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Elf Adventures: Christmas at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park

Fritha Quinn

13 December 2017

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Like most families, we were eager to take our two children to visit Father Christmas this December and immerse them in a suitable seasonal activity before the big day. So when we happened upon Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park’s Christmas Experience, we were so excited to see what it would offer. Spoiler, it was better than we could have imagined!

Fritha with her two children posing next to some snowy Christmas trees

We chose the ‘Journey to the North Pole’ experience which takes around 90 minutes. I was hesitant whether my almost two-year-old would have the attention span for quite a long activity but she sat wide-eyed the entire time, joining in with all the interactive parts and confidently asking Father Christmas for ‘choc choc’ (chocolate) in her stocking - thank you!

The experience itself is performed by theatrical Elves who your children will first have to help find magical gems and then travel in a submarine (yes a submarine!) to the North Pole to meet yet more elves, Mrs Clause and finally the big man himself.

Decorating gingerbread men at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park

Fritha and her kids decorating gingerbread at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park

Apart from meeting Santa (of course) my son’s favourite activity was decorating the gingerbread men. This was an activity that also included being read a story by one of the elf actors. I thought that the letter writing was amazing, once your letter was done you passed it to an elf who popped it into a machine that sucked it up and around a series of tubes over your head. This was so reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate factory type magic and so much more exciting than your regular post box. I thought that details like this really made the place and showed how they had gone the extra mile to make it extra special.

A boy writing his letter to Santa at Avon Valley

The Santa mail room at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park

If this wasn’t enough the experience also includes Glide Ice skating, Real Reindeer to feed, letter writing, gingerbread decorating, tractor rides, mini train ride (from the North Pole) elf crafts and so much more. The park is also open as normal so you can enjoy all that the wildlife park has to offer as well as the festive experience. We spent the entire day there and felt like it was such a brilliant day out for us all.

Two kids in woolly hats going to meet Santa

Adult prices start at £25 and children at £35 but this also includes a proper gift from Father Christmas which I guessing was roughly £10-£15 in value (my son got an archaeological dinosaur set and my toddler a soft toy polar bear). The experience also includes extras like hot chocolate after the event, animal feed, tokens for the quad bikes and lots more!

We all had such a magical day here and would highly recommend!


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Fritha Quinn

13 December 2017

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Fritha is a Bristol based mum of two children under five. She runs the multi-award winning lifestyle blog Tigerlilly Quinn and loves spending time on days out with her family!

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