TOP of our to-do list for this winter was taking our two-year-old son to see Santa…
The Santa racket is big business these days with visits to Father Christmas becoming more and more elaborate! Not like the experience that I had as a little girl going into a grotto in our loca garden centre up north.
But I still remember our annual Santa visits with such fond memories and my husband and I were delighted when we were asked to visit Dreamland in Margate, Kent for their Christmas festivities.
We made a weekend of it, and booked a lovely airbnb about five minutes walk away from Dreamland. It was the perfect location as wrangling our two year old in the freezing cold proved quite a challenge! So it was worth securing an immaculate self-catering apartment which was fully geared up for children rather than checking into a hotel.
We had so much fun at Dreamland! Our first port of call was Santa’s grotto where Rafael was invited to create a VIP pass for his visit, followed by making a Star for our Christmas tree. Santa was pretty groovy! And gave Rafa high-fives as well as a wonderful Gruffalo book to take away with him.
Rafa then was delighted to have a go on the child friendly rides, and munch on some deliciously crispy chips which were more than welcome as we were starving!
The only downside was that Dreamland wasn’t fully open, there was a sign for a diner and drinks but we only managed to get a bottled beer as they weren’t fully geared up for tourists.
Traditional fairground games were still touring for business though, and my husband and I each had a go trying to Knox down tin cans to try and win a giant stuffed doughnut! (We lost).
Rafael was enamoured with a brightly lit twinkling Christmas tree, and it was really wonderful to see the experience through his eyes. There was a band playing on stage, and we all stopped for a quick boogie.
On the way back the apartment we tried to find a pub to get some food and warm up, but the dining options were lovely restaurants or cafes which were closed. We rang for a takeaway as we were so cold!
The next morning we indulged in a lovely breakfast (much of which was provided by our lovely Airbnb host) went to the beach and let Rafa splash about in the sea, and visited the arcades on the sea front. Then it was time to head home as frankly our two year old was going wild and it was sub zero temperatures again!
Definitely recommended for a lovely weekend out of London.