I find the build up to Christmas Day such a magical time. Spotting the Christmas trees glistening in all the homes, fake snow, twinkling fairy lights… the nativity story.. the elves arriving in our household on December 1st, and the arrival of Father Christmas launching himself down the chimney. I love it all. I start thinking about our family Christmas days out in September, and always make sure we have a couple of really lovely events planned. When we were invited along to the the National Forest Adventure Farm to experience their North Pole Adventure…. Well I think I may have been more excited than the three mini me’s.
The National Adventure Farm
We visited the National Forest Adventure farm in the Summer for the Pirates of the Maize Maze and had such a wonderful time. The National Forest Adventure Farm is based in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire and offers farm animals in abundance, and indoor and outdoor fun for all ages. Think tractor rides…JCB diggers…a barrell stampede…crazy golf and jumping pillows… there is something for everyone.
The North Pole Adventure
Let me take you on a journey……..
Mummy!!! look there is snow!!!
On arrival to the entrance of the North Pole Adventure, we were greeted by two very cheeky elves in a courtyard of beautiful Christmas trees…with a sprinkling of snow, a penguin and a polar bear hiding under the branches. Tickets in hand and three very excited children, we headed to the reception desk to be greeted by another cheeky elf who gave the children their passports, and handed them a couple of special elf coins each. Then …the adventure began.
Walking through the snowy pathway we stopped at the Victorian village, a beautiful magical courtyard – home to the most delightful old-fashioned sweet shop. Here the children spent their elf coins on sweets and chocolate and a drink (the tea, coffee and mulled wine for the adults also went down a treat.) The wintry Victorian courtyard was enchanting, and the children loved the beautiful touches, the huge fairy door, the elf helpline and the window displays. There was a perfect little seat under the lantern to perch on while the littles ones took in the scenery and munched on their treats.
The first door led through to a craft room, with paper, colouring pens and an abundance of glitter, where the children were able to decorate a paper bauble whilst supervised by the adults and elves. My youngest preferred to eat the glitter…much more fun, he said.
Moving on… the next secret door, led us to the post room, where the children helped to organise the post before heading to the ice cave, where we met the most handsome interactive polar bear I have ever had the pleasure to meet. The little ones sat quietly on the benches, listening to the Polar bear chat away. We soon had two very surprised faces when the polar bear mentioned all of the children’s names, and their favourite toy or interests. Our middle mini me – well she still can’t quite believe he knew she loved Max and Ruby 🙂 The ice cave is filled with sparkle, magic and twinkling glitter and the children picked up a little bottled magic from the Northern Lights to help Santa to fly on Christmas Eve……
We found Mrs Claus in her kitchen helping the children to decorate gingerbread men with Smarties and coloured icing, before moving on to the interactive elf school.
Who was behind that final door? The big man himself with black boots and a red suit of course. The children couldn’t wait to meet Father Christmas and tell him how good they had been
ALL most of the year before waving farewell and wishing him a safe journey visiting all the children of the world on Christmas Eve.
With sparking glitter dust from the North Pole, a gift from Santa, a gingerbread man and a decorated paper bauble, we headed home with three very tired and excited children, and some very magical memories.
I can honestly say that this was one of my favourite Christmas events that we have visited. The attention to detail was something else, and they had thought of everything to make this a wonderful and magical adventure. The North Pole Adventure is a magical Christmas event running between 25/11/17 to 24/12/17 at the National Forest Adventure Farm, Staffordshire. For more information, prices and to book – head over to the National Adventure Farm online
Parking at the National Adventure Farm is free. Tickets to the event also includes admission to the Adventure Farm 10am – 6pm for the day of your visit.
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