is a dream for the little ones with rides like Winston’s Whistle-Stop Tours, Harold’s Helicopter Tours, Cranky’s Drop Tower and Troublesome Trucks Runaway Rollercoaster providing all level of excitement. There are also three Thomas Land live shows each day which see an appearance from the Fat Controller and plenty of snow cascading over the crowds creating the perfect atmosphere. And for older ones, they can always experience some of more thrilling rides elsewhere in the park such as the Accelerator.
If you need a break from the buzz of rides, you can take a walk around the zoo with plenty of animals and birds to look at and keeper talks to find out more about all the exotic animals – including reindeer, meerkats, tigers, red pandas, reptiles and spider monkeys. There is also a cool dinosaur trail to walk around and a fab kiddies park at the end of it. All bases covered!
You can also book tickets to see Father Christmas in the Castle of Dreams – in here children can have their faces painted like Rudolph and write a Christmas wish to post in the letterbox. Other activities include a Christmas Tree Light Show every half an hour and a special fireworks display over the lake finishes the day off perfectly.
Plenty of excitement without the worry of queuing endlessly for rides with little ones in tow, we thoroughly recommend visiting Drayton Manor this Christmas! Drayton Manor Magical Christmas is open on selected dates from 17th November to 31st December. Tickets are priced from £14 for children and £26 for adults (includes Father Christmas visit).
a: Drayton Manor Drive Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW. p: 01827 287979
2. Christmas at Canalside
Canalside Farm near Stafford has an abundance of festive spirit this Christmas and could be the place to go if you want to do all your shopping all in one spot – from gifts to food & wine and decorations. The farm shop has good local produce and seasonal specialities from their butchery, bakery and delicatessen.
And, if you can’t decide what meat you are going to have – whether that be turkey, cockerel or goose – there is a team of qualified butchers that can help you make the right decision. In addition, there is now an artisan baker on board who will be trying out delicious recipes in the Café kitchen producing classics such as mince pies, bread and butter pudding and Canalside strawberry tarts. Tempted? We so are!
a: Canalside Farm Shop, Mill Lane, Great Haywood, Stafford. ST18 0RQ. p: 01889 881747
3. North Pole Adventure at National Forest Adventure Farm
The North Pole is finding a new home in Staffordshire this Christmas at the National Forest Adventure Farm near Burton on Trent. The all new extended attraction – now 600m² – has additional opening hours and the inclusion of a new musical activity. Children will receive a personalised ticket before checking- in and receiving a passport and Elf coins. Families will then be transported through the magical portal to the home of Father Christmas.
There’s a typical Victorian high street which features a sweet shop and pub where children can spend their Elf coins on their choice of sweets and hot chocolate. There’s even mulled wine and mince pies for the adults. In the parcel room, the elves need children’s help sorting parcels and fixing the sleigh and there is also a singing reindeer in the music room. Families can also enjoy a magical light display of the Northern Lights in the ice cave which is also home to a talking Polar Bear, meet Mother Christmas and of course the big man himself. The North Pole Adventure is open on selected dates from Saturday 17th November until 24th December and costs from £18 for children and £10 for adults.
a: National Forest Adventure Farm, Postern Road, Tatenhill, Burton on Trent, DE13 9SJ p: 01283 533933
4. Magical Lantern Festival
a: Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR. p: 0121 454 1860.
5. SnowDome Winter Wonderland
If you want a guarantee of snow this Christmas then there really isn’t a better place to enjoy the festivities than at Tamworth’s Snow Dome. With an enchanted forest, real snow to play in and an animal village home to real reindeer, children will be filled with delight in the run up to Christmas.And when it comes to Santa, children don’t just get to see the man in red, they can also see him perform in his own show – The Santa Show – taking place on the winter wonderland stage. Children can also write a letter to Santa and post it in the talking letter box. Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the SnowDome runs from Friday 16 November and is open everyday except Christmas Day. Tickets are priced from £13.95. Book now.
a: SnowDome, Leisure Island, River Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7ND. p: 03448 000011.
6. Haddon Hall’s Sleeping Beauty & Other Tales
This Christmas, Haddon Hall will be bringing the nation’s most beloved fairy tales to life including ‘Cinderella’, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, ‘Elves and the Shoemaker’, and ‘Sleeping Beauty’, with its most prominent rooms decorated to represent different scenes from them. Visitors can expect joyous music performed by local community choirs within the Banqueting Hall, daily storytelling hosted in the Parlour, glistening lights and wonderfully decorated Christmas trees throughout the house.
There will also be Candlelight Tours that will allow a glimpse into its 900-year history, steeped in the engravings, tapestries and art adorning the walls. The festive tours begin with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie before embarking on a truly beautiful roam through the Hall with a knowledgeable guide. All tours need to be pre-booked, which can be done online. Haddon Hall is open from 1st– 23rd December, 10.30am-4pm, with last admission at 3pm. Tickets priced from £15.75 with children going free. Car Parking £3.00 per car.
a: Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1LA.
7. Hanley’s Winter Wonderland
Free to enter, Hanley’s Winter Wonderland has proved a big hit with Staffordshire families at Christmas. It’s light filled, wooden walkways lead down to festive delights that include theme park style rides, a real ice rink, Bavarian style bar and Santa’s Grotto. Rides include a full size spinning car rollercoaster and a 60m Sky Swing Attraction, plus classics such as the Dodgems and plenty for younger children too.
a: Birch Terrace Car Park opp. Hanley Bus Station, Lichfield Street, Hanley, ST1 3JN.
8. Affinity Staffordshire
Affinity Staffordshire will host live performances with fantastic Christmas characters and activities for all the family every Saturday from the 17th November – 22nd December. Activities include an appearance from ‘the one who stole Christmas’, the Cheadle Academy and Sixth Form College Choir, an ‘Elf Good-ometer’, the Cheadle Community Band and a mesmerising performance by the Snow King Stilt Walker.
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