Santa drops into the Aldingbourne Country Centre

Reuben Bright, three, meeting Father Christmas

Reuben Bright, three, meeting Father Christmas

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EXCITED children filled Aldingbourne Country Centre for the chance to meet Santa.

The dozens of youngsters took the opportunity to give Father Christmas their wishlists for the big day.

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C141089-4 Bog AldXmas phot kate'Millie Jay, three, Polly Canning and her daughter Ellie, three, Katie Holmes, and her son William, three, and Sarah Jay looking at the sweet stall.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141089-4 SUS-140612-204237004

The centre’s bothy, in its woodland walk, was transformed into a magical grotto for Santa and his chief elf. Visitors were also treated to some festive banter from Santa’s helpers. The array of elves, reindeers and fairies entertained the queue and handed out lots of sweets.

Michelle McKinley-Bell, the enterprise and development manager for the Aldingbourne Trust, which runs the centre, said: “It was so lovely to see the children get all excited to see Santa. Some of them asked the sweetest requests.

“We are very lucky to have a venue where we can hold these family events.

“We hope it was a magical occasion for everyone and we thank everyone for supporting us.” After they had seen Santa, the children could write a letter to him and post it in the Elf Mail box. Each letter will prompt the great man to pen a reply. Additional fun was provided by a treasure hunt in the woodland walk and some festive creative decorating and colouring.