This morning we were lucky enough to be invited to the Christmas experience at Webbs Garden Centre at Wychbold, just outside Droitwich. This is one of those places that I’ve driven past on numerous occasions but I’ve never really ventured inside and I was really glad I did!
When we arrived, we had a look around the garden centre and their Christmas area. Libby, as any little girl would, took a particular liking to the Cinderella carriage. The Christmas display at Webbs as a whole was magical, and I just loved this little touch, particularly as it is possible to go in and have your photo taken. There were some beautiful sparkly reindeer pulling the carriage that I couldn’t manage to get in the photo.
After this, we made our way to the ice rink. When I was contacted about this, I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to take Libby on the ice because even for a two year old, she has very petite little feet and I’ve never managed to find skates for her before. Here though, you can hire little bob-skates that go on over their shoes. For balance, they can push along a little frame, as demonstrated by Libby.
I thought Libby did really well using this, we made it once round the ice without any trips or falls. It was painfully slow though, so after one circuit, we swapped to a skating aid that she could sit on and be pushed along. This was great for Libby, and my sister Soph who had joined us for the day wouldn’t mind admitting that she isn’t a natural on the ice, so pushing this along was a fabulous skating aid for her as well.
I think Libby’s facial expression is enough to tell you how much she enjoyed this! To her horror, the ice skating experience came to an end after 45 minutes. Tantrums were avoided by heading straight to the rink-side cafe for a lovely hot chocolate and a delicious muffin. Then it was time for a trip to Santa’s grotto! This was a lovely little area with a walk through including some moving characters and other decorations. Unfortunately, Libby got a bit spooked by one of the decorations and became a bit jittery, so by the time we got to Father Christmas, she refused to speak to him because she was too frightened! After a nice chat with Santa and a lovely photo that Webbs took for us, both Libby and Lia were allowed to choose a toy from his warehouse. They were really nice quality toys, Libby chose a magic drawing board and Lia had a little caterpillar shape sorter. Our last photo is from the route to the grotto, of Libby standing by one of the moving displays, a sweet little one with ice-skating teddy bears!
Please note that we were allowed to go to this experience for free in return for an unbiased review. I can honestly say it’s the best Christmas experience I’ve ever been to, in fact it was so good that we are considering going back this year at a time when hubby can come. We will definitely go again next year too when Lia can go on the ice with us. We are all still buzzing from a genuinely fabulous day out.