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Could you be our Father Christmas?

The Father Christmas experience at Hestercombe is very popular, and we are looking for extra festive help to make sure that the event goes smoothly, and that we have lots of very happy little visitors!

This job is fun, sociable, and incredibly Christmassy, and you'll be helping put smiles on lots of faces.

Previous experience is not required ~ all you need is plenty of energy, a sense of humour and positive attitude.


Responsibilities include:

  • Greeting visitors and finding out about them;
  • Giving the children their presents;
  • Posing for a photograph;
  • Potentially fielding tricky questions about how you get into houses without chimneys;
  • Making sure that everybody who visits Father Christmas has a bloomin' great time;
  • Liaising with the Head Elf if you are running low on supplies (presents, tea or coffee).

This can be a demanding role, so we usually advise just one shift per day, or two if you are really feeling energetic!

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Pay & Benefits

£19 per hour

You'll have access to the gardens whenever you'd like in December ~ Hestercombe is a beautiful place to work! You'll also get free tea and coffee, discounts on food and drink, and free parking. A high quality Father Christmas outfit (and padding if needed) is provided!

Dates & Times

We have three shifts per day, each lasting 3 hours: morning (10am - 1pm), afternoon (1pm - 4pm) and evening (4pm - 7pm) available on:

  • Saturday 4th December
  • Sunday 5th December
  • Saturday 11th December
  • Sunday 12th December
  • Saturday 18th December
  • Sunday 19th December
  • Monday 20th December
  • Tuesday 21st December
  • Wednesday 22nd December
  • Thursday 23rd December
  • Friday 24th December

How to apply

To apply, please email events@hestercombe.com with a brief video (or Youtube/Vimeo link) addressing the following questions:

Christmas attire and/or background is optional, and if you want to be 'in character' that is entirely up to you!

The deadline for applications is 10pm, Sunday 24th October.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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