Christmas Grotto

How to find Us

Enter TN26 3EQ on your Sat Nav

From Junction 9 M20, – Leave the Motorway at Junction 9 and take the exit sign posted (Ashford).

At the roundabout take the 3rd Exit onto the A28 sign posted (Tenterden/Great Chart).

At the next roundabout also take the 3rd Exit onto the A28 sign posted (Tenterden/Great Chart).

At the next roundabout (Matalan Roundabout) take the 2nd exit A28 sign posted (Tenterden/ Great chart).

At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit A28 sign posted (Tenterden).

Continue along this road for about 1.8 miles, take the third turning on the right sign posted (Old Surrenden Manor Road / Pluckley 6 miles), take the 4th turning on your left. (about 3.5 miles along this road, just after “Stone Green Nurseries”)

The Reindeer Centre is the first gate on the right.

We are pleased to announce that Father Christmas and his team of elves will be returning to the Reindeer Centre to meet all the good boys and girls, parents and grandparents on the 13th of November.

He will be here every day from the 13th of November until the 24th of December, weekdays are less busy 10-4pm  weekends are busier 10-5pm , please expect to queue,  (at peak times we will split the entry so you can access the barn area first and Santa and Grotto afterwards to minimise the wait time for families)

We do NOT need to operate a booking system this year we will be reverting back to previous years where you simply come along on the day and purchase your tickets on the gate from the 13th November until the 23rd December

The only day you will be able to Pre book tickets will be for Christmas Eve the 24th and these will be released around the 24th September  

Once you arrive at the Reindeer Centre and have purchased your tickets:-

Each family will enjoy meeting with Father Christmas in his magical Christmas cabin where all the good boys and girls will receive a quality wrapped gift

You will then walk through his enchanting  150ft animated magical grotto , through 8  separate scenes

This will lead through into the big Christmas animal  barn,  a trail  will lead you through the reptile area where you can see all of the lovely animals on display including Carter the giant tortoise and the cheeky family of meerkats.

The donkeys,ponies, goats and alpacas will all be there to greet you, and then you have the opportunity to meet the stars of the show Santa’s magical reindeer

You can have a chat and learn all about the reindeer from the handlers within the pen area and also the opportunity to purchase pellets to feed the reindeers and the other farm animals yourselves

Other activities within the barn area will include:-

Have a dance and sing along with Santa’s Elves on stage Play on the soft play assault course and the pirate ship sandpit

Make your own reindeer food for Christmas Eve

Help Mrs.Christmas decorate the gingerbread biscuits

Popular snow pit in the marquee, have a snowball fight (fake snow)

Christmas Selfie rooms , have the whole family pose for a picture in the different scenes

Have something to eat and drink , hot and cold refreshments available , burgers, sandwiches and our very popular hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream (when you purchase a hot drink you can even keep the christmas mug!)

Buy a gift for someone in the gift shop or treat yourself! Toys, gifts and decorations are available