If you’re looking for the real Father Christmas you may find him at Warwick Castle! We went along to a fantastic ‘Stories with Santa’ session which was a bit different to the usual experience in meeting the big man.
We were greeted by elves in the historic castle’s beautiful great hall and escorted to another grand room, bedecked with wonderful decorations, where we experienced magical poem and story- telling.
A very authentic Father Christmas (or maybe he’s even the real one!), leads the small group experience where children sit on cushions in front of him while he chats to them and spins tales. It was lovely to see my son looking up at him in wonder. You then get to have a photo taken with Father Christmas at the end of the session. If anything, I wanted it to be a bit longer than the 20 mins we had.
There are loads of other festive offering at Warwick Castle until 2 January 2019 including, Santa Sleepovers in the Knight’s Village, bird of prey displays and meetings with castle characters. The castle is decorated in every room and has an impressive 20-feet high Christmas tree taking pride of place in the medieval great hall.
The ancient castle, which was built by William the Conqueror, has a rich history. There are a number of fascinating historical talks and tours you can go on throughout the day – if you have time or your kids stand still for a while!
We really enjoyed the ‘Bird of Prey Show’ with the birds swooping among us and also climbing the ramparts imagining we were brave knights and guards. We also enjoyed The Kingmaker walk-through experience which gives you an insight into what castle life would have been like. The kids also loved the Horrible Histories Maze where you have to find clues and stamp a card on your way round.
There is so much to do, we didn’t get to see everything! I think if we’d have got there earlier and had more time, we would have made it to the Princess Tower where you can join Princess Felice to help her solve Christmas riddles. You can also walk the castle grounds for some beautiful views of the castle and Warwickshire. There is also a scary ‘Castle Dungeon’ experience but you have to be 10 or over!
You can book day tickets for the castle, including ‘Stories with Santa’ here.
We were invited along to give an honest review of our experience of Warwick Castle