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7ef5b908d410810c25ea37a765676eb3.jpgFarmer Palmer's Farm Park

Looking for a stress free way to visit Father Christmas with your little ones? €˜Farmer Christmas' is available to meet the children in his wonderful Winter cabin this December at Farmer Palmer's. NO pre booking required and NO LONG QUEUES! We understand how excited children get when meeting Father Christmas, so our clever Elves operate a time slot booking system when you arrive at the door - simple! Baby's First Christmas? Make it magical!

Pop over to our website for more details. Annual Passes make the perfect Christmas gift.

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BH16 6EU

Magical Christmas at Adventure Wonderland

Give the family a flying start to Christmas with a magic carpet trip to multi-award-winning theme park, Adventure Wonderland.

Santa and his helpers will be dropping in to their cosy log cabin to give the kids a fantastic present plus the unmissable live panto, Aladdin, takes flight.

Join Aladdin, the beautiful Princess, the hilarious Widow Twankey and the wicked Abanazar in this pantomime production with stunning costumes, brilliant songs and dance routines, loads of audience interaction and hilarious jokes!

It's everything you could wish for in a pantomime - genie-ous!

There's also the massive indoor adventure play centre, Wild Thing! and Nativity Cuddle Corner.  Not to mention mince pies and mulled wine for the adults.

Tickets to visit Santa are available 24/25th November, 1st/ 2nd and 8th/9th December and 42c84bffbea458b5b12e368fd6f953cd.pngevery day from 15th-23rd December.  Book now at to avoid disappointment and to get a 10% discount.

BH23 6BA

Bournemouth Market

Back by popular demand, the Bournemouth Christmas Market is re-introducing it's sell-out Santa's Open 23rd November to 24th December and open late until 9pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Compton Acres

Compton Acres will be running their ever popular breakfast with Father Christmas on Saturday 15th Saturday 22nd and Christmas Eve. The cost is £14.95 per head (under 2's £4.95) and Christmas Eve £17.95 per head (under 2's £6.95). A full English buffet style breakfast is available and Father Christmas and his Elf will be in attendance giving out presents.

Pre booking and payment in advance is essential.

BH13 7ES

Upton Country Park

Santa's Woodland Grotto is back, with real wood cabins, animals, quality wrapped gifts and printed photographs of your meeting with Santa, ensuring a fun, interactive & memorable experience for all the family.

Open Wednesday - Friday from 10.30am - 5pm, and at weekends from 9.30am - 6pm. vary.

Swanage Railway Christmas Belle

Join Swanage Railway during the festive season for a trip on the 'Christmas Belle' in their luxurious Pullman Observation Car.

During your one-hour return journey, you will travel through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck countryside while enjoying champagne and canapes, served at your seat by their Pullman attendant. 


Kingston Lacy, National Trust

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 9d1c65561e98556191e82ef3ff8d6c4e.pngfrom 30 November to 23 December. Fridays 4-6.30pm. Saturdays and Sundays: 11am-6pm

Meet Santa Claus at Kingston Lacy; tell him your Christmas wishes to add an extra bit of magic to the festive season. £5 per child (0-12 years old), including a gift from Santa Claus. Normal property admission applies for all non National Trust members. If you would like to visit the house before or after meeting Santa Claus, please remember to book your free house entry ticket in advance. Book online at or phone 0344 249 189


Wyevale West Parley Garden Centre

Bring the kids along to the most magical Santa's grotto this side of the North Pole! Every child will receive a special present from Santa himself, so come and join us for some festive fun at a Santa's grotto near you! You'll also love our Breakfast or Tea with Santa event.

BH22 8SJ

Spinaker Tower Toymaker's Workshop

This Christmas, Santa Claus is setting up his toy making workshop at Emirates Spinnaker Tower!

Join Santa's elves in the Tower's workshop as they make the finishing touches to their latest batch of cuddly reindeers. Each child will name their reindeer, fill it with stuffing and place a magic charm inside before carefully sealing it up. Once their reindeer is finished, no trip to Santa's workshop is complete without a visit to see Father Christmas in his grotto!

Tower Toymaker's Workshop will take place on the following 6f5726fda2cab5d858835be64cc37c55(1).jpgdates; 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December.

Christmas Spectacular

Returning for its seventh fabulous year of family entertainment, The Glad Rag Production Company is delighted to bring a brand new Christmas Spectacular to the Regent Centre, Christchurch stage. Bursting with festive delights, this highly acclaimed company will create a magical Christmas treat for the whole family to enjoy. Once again, audiences will be treated to dazzling costumes from West End costumier Sue Simmerling and sparkling production numbers brought together by a heart warming festive story, making this production the best winter warmer in town.

Russell-Cotes Museum

Father Christmas will be making a special visit to the Russell-Cotes on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December.

Visit Father Christmas and receive a small gift.

£4.50 per child.

Booked time slots between 11am and 3pm.

To book please contact the Welcome Desk on 01202 451820.

Sealife Centre

Christmas commences Saturday 8th December, when Father Christmas arrives at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park, where he will reside until December 23rd to spread some festive joy! There will also be a Christmas Craft Zone where children can colour their own Christmas tree decorations, make Reindeer food or write their letter to Father Christmas, and Christmas gingerbread will be available at Caribbean Coffee with a warming range of festive drinks!

Marwell Zoo

Make your family's Christmas magical and join the elves in the enchanted world at Marwell Hall.

Begin your enchanted 812ce94ab1ed43cb1d837b87c0d7d8f6.jpgexperience by enjoying some festive refreshments

Be charmed by Mother Christmas in Pirate Cove and listen to stories from Neverland - inspired by Peter Pan

Create your own Christmas present bag in the elves workshop

Meet Father Christmas and receive a special gift before posing for a professionally taken family photo

Your experience will last around 60-80 minutes and includes zoo entry*

Exbury Gardens

8/9/15/16th December

Post your letter to Father Christmas on his very special Postal Express train at Exbury this Winter! Children and adults of all ages are welcomed to experience our garden winter wonderland by train, sing along to seasonal favourites and watch out for Christmas characters along the way.

For more information visit


The Fireworks Code-Poster

The Fireworks Code-Poster

Print of our Fireworks Code poster to keep your children safe this November!



The new film, guest starring John Barroman as 'Flex Dexter premiers on 22nd Oct on Cartoonito



parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

See Bing Live! in 2018

See Bing Live! in 2018

Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are going on tour in the first ever Bing stage show!

Christmas Activities

Christmas Activities

If you are looking for ideas to keep the children busy throughout the Christmas holidays, or the kids want some ideas and inspiration for cards and gifts them take a look at our Winter KidsZone. Jam packed full of fun ideas that everyone can get involved in! Activities for indoors and out - some are messy, some are not! What are you waiting for?!?!

Christmas Baking

Christmas Baking

We all know that the festive period is a time for giving, spending time as a family and for over indulging, and we are here to help! Our Christmas recipe section has lots of tasty treats to satisfy the sweet and savoury cravings of the whole family. Get busy in the kitchen with the kids and enjoy some delicious food together this Christmas.