So December is here and Christmas is fast approaching. We're all massive festive fans in our family and we like to celebrate in style so we were really excited to be given the opportunity to visit our favourite farm for the day and experience their Santa Spectacular experience!
If you live in Hertfordshire or the surrounding areas then Willows Farm is a fabulous place to visit for the whole family. We always enjoy our days there and find that we are usually kept busy for a full day which is great value for money. However we've never visited at Christmas so I was really looking forward to the festive experience which with 3D sleigh rides, reindeer and real elves promised to be a brilliant day out.
After a friendly hello from the very authentic elves we headed to the 3D sleigh ride to start the day. I have to say that this was amazing. We put on our special glasses and were transported to a fantasy land where toys came to life and sweeties and candy canes leapt out at us from the screen. There were lots of ooohs and ahhha - from the adults as well as the children! We all loved the special effects and it really got us into the festive spirit for the rest of the day.
We then decided to visit the man himself and travelled through a number of stunning Christmas scenes until we were greeted by a jolly elf and lead into Santa's cosy grotto. The children loved meeting Santa and so did we. They were also left in awe by his magical trick where he made a golden key appear for both of them and were then taken to the toy shop where they could pick their treat. I thought this was a wonderful idea and there were so many toys to choose from with a great selection for all ages.
After we'd chosen our toys we went outside to meet the gorgeous Malmut dog Mischka and had our photo taken with her, and inspired by our canine friend we headed off to build our very own husky dog. After kissing the heart the children enjoyed putting the stuffing in and seeing their puppies come to life. They were named Hunter and Woolfie and have not left the children's sides since.
We then thought we'd burn off some energy so after a play on zip wire and climbing frame we had a go at the indoor ice rink which was a great experience for the kids - there were even friendly penguins and polar bears for the little ones to hold on to to help them balance. By now we were all feeling a bit peckish so we headed off the burrow cafe for a warming roaring fire and a tasty jacket potato - yum.
Refreshed we decided to take a look at the animals as the children always adore being able to hold the guinea pigs (they are so cute). There were some special visitors in the animal section too as some of Santa's reindeer were paying a visit, it was amazing to be able to see them so close up and the children loved watching them and learning about them.
Now it wouldn't be a day at Willows without a ride on Tristan the Tractor and it was a very festive ride as all the children were given some jingle bells to shake as we drove along though the magical woodland which they all really enjoyed. By now it was getting quite late but there was just time to visit the very high tech and brand new Peter Rabbit play area which was described by my two children as "the best thing ever". It was indeed amazing - a truly interactive playground which encompassed all the senses! There was a giant raddish patch, musical instruments to play and you could even explore Mrs Tiggywinkles kitchen.
Soon it was time to head home with our goodies feeling quite tired, a little cold but very festive and jolly. As we warmed up in the car the children couldn't stop talking about what a great time they'd had and as always after a day at Willows they were so tired they went to bed really early (which was perhaps the best Christmas present for mummy).
If you fancy experiencing the Santa Spectacular at Willows Farm take a look at their website for more details and to book tickets. You can also follow them on Twitter @Willows_Farm or www.facebook.com/willowsfarmvillage