We were recently invited back to Marwell Zoo for their wonderful Christmas at Marwell experience, in exchange for this review. We were lucky enough to have been invited last year too (read our previous post), and so were extremely excited to be contacted again this year.
Marwell Zoo is set within 140 acres of beautiful Hampshire parkland and is about 40 miles away from us in Berkshire. We are no strangers to Marwell, we have been many times as a family and absolutely love it. With so much to do there, we find it excellent value for money.
As well as its amazing animals, Marwell has many attractions available to its guests; Wild Explorers – an African wilderness exhibit, Lemur Loop, Road and Rail Trains, Adventure Playgrounds and most recently, the new Tropical House, where guests can experience face-to-face encounters with a diversity of wildlife and exotic plants in a tropical climate.
Christmas at Marwell
The theme for this year’s Christmas at Marwell experience is Peter Pan’s Neverland, which is reflected wonderfully throughout the whole experience.
On arrival to the Marwell Hall entrance, some friendly elves greet you and welcome you into an enchanting winter wonderland where visitors can enjoy some festive refreshments. Here, children can check whether they are on Santa’s Nice or Naughty List using an interactive screen.
After guests have enjoyed their refreshments, some more friendly elves arrive to take you through for some gorgeous story time with Mother Christmas in Pirate Cove. She reads, sings and dances to stories from Neverland, and the children and adults are encouraged to join in. It’s a really magical experience and Mother Christmas certainly knows how to charm her audience.
After that, the boys headed off to the elves workshop for this years crafting activity, which was to create their own Christmas present bag. The boys absolutely loved doing this and actually did a really good job. Plenty of helpful elves were at hand to capture family photos for you or to simply assist the children with their crafts.
Meeting Father Christmas
Before long, it was time to meet the big man himself, Father Christmas. Jack was beyond excited to meet him, but little brother Hudson preferred to greet him from afar. Both boys were given really lovely gifts from Father Christmas, having made the Nice List. They all spoke for a while about Christmas before we posed from some professional photos. I love that there’s no sense of urgency when meeting Father Christmas at Marwell. The children get to spend some good quality time in his company.
We said our goodbyes and headed out to see the photos taken by the professional photographer. We paid £15 for 3 photos which were printed for us, and also sent to us digitally by email. There were loads more photos that I would have loved, and wish there was an option to purchase them all digitally.
The Christmas experience itself lasts for about 75-minutes and is truly wonderful. Christmas at Marwell is a magical experience for all the family. Experiences can still be booked for some dates throughout December. An experience not to be missed!
*We were invited to the Christmas at Marwell experience, in exchange for our honest review. However, all thoughts and images are our own.