On Saturday we were invited down to National forest adventure farm, Staffordshire to review their Christmas experience “North Pole Adventure”. It’s about a 90-minute drive from us but it sounded amazing and I knew my kids would love it. I was so right. It was a truly magical, interactive experience that they adored. We really did create some special family memories. Read on to find out more about it.
Disclosure – we received a family ticket in exchange for this blog post. All photos, thoughts and opinions are my own.
The experience starts when you collect your tickets from the box office. The tickets are beautifully designed “boarding passes” and include your child’s name. On the reverse is an enchanting poem from Father Christmas, inviting your child on a magical journey to meet him at the North Pole. We took our tickets and as recommended arrive at the North Pole adventure 5 minutes before our entry time. We were greeted by a friendly lady who chatted to us and then let us into the experience when it was time. You go through the experience in small groups with other families.
The journey starts at check-in where another friendly lady stamped the children’s boarding passes and gave them a passport and two elf coins each. She also gave us adults an elf coin each. She told us a little about what to expect and explained to the girls that they needed to get their passports stamped at four points throughout the experience. Then we waited at the departure lounge until we could go through to the departure gate.
At the departure gate, another elf greeted us and tried to let us through gate 3 to begin our journey to the North pole. Only one problem, the pesky elves had swapped the lost luggage room with the departure gate. Not to worry, a little Christmas magic was created by us all doing a silly dance and when the door was opened again we were invited into a magical snowy land.
The first place we came to was a little Victorian village. The kids were able to swap one of their elf coins for a bag of sweets in the sweet shop and another for a cup of squash in the pub next door. Adults can change their coins for a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or mulled wine and a mince pie.
Next, we went to the post office where the children helped the elves sort all the presents into the correct slot by shape. My two had lots of fun running up and down the post office with their presents, whilst listening to festive music. Through the next door was another elf waiting for us to help her fix the broken sleigh before she let us through the next door.
This door led to one of my favourite rooms, an icy cave with a talking polar bear! My girls were mesmerised by the talking polar bear and you should have seen their faces when he started saying their names, ages and talking about their favourite tv shows. Then there was the snow and the projection on the ceiling of the Northern lights.
Next on our journey was elf school where we learned some elf jokes, judged the elf art contest and learnt to say an elf helo which involved an elaborate and silly dance that my husband had to get up on stage and help the elf demonstrate. Of course, our youngest climbed up on to the stage and joined in too!
Through the next door, we helped a very enthusiastic elf rearrange her musical notes before we were joined by a singing reindeer. Of course, we had to sing Rudolph the red nosed reindeer at this point. Next, we joined Mother Christmas in her kitchen to help her decorate gingerbread biscuits. She was really lovely and helped the girls with the icing. My kids love gingerbread and crafty activities so they loved this activity and the gingerbread man they took away with them.
We then reached the final room where we met Father Christmas. At this point, the group is split up into individual families to meet Father Christmas. There are multiple rooms so there is not much of a wait. Father Christmas was a friendly man who tried to chat with my girls about what they wanted for Christmas. My youngest wouldn’t go anywhere near him and my eldest happily sat next to him but was too shy to answer any questions. We had a family photo was taken with him (which you can purchase in a range of options like keyrings etc at the end) and then we were let through into his workshop where the kids can choose a gift each to take home with them. My eldest quickly chose a unicorn soft toy (she’s still obsessed with unicorns). Our toddler struggled to choose, moving from one item to another, usually choosing toys that were far too old for her. She eventually chose a unicorn soft toy too. It was a nice touch that the kids can choose their own gift and there is a good range of options for different ages and interests.
The whole experience is truly magical. The set is beautifully decorated with lots of attention to detail. The lighting is dimmed (which didn’t help with photographing this event to show you) but it does add to the magical feeling. All the staff “elves” throughout are really friendly and great with little kids, not to mention very enthusiastic. They made the whole experience very enchanting for little ones. It lasts a good 90 minutes and my two loved every minute. Watching the smiles, laughter and sheer delight on their faces was something I won’t forget for a good while. They are two and five years old, perfect ages for the experience. You can book your tickets online here.
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Disclosure- We were invited along to review the experience in exchange for this review. All thought, opinions and photos are my own.