Bradshaws Christmas Experience, at Codsall near Wolverhampton
Sally tells us about her Santa's Grotto:
The grotto is situated in the farm buildings inside a Christmas Shop
in the heart of my Christmas Tree Farm. I am a farmer by profession
and have been running the grotto for arrroximately 8 years.
The grotto is a winter wonderland packed packed full of animation.
After customers have been greeted by a 30ft inflatable Father Christmas,
they enter an icy cave where they see a reindeer constructed from
3000 white lights.
The icy caves contain lots of animated woodland animals in the snowy
forest, Santa's helper is fishing in a waterfall and his helpers are
painting and decorating his woodland home where a cat is also feeding
her baby kittens.
A family of polar bears are sleeping and romping in the forest in
front of 3 singing reindeer who are peering out of their snowy castle.
The reindeer are hugely popular with synchronised singing voices and
As you carry on through the grotto walk, a poor snowman has fallen
off his skis and is swinging upside down in a tree with Santa.
While you wait to see Santa, his helper can be spotted drinking his
tea and eating his breakfast croissant while reading the Lapland Times
while his reindeer snores asleep under his sleigh.
Santa gives the children 2 lovely presents and everyone seems to go
away extremely happy.
Grotto at Erdington Fire Station
from Erdington Fire station tells us about their Santa's Grott:
Blue Watch firefighters at Erdington Fire Station have built a Santa's
grotto on the fire station - this is the second time they've done
this, the first time they had aproximately 350 children visit Santa
over 2 days and raised £1,100 for the Fire Service National
time this grotto is bigger and brighter. Firefighters started to
construct the grotto in early October having to allow for fire calls
rescues, so plenty of time was needed.
local businesses donated items to help.
Our new Station Commander had a fit when we removed all the hose
from the store and started to attach the grotto to the side of of
the fire station!
would like to invite everyone to the station on Saturday 13th, Saturday
20th and Tuesday 23rd December from 11am - 3pm, with an evening
event on Wednesday 17th December, 6pm - 8pm.
The fee will be £3.50 per child which will include a goodie
bag and photo with Santa. All monies raised will go to the Fire
Service National Benevelant Fund and the Round Table.
will also be available to give advice to parents on fire safety.
most memorable moment from the first time we did the grotto was
to see the children after they visited Santa. Their faces were happy
especially when they could see the fire appliance with their new
to see you there - John
Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for children and donkeys have a superb
christmas grotto for children to visit Father Christmas.
grotto is in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. It's a minimum donation
of £2 - the children are given a novelty animal balloon, walk
through an enchanting grotto with a snow scene, fairy lights, woodland
animals and gingerbread men peeping out at you, with a little stop
gap of a sweety or lollipop, then onto a most warm and sociable
Considering this is voluntarily run the effort that has been put
into the grotto is a most impressive one. The children also get
to visit and stroking the donkeys.
by Michelle Meade
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