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When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by one of our friendly Hestercombe elves, who’ll hand you a special activity pack full of festive fun.

When Father Christmas is ready, you’ll wander through the winter gardens to the man himself. In his sweet little garden folly, the log fire will be roaring, lights will be twinkling on the Christmas tree and sacks of presents will be waiting…

After seeing Father Christmas, children can enjoy taking part in our Christmas gardens trails.

Father Christmas's Grotto at Hestercombe Gardens

Dates and Times


  • Saturday 3rd December, 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday 4th December, 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10th December, 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday 11th December, 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 17th December, 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday 18th December, 10am – 4pm
  • Monday 19th December, 10am – 4pm
  • Tuesday 20th December, 10am – 4pm
  • Wednesday 21st December, 10am – 4pm
  • Thursday 22nd December, 10am – 4pm
  • Friday 23rd December, 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 24th December, 10am – 4pm

Father Christmas Tickets & Prices

  • Children £12.00
  • Adult members - Free
  • Adult non-members - half price garden admission (£6.75)
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Please read the following carefully before booking your tickets:

  • Please check in at our Visitor Reception 20 minutes before your slot. If you arrive early, head down to Caffe + Gelato to enjoy some refreshments while you wait; please don't be late, as you may miss your slot.
  • When you book online, you will receive a confirmation email. When you check in, you should be ready with your reference number and a print out, or screenshot of your confirmation email to show at the Ticket Office. If you don’t receive one email info@hestercombe.com or call us on 01823 413923 to ensure that your booking is confirmed.
  • You should ensure that you wear appropriate clothing and footwear, as there may be some slippery surfaces on your route, especially when wet.
  • Don't forget, if you are also planning to come to see ILLUMINATE, our Christmas illuminations, tickets to see Father Christmas do not include ILLUMINATE admission, this should be purchased separately.

View our event cancellation and refund policy

If you experience any difficulty with booking, or have any questions, please email Visitor Reception in the first instance at info@hestercombe.com, or call 01823 413923.

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