Santas move into grottos

TWO Santas are waiting in their grottos at Woodbridge for children to tell them their festive season gift-lists so they can relay their wishes to Lapland.

TWO Santas are waiting in their grottos at Woodbridge for children to tell them their festive season gift-lists so they can relay their wishes to Lapland.

Father Christmas arrived in regal style at Wyevale Garden Centre, having swapped his traditional mode of transport of reindeer and sleigh for a fairytale horse and a carriage.

Steve Goodwin, manager of the Grundisburgh Road garden centre, said: “Santa told us he's resting his reindeer to ensure they are fit and ready to travel the world over and deliver presents for children on Christmas Eve.”

It is the tenth year running Santa has arrived by landau, pulled this time by Juno, a 15 hands high mare which travels all over the country taking part in Sikh weddings, with coachman David Robertson driving and groom Sarah Robertson alongside in traditional frock coats and top hats.


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The horse and carriage were provided by the Valley Farm Riding and Driving Centre based in Wickham Market.

Admission to Santa's grotto is £5 - full details of opening times available on 01394 380022 - and includes a gift with proceeds donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, which provides practical, medical, emotional and financial support for families.

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Meanwhile, Santa also arrived by horse-drawn carriage at Notcutts Wonderland at the Notcutts garden centre in Ipswich Road.

He will be in his grotto on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 1.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm until December 21, admission £4.

Children can also book to have tea with Santa at 4pm on December 10, 11, 17 and 18, cost £6.50.

Proceeds from the admission to Santa's grotto will go to charities supported by The Rotary Club of Woodbridge, including East Anglian Childrens' Hospices and the children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Where is your favourite Santa's grotto? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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