Monday, 1 December 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year with Webbs of Wychbold

Last Wednesday was a truly magical for us! We were invited to the Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold to visit their newly opened outdoor Ice rink and Santa's Grotto.

Families with young ones or just the young at heart can visit the Winter Wonderland, which has been created at the award-winning garden centre, and see the animated elves in their workshop, the polar bears skating on the ice rink and enjoy songs and dance from the playful electronic penguins before being greeted by elves and taken to meet Father Christmas himself.

After telling him their festive wish, children will then enter the toy warehouse and choose their own gift as an early festive treat – but only if they’ve been good!

The grotto will be open from 9am – 4.30pm on Saturdays until 20th December, 10am – 4.30pm on Sundays until 21st December, 1pm – 5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 26th November to 5th December, 1pm – 6pm on 10th, 11th, and 12th December, 9.30am – 6.30pm from 15th – 19th December, 9am – 6.30pm on 22nd and 23rd December and from 9am – 2.30pm on Christmas Eve.
Grotto tickets are priced at £7 per child, which includes one accompanying adult and a free gift worth £5. Booking in advance is recommended, and can be made in-store or online at

I have never been to the Grotto before therefore didn't really know what to expect apart from the obvious bits- meeting Santa and a present.
Prior to the visit my expectations were not high, I thought that we will be rushed throughout our visit to the Grotto and thought that Santa would be friendly but I didn't expect him to be nice. 

How little did I know! We were really impressed with the welcoming service, decorations, animated polar bears, penguins and elves on the way to Santa, staff members dressed as elves and of course Santa!! I take it back, he was great!!

When we walked into the room where Santa sat we were greeted by a girl elf, who took pictures of us all with Santa, we were also allowed to take our own pictures.
As L is tiny and can't talk Santa asked me what I want for Christmas, I couldn't think of anything at that moment so said that I wish for L to have lots of presents this Christmas. 
After all the pictures were taken we were offered to visit Santa's toy warehouse to pick a toy. 

Oh my, it was tough! We were told that one boy spent more than half an hour trying to pick 1 toy out of 6 he had picked as well! Not surprised!
Further more, in the next section staff members offered us to pick and purchase photos which were taken earlier by the elf.


Unfortunately we didn't use ice rink which is a shame as I really wanted to, but with 4 months old it was impossible.

Here is a little it more about it from Webbs Chairman, Ed Webb “There’s nothing to make you feel festive more than skating outdoors on real ice. And this year we have our biggest rink ever plus a great clear roof covering so you can skate whatever the weather. It’s a great activity with family or friends and we are thrilled we can bring such a cool experience to our customers again this year.”

He added, “It’s magical skating outside in the early evening with lights twinkling and frost in the air and just as much fun in the quieter sessions, perhaps teaching your children to skate.”

The ice rink will be open seven days a week until Sunday, 4th January (closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day), including some evening sessions. Each session is 45 minutes long and ticket price includes skate hire. The rink-side Christmas CafĂ© will make the experience complete. Ice skating tickets are from just £6.

Disclaimer: I was offered to visit Webbs of Wychbol for the purpose of this review. All thought and opinions are my own.


  1. That looks pretty amazing! We paid about £8 last year to see santa in his grotto in a shoping centre, we were in for about a minute, the photo we got was blurry and the gift was from the pound shop. I was very disappointed and it's put me off going to something like that again, but this one looks magical, they really have put in the effort. #TriedandTested

  2. Looks like a lovely Santa Grotto and a good ice rink too, shame you didn't get to have a go but i can see it wasn't easy for you. Popping by from Tried & Tested