WWT Slimbridge

Santa's coming to Slimbridge

Sat 16 December - Fri 22 December

This Christmas treat your family to a unique and memorable festive day out – and meet Santa himself!


In addition to all of our activities that are FREE to members or with admission (read more here), this year we're offering a super-special experience to really make Christmas spectacular.

Join us for breakfast or afternoon tea with the elves and visit Santa in his magical grotto. Throughout the day there’ll be lots of other fun activities too. Ice your own gingerbread man, build an elf den, toast marshmallows, get creative making arts and crafts - and don't forget to send a letter to the North Pole at our post office!

Be sure to book your space to see Santa so you definitely catch him. Please note that the time you choose is when you’d like to see Santa – you’re then invited to enjoy your breakfast or tea at any other time during our breakfast and afternoon tea serving times. Please note, there must be at least one paying adult and one paying child per booking.

*Availability update!*

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 - SOLD OUT
Monday 18 & Tuesday 19 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 - LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Friday 22 - SOLD OUT

Breakfast with the Elves

Santa will be welcoming morning visitors between 10am and 1:15pm. Be sure to book your space and arrive at Santa’s Grotto at the time specified. Then enjoy your breakfast at a time to suit you between 9:30am and 12:30pm.

Adult Breakfast:   Sausage, hash browns, bacon, eggs, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast plus tea or coffee

Children’s Breakfast: Hash brown, sausage, bacon, egg, beans, toast plus orange juice


Afternoon Tea with the Elves

Santa will be welcoming afternoon visitors between 2pm and 4:45pm. Be sure to book your space and arrive at Santa’s Grotto at the time specified. Then enjoy your afternoon tea at a time to suit you between 2pm and 4:30pm.

Afternoon Tea: Selection of finger sandwiches, mince pies, jam and cream scones, selection of home baked cakes, served with tea and coffee or hot chocolate

Cost:  This Christmas we're offering a jam-packed day of festive fun which the whole family will love. Tickets for Santa's coming to Slimbridge include a combination of a meal, gift and Santa visit, depending on your selected ticket (please see below). No additional admission fee on any Santa's coming to Slimbridge tickets. PLEASE NOTE there must be one paying adult and one paying child per Santa's coming to Slimbridge experience booking.

Santa Experience for Children - £19.95 (includes meal and gift - no additional admission charge to centre)

Santa Experience for Adults - £11.95 (accompanying child on Santa visit and meal - no additional admission charge to centre)

Santa Experience for Under 3s - £5.50 (includes small gift, admission to centre is free - breakfast not included)

Santa Experience for Under 3s - FREE  (includes being present for older siblings visit to Santa, admission to centre is free - breakfast and gift not included)

Please see the terms and conditions for more information.

Terms and Conditions
  • All children must be accompanied by a paying adult, also taking part in the Santa's coming to Slimbridge experience. There must be one paying adult and one paying child per booking.
  • The Santa event is a package of activities, there is no option to just visit the grotto. However, we are offering a whole host of activities that are free to members, or included in admission. Find out more here.
  • Each ticket is non-transferable and non-refundable. Please choose either breakfast or afternoon tea – we cannot alter your time.
  • Each group booking must include one grotto space. If you wish to add additional adults, please do so via the website but ensure that the booking name matches that stated in your initial booking.
  • The pricing of the under 3s ticket is to reflect the fact that we realise they won’t benefit from the full range of activities or may merely be accompanying an older sibling. Both free admission for under 3s and the £5.50 grotto ticket DO NOT include a meal in the café or restaurant. If you wish your under 3 to have the meal then please book a child ticket.
  • Your booking time slot refers to your allotted time with Santa, not your meal time. Please ensure you are at Santa's Grotto for your chosen time slot. Breakfast can be taken any time between 9:30am - 12:30pm and afternoon tea between 2pm – 4:30pm.
  • To cut down on waiting time, we advise that you go for your meal directly after your Santa visit, with the exception of the final morning breakfast session, where you would need to go beforehand. If you do choose to have your meal before your Santa visit, please allow at least 45 minutes to enjoy your meal before your allotted time slot with Santa.
  • If you have any queries regarding your booking please call 01453 891223 (Monday to Friday) or email events.slimbridge@wwt.org.uk
  • Santa's coming to Slimbridge is a Christmas exclusive experience, including an event exclusive breakfast, visit to Santa and gift where applicable. Therefore, on this occasion, there is no additional admission charge.
  • Members will still have access to the centre for the period in which Santa’s coming to Slimbridge is running. The additional Santa’s coming to Slimbridge experience is optional.