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The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall

With things tentatively stepping toward normal many of us are starting to book and plan our Christmas events. This year we are over the moon that one of our favourite events – the  Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall – is back on track. 
More magical (and Covid compliant) than ever before,  the 2021 Christmas Experience will run from 27th November through to 2nd January 2022. This year the elves have worked hard and sprinkled a little more festive fairy dust than before to make the event more spectacular than before. 

Step inside the Edwardian Hall and see what Christmas might have looked like when the Gascoigne’s lived there in the 1700s then head down to the kitchen of the Lotherton Hall where you can find Mrs Claus herself baking gingerbread. She will even take time out of her busy baking schedule to decorate gingerbread with you. 

The elves have relocated to the stables but they still offer a lot of lovely Christmas crafts from decorations to Christmas Eve plates, these craft activities aren’t included in your entrance fee – rather you buy tickets that are used to ‘pay’ for the crafts. 

The 12 Days of Christmas walk has been revamped to a beautiful festive woodland walk through the beautiful grounds of the Lotherton Estate. This is by far my favourite part of the whole experience, there’s nothing more snug than being wrapped up warm and following the lights to discover the installations along the trail – step inside a Christmas card, try to pull a giant cracker or maybe you’ll find the gingerbread house in the trees! Do make sure you do the walk  while the cafe or stalls are still open so you can get a warm drink after – bit of an error on my part and BOY DID I HEAR ABOUT IT!  

After your walk, you can make your way to the Fairy Dell a tiny lit up secret fairy village alive with fairy chatter and laughter. It really is beautiful and the kids loved looking at all the little houses and shops. I must confess, at one point I found myself standing alone in the dark, surrounded by high pitch fairy chatter and it was a little creepy…

Finally, Santa himself can be found under the Wishing Tree,  just follow the elves down the magical trail to find him in his cabin where you can meet him and maybe even get a pre-Christmas gift. 

As ever, the Christmas Experience at Lotherton was a lovely one and we all left feeling VERY festive indeed after enjoying all the activities and checking out what the stalls had to offer (Chocolate Orange gin? YES PLEASE!).

Tickets for the experience start at just £4.40 which includes entry to the Estate and Hall meaning you can do the festive walk and visit the Fairy Dell, decorating gingerbread with Mrs Claus and the Elf crafts will need to be booked separately. Prices for meeting Santa start at £13.95 – it is a 40 minute experience culminating in a meeting with the main man. Due to my visit being a press trip there were no pre-bookable slots so I must be honest and say I don’t know that we got a real feel for that bit. We did get to walk the trail, grab some reindeer food and see a post office but the rest of our time was spent waiting, I’m not entirely sure how that section can last 40 minutes but there may be a lot more goes on that we didn’t get to see. 

Even without visiting the Big Man I do feel that the entry cost and even the extra costs for activities is worth it for a lovely visit. It’s also worth bearing in mind that if you are there before 4pm your entry cost will include entry to the wildlife area. 

This is still one of our favourite Christmas Experiences and we would all definitely recommend it – tickets have been selling fast, you can buy them here 

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