Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Santa's Grotto at Intu Derby

Intu Derby, Santa's Grotto, Santa, Christmas, family


This year, things are getting magical now Taylor is of the age to start understanding Christmas a little more. He's super excited about Santa so when we were invited to visit the Santa's Grotto at Intu Derby last weekend, we couldn't wait.

James booked the day off work so we could all go along together. I hadn't been to the centre in a few years, I think it was still a Westfield the last time I went. But I was impressed with the centre itself. It had a great variety of shops, the toilets were modern and quirky and everywhere seemed clean. 

We arrived a little earlier than our booked appointment so we had a little look around. We found a snow garden, full of artificial snow, for children to play in. It was fantastic. Taylor loved throwing the snow around, and other children were making snow angels. It was lovely! A member of staff came over, handed us chocolate coins and gave us the opportunity to write letters to Santa and post them in the special box [unfortunately we forgot to do this!]. A fantastic idea! If you get the chance, take your little ones for some snow fun!


Intu Derby, Santa's Grotto, Santa, Christmas, family


When we eventually found the Grotto [Intu is a great centre, but needs to up their game when it comes to directions and signage! ;)] we headed to the desk where the lady elves handed the boys cardboard reindeer antler hats and showed us to the front of the grotto. I was told I wasn't allowed to take any photos inside. I asked if I was able to take any of the experience itself as long as I didn't get any children or members of the public in but was told no, which was unfortunate as would've been nice to show you a little more inside the grotto. 

Once inside, we found a space amongst the other families while two elves were on stage performing tricks, singing songs and telling jokes. It was a lovely way to keep the children entertained whilst waiting for Santa. I think Taylor was possibly a little young to understand it all, and a little young for all the waiting around so kept himself amused by attempting to hug the Christmas tree, touch all the decorations and run around the room. :)

We were shown through to a back room where Santa was sat in a little white room. He was a great Santa, he looked fantastic and was very chatty with Taylor and even included Bradley too [at 12, he played along well for his little brothers sake ;)]. It was a brief chat with Santa, Taylor was able to choose a Playmobil toy from one of Santa's sacks and we had a family photo taken with him.



Intu Derby, Santa's Grotto, Santa, Christmas, Playmobil

Intu Derby, Santa's Grotto, Santa, Christmas, family


We purchased the photo for £6.00, other photo gifts such as keyrings were available too. 

You can visit Santa's Grotto for £6.50 per child, plus £1.00 per adult, and each child receives a small Playmobil toy.



Have you visited Santa yet this Christmas?




*I was invited along to Intu Derby to experience the Santa's Grotto for the purpose of this review.
I ordered an extra adult ticket for James.
As always, all words are my own and are my 100% honest opinion

Many thanks to Intu Derby for inviting us along.



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30 comments

  1. Looks like you had fun meeting Santa. The present you received was lovely, sometimes the gifts can be very cheap considering what you pay but this is a lovely quality gift

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  2. Such a shame you were not allowed to take any photo's - it really frustrates me when that happens. I like that they kept the kids entertained though

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  3. What a lovely looking Santa and great that all the family got in on the action. #TuesdayTreasures

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  4. Santa really does look very authentic, doesn't he? What a lovely picture of your family. It sounds like it was a good experience other than Intu needing to provide better directions and signs to the Grotto.

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  5. Oh it is good that you get to have the family photo, sometimes that isnt even offered and especially not with Santa x

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  6. Nice that they receive a decent Playmobil toy, I hate it when the kids come away with tat. Although mine have declared themselves too old now anyway. Mich x

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  7. Sounds like a lovely experience, I think a lot of grotto's now won't let you take photo's as they don't want to spoil it for everyone. I want to see photo's though haha! Totally agree about lack of signage in intu Derby, I always get lost! xo

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    1. I was there to review it, to advertise it, which is difficult with no photos! :)

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  8. We have seen a few santas this year we did the Grotto at the Trafford centre it's a bummer there too with photos such a shame cause we could have took loads of lovely ones as well :(

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    1. I wouldn't have minded usually, but I was invited to review it, which is hard without photos :)

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  9. That is one of the best Santa's I've seen, he even makes me slightly believe again :-) shame you couldn't take pictures inside though x

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  10. I visited 2 weeks ago for a blog post opportunity. I wasn't allowed to take photos of where the elves were but was allowed to take one of Santa. I think he was the best Santa I have ever seen

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    1. He's fantastic isnt he? Ah I was told not to take any at all :(

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  11. Visiting Santa is always good fun for the family. The picture is lovely.

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  12. We love visiting Santa and have already seen him once this year although my girls are keen to go again. The grotto looks great, very Christmassy.

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  13. I used to love going to see Santa when I was a kid and it's nice that kids still get excited to do it x

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  14. I used to love going to see Santa when I wee, this looks like a lovely grotto!

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  15. Looks like fun! Sadly I keep missing the grottos happening new our place! But i am determined to find one!

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  16. It's a shame you couldn't take your own photos but does look a really pretty grotto! Everyone looks like they had lots of fun

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  17. Wow it looks fab! Thanks so much for joining in with #TuesdayTreasures.

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  18. This looks like such a great grotto. I still haven't taken my little one to see Santa yet.

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  19. Such a cute photo! Looks like it was a great experience for all - shame you forgot to post the letter to Santa!

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  20. It looks great - my teens play along for Pickles sake too - so sweet! Kaz x

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