A preview of the Brookside Garden Centre Christmas Grotto

For kids & families

We have been going to the Christmas Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre in East Peckham, Kent ever since 2014. At the time, my oldest was one year old, and my youngest wasn’t even born! So you could say it’s become something of a family tradition.

Father Christmas Brookside Garden Centre 2017

Don’t they look happy

This year we will be making our fifth annual family visit to see Father Christmas at the Brookside Christmas Grotto.

Getting tickets hasn’t always been plain sailing (read the post here to relive the harrowing experience with me) but so far I’ve managed to get hold of them and it’s been totally worth it! There are (right now) tickets for just a few dates left, all in November.

Father Christmas Santa Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre review tour

If you haven’t got tickets, then adults (no children, sorry!) can visit the Christmas Grotto before it officially opens over this weekend, or on Mondays or Fridays throughout November and some of December.

It costs £2 which is a donation to charity DEBRA.

Brookside Garden Centre Father Christmas Grotto Opening times days

On Tuesday, I went along with my friend Lisa from Pass the Prosecco Please to take a little look at what was in store at the 2018 Brookside Christmas Grotto.

If you’re going to see Father Christmas at the Brookside Christmas Grotto, then here is what you can expect!

Stepping inside the Brookside Christmas Grotto is, as ever, completely magical.

Father Christmas Santa Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre review tour

The space has been totally transformed into a winter wonderland with Christmas trees covered in snow, magical lighting and music. You will definitely end up with some snow on your clothes!

Father Christmas Santa Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre review tour

There is plenty to see inside the Brookside Christmas Grotto.

Follow the path as it winds through the trees; peek through the windows to see elves working away inside their huts…

And cute woodland creatures can be spotted hiding in the trees.

Father Christmas Santa Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre review tour

Father Christmas Santa Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre review tour

There isn’t so much as a corner left undecorated. The lights and music really add to the magic; children will be absolutely blown away.

Father Christmas Santa Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre review tour
Father Christmas Santa Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre review tour

There are several water features inside the Christmas Grotto which change colour and sparkle!

Father Christmas Santa Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre review tour

The most stunning feature of the Brookside Christmas Grotto has to be the pond, complete with waterfall and lights which change colour.

Father Christmas Santa Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre review tour

Father Christmas Santa Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre review tour

When Father Christmas arrives at the Brookside Christmas Grotto, he’ll be in his own little purpose-built hut with a little ‘Santa’ sign on the door and icicles hanging from the roof.

Father Christmas Santa Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre review tour

My opinion: It’s as amazing as ever.

Father Christmas Santa Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre review tour

If you have tickets for this year’s Brookside Christmas Grotto, you’re in for a real treat!

Father Christmas Santa Grotto at Brookside Garden Centre review tour

You can find more information and ticket availability on the Brookside Garden Centre website. Follow them on Facebook for updates.

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