We are now well underway with the festive season, so you will need to plan ahead if you are going to visit any local Christmas attractions. These range from Ice Rinks, Santa Grottos, Christmas Markets and Pantomimes. We have put a list together for our top 9 winter attractions to visit this Christmas and we wish you, your friends and families a wonderful time.
Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink
DATE: 17/11/2017 – 01/01/2018
Calverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells will once again be festively transformed when the ice rink returns this year. On certain days, Santa will be returning for personalised family visits where all children can chose an age appropriate gift and have their photo taken as a family memento from their trip. Prices vary depending on age and family/group bookings are considerably cheaper.
DATE: Weekends throughout December
Join the Elves this Christmas time at Groombridge Place they have lots to see and do. They will have Elf storytelling, Santa letter writing and Christmas theme crafts along with a theatrical show. Santa will also be there in his grotto!
CONTACT/LOCATION: http://www.groombridgeplace.com/events-at-groombridge-place/ or 01892
861444. Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9QG.
DATE: 02/12/2017 – 23/12/2017
PRICE: £17/Child (2 adults included)
Father Christmas is back at The Hop Farm during selected dates this December! Treat the kids and meet the big FC up close and in person in his magical grotto experience. Lots of festive fun to be had in the Big Red Grotto. Make sure you arrive at the Big Red Grotto at your booking time and remember the time you book is the time your experience starts! Extra adults per child are an additional £2 each..
CONTACT/LOCATION: https://www.thehopfarm.co.uk/events/father-christmas-at-the-hop-farm or 01622 872068. The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, TN12 6PY.
Leeds Castle Christmas Market
DATE: 02/12/2017 – 01/01/2018
Visit the Christmas Market on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the Castle to discover a splendid array of seasonal gifts, toys, festive decorations, specialist food and drink. Children and adults alike will be enchanted by the reindeer and birds of prey while traditional fun fair rides (additional charges apply) and live music keeps everyone entertained.
CONTACT/LOCATION: https://www.leeds-castle.com/What’s+On/Christmas/The-Christmas-Market/ or 01622 765400. Leeds Castle, Maidstone, ME17 1PL.
DATE: 25/11/2017 – 23/12/2017
PRICE: £13/Child (2 adults included)
Take a trip down to Penshurst Place for their much-loved family grotto in Narnia again this year, as they ring in the festive season with Father Christmas himself who will be awaiting his visitors in the enchanted forest of Narnia.
CONTACT/LOCATION: https://tickets.penshurstplace.com/the-penshurst-place-christmas-grotto or 01892 870307. Penshurst Place, Tonbridge, TN11 8DG.
Spa Valley Railway
DATE: 2/12/2017 – 24/12/2017
Christmas at the Spa Valley Railway starts at Eridge station where visitors are met with the smell of hot chestnuts and a roaring coal fire in the festively decorated waiting room. To get you into the festive spirit, located outside the waiting room will be the two popular face painters ready to decorate your cheeks with Christmas trees or snowmen!
CONTACT/LOCATION: https://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk/product.php/17/santa-specials or 01892 537715. West Station, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5QY.
Bluewater Ice Skating and Grotto
DATE: 16/11/2017 – 07/01/2018
Make Christmas extra special with a visit to see Santa at Bluewater’s grotto, located by the beautiful lakes at the West Village. You can also take a trip to the spectacular undercover outdoor ice rink, located next to Santa’s Grotto, beneath a beautiful clear roof so you can skate rain or shine!
CONTACT/LOCATION: http://admiticket.com/bluewater. Bluewater, Dartford, DA9 9ST.
DATE: 01/12/2017 – 03/01/2018
PRICE: £0/Person (pay per ride)
The Frosted Fairground will return to Dreamland this year, with an ice rink and all favourite rides. You can skate for hours in the brand new 450 square metre ice rink, located in Tivoli Gardens under cover. You can also meet Santa and his elves in the magical grotto at Dreamland this year.
Tunbridge Wells Pantomime (Aladdin)
DATE: 08/12/2017 – 03/01/2018
Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a shout of “it’s behind you” or “oh no it isn’t” echoing around the theatres of Kent. Let the Assembly Hall Theatre take you on an amazing journey – the thrilling story of a boy, a lamp and a genie, Aladdin is one of the most popular pantomimes of all coming to you this winter.
CONTACT/LOCATION: https://www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/whats-on/children-and-family/aladdin or 01892 530613. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2LU.
We hope that you enjoy these great Kent attractions this Christmas.