Santa has Christmas Elves to help him get ready for Christmas Eve. Peakles knows this is true because she visited them a few weeks ago. Peakles and I won a competition to Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire Wales via Tots100 as previous mentioned in our post Outdoors In Wales.
I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by the Kingdom of the Elves as I thought she may be too young for it. We arrived at the Adventure Centre and we were shown to the Kingdom of the Elves. As it was a totally new experience for Peakles I was expecting her to be wary. She wouldn’t wear the outfit at first or have her cheeks painted red and she clung to me as we moved onto the next room. By the third room she was enchanted by the whole thing and eagerly joined in collecting the badges. Each room had a different theme and a Christmas elf who would explain how Santa got ready for Christmas every year.
Finally the children learnt the biggest Elf secret of all (which I cannot reveal or Christmas may not happen!) and all the children were awarded their Elite Elf Badges, their Elf ears and after a bit of a dance we left the Christmas Elves and their Magic Kingdom behind. Peakles wanted to have her photograph taken next to the Christmas tree. She was thrilled that she was allowed to keep her elf costume and her elf ears too! Then it was back to our lodge for a hot drink and some supper.
I was so impressed by the organisation and effort that the resort had made for the Kingdom of the Elves that I wanted to see Father Christmas too! I booked and paid for Peakles to see him on our last full day. We went along to his sleigh workshop at the pre booked time and Peakles was very excited. She was more confident this time and happily made her reindeer food when Santa’s Elves showed the children how to make it.
Next, with some help from me, she wrote her Christmas wish and hung it on the Christmas tree.
Then all the children settled down onto the cushions to hear a Christmas story told by Santa himself. It was a magical moment as the children listened and asked questions about the Christmas Eve story.
Finally it was time for each child to sit on the sleigh with Father Christmas and have a photograph or two taken. Peakles told Father Christmas to be careful on Christmas Eve as it would be cold. He smiled and gave her a plush soft toy Elf and wished her a ‘Merry Christmas’ - a perfect end to a wonderful few days.
I thought that both entertainment packages were good value for money and had just enough magic to keep all the children engaged in the activities. The option to take your own photographs with Santa as well as the ‘official’ one was very welcome. I did go onto purchase a photograph package but it was also nice to have a few photographs on my camera that I could download for other people to see too!
We enjoyed our winter break so much that I am seriously considering doing this again next year!
Please note: The tickets to the Kingdom of the Elves were included in the competition prize. The tickets for the Story Telling by Santa were paid for by myself. All views and opinions in this post are my own.