WWT Castle Espie

Christmas at Castle Espie

Sat 9 December - Fri 22 December



Have a magical Christmas this December at Castle Espie and visit Santa in our magical Winter Wonderland.

Relax and enjoy refreshments whilst the children create their own snowflakes to and hang on your Christmas Tree while you wait to meet your very own elf, who will take you on a quest to find the golden snowflakes in our mystical gardens filled with winter wonderland surprises. Only when you find them all will you be lucky enough to meet Santa himself, who is cosied up waiting for you to arrive in his gorgeous grotto, hidden away in our gardens.

The magic continues throughout Castle Espie during the Christmas period, and the following festive activities can be scheduled around your visit.

  • Storytelling and Toasting Marshmallows Whilst out on the reserve why not stop off at the Crannog between 10.30 am and 4pm, and enjoy some delicious toasted marshmallows and festive storytelling (Santa event days only)
  • Mrs Claus Christmas Trail Santa has lost his reindeers – can you help us find them? We think they might be hiding around the Castle Espie reserve! 
  • Crafts – Christmas Craft will run in the centre between 10am and 4.30pm continuously.
  • Post letters to Santa – Why not take this opportunity to post your Christmas letters to Santa while you are here at Castle Espie, in our very special post box that sends your letters straight to the North Pole.

Please remember all these activities run throughout the day and you can participate in the festive fun either before or after your visit to Santa, or why not split the activities between visiting Santa.

The Kingfisher Kitchen is celebrating Christmas too, and is open from 10am until 4.30pm, serving hot and cold drinks and a selection of homemade festive treats, beautiful lunches and even cooked breakfasts for the early birds amongst us! We are also hosting special Festive Afternoon Teas every Sunday between 19th November – 17th December.

We can’t wait to celebrate the festive season with you and your family, but book fast, because Santa is a very busy man!

Santa Dates 2017: 

  • Saturday 9th December 
  • Sunday 10th December 
  • Saturday 16th December 
  • Sunday 17th December 
  • Thursday 21st December 
  • Friday 22nd December 

This year bookings can be made online from Friday 1st September, 9am.