HO HO HO.. The Farmer Christmas at Hogshaw farm is the REAL deal. Well he claimed that, not me, and as a proof, asked Ay to pull his beard. Ay was unsure, looked at me, as to “am I even allowed to do this”, and then the Elf helped encouraged him to do it. Not only did the beard not come off, he then spoke a few sentences of our our native language. Ay came out saying he really must be the true Santa as he speaks so many languages because he goes to so many countries .. Full marks for the most lovely , interactive, funny, and multilingual Santa I have ever met! Well he did tell me to say it but I actually agree with him on this one 🙂
The whole experience is really fun. Everything is done at your own pace; you can spend as much as time as you want, which is great. The staff go the extra mile to make it special for you which shows they are well cared for (and lovely to see). It begins with writing your “make a wish” and hang it in the Wishing Tree. It was so interesting to read the various wishes on the tree. A lot were asking for snow and I hope Santa brings some. You then move on to the next station where the Elf helps you prepare reindeer food. The magical Sand pit full of fake snow and some (fake) gold coins is next. Ay loved playing here as well as having a go at throwing the hoops onto the reindeer antlers. You can then write a letter to Santa before meeting the man himself. After a good interactive session, you then get to decorate Gingerbread man with the smiley Mrs Claus. Parents also get non-alcoholic mulled wine here. The children come out via the toy shop where you get a wrapped gift. There are Turkeys in the barn too which made a sound like gobble bobble! I have never heard a turkey noise before so that got me excited 😜.
On thinking about it overnight, my only suggestion to make the experience even more amazing would be to include a grooming/ feeding session of the Reindeers. I am not sure if this is even possible with Reindeers or not but Ay wanted to feed the reindeers the Christmas Eve food he had prepared, as the reindeers are just stationed on the way out when the packet of food is in your hands. One of the Elfs told him they will then not come on Christmas Eve if he fed them now, which was a good enough explanation, but I bet many children would be trying to do the same. They can may be move the location of the reindeers to near the entrance rather than the exit or allow children to feed them at some other point.
Considering kids are charged 21.95£ for the experience, which includes entry to the farm (usually 11.95£). That is only 10£ extra, which makes this great value for money in my opinion. Also, you or the accompanying Elfs take pictures with Santa on your own phones, so you don’t have to pay extra for the photographs, which again comes in handy for keeping costs within reason. Unlike previous years, they are not offering Father Christmas experience only, which I personally think they should have kept, but may be it wasn’t working out (don’t know!). However, If you don’t want to do Christmassy stuff, you can still purchase standard tickets for the farm alone.
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The only thing underwhelming about the experience was the Christmas market, which is basically just four stalls. The vendors were all friendly enough and happy to talk though but there is not much variety. You can also buy Christmas trees in the farm.
The farm itself is amazing as you probably know already and offers so on site. If you have not been before, then read our post HERE.
Address: Hogshaw Farm, formerly Green Dragon Eco Farm, Claydon Road, Buckinghamshire, MK18 3LA
Its not the easiest place to get to as it is in the country side with single lane roads, and there are almost always some traffic diversions in place. I would still recommend braving it as it is worth it.
Ticket price applies (please see website for more details HERE)
26 NOV – 24 DEC 2022
Porta Loos on site
Refreshments available in cafe. You’re not allowed to take your own food in the cafe but you can have your picnics on the benches outside