Our traditional grotto is now open daily until Christmas Eve!

Our grotto features enchanting characters, including penguins and a gingerbread man set amongst a towering Christmas tree bedecked in fairy lights and beautiful rose gold, silver, pink and purple baubles.

Entrance to the grotto to visit Father Christmas costs £5 per child and includes a wrapped gift. There is no charge for accompanying adults.

To pre-book your visit: www.bookfatherchristmas.co.uk/hempstead

Please note a £1.50 booking fee applies to every booking and you cannot book for the same day you intend to visit.

Professional photography is available to purchase from the elves.

Post your letters to Father Christmas

Children can also hand deliver their letters for Father Christmas and post them in our bright red post box and collect their FREE personalised reply back from the grotto elves. You must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like your reply to be posted.  Please allow a week to your collect your reply from the grotto elves. The last posting date is 19th December, with last collection on 22nd December.

Grotto opening times:

Date Day Start Time Finish Time
22-Nov WED 12:00 17:00
23-Nov THU 12:00 17:00
24-Nov FRI 12:00 17:00
25-Nov SAT 09:00 18:00
26-Nov SUN 10:00 16:00
27-Nov MON 12:00 18:00
28-Nov TUE 12:00 18:00
29-Nov WED 12:00 18:00
30-Nov THU 12:00 18:00
01-Dec FRI 12:00 18:00
02-Dec SAT 09:00 18:00
03-Dec SUN 10:00 16:00
04-Dec MON 10:00 18:00
05-Dec TUE 10:00 18:00
06-Dec WED 10:00 18:00
07-Dec THU 10:00 18:00
08-Dec FRI 10:00 18:00
09-Dec SAT 09:00 19:00
10-Dec SUN 09:30 15:00
11-Dec MON 10:00 19:00
12-Dec TUE 10:00 19:00
13-Dec WED 10:00 19:00
14-Dec THU 10:00 19:00
15-Dec FRI 10:00 19:00
16-Dec SAT 09:00 19:00
17-Dec SUN 09:30 16:00
18-Dec MON 09:00 19:00
19-Dec TUE 09:00 19:00
20-Dec WED 09:00 19:00
21-Dec THU 09:00 19:00
22-Dec FRI 09:00 19:00
23-Dec SAT 09:00 19:00
24-Dec SUN 09:00 15:00

Thank you to kmfm presenter Garry Wilson and Dame Nellie Night Nurse, one of the stars of The Central Theatre, Chatham’s pantomime - Sleeping Beauty –  for helping us to launch this year's grotto on Saturday 18th November. 


Watch this space, or check out our Facebook page for news on our upcoming children's events.