Enjoy a visit to the Model Village with some magical miniature Christmas scenes

Elf Workshop

Christmas at the Model Village

A little Christmas Magic & Sparkle

December 8th 2018 to January 1st 2019 (Closed Dec 25th)

Enjoy the Model Village with some seasonal miniature scenes and sparkling illuminations on special days. As you explore the beautiful gardens and our creative model scenes, see if you can spot the mini Santa figures.  Wind your way through the Christmas labyrinth and don't miss the magical 3D Toy Workshop film in our 4D theatre.

Opening times & What's on at special times.....

December 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th and 21st to 24th

Open 10.30am to latest entry 4.30pm (close by 6.00pm) -

Santa & the Mini-Panto after 12.30pm

Magical Christmas lights from 3.30pm

December 10th to 14th

Open 10.30am to latest entry 3.00pm (close by 4.00pm) -

Regular winter opening hours, no lights or Santa on these dates

December 17th to 20th and 26th to January 1st

Open 10.30am to latest entry 4.30pm (close 5.30pm) -

Magical Christmas lights from 3.30pm. No Santa on these dates


The Christmas Experience - full details....

* NEW FOR 2018 - The Christmas Labyrinth Trail - see what magical delights you will discover

* Enjoy a visit to the Model Village with some magical miniature Christmas scenes

* A Christmas character hunt - find all the hidden mini Santa figures & other Christmas characters!

* A Dream of Christmas' in our 4D Theatre - a 6-minute 3D adventure through Santa's Workshop.See here for restrictions


from 3.30pm to 5.30pm (Dec 8, 9, 15 to 24 and Dec 26 to Jan 1st) - ensure you plan to stay until at least 5.00pm to experience the magic of the Christmas lights after dark. Please note that latest entry to the park is 4.30pm, and that there are no lights Dec 10th to 14th


Santa & the Mini-Panto at special times.......

On Dec 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 & 24 after 12.30pm

The outrageous panto characters return for their 15-minute show and Santa makes his appearance. Shows run approx. every 30 minutes between 12.30pm to 4.30pm (arrive no later than 4pm to include Santa & the Panto. Please note that Santa is not in a grotto).


Model Village winter sceneTOP TIPS & FAQS:

Advance bookings are not taken - simply come along on the day suitable for you. 

Santa Visits - Santa is not in a grotto on a one-to-one meet basis, but is part of the panto. Children will get a small gift in exchange for an elf ticket. If you prefer to see Santa without the panto, you can catch him at the end of a show. Please arrive no later than 4.00pm.  Earlier in the afernoon is generally quieter than mid/later afternoon - if you want to catch Santa & the panto earlier and come back another day to see the lights, see details about our free return below (or on FAQs)

How long to allow?You need to allow at least 2 hours for all activities

Light Lunches Our tearoom will be serving light lunches and snacks - sandwiches, grilled paninis and kids sandwiches, along with a wide selection cakes, snacks, hot & cold drinks. Open from 1030am, closes at last entry time.

Free Return- During your first visit, you can get a photo-pass from the gift shop which will enable everyone in the photo to return once, for free, within 7 days. Ask for details onsite or see under FAQs for more details. Important: The free return visit does not include a gift from Santa, strictly no free return without the photo- pass.

Group visits: group rates are available for 20 or more people (see group rates) but there would be an additional charge of £2.00 per child for a present from Santa. Note that Santa is only available on the listed dates, as he is part of the panto crew we cannot arrange special dates.


ADMISSION PRICES (8th Dec to 1st Jan)


Everyone (3 yrs & over): £9.95 per person. On Santa dates, includes a small gift for children from Santa, suitable for aged 3 to approx.10 years.

Children Under 3 yrs: £2.00 for a gift from Santa

Current Annual Pass members: £2.00 per child for a gift from Santa (note: new annual memberships are no longer available)

4D Theatre Christmas show - no extra charge


 Advance bookings are not taken - simply come along on the day suitable for you.