We were recently invited along to our local Wyevale garden centre for a festive afternoon tea with Father Christmas. I had seen lots of blogger friends rave about their experience so was really looking forward to going along ourselves.
Our visit didn’t get off to a very good start sadly as when we arrived they had no record of my booking for some reason so therefore there was no table laid up for us which was a bit disappointing. We were asked to take a seat by one of of Father Christmas’s elves while they made up a table for us which seemed to take much longer than probably necessary.
Bella was beginning to get restless but luckily once we were seated our food arrived fairly promptly. Josh and I got a three tiered cake stand full of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream & jam and a selection of mini cakes. Our afternoon tea was absolutely delicious, I honestly couldn’t fault it and we quickly forgot about our previous booking / seating issues. Bella had a children’s lunch bag which included a sandwich and a selection of snacks which she was very impressed with and thoroughly enjoyed tucking into.
There was Christmas music playing in the background, lots of lovely festive decorations in the cafe and even Christmas crackers on the table, which Bella enjoyed pulling although she outright refused to wear one of the hats, despite my efforts of saying it was a crown like Queen Elsa’s! Also on the table there was some colouring & crayons which kept Bella amused in between eating. Alongside the colouring, there was a gingerbread biscuit, a tube of icing and some decorations on the table for the children to decorate the biscuit with, Bella really enjoyed doing this and it was probably one of her favourite parts of the whole experience.
Whilst we were eating the big man himself made an appearance and took the time to come round to each table and speak to every child which was so lovely. Father Christmas then made his was over to his grotto and each family took it in turns to take the children up for photos with him and to choose a gift. I was super impressed with the selection or presents available, definitely the best I have seen so far. Bella chose a mermaid doll which she was absolutely made up with as her current favourite book is the singing mermaid.
We left Wyvale with full tummies and a very happy three year old. Overall it was a lovely experience and one I will definitely do again next year! My only criticism would be that the lighting was very low which made taking nice photos for this post near to impossible, a bloggers worst nightmare 😉
*We were kindly invited along by Wyvale for complimentary afternoon tea for the purpose of this post. All opinions are of course my own*