Monday 18 December 2017

Whitehouse Farm Winter Wonderland Review

With just a week to go until Christmas day, my children are so very excited and my son is even more excited after visiting Whitehouse Farms Winter Wonderland on Friday afternoon. If you are yet to see Santa or you are just looking for a fun festive day out that the whole family will enjoy in the days before Christmas then Whitehouse Farm is the place to visit. 

As a family, we love Whitehouse Farm, I used to take my eldest when she was younger and now I take my younger two children. We visited a few times earlier this year, which you can read about here as it is just a ten-minute drive up the road from where we live and is somewhere that my children adore visiting. We have never visited at Christmas time before but have heard how great the Winter Wonderland is from friends who have visited in previous years.

whitehouse farm santa winter wonderland review

A Farm is not somewhere that I would normally think of visiting at Christmas time, but Whitehouse farm has pulled out all the stops with their Winter Wonderland event. I visited on Friday afternoon with my 3-year-old son and 2-year-old niece and as it was a school day it was fairly quiet at the farm, making it perfect for pre-schoolers. Admission to the Winter Wonderland is included in normal admission price which I think is amazing value and you don't need to pre-book either as you can just turn up on the day.

So what is is Whitehouse Farm Winter Wonderland? 

Well, you can do all the normal activities such as seeing the animals and visiting the park and soft-play barn but everything has been giving a festive make-over. Every member of staff was dressed as elves, they had twinkling lights and Christmas decorations everywhere and the whole farm was full of festive cheer. All the animals are in their festive stables, you can ride on Santa's tractor and trailer which is driven by an elf. You get to walk through Santa's Wonderland and write a letter to Santa, you will even receive a reply before you leave and you get to meet the most realistic and amazing Santa ever!

petting a mouse at whitehouse farm with a elf handler

We decided to explore the farm and get some lunch in the cafe and leave visiting Santa until last as a special surprise for the children. We visited the indoor petting barn where the children held mice, rats and rabbits, although they passed on holding a lizard. The Elf animal handler was so friendly and brilliant with the children and really made them feel relaxed - as they were a tad nervous with some of the animals.

petting a bunny

 We spent so much time feeding the goats in their stables as my son loves them so much, you can get little bags of food for them when you enter the farm.

It was really wet when we visited so we did not get a chance to visit the park or trampolines on this visit, despite it being wet we still had great fun as a lot of the activities are indoors. We spent a good hour in the soft-play barn whizzing down the slides and jumping in the ball pool. Unfortunately, we missed the tractor rides which were running at set times throughout the day, but we did wave as we seen the elf driving the other children around.

hand feeding a goat at whitehouse farm

We headed to Whitehouse Farm Kitchen Cafe to warm up and get some lunch and it has a great range of hot and cold drinks, food, children's food and cakes. The children went for a children's fish, chip and peas meal which also included a drink, at just £3.95. I had quiche with chips which was only £4.99, the food was tasty and brilliant value, the cafe is well worth a visit.

cafe sign

After an action-packed few hours, the children were starting to get tired so we headed to Santa's Winter Wonderland. You start your journey from the main shop, on weekdays (Tuesday - Friday) Santa is normally in his Winter Wonderland between 10.30am - 2.30pm (although do check before you visit to avoid disappointment). We visited him just after 2pm and it was quiet so we did not have to queue.

in the sleigh at whitehouse farm winter wonderland

Mrs Claus led the children down a very sparkly hallway which was stacked with gifts and had them mesmerised. At the top of the hallway, there was a huge Christmas tree and Santa's huge wooden sleigh which was stacked with presents in the back, which the children got to sit in (very exciting). There was a little area with tables and chairs for the children to write a letter to Santa before moving on to the next area which was a North Pole Post Office. The children were able to post their letters to Santa in the special post box.

