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Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common, Winchester, Hants SO21 1JH
Various - Christmas detailed below
Ongoing from end of November through Christmas Eve
To design, produce and install decor, Santa Claus and Mother Christmas for Christmas Experience
within a tight budget
A mutual decision was made to focus the main decor on Marwell Hall in order to stretch the budget as much as possible whilst achieving the most impact. Minimal decor was erected around the park at the most focal points including directional signage to 'Santa'. Roof top decor was added to the land train to create the initial buzzy excitement on the 'Santa Express'.
'Santa's Baby Sleigh Park' in a witches hat marquee provided the buggy park whilst the front exterior of Marwell Hall was dressed with 4ft wide Candy Cane Wreaths. In order to keep the carbon footprint as small as possible solar pea lights were used for all exterior decor and LED lighting wherever possible inside.
A walkway to the entrance was created with bare white glittered trees and signage culminating in a pink and red wardrobe entrance.
All areas were highly decorated to build atmosphere and anticipation. The waiting area within the Mildmay became a Winter Wonderland complete with Snow Machine providing a photo opportunity and for the children to play with whilst waiting.
The Woodlock became the Letter Writing Room where the children could write their letter to Santa until called through to the Seymour Library by Mother Christmas for enchanting storytelling.
The Long Room was transformed into a Santa's Grotto with a Maze to guide guests through to the big man himself.
Tudor Rose Hall became the Tavern with themed stalls and a Victorian Shop front providing food, drinks and gifts.
A fun project that we look forward to re-creating this year with a few changes to keep it fresh!
The feedback for this event was immense. Below are a very small selection of quotes from 2010 :
"The Christmas experience truly was enchanting and we will be recommending it to friends for next year. Mother Christmas tells a great story (I was a bit sad that my daughter was second to be called through to Santa meaning we missed what was going on - usually we hate waiting!!) and Santa was brilliant! My daughter is positive that she met the REAL Santa this time instead of the pretend one that appeared at school!!!!!!!!!!"
"We had the most amazing time, even my "Bah Humbug" Husband couldn't help but get swept away with it all. So glad the weather didn't stop our plans - well done to all involved and a huge thanks to Mrs C who kept "stripy boy" enchanted with her storytelling. Thank you so much everyone xx"
"10/10: The best grotto / experience that I have attended... ever! Each stage is very well thought through and my 4 year old was enchanted from start to finish"
Christmas Grotto Images
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