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Storytime with Santa Event Information

Storytime with Santa

Storytime with Santa is a festive themed family event for Christmas 2021!

Previously known as Breakfast & Tea with Santa but with all the magic as before! Your child will receive an early Christmas present, a Christmas card from Santa & listen to a magical Christmas story read by Santa himself! Plus decorate your own Christmas cookie & other festive activities with delicious, freshly prepared food. Each session will last for approx. 1 hour 15 mins.

This festive event is suitable for children aged 12 & under. Anyone attending over the age of 12 will need to book an 'Adult' Ticket.

This is a ticket ONLY event - all adults & children who would like to attend require a pre-booked ticket.


Important Information: Dates & Availability

Storytime with Santa will run every Saturday & Sunday in December until Christmas week, and then Mon 20th, Tue 21st, Wed 22nd, Thur 23rd & Fri 24th December. Please note - not every session time will run on every day, please see below for full dates & availability.

This event will be held in the Oasis Restaurant, Waterside Garden Centre.


Booking Restrictions

To maximise the availability for children, we are restricting the number of Adult tickets per booking to a maximum of 4.
Please do not book more than 4 Adult tickets - any bookings with more than 4 Adult tickets will be cancelled.
For full details please read the FAQ.

In order to safely plan guest numbers we must count all guests attending each session - this means if you are bringing a young baby who will not be taking part in the event - you still need to book them a ticket. In this circumstance please select the FREE 'Under 1' ticket - the child will not participate in the event but will be at the table. Please note, food, gifts & event activities will not be provided for these tickets.


Book with confidence with our COVID Guarantee.

If you, or any of your booking party are unable to attend Storytime with Santa due to COVID restrictions, then we will offer you a voucher for the value of your booking to be redeemed at a future date.

If the event has to be cancelled - then we will refund your booking.


  • How to Book

    1. Visit the event booking page
    2. Select your date & choose your session time: 9am, 12pm or 3pm.
    3. Choose the number of Guests (group size is not limited however max. of 4 adult tickets per group booking).
    4. Click 'Book Now'.
    5. Fill in the details on the following screen when prompted for each participant.
      • Make sure to confirm your booking time for each person - (so you can choose from the correct food menu)
      • Provide any dietary requirement information if required - including allergens
      • Select the type of ticket for each person (Adult, Child or Non-participating Under 1's) - max 4 Adults per booking
    6. Fill in the purchaser information. Your tickets will be emailed to this person.
    7. Check out securely using PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account - you can pay by credit or debit card through PayPal).
  • FAQ

    How many people can attend each session?

    Each session is limited to a maximum of 40 to maintain safe distancing. Booking group size is not limited; however no individual booking group can contain more than 4 adult tickets to maximise the availability of the event for children attending.

    Do babies count in the booking?

    Yes in order to safely plan guest numbers. Anyone attending the event of any age must be declared in the booking - babies under 1 year old will not participate in the event and there is no charge for the ticket; however they must be allocated a ticket. Please select the FREE 'Under 1 ticket' in this circumstance.

    Why can I only book 4 adult tickets?

    We want to maximise the availability of this event for children, therefore we are restricting bookings to 4 adults per booking. Any bookings with more than 4 Adult tickets - will be cancelled. This festive event is suitable for children aged 12 & under. Anyone attending over the age of 12 will need to book an 'Adult' Ticket. If you are a school booking or require carers to attend that will be above this limit please contact us before booking.

    Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Government advice from November 30th 2021 is that face coverings must now be worn in shops. We're committed to everyone's well-being & safety, therefore we would prefer if you wear a face covering when visiting until you are seated. Our staff will continue to wear a face covering when serving you.

    How will we keep Santa safe?

    To ensure we keep Santa safe during his time visiting us, Santa will not interact physically with guests as much as previous years. Santa will still visit tables, chat with guests & take #SantaSelfies though.

    What are the food options?

    Food options vary depending on which time slot is booked.
    9am - Cooked breakfast or Vegetarian breakfast option for Children & Adults.
    12pm - Child - choice of sandwiches with crisps, yoghurt/jelly, cookie & juice drink. Adult - choice of sandwiches with salad & chips & Tea/Coffee.
    3pm - Child - choice of hot meals (chicken nuggets, fish goujon, margherita pizza - with chips). Adult - choice of hot meals (panini, scampi & chips, jacket potato choices).
    Visit the booking page & choose your time for full details.

    Can I amend my booking?

    We cannot guarantee any amends; however if you have a query about your booking please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Can I amend my food options?

    We will not be able to modify the menu; however any allergies or intolerences will be catered for. Please declare any allergies when booking in the required field.

  • Event Schedule

    The event availability is as follows:

    Sat 4th Dec 21 9am (sold out) & 3pm (sold out) session only
    Sun 5th Dec 21 9am (sold out) session only
    Sat 11th Dec 21 9am (sold out) & 3pm (sold out) session only
    Sun 12th Dec 21 9am (sold out) & 12pm (sold out) session only
    Sat 18th Dec 21 9am (sold out), 12pm (sold out) & 3pm (sold out) session
    Sun 19th Dec 21 9am (sold out) & 12pm (sold out) session only
    Mon 20th Dec 21 9am (sold out), 12pm (sold out) & 3pm (sold out) session
    Tue 21st Dec 21 9am (sold out), 12pm (sold out) & 3pm (sold out) session
    Wed 22nd Dec 21 9am (sold out), 12pm (sold out) & 3pm (sold out) session
    Thu 23rd Dec 21 9am (sold out), 12pm (sold out) & 3pm (sold out) session
    Fri 24th Dec 21 9am (sold out) & 12pm session only