Traditional festive fun for all the family

Tickets for Christmas at Bewl Water are selling fast for the most popular dates in December, so if you want to come along, make sure you book without delay says Molly Miller…

Tickets are quickly running low for the peak dates of Lamberhurst’s newest festive attraction, ‘Christmas at Bewl Water’. Those eager to secure their spot for the weekends leading up to December 25 are urged to act quickly by booking online at

The all-new immersive experience features magical displays of twinkling lights, captivating soundscapes, and enchanting wonderlands to explore. Plus, there are festive workshops, traditional treat stands, live performances from the elves, and a special meet-and-greet with Santa Claus.

The reservoir, which is the largest in southeast England, has been transformed for the holiday season and is ready to welcome guests for its grand opening on November 19.

Running until Christmas Eve, tickets are available from £40 per child and £15 per adult, which includes parking. The experience is perfect for young families, where visitors will enter via a twinkling light tunnel before exploring various wonderlands, each with a unique theme.

As you stroll among frost-covered trees, towering beanstalks, and whimsical toadstools beneath a starry night sky, mischievous elves will accompany you, while magical soundscapes echo in the background. 

Pass through Narnia’s wardrobe and a giant fairy-tale book doorway to access the festive workshops, each included in the ticket price. 

First, step into Santa’s Post Office, where helpful elves will assist children as they craft a special letter for express delivery straight to the North Pole. Next, a visit to Mrs Claus’ Bakery will allow them to decorate delicious gingerbread. Reindeer food-making and Christmas crafts will add to the festive fun.

In addition to the wonderlands and workshops, traditional festive treat stands will be serving a delightful range of snacks and seasonal hot drinks to keep both parents and children well-fuelled and in the festive spirit. The attraction also features magical-themed play zones and a sweet shop where parents can buy marshmallows to toast and souvenirs to take home.

To make the most of everything there is to enjoy, guests must arrive at least two hours ahead of their scheduled session. This is because their booking time marks their visit to meet Santa in his enchanting grotto, the grand finale of the Christmas adventure.

A highlight of the attraction, Santa’s Grotto, features charming festive displays, warm rugs, and a soft, magical glow from the decorative lights. Visits with the man in red are exclusive to each family and can be personalised by entering details of your child’s Christmas wishes upon booking tickets. Those on his nice list will receive an early gift, and an opportunity to take plenty of photos for lasting memories. 

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