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A trip to Winter Wonderland, Visit Conkers

Singing reindeers, a story-telling owl, musical snowmen, a festive train and of course a jolly Santa. The mudlets experienced all this and more in the Winter Wonderland Forest Walk over at Visit Conkers.

The highlight of their entire year – after their birthday – is seeing Santa and this Christmas, we decided to make it as memorable as possible and visited Santa in his cosy grotto over at the outdoor fun play park, Visit Conkers.

My mudlets are aged 5 and 3 so the perfect age for a magical visit to see the big guy in red. We’ve never been to Visit Conkers so even the wet weather couldn’t put a damper on the day.

We arrived just before midday and parked at Waterside, the nearest site to the walk. The staff at reception were super helpful and friendly and gave us our tickets and a handy map to see us on our way.

We decided to grab something to eat first at the Waterside Cafe – they had prepared takeaway sandwiches but we settled for pizza (£6 for a 9″) and fries (£2.75) for the kids. All the restaurants were open, but due to covid regulations, we couldn’t eat indoors. This wasn’t too much of a problem as there was a huge ampitheatre right next to the Wonderland walk where we sat, sheltered from the wet weather.

Once the kids were fed and watered, we made our way to the Winter Wonderland walk. A friendly elf at the entrance got the mudlets excited about seeing Santa and we set off on our journey. The first thing we encountered was a giant story-telling owl – the kids listened quietly to his story and then started dancing along to the music.

The elves we met along the way made the experience fun and were very good at interacting with the kids but I especially enjoyed the singing reindeers – they really were quite adorable.

The entire walk took about 20-25 minutes and was very straight forward. There were festive displays and colourful lights along the way and I imagine it looking even more magical at night. The special bonus was the fake snow – it all added to the overall Christmassy element.

Through the tunnel and a chance to take a picture on a sleigh before ringing the bell to see the jolly red fella. Usually you would be able to go into the cabin but on this occasion, we had to stay outside but it didn’t affect the overall experience.

We then walked to the Elf Village where we were able to make some reindeer food (red glitter for fun, gold so the reindeers can see what’s left and what’s right and blue for some extra magic). We then tied it up ready to take home to sprinkle in our garden.

Next, we jumped on the festooned Twinkle Toes train which took us to the Discovery area. Usually the 4D cinema would be open as well as other indoor activities but for obvious reasons, nothing was. Instead we enjoyed the musical snowmen’s performance and got a hot drink and some treats here.

Even though tickets have been limited due to Covid, it meant that it was a little quieter which we much preferred – there were no long queues at all and everything was easy and accessible. All in all, a brilliant experience and one we’d definitely do again next year!

Have you been? Let me know your thoughts and if you’re interested in booking tickets, head to VisitConkers.

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