Uk Dec 2008
With two excited children and two nervous adults (we had heard the bad
publicity about Lapland New Forest) we were not too sure what to expect.
First impressions count and Lapland UK did not let us down. We were
greeted by parking attendants that pointed us the way to the entrance
tent. There is a coffee shop at Bewl Water if you do arrive too early.
We had a hot chocolate and bacon sandwich looking out at beautiful view
of Bewl Water.
a straight forward check in we were given our family passport with clear
instructions on what to expect for the day. Two welcoming and enthusiastic
elves started with an introduction that made the children feel special
and excited. The children were told that to enter the magical world
of Lapland then they would have to wake the sleeping gatekeeper. Off
they ran to the gate and shouting at the top of their lungs LET
US IN. The gates opened and we all followed down a tree lined
tunnel and met by story tellers and song makers.
had guides on our journey that not only showed us the way but kept up
the level of excitement with the children. They took us to the first
stop to the toy factory. Here the children helped the elves make wooden
toys. The group was just the right size so that each child was given
lots of attention but there were still lots of atmosphere created by
the group. My two boys were shown how to build the head of a rocking
stop was the kitchen of Mrs. Christmas where the children helped decorate
gingerbread men (Father Christmas's favorite) and then they sat down
to listen to a story read by Mrs. Christmas.
for refreshment, so we were taken to the restaurant where we were given
an hour to eat our lunch. We queued up for a small but very tasty meal.
There were plenty of choices suitable for adults, children and vegetarians.
A generous amount of water and squash on the tables and if you fancied
a hot drink a separate counter was provided at reasonable prices. After
our food we wandered over to the post office to write letters to Father
Christmas and have them stamped and posted.
When it was time
to visit Father Christmas we went to get our passports checked. We waited
in the departure style lounge until our name is written on a blackboard.
We were then taken by an elf as a family on our own on a wonderful walk
through the snow covered trees in the woods. The boys were made to feel
very special by being told to constantly turn round to make sure we
were not being followed.
When we reached
the log cabin the boys waited on a bench outside the front door. Father
Christmas greeted the boys by their names and we all went in. After
meeting so many fake Father Christmas's it was wonderful for the boys
to finally feel they had met the real one. Nobody was disappointed.
Father Christmas checked his book which contained his list of good children.
Of course they were there and after a non-rushed chat the boys were
given beautiful gifts and parents were given a book to read on Christmas
Eve and a bottle of ginger wine in an environmentally friendly bag.
our visit to Father Christmas our time was our own to wonder round the
village. We visited the well cared for reindeer, stroked the very gentle
husky dogs and found out about Sámi life. We choose to finish
off our day by ice-skating. Skates are provided and ample time to practice
around the Christmas tree on the ice rink. The boys made friends with
Rudolf and were reluctant to leave at the end of the day.
UK was not cheap but I believe it was worth the cost. It was a wonderful
start to the Christmas season. Lapland UK make every effort to make
the children feel very special. The Sámi guides knew all about
life in Lapland and answered all the questions that were fired at them.
There was a lot of emphasis on an environmentally friendly Christmas
with songs sung to spread the message. It was a truly magical day that
will not be forgotten by either children or adults.
- Lapland UK
- Lapland UK
to Kent - to visit Lapland: Times Online
Lapland in the UK have to be a disaster?: BBC
gift-wrapped Christmas: Guardian
visit Santa. Shall we go to Lapland or Kent?: the Independent
Getting to Lapland UK
near Lapland Uk