What a wonderful time spent in the grotto at Highways Garden Centre in 2022. I met almost 1,000 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 15 years (not sure the older ones still really believe lol!) It was such a success and I enjoyed it so much.
I will be there again this year so will not be available for home or special event visits again…..sorry. The Grotto is now being built so check my social media page Santa Bob for updates. Here are the dates and times of my shifts:
Sunday 19th 10am – 4pm
Sunday 26th 10am – 4pm
Saturday 2nd 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9th 9am – 5pm
Sunday 10th 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday 16th 9am – 5pm
Sunday 17th 9.30am – 5pm
Tuesday 19th 9am – 5.30pm
Wed 20th 9am – 4.30pm
Thursday 21st 9am -4.30pm
Friday 22nd 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday 23rd 9am – 5pm
Sunday 24th 9am – 3pm
Don’t forget – you must tell the elves you want to see Santa Bob. You can book a visit on their website: Highways Garden Centre.
Here are just a few messages of thanks I have received:
2022 (Highways Garden Centre Grotto)
Firstly just to say thank you! It was great to see you in action, I know it sounds strange but even I saw you transform into character. The moment you adorned the suit you became ‘Santa’ and to put it simply, YOU WERE AMAZING!!
We are quite fussy about the Santa’s we have here and its always nervous taking on new ones, but genuinely, myself and the team were very impressed. It was a joy to see. I caught quite a few of the customers as they exited to try and gauge feedback. Every single one I spoke to was very very happy.
The team and I put a lot of time, effort and heart into building the grotto, and it is great to see someone throw themselves 100% into character and give their heart and soul into it. So again thank you. Lance Cator – Assistant Manager @ Highways Garden Centre
Was lovely to see you Bob. Definitely BEST Santa weve seen !! Nicky Wild
Thank you Bob for being the best Santa to our girls, you make it such a magical experience. Happy new year to you see you in 12 months. Louise Joyce
Our favourite and the best Santa thanks for being as great as ever. Happy new year, see you next Christmas. Sarah O’Donnell
Amazing as always. There’s only one Father Christmas. Kat Hammers-Lee
2021 (Home visits & YMCA Grotto)
Thankyou Santa!!!! Special memories that we shall cherish forever. Natasha
The most MAGICAL evening spent with santa! Memories to last forever, you truly are the best! Louise
Absolutely magical time with Santa Bob tonight! Thankyou for creating the most special memories for my boys again this year. You are wonderful. Emma
You were fantastic Santa!!! I’m starting to think that when we all see you during the year you are actually in disguise waiting for Christmas to come back around. Paul
2020 (Home visits & visits to villages on sleigh)
A huge thank you and well done! It was such a special experience, one that actually made me feel quite emotional because it brought a sense of reality back to this mad world at the moment. Such a wonderful memory! Thank you. A huge merry Christmas and here’s hoping a better year next year. Hayley
Brilliant! My son just said ‘best day ever’. Tracy
Thank you so much that was amazing! Best Santa around. Emma
Thank you so much. It was amazing. The little elf was fantastic too. Kat
Thank you so much, that was wonderful. M was mesmerised and I was thrilled with her reaction as it’s difficult to tell how toddlers will react. Laura
Thank you so much Bob. You simply are the best. You made it so magical for the girls and they absolutely loved it. So did I. Can’t thank you enough! Louise
Just want to say a massive thank you for last night. What a magical experience. The children were amazed and couldn’t wait to tell their friends this morning. When you sang with them it brought a tear to my eye. Thank you so much Santa Bob. Amy
Thank you Bob! You make a fantastic Father Christmas. You really made my daughter’s night. A very special moment! Stacy
Hi Bob. Jut to say a massive thank you for visiting last night. You certainly made the girls’ year. They absolutely loved it and as always you were very professional. Chris
Absolutely amazing! They were soooo surprised. You are really great. Thank you for bringing joy to them. Vicky
Thanks Bob that was magical. It’s the first year he’s gotten what Christmas is about and is getting so excited. You were brilliant. Louisa
A huge thank you to you and your marvellous Elf for visiting L last night. He loved it. You are the best and made a lovely memory for his first Christmas. Lesley
Thank you so much. The girls loved it and are still in shock now that the real Santa came to their house. What a magical night. You made their Christmas. Stacy
I’ve had so many lovely messages this morning commenting what a lovely evening and how fab a Santa you are. Everyone was very impressed by Santa and you totally made our evening. Thank you so much Santa Bob. Penny
Thank you so much. The girls absolutely loved it, as did we. What a fantastic Elf! Alex
In 2020 I also teamed up with Banqueting Hire Events who built a sleigh so that Santa and his elves could visit a number of villages around the county. Despite the cold, and sometimes wet weather, we all enjoyed it and the reviews were excellent. Click here to see the video of me on the sleigh.
Click here to see me arriving at Notcutts back in November 2019 and here are some more testimonials from back then:
Alfie loved his visit with Santa this afternoon!! Santa Bob was awesome!!
Amazing day today and must say this is the best Santa I have seen. He didn’t rush and was so warm and friendly. Thank you ever so much
Being poorly didn’t stop our little dude seeing Father Christmas.. He was the real Santa as well! Benji loved it
Loved visiting Santa Bob yesterday!! Another memorable visit! Paisley loved him this year! Ran over and gave him a hug when we walked in
Best Santa Ever! Even found a little present for our baby (and told our eldest that mummy used to be a scallywag)! Am thinking he may actually BE Santa, he knows too much!’
‘We had the best time, I teared up a little as the kids were so happy and was magical. Thank you for remembering Sheldon and bun buns. You’re one in a million and a very special man making this precious magic for so many children’ xxx
‘If Carlsberg did Santa’s!! Merry Christmas Santa Bob. We love you’ xxx
Incredible visit today to see Santa Bob. Thank you once again for keeping the magic alive and making their visit so special.
We went today too!! Was amazing! So pleased we saw him!
‘Oh my you were absolutely AMAZING!!!! I just can’t thank you enough. She is so over whelmed and keeps saying “Was that just a dream? I can’t believe I met the real Santa!” Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving her back the magic of Christmas!’
Millies first trip to see Father Christmas and a very special one at that! Bob (or should we say, Santa Bob!) was our wonderful toastmaster at our wedding so it was really lovely to bring Millie to see him today. After the initial tears she did enjoy the lights in the grotto, and her gift!