Visit Santa Broadditch Farm

How many years have we got left of believing that the Big Man is real? I’ve been asking lots of mum’s recently when their children cottoned on as I can’t remember with my older two the exact point that they passed from believer to understander.

Broadditch Farm is where we booked in this year for our annual trip to Santa. We went there a few years back, in the snow and it was the perfect Santa trip. Over the years we have tried others, one was very disappointing, for me and dad – long queues, short time with Santa, expensive photo and shuffled through a trail that left dad and I a bit slump shouldered, even the gift was cheap.

When that happens you feel like you’ve lost an experience that you can’t get back.

bessie

It has to please mum and dad more than the kids, that is my answer. If the parents come away thinking it was brilliant, it was.

Broadditch Farm Visit Santa

Visit Santa Broadditch Farm Southfleet Kent

We arrived at Broadditch Farm in good time for our 2.30 appointment and made our way to the reception tent. Lots of other visitors were already there but the elves were taking very good care of the young and old. There was a table with lots of different pictures to colour in to take to Santa which helped distract the younger members whilst we waited our turn.

Santa tractor Broadditch farm

Silly Billy Bunting arrived with his tractor and trailer all decked out with tinsel to take us on a journey to meet Santa. We all climbed on and sat down on the benches very excited to be on our way and the coloured in pictures in mummy’s handbag.

Broadditch farm elves

Sparky and Tinsel the elves accompanied us and we sang, When Santa got stuck up the chimney and Jingle Bells as we made our way to Santa’s lodge in the woods.

Broadditch Farm visit Santa

We arrived to a fabulously lit up area that took our breath away. Lights, animals, Christmas tree cutting areas and an elves crossing led us to Santa’s lodge. Once there we stood outside and the elves told us Santa was sleeping so we had to shout loud to wake him up and get him to let us in.

Santa selfies

Santa was very pleased to show us some selfies taken with him, including the Queen herself! He said people are always asking to have a photo with him but he was very good and told us he doesn’t charge like some others do ;) We saw photos of him with Clint Eastwood, David Beckham, even the Grinch!

broadditch farm Santa grotto

He then read us a story about his elves and the trouble he had finding helpers before deciding on elves. All of the children were gripped. He then stood up and said he would allow the children ONE present now, any others would be delivered on Christmas Eve.

The Elves handed out the gifts according to age and each child walked with a massive smile out of the hut towards Silly Billy Bunting with his special tinsel tractor. We sang ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas,’ to Santa before departure and he danced for us! I must admit his dancing was a bit odd and lots of the children thought he was hilarious.

Twins christmas 2014

At the last part of our return journey Silly Billy Bunting had to reverse his tractor so it would be in the right position for the next visitors but his ‘beep beep’ was broken so the elves asked us all to beep for him. Great fun!

Verdict – LOVED it. The best Santa we have been too so far. I will most definitely be booking up this one again for next year.

The gift was a Maze Ball for children over 7, the next gift down was 3 – 5 and I thought it might be too young for the twins so I put them down as 7 year olds. We allowed them to open it  and it kept them amused for ages. Even dad asked to have a go. Top quality gift that will provide amusement for years not just a moment.

Maze ball

Cost

Children £10 (worth it considering the gift and experience)

Adults £6 – worth every penny, I was a child again for a moment.

I didn’t see any unhappy faces.

Tips

Dress up warm as both times we have been it has been cold – last time there was snow!

Arrive early so the children can colour in a picture to take to Santa

Other Visit Santa trips include

Millbrook Garden Centre – needs writing up oops!

Shorne Country park

Bluewater

mini christmas pudding trifles

What to do with all the remnants of the year’s biggest feast?

Well the classic Turkey and ham pie goes down a treat and is always welcome on a cold January night, plus it’s freezable.

Any cheese leftover will make a very tasty Cheeseboard quiche always a favourite of mine which is good for lunch or dinner. And if there is any Christmas Pudding leftover, then these mini trifles are delicious, look good and are suitable for the whole family.

christmas pudding leftovers

They take minutes to make and can be kept in the freezer, plus they’ll use up any custard, brandy sauce and cream you have lying around too.

The Handpicked Collection invited me to browse their site and choose a couple of items to review. I fell in love with these gorgeous glasses and teaspoons and decided to use them for my mini Christmas pudding trifles.

handpicked collection

Important to remember is this is quite a filling pudding as it is rich so the smaller you make it the more likely it will be eaten.

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Mini Christmas pudding trifles - leftovers!
 
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How to use the leftover Christmas pudding in a stylish and delicious way
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Ingredients
  • Leftover Christmas pudding broken into crumbs
  • Custard
  • Whipped cream (I used a canister of spray cream)
  • Sprinkles if desired
Instructions
  1. Fill a third of a small glass with the broken bits of Christmas pudding.
  2. Top with a good layer of custard
  3. Complete with a squirt of cream and chill in the fridge or serve immediately.
 

