Last year when M was very small and wrapped up in his sling, we took him to celebrate Christmas at the Tank Museum. We were very tired mummies and had a baby that had no idea what was going on around him. So this year we had higher expectations when my mum asked us to go with her to see Santa arrive on a tank. Apart from some confusion with the staff when Santa arrived outside the Museum, everything else was well planned and full of festive cheer.
Monkey’s Nanna treated him to a ticket to see Santa in his Grotto. Our advice if you visit next year is to get there about 10 minutes before the queue opens. We only had to queue for about 15 minutes, as opposed to last year when we queued for about 40 minutes. There isn’t much to keep you interested in the queue until you reach the front, where you are met by an elf. So if you have young children we advise you take something to keep them entertained.
The Santa inside the grotto was the same Santa we had seen the year before and I was impressed when he used exactly the same lines on us when we entered the grotto. His banter was spot on and he was perfect with my Niece, making sure he asked what she wanted and telling her to be good. Monkey wasn’t impressed at all and didn’t want to go anywhere near him, but not one to pass on a gift, he selected his own present and posed for a photo.
Next to Santa’s Grotto were some adorable Llamas. I didn’t think M would go anywhere near them, but after a few minutes he was stroking them, patting them and even went in for a kiss (which we prevented).
The rest of the day was spent sampling gorgeous some locally made products like chilli jam and Rocky Road and just for the adults some Port and our favourite tradition Christmas Crepes. They aren’t very festive, but we both love a crepe and what better excuse to indulge in one, than at Christmas.
We had such a lovely day and Monkey really enjoyed it. Next year I imagine he will enjoy it even more and will be old enough to join in with the children’s craft making that was on offer. I hope our Christmas at the Tank Museum becomes a firm family tradition as I’d love him to look forward to the visits each year.