North Pole mailroom

Then we got to see Santa Claus himself, he was sitting in a spacious grotto which was like a cosy living room. He was the best Santa I have ever seen, he was even better than the one in Hamleys! He had a real beard, was wearing a beautiful suit and he was so friendly and lovely. He made the children feel welcome straight away, he had them laughing at his jokes, he told them tales about his reindeers and his magic key and spent ages chatting with them. He really was so very lovely and realistic and if you have not taken your children to see Santa yet then this is the one to go and see, he was brilliant.

santa at whitehouse farm with Mrs Claus

Visiting Santa is included in your admission price, but you can pay extra for your child to receive a gift from him if you wish (at a cost of £4 per child). We didn't opt to buy a gift this time and the children still received a lollipop each and a bag of magical hay to leave out for the reindeers.

elves in workshop

After spending about 10 minutes with Santa we then made our way through the rest of the Winter Wonderland where there were different North Pole scenes to explore. They had lit up reindeers, elves working in the workshop building toys and even Santa's pants drying on the washing line - much to my son's amusement. It really was magical and really well done as everywhere you looked there was something new to see.

elf in snow

We then made our way back out through the shop and the children were each handed a personalised letter from Mrs Claus. We had such a lovely afternoon at Whitehouse Farm, we could happily have stayed all day as there is so much to see and do even if it is wet and cold. If you visit on a weekend they even have an Elf School on where they have magic shows and biscuit decorating (for a small charge). Sprog on the Tyne blog visited on a weekend and you can see what she thought here

We really enjoyed Whitehouse Farms Santa Winter Wonderland, it was a brilliant festive day out the whole family really will enjoy. The Santa is brilliant and the fact that everything we experienced such as visiting the soft play, Santa and the winter wonderland was included in the admission price makes it brilliant value too.

Admission is £9.95 for adults 
Children aged 2 and over £8.95 
Under 2's are free

Whitehouse Farm Santa's Winter Wonderland will run until Christmas Eve.

whitehouse farm santa

Whitehouse Farm is open Tuesday - Sunday (Closed Mondays) from 10am. You can pre-book tickets online at or you can just turn up and pay on the day and you don't need to pre-book to see Santa. 

Disclosure I received complimentary entry and lunch for the purpose of this post, however, all opinions are my own. 



  1. Loving the Christmas spirit! Looks like an amazing family trip

    1. It was such a lovely family day out, highly recommend x

  2. Oh how lovely! It looks like you had a fab day out and the children look so happy!

  3. wow what a fabulous Santa. I am all for a real beard. We love visiting farm parks for Christmas. We are lucky to live in an area with many farm parks that go all out for Christmas. This place sounds as good, if not better, than them

  4. He looks great and fun too! Love the kids holding the animals and the price is great too

  5. Santa looks amazing. It looks like the whole experience at Whitehouse Farm is super and it is great to see reasonable prices on food too x

    1. Santa was really good, so realist and super lovely x

  6. This looks really lovely. I am a great fan of children getting up close to animals it is so good for them

  7. Whitehouse farm what definitely gone all out for the festive period, I am yet to visit any local winter wonderland places but hoping to take my nephew to Hyde Park soon

    1. It really did go all out for Christmas. I hope your nephew enjoyed Hyde Park, I took my eldest when she was younger and we had such a great time x

  8. This looks like a lovely festive experience and so lovely to be able to get so up close to the animals!

  9. It looks like a lovely visit and Santa looks very warm and friendly

  10. This looks great. I bet you all had a fantastic time. My kids are loving the festive period.

  11. Its a while since we have been there but we must go back soon x

  12. This is a great family experience. I do love more traditional family experiences and this really ticks all of those boxes. Thanks for Sharing

    John M

    1. It really was a lovely family experience. I hope you get more family days out this year

  13. This looks like such a festive day out, I remember going to see Santa loads when I was a kid x

  14. It's great that lots of activities are indoors. It'd be cool if you could dress as elves and be Santa's little helper too. Looks like the kids had a lot of fun.

  15. I have never been to Whitehouse farm but my son has been a lot of times with the school. It does look like a fun place to visit, especially at Christmas

    1. It is a great place to visit, I enjoy it as much as my children x


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