Christmas & Santa at Whitehouse Farm - A Review



Christmas & Santa at Whitehouse Farm - A Review

Disclosure - we worked with Whitehouse Farm in November 2019 which is when the photos in this post were taken and our visit took place. We have not been paid / asked to share this updated post for 2020. 

PLEASE BE AWARE, THE PHOTOS IN THIS POST ARE FROM 2019 AND THE EXPERIENCE WILL BE DIFFERENT IN 2020 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS. 



Christmas 2020 at Whitehouse Farm 


Santa’s Enchanted Elf Journey VIP EXPERIENCE
Santa’s Enchanted Elf Journey is a Brand New ‘Magical’ Festive event for 2020.
This VIP Christmas experience will create magical memories with your loved ones, your dedicated Elf Guide will lead you and your group, around our Winter Wonderland, you will meet all the Elves who are there to entertain you and help you complete a special quest to find the Magic of Christmas!
Your Elf Guide will make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun activities on offer including:
- Visit Mrs Claus’s Bakery where the children can decorate festive biscuits,
- Snuggle Santa’s favourite bunnies, guinea pigs and more in our Petting Barn,
- Enrol in Elf School with the Hilarious Head Elf, with certificates for all who graduate,
- Take a stroll through our beautiful Winter Wonderland, the perfect backdrop for your festive family photos
- Visit our Bird of Prey Area and make your Christmas Wish, hang it on our Magic Wishing Tree and one of our Majestic Birds of Prey will fly your wish to the North Pole for you.
- Take a ride on our Festive Tractor & Trailer to the Enchanted Forest and search for hidden Believe Bells
- What Enchanted Elf Journey would be complete without a visit to Father Christmas himself, each paying child will receive a special voucher from Santa to choose a quality gift in the Elves Toyshop.
Once your organised session is over you are welcome to stay on the farm to enjoy Hoglets Adventure Play Area, Jumping Pillows, Trampolines, Outdoor Play area, Indoor Soft Play (guidelines permitting) and you can meet and feed our large farm animals in their winter stables.
Would you like to add an extra special Festive Treat to your day out? Our café will be open throughout the day serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, snack’s and cakes to takeaway. Our special Eat in meals must be pre-booked for everyone’s safety and we have created some special festive options for children and adults. Why not add an Elftastic treat for this kids or a Festive Soup and Sandwich deal for the adults.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING:
This will be a guided experience, lasting approximately 2 ½ hours. Please arrive promptly for your timeslot, the group cannot wait for late arrivals as this will impact all other bookings throughout the day. It is your responsibility to arrive at the start of your session so please allow plenty of time to get to us. Refunds will not be processed if you miss your slot and you may miss activities on the list if you arrive late.
Please do not arrive before your timeslot, entry to the farm will not be permitted until your timeslot. This is to monitor numbers onsite and keep everyone safe, if you do arrive early please wait in your car until your allocated timeslot.
This event is running both indoors and outdoors, please dress appropriately for weather.
It’s essential all people aged 11+ (who are not medically exempt) bring along a mask, a mask must be worn in all public indoor areas, this includes Elf School, Winter Wonderland, Mrs Claus Bakery, Petting Barn, Santa’s Grotto, The Elves Toy Shop, The Café, Shop, and all animal barns. Masks are not required while outdoors under current legislation. We will update our mask wearing policy inline with any Government updates between time of booking and the event running.
The events listed above will be included in your experience, however the running order will differ from group to group. Your elf guide will ensure you don’t miss any activities and are in the right place at the right time, please support them by following their instructions.
Please select your timeslot carefully, there are strictly NO REFUNDS available for Santa’s Enchanted Elf Journey tickets. If there are spaces on alternative day’s we MAY be able to offer an exchange, however this can only be done if reasonable notice is given (at least 48 hours) and subject to availability. Where there is availability to swap slots, changes will incur an admin charge of £2.00 per ticket to exchange.
This event has been planned with all Covid safety regulations and legislation in mind, we comply with all safety procedures and are confident we are putting on a fun yet safe event for the whole family to enjoy. Between tickets going on sale and the event happening we will constantly monitor things and update any aspects needed to ensure we remain within the guidelines. We do need your support with this so please do not book to come along with family/friends who do not live in your household/are not part of your support bubble. We appreciate this is disappointing however we all have to do our bit and follow the rules to keep everyone safe.
At the time of booking we ask for brief information about the children in your party to enhance the visit with Santa. This information will not be shared with any other company.
To help us make the event as accessible as possible if you are attending with a wheelchair user or please let us know by emailing dawn@whitehousefarmcentre.co.uk
Sorry no dogs are allowed on the farm park, with the exception of assistance dogs.
Guests entitled to one £5 carer ticket must present one of the following to be allowed to enter, please note if you do not have valid evidence you will be charged full price admission:
1 Valid Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment award letter
2 Valid Carers Allowance Letter
3 A current valid Blue Badge.
4 A valid letter from your GP stating the need for a carer dated within the last 6 months.
It is essential to purchase a ticket for each person attending the event. The Babes in Arms ticket is free for babies aged under 12 months, this ticket includes no involvement in any of the activities, and there will be no gift from Santa with this ticket. Please choose the under 2 ticket if you would like your little one to be involved in the event.

