Winter wonderland…

Located in the heart of Lamberhurst, Bewl Water is gearing up for an enchanting Christmas celebration that promises to make this year’s festivities more memorable and magical than ever before. Molly Miller reveals all the festive fun in store…


Just a short 20-minute drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells, Bewl Water released tickets to its immersive, two-hour Christmas experience last month. Families can secure their place online at for sessions that run from November 18 to December 24. They cost from £40 per child and £15 per adult, which includes free parking for the duration of the event.

This wonderful experience features a range of fabulous festive activities, delightful storytelling by Santa’s elves, themed magical lands and play zones, topped off with an exclusive meet-and-greet with the jolly Father Christmas himself.

Capture the magic with plenty of photo opportunities as you journey through the wonderland and warm up with seasonal hot drinks, indulge in sweet treats, and shop for souvenirs to cherish the occasion.

Sunisa Avery, Events Marketing Manager, told SO magazine: “Meeting Santa Claus is the highlight of many families’ Christmas celebrations, so we’re thrilled to introduce a brand-new meet and greet to our local community, along with interactive activities and many more festive surprises for a spectacular Christmas experience.”

She added: “Our team has worked tirelessly over the past six months to bring this vision to life, and it will be a magical experience for the entire family.”

When planning your visit to Santa’s Grotto, be sure to arrive two hours early to fully immerse yourself in all the festive fun on offer. Upon arrival, Santa’s Head Elves will extend a warm welcome to your little ones, presenting each with goodies and their very own stamp card to track their progress through each delightful activity. Venture through the enchanted wonderland and festive play zones to start the magic before reaching your first destination…


Santa’s Post Office

Step into Santa’s Post Office, lined with twinkling lights and charming decorations. Here, Santa’s elves will help your child compose a special letter to Father Christmas. Don’t forget to share all your wishes before dropping your letter into the post box, ensuring express delivery straight to the North Pole!


Rudolph’s Treats

On Christmas Eve, Santa’s reindeer need a hearty meal for their busiest night. At this stop, children can mix up a special recipe crafted just for Rudolph and his crew, ensuring they are well-fuelled to pull Santa’s sleigh and deliver presents to all the good boys and girls.


Mrs Claus’ Bakery

Nothing says Christmas quite like the waft of gingerbread in the air. At Mrs Claus’ Bakery, children can join the fun by decorating delicious gingerbread with Santa’s elves. Add a touch of magic with colourful icing and decorations before enjoying your tasty creation afterwards.


Christmas Crafts

Join Santa’s elves in a magical Christmas workshop, where you can personalise your very own wooden ornaments. Explore Santa’s craft boxes to spark your creativity before taking your creations home to light up the Christmas tree!


Festive Flavours

After completing your Christmas activities, if you fancy a break from the festive fun, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate, enjoy some delicious coffee, or treat yourself to goodies from the Candy Land sweet shop. Bewl Water will offer an array of seasonal treats, and you can even get your own marshmallows to toast or pick up a cherished souvenir.


Santa’s Grotto

The grand finale of Christmas at Bewl Water is a visit to see Santa Claus himself. Before entering his enchanted grotto for your family’s private meet-and-greet, be sure to check in with his Head Elf, who will entertain with live storytelling throughout the experience. Inside, children can share their Christmas wishes and, if they’ve been good, they might even receive an early Christmas present.


Sunisa adds, “The Grotto has been beautifully decorated, providing the perfect backdrop for capturing those special moments with your loved ones.”

She continues, “When booking your tickets online, you’ll be asked for the name of each child and what their interests are. This allows us to tailor your Santa visit to your family.”

Visits to Santa’s Grotto are limited to six people, but Bewl Water will host several sessions throughout the festive season.


Ticket info: Thursday to Sunday bookings are available from November 18 to December 5, followed by sessions on Wednesdays until December 17. As the school holidays approach, tickets will be available every day leading up to Christmas Eve.

Please bear in mind that Christmas at Bewl Water takes place outdoors under marquees, and since not all areas are heated, we recommend wearing warm clothing and comfortable footwear for your visit.

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