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Christmas at Castle Espie

Date: Sat 14 December - Sun 15 December

Make magical memories at Castle Espie this December with a visit to Santa and his Elves’ Workshop.

Relax whilst the children make their own decorations to hang on your Christmas tree at home and take part in our special colouring in competition, before journeying through our Elves’ Workshop.

Watch as Santa’s little helpers’ busily countdown to Christmas, but come prepared, as they may need your help to be ready for the best day of the year!

You’ll then get to meet Santa himself before heading off to explore the other festive activities around the reserve.

Santa visits and festive activities run on Sat 7, Sun 8, Sat 14, Sun 15, Fri 20, Sat 21, Sun 22 & Mon 23 between 10am - 4.30pm.

£14.50 per child (under 16)
£8 per adult (non-WWT member)
Free for WWT adult members

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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 Drop into the Crannog between 11am and 4pm and enjoy some delicious toasted marshmallows and festive storytelling. Stories start on the hour and are being held on Santa event days only.
  • Reindeer Trail Help Santa find all of this missing reindeers, which are lost around the Castle Espie reserve
  • Craft – Christmas craft will run in the centre between 10am and 4.30pm.
  • Post letters to Santa – Why not take this opportunity to post your Christmas letter to Santa? Send your letters straight to the North Pole thanks to our very special post box.

The Kingfisher Kitchen café is celebrating Christmas too, serving seasonal specials, festive favourites and Castle Espie classics from 9.30am until 4.30pm each day.

We can’t wait to celebrate the festive season with you and your family!

Important information:

  • Prior booking for Santa sessions is essential as no on the day bookings will be taken and all bookings are to be made online.
  • Booking will close 5 days in advance of each date.
  • Please note there is a maximum of 4 children and 8 people in total per session - if your chosen session shows as 'sold out', please reduce the number of tickets to 8 or less and try again.
  • Event booking includes the cost of admission and is free for WWT adult members.
  • Refunds are not available.

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