Find out more, check prices and book here. 


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Our 2019 Review



Winter Wonderland Barn

The Winter Wonderland Barn is beautiful! This walkthrough experience can be enjoyed at any time at your leisure - you can even walk through more than once.

There are lots of beautiful photo opportunities with twinkling lights and festive backdrops.

We loved the first few areas which were dedicated to elves behaving badly - look out for some pretty mischievous elves on the shelves.

The walk though experience is brilliant for all ages - little ones love the lights and older kids enjoy finding the elves and seeing what they are up to. I couldn't even resist a selfie myself.

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Visit Mrs Claus in her Bakery


Towards the end of the walkthrough Winter Wonderland, you will find Mrs Claus and her bakery. Here you can meet a singing reindeer, write and post a letter to Santa (don't forget to pick up a reply from the gift shop as you leave) and create a Christmas Wish Tag to take to the wishing tree (more on that later). All of these activities are included with admission.

For an additional £2 per biscuit, you can decorate a Christmas cookie. There is no pressure to do this but as H & J were feeling peckish so we decided to give it a try.

Everyone is provided with their own sweet cup and sprinkles and you can help yourself to icing on the table. H & J enjoyed this and I would recommend if you need a sit down and a break from the festivities. You can eat your cookie there, take it away in a bag or leave the icing to set and collect it later in the day. 

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Join Elf School

We LOVE the resident magician at Whitehouse Farm. He is hilarious and always has the kids laughing. Elf School takes place at intervals across the day and is a drop-in activity.

There will be lots of laughs, magic tricks, Christmas magic, a sing-song and everyone who takes part will be provided with an Elf certificate.

Elf School lasts about 30 minutes and is best suited to children aged 3-10 I think (although all ages are obviously welcome).

We ended our day at Whitehouse Farm with Elf School and it was a brilliant way to end on a high. Jack was picked to see if his name was on the naughty or nice list and was delighted to learn it is all good (so far!).



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Write & Post Letters to Santa

In the bakery, children and write and post a letter to Santa and they will receive a reply in the gift shop. There is a physical postbox and being able to physically post a letter is always a nice touch I think. Heidi asked for a skateboard and Jack dinosaur toys. Santa is going to try his best!







Visit the Winter Stables


99% of the animals are kept inside at Whitehouse Farm during the winter months and you can visit and feed them as normal. We loved feeding the goats and were pleased to see new breeds of pig in the barn (the fluffy kind). We met sheep, alpacas, cows, rabbits, guinea pigs, ponies, reptiles, mice, rats, snakes, spiders and more.

There are various petting and animal handling sessions throughout the day with elves who will assist you. 



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Groom a Christmas Pony

You are provided with an activity schedule on arrival (see below for ours - I don't imagine others will be dis-similar).  I would recommend taking a photo of the schedule (as the paper copy can get crumpled/lost/wet) and making a loose plan of action on arrival.

