is probably a little early for us to have had our first visit to Santa already
but I am so glad I took up this opportunity to visit Chill Factore
in Manchester to do just that! Chill
Factore was easy to find with plenty of free parking for your visit. It is close to the Trafford Centre so you’re
in an area with plenty to keep you busy, although I was quite surprised by how
much there is to see and do at Chill Factore itself!
our arrival we were offered a “have a go” session on the climbing wall. Staff ensured everyone was securely attached
to the rope and wearing safety helmets, I quickly offered to go on photography
duty! I do not think I am as brave as
hubbie and my boys. I was impressed
hubbie went as far as ringing the bell at the very top of the wall and it was
nice to see both my boys giving it a try.
Visits to Santa are cherished moments for my boys, but
Chill Factore went that step further.
The grotto is reached by a wooden path, which is set in a “garden” of
real snow. My boys were in their
element; they were making snowballs, darting around in the snow letting off
squeals of excitement before they made their way to Santa.
Normally you cannot take your own pictures within the
grotto, you can however purchase a photograph to remember your visit. As this facility was not working at the time
we were allowed to take our own photograph and Santa even let me get in on the
We had also been given an opportunity to try our hand
at tubing. Youngest refused outright
but eldest was keen to see what it was all about. He picked out one of the rubber rings, headed up the ramp and then
whizzed down the slope, I was so proud he just got stuck in to the
activity! I tried it out myself, but
ended up going down backwards, typically my son at 6 does a much better job
than his mummy! I think it’s a fun
activity well worth a try! I like that
boots and helmets are provided to ensure the activity is carried out safely.
But some children will probably enjoy the snowplay more
especially if they are still quite young.
It is a real treat getting to play in the snow; we rarely have any snow
where we live. So even the thrills of
tubing could not keep eldest away from the snowplay section for long!
staff were very friendly and the grotto elves and Santa in particular were very
good with the children, making their visit seem all that more special and
memorable, one elf taught them the knock for entering the grotto and they
enjoyed practising that.
like keeping the magic of Christmas alive and visits to places like this help
prolong that wonderful age of believers!
I do not want my children to grow up to quickly and taking them to a
land of snow to meet Santa, where the garden has penguin lights and reindeer
soft toys will be a treasured moment in our lives forever.
had another welcome bonus our visit coincided with a special appearance from
Peppa Pig. For selected weekends either
Peppa Pig or Tree Fu Tom will be available for picture opportunities or
cuddles, making a visit even more worthwhile.
Head to the website to book your visit and see the prices for all the activities. The grotto is open every weekend and then daily from December until Christmas eve, just make sure you wrap up warm and do not forget your gloves!