If you follow me on my social media, you will now know that recently we visited intu Trafford Centre for their Christmas Parade. We were invited up again this year after attending last years event and again, it didn’t disappoint. My youngest niece and nephew had been looking forward to it all year, and I’m not going to lie, so had I and my sister too. But something we were really excited for was to visit the Peter Rabbit Christmas Grotto at intu Trafford Centre.
The grotto visiting time is now over for me as Olivia is too old for this. So being invited to the grotto for a visit wasn’t something I was going to say no to, especially as I knew from experience that it would most likely be different to anything else we would be looking at this year. Plus I knew A and J both 5 would absolutely love it!
The Peter Rabbit Christmas Grotto at intu Trafford Centre
Located outside in the car park in front of The Orient, the Peter Rabbit Christmas Grotto is adorned with Christmas trees from the outside as they welcome you in. All sessions are in small groups. This means you get the most out of your visit without overcrowding, which is something I really like.
When it is your time to go in, you are shown to a beautifully decorated room where you meet Peter Rabbit himself. Peter talks to the children and engages them in his tales before you meet some of his friends. A and J were a little wary of this at first but I think was because they weren’t quite sure what to expect.
After saying goodbye to Peter Rabbit we headed off into a magical winter wonderland to meet Mr Tom and Jemima Puddleduck.
We ventured into Mr Tod’s lair with him and gathered around his cooking pot before heading out to decorate cookies with Jemima. We then made our way to see Father Christmas to finish off our visit.
The whole experience took us around 30 minutes and we weren’t disappointed at all. The actors were all brilliant. They played their parts perfectly and brought Peter Rabbit and friends to life (Mr Tom was my favourite). Every detail is covered and watching them interact with the children to keep the story going was fun to watch. Decorating the cookies was a lovely touch too, this was definitely a big hit with the kids! This is definitely a grotto trip for both adults and children alike.
Despite A and J being a little hesitant at first, they soon got into the spirit of things.
Before long, they were joining in and absorbing everything that was happening before meeting the man in red himself. FYI, yes he is the real Santa and knew exactly what they meant when they asked for ‘Tiana’ things. The YouTuber, not the princess I was reliably told.
The Peter Rabbit Christmas Grotto at intu Trafford Centre is suitable for children of all ages who are old enough to get involved with the activities and enjoy the performances. In our group, there was a varied age range and all the kids seemed to really enjoy it, adults, too!
If you would like to visit the grotto, I would advise you book in advance as slots fill up really quickly and there is no guarantee you will be able to visit without booking. The grotto is open from 14th November to 24th December 2018 with child prices at £8.50 incl booking fee and adults prices at £5.50 incl booking fee. This includes your cookie from Jemima Puddleduck and a present from Santa. (any food allergies can be submitted when you book online too)
Upon leaving you can purchase your child’s picture with Father Christmas. We purchased a picture each for A and J’s mums. As they didn’t visit with us, we thought it would be a nice souvenir for them. Depending on what you would like to buy, there are packages available for putting the picture onto things like keyrings and in baubles.
We really enjoyed our visit and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is thinking of booking. Head over to the intu Trafford Centre site now to make your booking.
*Disclaimer: We were gifted our tickets to the grotto. However, I was not asked to write about it or feature on my blog or social media. We paid for any extras ourselves*