We were greeted and shown to our table, complete with Christmas crackers, and the children were given the choice of going in the play area or decorating a cookie - they chose the play area without hesitation!
It wasn't long before we were served our breakfast, Ram and I had the Great British Breakfast and the children had their own cooked breakfast. There was plenty there, and they let us have a hot chocolate instead of the tea or coffee which was delicious. While we were eating, Father Christmas arrived through the garden centre ringing his bell, and he made a round of the tables, stopping at each one to greet the children and have a quick chat with them while they were eating.
Then he went and settled himself in his grotto and the tables were called up to visit him individually. It was a very smooth process, and even though we were near the end we didn't feel like we were left waiting, as the children were occupied with their food and a festive colouring and activity sheet.
When it was our turn to chat to Santa, the children were delighted to be given a bag of chocolate coins, and then they had a proper chat with him. He showed them the magic key that he uses to get into houses that don't have a chimney, and he made sure they would be sending him their Christmas lists nice and early so that his elves have time to make their toys.
Then they were asked to choose a gift from a selection around him. I was really impressed with the choices available, they were all good quality gifts and suitable for a range of ages and interests. Mia chose a big squashy doll and Harry went for a kit to excavate your own gems, they were both thrilled with their presents.
We really enjoyed the experience, it was a lovely way for the children to meet Father Christmas and I think that along with the food and the present it works out very good value.
Breakfast with Father Christmas costs £9.99 per child for a cooked breakfast, then £7.99 for for an adult Great British Breakfast or £3.99 for an adult Mini Breakfast. Tea with Father Christmas is also available, and you can find out more details, including dates and participating garden centres here - Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas.
We received a complimentary visit in exchange for this review.