One activity we didn't want to miss out on was grooming a Christmas Pony. Ah I love Heidi's face in this photo - she loved it. 

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Write a Christmas Wish & watch as Birds of Prey fly them to the North Pole


This is such a cute little activity included in Winter Wonderland. You write a special wish on your Christmas Wish Tag and hang it on the wishing tree. Then at various points throughout the day, the birds of prey will collect the wishes and fly them high to the North Pole. Cute!

Although I have to say, I am not too keen on Heidi's wish so I *may* have made a wish of my own for the birds to accidentally drop Heidi's wish......

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Christmas Tractor Sleigh Rides


It wouldn't be a trip to a Christmas Farm without a bumpy tractor ride. The resident tractor has been transformed into a sleigh over the festive period and sets off at various intervals throughout the day.

You can also climb aboard a more traditional sleigh and pose for photos in one of the barns. 

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Enjoy the Facilities & Animals at Whitehouse Farm

As well as festive activities, you are free to enjoy all that Whitehouse Farm has to offer throughout the day. We were there from 10am-3pm and it is definitely the kind of place you can spend all day.

The farm had a major upgrade to their outdoor play equipment earlier in the year. If you are lucky to visit on a dry day, the outdoor play areas are fantastic (read about them here).

Other facilities include:

  • Go Karts
  • Hundreds of animals to pet and feed
  • An indoor soft play barn
  • Outdoor play areas 
  • Maze 
  • Birds of Prey area
  • and lots more.....



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Lunch at Whitehouse Farm



There is an indoor heated picnic barn at Whitehouse Farm and you are welcome to bring a picnic or a flask to enjoy here. We nearly always choose to enjoy lunch in the cafe though, especially in winter when a hot lunch helps to warm you through.

They had a festive jacket potato as a special and it was lush! Definitely recommend. The kids enjoyed chicken nuggets and a packed lunch bag. Prices are super reasonable and service is speedy.

Later in the day we stopped at the cafe for a hot chocolate. They were £2 each and there is a range of festive baked treats too.
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Christmas & Santa at Whitehouse Farm - A Review - Kids packed lunch



Winter Wonderland Booking Information

We had such a lovely time experiencing Winter Wonderland and feel like it offers brilliant value. I love that it offers families a flexible structure to the day so there is no pressure. Activities are repeated 2/3 times throughout the day so it doesn't really matter too much if you miss something (which we nearly did as they wouldn't leave soft play) as you can try it again later in the day.

I also really appreciated that most activities set up indoors - it was raining heavily on the day of our visit but the only time we got wet was dashing between barns. Whitehouse Farm Winter Wonderland is a brilliant rainy day activity (which I am sure there will be many of) in the run up to Christmas.

Lots of the fun to be had was drop in and you could spend as much or as little time on activities as you liked. There was no huge structure and you never felt as if you were on a conveyor belt moving from one activity to the next as you sometimes feel with these types of places.



The Santa Experience  


The Santa Experience at Whitehouse Farm is exceptional. I preferred the experience at Whitehouse to both Santa on the Rooftop at Fenwick and Alnwick Garden.

When you book, you are given a time to visit Father Christmas. In 2019, the experience is held in an external barn (you have to exit the farm via the gift shop and follow the signs to the barns opposite the admissions booth/car park. Ask a member of staff if you are lost.

No buggies are permitted in the grotto but there is an undercover buggy store outside.

The Santa Experience at Whitehouse Farm includes all of the Winter Wonderland fun mentioned above plus the following.....


Grotto Visit

At Whitehouse Farm, families visit Father Christmas individually. Santa knows a little about each child and has SO much time.

This experience is so much more than simply asking children what they would like for Christmas and posing for a quick photo.

Santa tells jokes, shares stories (he told us the Queen snores), explains how his magic works, lets the kids know why Rudolph eats so many carrots and has a proper chat. I think the experience at Whitehouse Farm is the longest we have ever privately spent with Santa.

Throughout the visit, children are gifted a special certificate/personalised letter ,  some magic hay to leave out for the reindeer (which Santa warned us not to feed our pets unless we wanted them to fly away) and a special magic heart which we would later place in our teddy bear from the toy workshop and cuddle on Christmas Eve.

