Festive fun at Dobbies


Garden Centre launches 2022 Christmas events programme

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, is gearing up to create a Christmas to remember for customers and announces a magical line up of great-value festive events to get the whole family excited for the season ahead, with booking now open.

Santa’s Grotto is back and better than ever, with families having the opportunity to take part in an interactive experience. Attendees will be greeted by Santa’s elves to walk through the outdoor woodland, spotting reindeer, rabbits and more, as well as helping to pack Santa’s sleigh. They’ll then spend time with Santa and receive a special gift to take home. Families can opt in to purchase a photograph of their child and Santa, creating memories to last forever. 

Dobbies’ Quiet Grottos will also be available across 50 stores on 9 December. This experience is designed to help support children with additional needs, with sound and visual elements adapted to reduce anxiety.

If you’re looking to get the whole family involved, 50 stores will also offer a Santa Paws grotto experience. Dog lovers across the UK have the chance to bring their pups to see Santa, with a special doggie gift and photo opportunity available. Children’s tickets can be added, for a full family experience.

The garden centre is also hosting its ever-popular Santa’s Breakfast experience across 67 stores, perfect for families and children under 10 years old. Breakfast options are available for both adults and children, including vegetarian and lighter options, with food, fun activities and a gift from Santa all included in the children’s great-value ticket price.

Santa’s Afternoon Tea will be taking place across specially selected stores and is a great opportunity to get friends and family together. Guests can spend some quality time with Santa, and enjoy a delicious selection of savoury and sweet treats, including freshly-made sandwiches, muffins and scones. Santa will also get all little helpers involved in some activities and games.

Dobbies’ Festive Afternoon Tea will take place across 67 stores, with options to suit the whole family. Guests can indulge in three tiers of fantastic festive food, and unlimited tea and coffee refills. There are also options to upgrade with additional savoury items, hot drinks and Prosecco.

Dobbies’ Partnership and Events Manager, Sarah Murray, said: “Christmas is all about getting the family together and spending quality time with your loved ones. At Dobbies we want to give families an experience to remember and unforgettable memories to cherish for years to come. Nothing is more magical than Christmas time, and our interactive festive events will help bring the season to life for the entire family.”

Customers are encouraged to book in advance for Dobbies’ Christmas events to avoid disappointment. Customers have the opportunity to make a donation to Dobbies’ National Charity Partner, Teenage Cancer Trust, when booking online: https://www.dobbies.com/events

  • Santa’s Grotto is available in 50 stores and starts on 24 November, prices from £11.99 per child
  • Santa’s Quiet Grotto is available in 50 stores and is on 9 December, prices from £11.99 per child
  • Santa Paws is available in 50 stores and starts on 3 December, priced at £6.99 per dog
  • Santa’s Breakfast is available in 67 stores and runs from 26 November, £13.99 per child and from £6.99 per adult
  • Festive Afternoon Tea is available in 67 stores and starts on 1 November, £13.50 per adult and £7.50 per child
  • Santa’s Afternoon Tea is available in 7 stores and runs from 3 December, £13.99 per adult and £13.50 per child

Dobbies offers Book with Confidence. For more info: https://www.dobbies.com/book-with-confidence

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