We're officially into the run-up to Christmas now at Twin Mummy Yummy Towers. It was great to surprise the kids, this morning, with Breakfast with Santa at The Coach House Brewers Fayre right next to the Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester. We initially told them that we were going shopping and then just pulled up on the car park instead. They were sooo excited.
When we arrived we were guided to the play area section and met by Santa's Elves who did a great job at getting us signed in and briefed on what to expect for the morning. After a short wait to allow everybody to arrive, we were taken though to meet Santa. I loved this. They get to meet Santa right from the start and he stays with them for the duration of the visit.
The children took turns to have a chat with Santa. He was really sociable. They don't go into a grotto; it's an area of the restaurant that has been purposefully set up. This means that there is less privacy, but we liked it this way, because it removes some of the nerves that children can feel if they have to 'go inside' and it was also nice to see the other children going up to visit.
Matthew enjoyed his little chat with Santa. There was plenty of time to talk to him and he was probably the best Santa I have ever seen. His red suit was of an excellent quality, he spoke like Santa, he asked fab questions and was brilliant in every aspect, with the perfect amount of padding too.
Each child received a gift from Santa, which wasn't that great really, but when you consider what you get for £8.99, it is still excellent value for money. My daughter's pack contained a little red plastic motorbike and a mini rubix cube, which did fall apart as soon as she tried to twist it, into very small cube pieces which could be dangerous for little ones.
Harry asking for his tool kit.
You'll need to work your magic Santa, if you think you're going to pin these two down.
After they received their gifts, it was time for breakfast. The eating area was set out for the children with chair covers. They all sat together and Santa let them get settled, before joining them for further conversations. It was lovely that he got so involved.
Breakfast was well sized and already plated up. As the picture shows, it was a full English, the boys' favourite.
After Breakfast, the children listened to Santa read them a story, before heading into the play area where they coloured in and then enjoyed the rest of the time playing.
We had a really good time and feel that the ticket price is excellent value for money considering that Santa is there for so long, gets so involved, there is breakfast and play area admission included.
Santa will be visiting selected Brewers Fayre restaurants every weekend from the 10th of December 2016 and on weekdays from the 21st of December up until Christmas Eve. Sessions run from 10am - 11:30am. Tickets will sell fast, so be sure to book yours in advance.
*We were kindly invited to the Coach House Brewers Fayre in Manchester for a complimentary Breakfast with Santa experience. All thoughts, opinions and photos belong to me and are an honest representation of the event.