Kick-start that festive feeling this winter at centre:mk with the return of one of the UK’s largest indoor Santa’s Grottos featuring Peter Rabbit™ and friends!
centre:mk is inviting families to get into the festive spirit as its much-loved Santa’s Grotto returns by popular demand, with the help of one of the nation’s favourite fluffy-tailed characters, Peter RabbitTM and friends, all helping to make sure that Santa has everything ready in good time for his Christmas eve deliveries.
Fun for children, literary-lovers and Christmas fanatics alike, the magical, immersive adventure is open from 6pm on the 12th November until 5.30pm on the 24th December. Brought to life by professional actors, visitors can meet all their favourite Beatrix Potter characters, including Squirrel Nutkin, Mr. Tod, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and not forgetting Peter RabbitTM himself, before meeting the main man, Santa, as part of an individual family visit.
Peter Rabbit will first welcome families into his burrow where they will help find Peter’s secret passage leading to Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle’s kitchen. The excitable Squirrel Nutkin will be up to mischievous tricks, whilst visitors decorate their own Christmas Elf biscuits with Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, before meeting the cunning fox, Mr Tod. in his twinkly lair. Families are then taken individually to meet Santa himself.
Each family will spend 25 to 30 minutes enjoying the experience, which includes your decorated biscuits to take away and a lovely gift from Santa for each child.
The fully illuminated grotto is also surrounded by a Christmas scene of decorations and lights which fills the vast hall, including a train ride surrounded by spectacular decorations, a genuine Victorian carousel, vintage helter-skelter as well as 14 cabins featuring independent craft and gift traders. As well as the grotto, the whole centre is ablaze with Christmas decorations, with eight large selfie points such as giant baubles and snowmen to interact with, so there is also lots of fun, free activity for families to enjoy, as well as over 10,000 Christmas lights to see, to get visitors in the festive mood. There are even special Reindeer Glasses for sale at the Guest
services lounge for £1, which turn every point of light across centre:mk into a reindeer’s face, with all proceeds being donated to Age UK Milton Keynes.
Kevin Duffy, Centre Director at centre:mk, explained: “We are delighted to be welcoming back the Peter RabbitTM grotto experience this winter, which sold out last year and is back by popular demand. Centre:mk has one of the largest Christmas installations in the country running throughout the entire centre, paired with the unrivalled shopping and dining opportunities at centre:mk such as Hamleys, John Lewis and Harrods H Beauty to name but a few, we look forward to welcoming visitors for the ultimate festive day out.”
The grotto will be open from 12 November to 24 December and ticket prices are from £12.50 for children and £4.99 per adult.
The Grotto opens in Middleton Hall on Friday 12 November, when there will be a festive parade at 5.00pm, where Santa in his sleigh will travel along the length of the centre to declare the Grotto open, accompanied by special guests from the pantomime cast at Milton Keynes Theatre, to meet everyone along the way.
For more information and to book tickets, click here.