Father Christmas arrived on the cart and was taken down through the
visitor centre to the Old Watermill, where he stepped back in time
this year with his 1940ís style sitting room in the old Mill House.
For visitors the Christmas Adventure
starts with a ride in Rudolph the Red Nosed Tractor Sleigh down the
hill to the Old Mill House. Santa will be in his 1940ís decorated
sitting room next to a cosy log fire ready to have a real old
fashioned chat with the children and handing out some great
The whole Mill House looks
absolutely fabulous in itís 1940ís glory. Jars of preserves, pickled
eggs and Christmas puddings line the pantry. Traditional homemade
paper Christmas decorations and holly and ivy are the main
decorations. The Christmas tree looks so good that one has to wonder
why we need lights and modern glittery decorations.
As well as seeing Father Christmas
in the Mill House, there is loads more for visitors to see whether
they are visiting Santa or not. In the stable there is a nativity
scene painted by a local artist, with real farm animals in the
stable. Chick and Guinea Pig holding is in the next-door Discovery
Centre. The heated Activity Barn has the normal pedal tractor course
and colouring activities. Shire Horse cart rides will be operating
at the weekends (weather permitting).
So if you are looking for a more
traditional day out with Father Christmas, Sacrewell has a lot to
offer. Santa is at Sacrewell weekends of 8th & 9th and every day
from 15th to 23rd December. (Pre-booked groups welcome any day in
December). Tickets to see Santa cost an additional £5 per child.
Normal entrance charges apply with accompanying adults receiving a
free mince pie and glass of mulled wine.
Sacrewell is such a beautiful
setting for a great day out, with all the other farm animals to
feed, Shire Horse Centre, gardens to explore, indoor and outdoor
play areas, and a working watermill. The Millerís Country Cafť is a
great spot to have anything from a full home-cooked lunch to a cup
of tea with views over the beautiful countryside. There are some
great gifts and local produce in the Three Little Ducks Farm & Gift
Shop to make Christmas special.
December 2007 -
Peterborough UK Community Website