(AD) Our festive day out: Winter Wonderland at Landrover Experience Eastnor

This blog post is marked as an advert because we were kindly gifted this experience by Landrover. Thank you to Landrover for inviting us to experience your Winter Wonderland this Christmas.

Visiting Father Christmas is a festive tradition for many families but this year there is a Winter Wonderland experience you won’t want to miss. Landrover Experience Eastnor is offering a twist on the traditional with packages promising to provide a day of festive fun for the whole family.

On the 8th, 15th and 22nd of December 2018, the youngest to the oldest family members are able to enjoy Santa’s Grotto, Christmas themed activities and atmospheric drives all in the magical setting of Eastnor Castle.

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As a family we were very excited to visit Landrover Experience Eastnor and explore the stunning scenery on four wheels. Our day started in festive fashion as we arrived in the historical village of Eastnor which is reminiscent of a Christmas card scene itself.

On arrival at the centre we were warmly greeted by the staff and invited to relax by the log burner with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and biscuits. Once our paperwork was complete, we were introduced to our friendly instructor David who took us out to meet the Range Rover Vogue SE which would be our family vehicle for the afternoon.

Sleek, sophisticated and intuitive, the Range Rover Vogue SE expertly adapted to the changing environment as we travelled through tricky terrain. Sticky mud, deep water, steep potholes and staggered hills caused no problems for our set of wheels.

Although I shut my eyes tight during some dramatic moments, the car remained in control while Dad who was driving stayed calm. Our 18-month-old daughter even enjoyed the journey spotting forest friends from the comfort of her car seat. For older children, a Christmas package presented before the journey allows them to follow a map and tick off milestones along the way.

We were all amazed by the picturesque setting of Eastnor which offers rolling English countryside; the view of Eastnor Castle and its turrets from the top of the course was a sight to behold. The many pheasants we encountered on our tour with bright, jewel coloured feathers also made for a festive sight.

Back at the base, it was time for us to visit Santa’s Grotto. The route was marked by brightly coloured signs and cut out characters perfect for a Christmas selfie stop. Two joyful elves showed us the way into the Christmas courtyard where a woodland fire roared and a large teepee took centre stage. Inside the teepee a huge Christmas tree adorned with baubles and fairy lights took our breath away.

We visited Father Christmas who was exactly how you imagine he would be and he knew all about our family. He welcomed our daughter warmly and they chatted away happily together. He checked that she was on his good list before giving her a lovely present and letting her put some carrots into the pot for reindeer soup. After wishing him a safe journey for Christmas Eve we stepped back outside where Christmas trees glittered and even snow began to fall!

Now it was time for us to enjoy some refreshments and there was a large selection of hot drinks to choose from. Mince pies, festive biscuits and a large bowl of marshmallows were waiting for us and we took the opportunity to toast them on the open fire where they became golden and gooey.

While festive films played, we completed Christmas crafts which included decorating baubles, making glitter paintings and writing a letter to Father Christmas.

The day delivered in offering something for everyone and because it surpassed our expectations, we returned home full of the joys of Christmas. If you are looking for a family day out with a difference then we would highly recommend Winter Wonderland at Landrover Eastnor – an experience which captures the true magic of the festive season.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

Love Thrifty Mumma X

To watch a vlog of our day at Landrover Eastnor click here.
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