Book to visit Santa...

in his Winter Wonderland*

We are very happy to announce that Father Christmas will be visiting us safely here at Bow Garden Centre over the festive period!

He has informed us that due to all of the safety measures we will be putting in place, he feels more than happy and safe enough to visit, and is incredibly excited to meet the boys and girls!

Please see all of the details below before booking. We have had to make some changes to make this all possible, but we hope that this won't affect the magical experience too much for the children, and it'll still be a day to remember.

*Please see our Elf & Safety guidelines below

When: Starting November 28th & 29th, and every weekend in December up until (and including) Christmas Eve.

Where: Santa's Grotto is in a new location this year. It's straight ahead from the entrance (follow signs).

How much: Entrance is only £7.99 and each child receives a lovely age appropriate gift from Santa himself. See all activities included below.

Not only will the children get to meet Santa and give him their Christmas lists, but this wonderful Christmas experience will also include:  

  • Meet Santa, and have a chance to give him your Christmas lists.

  • A craft activity for each child to take part in.

  • A paper chain making kit to take away.

  • A festive snow machine.

  • Santa's Treasure Trail.

  • Your own photo opportunities in Santa's Sleigh.

  • A quality, age appropriate gift from Santa.

  • Image me Studios will be here to take your child's photo with Santa which will be available to purchase, alongside a range of festive souvenirs. You will be given a £1 off voucher to be used for the purchase of any Image Me souvenir.

NB - Customer photos are allowed everywhere else inside the Winter Wonderland part of the grotto with lots of photo opportunities available. Photos are not allowed inside with Santa unfortunately due to our licence agreement with Image Me studios.  There is no obligation to buy these photos however.  Offering photos allows us to keep our prices down for the overall Winter Wonderland experience, and we have held them again this year. 

*2019 pre-distancing photos

Elf and Safety


The thing of upmost importance is the safety of our staff and visitors (including Santa!), which is why we have some safety measures in place to make this possible.

This will mean a few changes to our usual Winter Wonderland experience, however our aim is to keep it feeling as magical as possible while staying safe.

Please take a moment to read the changes we will be making this year in order to keep everyone safe!

- PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Pre-booking is essential to maintain order and social distancing.

- Parents/guardians please wear a face covering at all times.

- Hand sanitiser on entry

- You will be allocated a personal Elf who will guide you around the Grotto. The Elves will be wearing face coverings, will maintain distance and will be using hand sanitiser throughout the day. 

- There will be a 1 way system around the Winter Wonderland to maintain social distancing.

- There will be a screen between children and Santa for their safety. 

- Due to Covid restrictions, the activities have been slightly restricted this year (Please see list of activities).

Please note, in the event of visits to see Santa having to be cancelled due to Covid, we will issue you with a refund (less any PayPal fees incurred - c.50p per person).


Check out Santa's Grotto & Magical Winter Wonderland 

in the video and images below:

(We've been rated highly by reviewers and are in the Express & Echo & Devon Live's Top Places to visit Santa in Devon)

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