Santa Claus is coming to town … at The National Forest Adventure farm


Are you still looking for the perfect Father Christmas experience to keep the magic of Christmas alive ?? Well look no further … I think I found it right here in the Midlands ! I make no secret of the fact that we all love it at the national Forest Adventure Farm in Burton on Trent but we had never experienced Christmas there … having only discovered it earlier this year !!

We certainly weren’t disappointed !!! Entrance is £6.75 per child with one adult going FREE with each paying child …. this entrance entitles you to use all the facilities … the indoor play area , the giant Christmas Pudding bouncy castle , the outside play area , the barrel stampede ride , the barn …. everything ! And for Christmas there is also Elf School and Elf Sing a Long’s … so much fun ! The farm is fully decorated indoor and out and looks fantastic … the plethora of Elves wandering around and being jolly pleasant to everyone just adds to the atmosphere … The indoor Winter Wonderland with father Christmas’ cabin in the middle is just magical !! For an extra £5  your little ones  can go and spend time with Santa … each child is allocated a time slot so you are not rushed in and out … Your child gets to have a proper chat with father Christmas so he knows exactly what is on their list ! You are then shown into the Elves workshop where your child can choose whichever toy they like from the admirable display … My two chose Teddy Bears !!

Elf School

Elf School

Santa's Sleigh

Santa’s Sleigh

Elf & Safety

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We again managed to spend the whole day down on the farm with the boys having an amazing day … Seeing santa was quite literally the icing on the cake !! So if you are looking for an enchanting experience for your children this Christmas … you really ought to get down to the National Forest Adventure farm this weekend …

Family Fun on the Farm

Family Fun on the Farm


Christmas Fireside Stories

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Have you ever just wanted to curl up in a ball in front of the fire and while away a few hours in another world ?? Well this book is the perfect accompaniment to that fireside dream …. A book jam packed with short stories set in Christmases of yesteryear ….. extracts of the authors new books , Christmas memories of the authors own childhood Christmases and   ending on a fine quarry of favourite Christmas recipes ….

I have never been a fan of short stories and I’m a bit greedy and always want more , always want the story to last but in all honesty these stories were perfect ! They were long enough to be meaningful but short enough that I didn’t forget to make breakfast, dinner and tea ….

Here the authors tell you what their story is about in their own words …

Can you tell us a little bit about the short story in Christmas Fireside Stories?

Rita Bradshaw

The heroine, Kate, is one of the brave and gutsy characters I mentioned earlier and she is fighting to keep herself and her two children out of the workhouse after her husband died.

Annie Murray

I decided that I’d like to write something set in the Victorian era, which is something I’ve never done before. It’s a time which our Christmases still seem to look back to, in terms of the traditional style of it. After all, Prince Albert is credited with introducing the Christmas tree from Germany. Also, I love trains and railways and the idea of steam engines and a group of people on a little branch line caught in the snow seemed very promising. Dear old Thomas the dutiful station master who finds women scary seemed to start talking to me in a clear voice right from the beginning…

Mary Wood

Here, I have to admit that short stories weren’t my forte. I am the girl that used to get into trouble at school for writing a novel when just a composition was called for. I cannot stop writing when I start. So, this was a new discipline for me. I was greatly helped by my lovely editor, Louise Buckley. She suggested that I based my story on the characters of my latest book, Proud of You. And so, I tackled it as if I was writing a new chapter of the book. The three friends, Alice, the posh and very rich girl, Lil, the northern lass, who is a nurse, and Gillian, the East-Ender, who is a Land Girl, come together at Christmas. Alice, who was once a patient in the Military Hospital where Lil works, visits and is inspired to try to give the wounded officers a great Boxing day. There are emotion-clouding moments, and relationships coming to new Plato’s, heart-warming moments and heart-rending ones, as together, they try to mend ‘A Wounded Christmas’.

Diane Allen

My story Christmas at Briar Farm is based loosely on my childhood growing up on a remote farm in the Yorkshire Dales. I wrote it through the little girls (Carol’s ) eyes as I think Christmas is all about children. It tells the story of a Yorkshire Farm at Christmas and the celebrations that involve all the family.

Pam Weaver

It must have been terrible to get one of those telegrams during the war, but it must have been doubly difficult if you were the bearer of that bad news. John is only seventeen and not only suffering the pangs of unrequited love, but he has to deliver a telegram to the girl of his dreams. What else would be in a telegram but bad news…

Margaret Dickinson

Several of my books have WW1 as the background and it seemed appropriate this year especially to write about the Christmas Truce of 1914.

A perfect stocking filler for the discerning reader ….