Disclosure: Handpicked Collection sent me the mentioned items for the purpose of this post. A word of warning – the glasses are NOT dishwasher proof, all of the beautiful colours came off :(

christmas decorations - kids

Every year we get the boxes down from the loft containing all the necessary for decorating our home and spreading some christmas cheer. The tree, the tinsel, the baubles collected over the years and the wreath but every year I always manage to buy one or two things to add to the collection. I just can’t help myself.

John Lewis invited me to take a look at their Christmas selection online and asked me to choose some special decorations.

christmas wreath

I wasn’t happy with the wreath I had and John Lewis have so many to choose from that I invested in a new one, here it is hanging on the door, what do you think?

cushion stag head

With the arrival of our new sofa this autumn I have had my eye on some new cushions too (even if I don’t strictly need them) Anyway, I fell in love with this one, isn’t he gorgeous? the teddies seem to think so.

This year I have bought the girls a small tree for their bedroom and have enjoyed looking at the hundreds of decorations on sale, I went for these in the end but it wasn’t easy deciding.

christmas tree

 

I have hung some of our old favourites including this Christmas garland with letters cut from card and held up with pegs.

christmas garland

We have our train on display which the girls adore and of course our new Disney Princess advent calendar too.

Advent calendar train

We’re feeling quite festive, are you?

In fact why don’t you have some of my chocolate salami? Or get lots of other lovely ideas from my Pinterest Christmas board

chocolate salami

Disclosure: John Lewis have given me an allowance to buy Christmas decorations for the purpose of this post.

NSPCC logo letter to Santa

What lengths do you go to to keep the magic of Santa alive in your children’s heart?

As you know I’ve been working with the NSPCC on the run up to Christmas 2014 and my girls were delighted to receive their Letters from Santa the other week. They have even written replies and left them under the tree for him to find on Christmas Eve.

Request your Letter from Santa for a suggested donation of £5 to the NSPCC or by calling 0845 839 9304 until 15 December. Please read here why your donation is so important and where the money goes to help.

Keeping the magic alive

We all know it won’t be long before they discover the truth and so let’s make the most of it whilst we still can. The YouGov survey of 2,007 parents with children aged 18 and under, conducted by the NSPCC for their Christmas ‘Letter from Santa’ fundraising campaign revealed

NSPCC family gifts

The UK top 10 festive family traditions

Leaving something out on Christmas Eve for Santa and his reindeers. 70%

Hand-writing a letter to Santa  51%

Wrapping Christmas presents in different wrapping paper so that your children know which presents are from Santa. 39%

Opening a letter ‘from Santa’ with your children. 36%

Watching Elf. 35%

Sprinkling reindeer food on the front garden. 31%

Opening one present from under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. 30%

Making homemade gifts with your children for family members. 27%

Watching the Queen’s speech. 22%

Watching It’s a Wonderful Life. 13%

It would seem Christmas traditions are alive and well and increasing all the time as parents want to create more than what they had as children for their own offspring.

NSPCC Top Ten Family Christmas Traditions Infographic portrait

NSPCC Chief Executive, Peter Wanless, said: “It’s great to see that treasured traditions such as Christmas letters dominate the top five in the poll with over half of UK children writing a letter to Santa.

“However, just a third actually get a reply from Mr Claus, which is why the NSPCC is offering to deliver a personalised Letter from Santa for a suggested donation of just £5 to help keep the magic of Christmas alive for all children.”

About the NSPCC:

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity specialising in child protection. Our vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK and we make a difference for all children by standing up for their rights, listening to them, helping them when they need us and by making them safe. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands to help vulnerable children. We also provide ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people and a helpline for adults who are worried about a child or want advice.

If you have concerns about a child or young person, you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or visit www.nspcc.org.uk

Children and young people can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk

Disney advent calendar

I don’t know about you but I think there is way too much chocolate at this time of year and I am a chocolate lover trust me.

Trouble is, I have chocolates for the tree, selection boxes for their stockings, I have tubs of £4 chocolates sitting in the cupboards waiting to come out and I know the twins will receive a lot more chocolate; so much we’ll still be munching through it all way into the new year.

So I was really pleased to discover the Disney Advent Calendar which still has daily doors to open but behind each door instead of a piece of chocolate there is a new addition that goes up into making the overall princess themed display.

My girls love the Disney princesses and I know they will play with this for days and days and even long after Christmas has gone. I’m looking forward to giving it to them.

The finished display features all of the favourite Disney princesses. A total of 8 Disney princess characters and 16 pop out accessories all go into creating a magical Christmas kingdom.

And no chocolate.

And no ugly foil calendars hanging around the house.

And like I said we have tons of chocolate anyway, who needs even more?

Advent calendar train

We will still be doing our Train advent calendar anyway with a To Do every day to help us pass the time on the run up to Christmas.

You can get one on Amazon and it’s currently reduced to £16.50 from £19.99 Here’s an affiliate link direct to the product

Disclosure: I was sent a Disney princess advent calendar for the purpose of this post. If you click on the affiliate link above and order I will be renumerated.