Santa’s grottos in Kent: Where to meet Father Christmas

Father Christmas saves the day at Penshurst Place (photo: Maryann Webster)

Father Christmas saves the day at Penshurst Place (photo: Maryann Webster) - Credit: Archant

Santa will be making pitstops all over Kent - make sure you don’t miss him with these grottos or train rides!

- Christmas Grotto (Until 24 Dec)

This traditional grotto features many enchanting characters, including reindeers and Santa.

Tickets: £5 (per child). Hempstead Valley, Gillingham ME7 3PD

- Santa's Grotto (7, 8, 14, 15, 21 to 24 Dec)

Visitors will be greeted by the elves before meeting Father Christmas and receiving a gift.

Tickets: £11 (per child). 01892 890000. Bewl Water, Tunbridge Wells TN3 8JH

- Santa's Grotto (Until 24 Dec)

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Father Christmas's Grotto is back, located on the bank of the picturesque lakes at the West Village, where visitors will meet a host of characters who will guide them through the story of The Nutcracker and, ultimately, spend some time with the man in red.

Tickets: www.bluewater.co.uk. Bluewater, Greenhithe DA9 9ST

- Santa Specials (7, 8, 14, 15, 20-24 Dec)

Tickets are now on sale for the popular Santa Specials. Create a special family memory with a festive steam train journey between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West. Father Christmas will be on board each train with a gift-wrapped present for all the good little girls and boys.

Tickets: Various. 01892 300141. Spa Valley Railway, Eridge TN3 9LE

- Father Christmas (Until 24 Dec)

Father Christmas and his elves will be welcoming families to the natural amphitheatre of Calverley Grounds. After children have written a letter in the cosy waiting area, he will magically know all their names after speaking to the elves. There will be plenty of time to talk to Santa before children choose a gift.

Tickets: Contact venue. fatherchristmasinkent.co.uk. Calverley Grounds, Tun Wells TN1 1SJ

- Father Christmas Saves The Day (7, 8, 14, 21, 22 Dec)

Enjoy an interactive, panto-style storytelling performance. A naughty little elf at Christmas HQ has been causing trouble with his spirited antics, messing about in the toy workshop and playing with the festive gizmos and gadgets. Mother Christmas and Father Christmas will need your help to get their festive plans back on track - and fast.

Tickets: penshurstplace.com. 01892 870307. Penshurst Place, nr Tonbridge TN11 8DG

- Santa's grotto at Salomons estate (19 to 23 Dec)

Santa will be bringing some seasonal cheer as he opens his cosy Christmas Grotto. Come and meet him and his hard-working elves as they take up residence in the lovely grounds of Salomons.

Tickets: £10 (per child). 01892 515152. Salomons, Tunbridge Wells TN3 0TG