Last year for our big Christmas day out we chose to go to The Magical Christmas Adventure at 4 Kingdoms Adventure & Farm Park. I chose this one as I loved the sound of the immersive journey through loads of themed rooms and the photos from previous years looked amazing! It also had great reviews and whilst still expensive it was nowhere near the price tag of Lapland UK. Here’s what we thought of it.
4 Kingdoms Christmas
We absolutely loved our Christmas experience at 4 Kingdoms. It’s a completely different to 4 Kingdoms throughout the rest of the year. The whole place is transformed into their North Pole adventure, with 16 different themed areas.
The whole experience is like an immersive pantomime show, complete with panto dames and audience interaction! You are taken on a journey through all the different themed rooms where you watch the story unfold. Even the corridors in between each room are incredible.
Your adventure starts at passport control before journeying to the North Pole on a sleigh ride. Right from the start you’re involved in the story and the actors are brilliant at setting the scene and getting the little ones excited.
The show lasts for 2 hours and is honestly brilliant. The show itself is funny and easy to follow and the actors do a great job. It’s far more interesting for little ones to watch a show in an immersive way like this than sat watching a 2 hour show. You’re on your feet for most of it and exploring all of the different rooms.
There’s a live band, build a bear workshop, elves village, toy factory and singing reindeer to name just a few parts.
Before heading in to meet the big man himself you sit in a room with the rest of your small group and meet Mrs Christmas. She knows loads of facts about your little ones that you send to them in advance. This makes the whole thing even more magical!
Father Christmas should also know loads about them too, but unfortunately they had technical issues the day we went. They were very apologetic though and gave us free tickets to visit 4 Kingdoms to compensate. To be honest I actually didn’t even notice until much later as he was so good! Ashley is incredibly shy and he had her on side very quickly and chatting away.
The Toy Shop
Rather than receiving a gift from Father Christmas the kids are instead taken into a toy shop where they are allowed to choose any toy in there. There are some really good ones too! I’m pretty sure Ashley chose some sort of tractor or digger. I can’t remember exactly but I remember being impressed with the quality of the toys on offer.
After the Christmas Adventure
Once it’s finished you then get to enjoy the rest of 4 Kingdoms park! The indoor soft play wasn’t open but pretty much everything else was.
We got to look round the animals, ride a tractor, play in the playgrounds, ride peddle go karts, jump on the jumping pillow and loads more.
Is it Worth the Money?
There’s no denying that this is an expensive day out, but in my opinion it’s completely worth it! You can absolutely see what your money is spent on, this isn’t a cheap production. You travel through loads of rooms with brilliant set designs. It’s a completely immersive experience and things like the build a bear are also included and the bear is excellent quality. The gift choices at the end are great too.
I researched loads of Christmas days out last year and this was one of the better priced ones. To keep the cost down choose an early date as it gets more expensive closer to Christmas and your little ones really don’t care when they go.
That being said I urge you not the stretch your budget too far at Christmas. I have loads of brilliant Christmas experiences listed here to suit every price range, including some brilliant free experiences.
Best bits: Father Christmas himself was so brilliant, but also the setup and décor in every room and all the attention to detail really made the experience. It was all so impressive.
Cost: Price from £35 for children and £25 for adults. Under 1’s not participating are free. The price increases the closer to Christmas you get.
Tickets: Click here for more information and to book.
Buggy friendly: No
Bike & scooter friendly: n/a
Location & parking: Newbury Road, Headley, Thatcham. Free onsite parking.
Sat nav:RG19 8JY
Baby in Bucks Top Tip
Make sure you take them to the toilet before you start. It’s a bit of a pain to go during the experience (although completely possible so don’t panic about little ones!) and you can end up missing rooms.
Also don’t forget to fill in all the information requested about your little ones when you book as this makes the whole experience even more magical.