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Review of Cockfields Farm Christmas Experience 2019

Santa clause with a real beard and three children at the Cockfields Farm Christmas Experience
25 Nov 2019

Looking for the ultimate Santa’s Grotto in Manchester. Check out our review of the Cockfields Farm Christmas Experience 2019 here. 

The Cockfields Farm Christmas Experience is due to open on 30th November for the Christmas 2019 and we were invited along to their press event this weekend for the purpose of an honest review. We sent our reviewer Leanne and her family along to check it our and here is what they thought. 

Review Cockfields Farm Christmas Experience 

With kids ranging 7, 5 and 4 years old, expectations were high as we arrived at the farm; our appetites had already been whet a week prior, when beautifully designed letters came from the ‘North Pole’, preparing the kids for the day ahead.

Cockfields Farm Letter From Santa

After lots of excitement and cries of ‘how many sleeps til we see Santa at the farm’ our day arrived. With plenty of parking, we piled out of the car and headed straight in, collecting our special passports. Here we were checked in at North Pole Passport Control.

Cockfields Farm Christmas Expeience review North Pole

At our alloted time slot we were met with our super helpful Guide Elf who took us over to the Elf School. Here we were treated to an interactive show filled with Christmas songs and fun. The kids were thrilled to learn the important nine lessons in becoming an Elf themselves including the important Elf Wave, the importance of Elf and Fitness and remembering Santa’s reindeers names. The fun show ended with a funny Elf song which had us all in stitches.  

Cockfields Farm Christmas Experience Review Elf Show

Once we’d earned our Elf stripes, we headed to Candy-cane lane where we were met by the very cheerful Merry Berry. Merry showed us into to Mrs Claus’ welcoming kitchen – a definite highlight where we decorated Gingerbread men before Mrs Claus told the ‘Night Before Christmas’ story. Every child in the room was hooked.

Cockfields Farm decorating ginger bread men

Cockfields Farm christmas gingerbread

Cockfields Farm Mrs Clause

The elves then got another look in, as we spent some time at Elf Village. Here we discoved Elfridges where the Elves do their Christmas shopping, the Elf on the Shelf nursery, the local Elf pub Elf and Lettuce and had a peek into the Elf dorms; and paid a visit to Elfbucks, warming ourselves up with hot chocolate, (non alcoholic) mulled wine, mince pies and cookies.

Cockfields Farm Elfbucks

Cockfields Farm Christmas Hot Chocolate

Cockfields Farm Mince Pies

The Elf Village also housed the North Pole Post office where we able to write and send our our letters to Santa before heading to the reindeer food making station to make a wildlife friendly treat for our flying herd on Christmas Eve, and popping our Christmas wishes on the wishing tree.

Cockfields Farm Chrristmas Experience Review Reindeer Food

Excitingly we also go to pop into the Elves Workshop to try our hands at toy making. Here we were given the chance to build our very own bear. There were lots of animals to choose from and the kids loved chosing the design and following the instructions to bring them to life; watching them kiss their new friends heart and making a wish was to get it started was incredibly cute. The kids all loved this activity and are currently cuddled up with their dragon, a snowman and an elf as I write. 

cockfields farm elves workshop

Before long it was our turn to see Santa. First we had to go through the naughty or nice scanner where we were all declared nice – phew. 

Cockfields Farm Naughty or Nice door

On entering the grotto we were greeted by Santa’s welcoming smile and on seeing his real beard we knew he was the real deal. The kids were all in awe as he spoke to us all asking for our lists (trains for the boys, games for the girl – and lots of handbags for mummy). There was then time for us to take our own pictures and to pose for the farms own Elf photographer which could be purchased in the North Pole Toy Shop. 

Cockfields Farm Review Santa

The visit ended with Santa asking us to promise nice to each other. He definitely believed us as he gave all the kids each a special golden coin to spend in the North Pole Toy Shop, which was our next stop. Here the shelves were full to the brim with toys and when the kids were told that they could choose anything they wished they were completely over the moon. This was just the most wonderful finishing touch to an incredible day.

Cockfields Farm Toys

Cockfields Farm Santas Toy Shop

Before we left there was time to visit Santa’s Stables to meet Prancer and Dancer; they were taking a well earned rest ahead of the big night on Chrismas Eve.

Cockfields Farm Santa Reindeer

Deciding on which of Greater Manchester’s many grottos to visit can be tough, but with my kids convinced he’s the real one, this is definitely the experience to go for this festive season.

Booking the Christmas Experience at Cockfields Farm 2019 

The Cockfield’s Farm Magical Christmas Experience will take place on and 30th November, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th 15th, 21st, 22nd 23rd and 24th of December at various times.

Tickets to amazing Christmas experience costs from £24.95 for children, £12.95 for adults, and £4.95 for under 1’s depending on the date of visit.

Personalised invites letters can be posted from Santa and cost £5.95 each.

Booking is required in advance here. 

Leanne’s top tips for visiting Cockfields Farm Christmas Experience.

  1. Book early to get the slot you want. They tend to book up quickly. 

  2. The experience lasts around an hour and a half to plan your day accordingly. 

  3. Try to arrive early for time to fill out your passport and take in the Christmas atmosphere. 

  4. If taking the car here’s a huge car park and the farm’s really easy to reach too, well signed on the main road. 

  5. Make sure you wear flat shoes and warm clothes. There is lots to walk around  inside and outside of the farm – and every part of it is amazing! 

  6. Have plenty of space on your phone or camera as you will want to take lots of pictures. 

  7. Leave plenty of time to try the Cockfields café for lunch or breakfast too; there’s a great menu for kids and adults alike and we really had to restrain ourselves from trying out a selection of cakes. 


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