Heidi and Jack were captivated with Santa at Whitehouse Farm and I actually nearly cried at how good it was. Their faces in the photos say it all.






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Festive Crafts with the Elves


Your Santa Experience ticket includes time with the elves to take part in some festive crafts. The elves are so friendly and this was a lovely and chilled activity. You do this in a festive room as you are waiting to go through the see Santa.

We decorated some festive door hangers, a festive snowman tree decoration, wrote a letter to Santa, created another tree decoration (the type where you scratch a pattern off), made pop-up cards and more. I helped Jack with his and there is something about doing festive crafts with the kids which really helps you to take time out from the Christmas craziness and I really enjoyed it.

The elves have thought of everything - for those who don't like crafts there are Christmas stories to read by the tree and there are baby toys to entertain little babies as their older siblings craft.

All to the backdrop of festive music and a bit of a chat with the elves. Lovely. 





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Personalised Letter from Santa
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Toy Workshop

Despite visiting THE perfect Santa, the toy workshop was still Heidi and Jacks favorite part from the day. They seriously live for this kind of thing.

Children can pick a toy and the elves will help children to stuff the toys until they are perfect for cuddling.

Children kiss the heart they were given by Santa, make one last Christmas wish and then the heart is sewn into their soft toy by the elves.

The idea is, you cuddle the soft toy on Christmas Eve and your wishes will come true.

I think the toy workshop is much better than simply receiving a toy from Santa - it is so much more personal and really involves the children. Heidi and Jack took their soft toys around soft play afterwards and as I type this, they are snuggled up with them on the sofa. Cute! I know they will be cherished.

There are add-ons (outfits for £9.99) but there is zero hard sell and H and J didn't event notice them (they were never mentioned).

At the end of the whole Santa experience, you are provided with a bag which is much needed to carry everything. I really would have liked to have put everything in the car at this point but H & J were super attached to their crafts/ soft toys/certificates and insisted on carrying them around the farm for the full day!





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Christmas at Whitehouse Farm - Top Tips 
  • Wear wellies and thermal socks if it is raining. There are puddles which children won't be able to resist jumping in

  • Bring change for the cookie decorating (£2 each)

  • Keep Winter Wonderland in mind for a rainy day (or non-rainy day) idea which does not need to be pre-booked

  • Make a loose plan of action at the start of the day and photograph the activity schedule in case you lose it

  • It wasn't too cold on the day of our visit - Christmas jumpers and hats look cute in photos. Don't forget gloves and winter coats 

  • Bring a flask of hot chocolate and mince pies to enjoy in the picnic barn as a mid-afternoon snack

  • Wash hands thoroughly after handling animals 

  • Bring a backpack to carry everything you are provided with throughout the day 

  • We usually buy one bag of animal feed to share in the winter 

  • Parking is FREE

  • Aim to spend 5 hours (or more) at the farm to cover everything

  • If you are looking for somewhere to eat on the way home, I highly recommend St Marys Inn along the road - it is a lovely country pub

  • If you are stuck/can't find your way/would like to cuddle an animal, ask an elf - they are always happy to help 

  • Whitehouse Farm is an excellent place to visit as part of a group or big Christmas day out with family or friends - we often do this and it is a lush way to spend some time together. 

  • You don't need to have children to visit Whitehouse Farm! Steve and I used to visit pre-kids

  • I would recommend for all ages from babies (they will love the lights and animals) to teens (although it won't be for all teens - Heidi will still want to visit when she is 15 but Harry is too cool now!)

Find out more here:  https://www.whitehousefarmcentre.co.uk/

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2 comments

  1. I love Whitehouse Farm at Christmas, we have been for the past two years and the kids loved it. I was hoping to visit Winter Wonderland this year but I don't think we have any spare weekends sadly. My children honestly think that Whitehouse Farm Santa is the real santa, I love the stories he tells and how real he looks x

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  2. This just looks absolutely incredible! Love Whitehouse Farm, they always go above and beyond with their events and there's just so much to do there - you can never get round everything in the one day. Their Santa looks AMAZING!

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