Category: Christmas

Snow Way!

Snow DaventryWhat a day!
With the snow there has been so much disruption to travel on the local roads and due to treacherous driving conditions we decided early on to cancel all special events today. Your safety is very important to us. The site did remain open all day for those who did brave the conditions as it would have been terrible to venture out and find us shut!

We apologise to customers who had planned to visit us today and may have been disappointed with the cancellations. Those of you who have booked either Breakfast with Santa or Ice Skating for today we have automatically moved your booking to the same time next Sunday. So if you had Breakfast with Santa booked for today (10th December) at 10am we have automatically moved you to next Sunday (17th December) at 10am. If this is inconvenient to you please let us know and we can re-arrange to another time/date.

Thanks to everyone’s understanding on this difficult day – Santa made it in (well I guess thats a sleigh for you) and a sprinkling of people came too, it was good to see you all.

#Thankyou #Snow #

This Weekend – Winter Fun at Whilton Locks

Santa Grotto DaventryThere’s a whole host of festive fun this weekend at Whilton Locks Garden Village

Breakfast with Santa
Always popular, always magical. Join us for Breakfast with Santa this weekend. Saturday’s first session is completely sold out but there are very limited spaces available for Saturday at 10am and Sunday. Book now to avoid missing out.
#WLGV #IBelieve #Bacon #FullEnglish #Hohoho

Santa’s Grotto
An amazing response to Santa’s Grotto this year – and why not as his helpers have really pulled out all the stops for a grotto that is bigger, better and more beautiful than ever before. There is no online booking for Santa’s Grotto – and he will see every child that will wait for him. There’s lots of free activities for kids whilst they queue. Santa’s Grotto is open 11:15am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Each special child will receive a premium toy. Accompanying adults enjoy free entry.
#WLGV #IBelieve

Ice Skating
Sessions are available all day. You can book online, to secure a time, or just turn up. There are hot drinks available by the rink too! Ice Skating is open 10am – 6pm Saturday and 10am – 5pm Sunday

Meet Elsa
Saturday’s Afternoon Tea with Elsa is now completely sold out.
There are very limited spaces available for Saturday 16th. Book now to avoid missing out.

Phew! But there’s more…

Festive Food
There’s fab food in our Canalside restaurant with all day breakfasts available …er all day and Sunday sees our delicious Sunday Lunch. Lighter bites are available too and did we mention cake?!

Deck the Halls
There’s savings on Christmas cards, decorations and wrap – THREE for TWO on most lines and we have fantastic prices on both real and artificial trees – with sparkling deals on lights to go on them too!!

Don’t forget your pets – it’s Christmas for them too. We are pet friendly and even love to welcome your (behaved) pets on the site. We have a huge selection of tasty treats for those with paws or claws.
#HappyChristmutt #CattyChristmas #HappyChristmouse #CanYouDoBetter?

…and even more.

Frosty our fifty-foot-of-fab-fun inflatable snowman will be available for good boys and girls.
#boing #bounce #fun

…and finally some of the best Christmas displays for miles around. The lights, the colour, the sounds and the fun of Christmas THIS WEEKEND. Ho ho ho-nly at Whilton Locks Winter Wonderland.
#excited #hashtaggedout

Did you know ho ho ho?

Whilton Locks Winter WonderlandDid you know ho ho ho?
We allow wheelchairs and pushchairs onto the ice rink.
This is often the very first time some of our guests have ever had the opportunity to go on real ice.
We just ask that adult supervision is available at all times and all wheels are clean.
#justask #WLGV

Did you know ho ho ho?
We sell real Christmas Trees. Of course, you knew that, did you also know ho ho ho we can load them into your car or deliver to your ho-ho-home?
#justask #WLGV

Did you know ho ho ho?
There’s no need to wait for the sales, you can save now at Whilton Locks Winter Wonderland.
There are 3 for 2 on Christmas Cards, Wrapping Paper and Christmas Decorations.
#justask #WLGV

Did you know ho ho ho?
We are independent and there is no harm in asking. You can ask for a smaller cup in our restaurant for instance, change your skates halfway through skating for a comfier fit (some people wear two pairs of socks and forget to up a size!), or that we can deliver bulky items to your ho-ho-home – just ask we’ll see what we can do.
#justask #WLGV

Whilton Locks Winter WonderlandDid you know ho ho ho?
A beautiful Festive Afternoon Tea is available in our Canalside restaurant during the week – and hey, if you are a bit of a bah-humbug then go for the standard Afternoon Tea, available all year, just without the Christmas cheer.
#justask #WLGV

Did you know ho ho ho?
Frosty our huge inflatable snowman is fifty foot tall and loves nothing more than good children bouncing around. He can be seen for miles around and is great for smiles all round!
#justask #WLGV

Did you know ho ho ho?
We are OPEN New Years Day.
What could be better than a New Years Day ice skate on real ice? Ok perhaps a cake, well we could offer a slice of that too! Remember the New Year diet starts the day the schools go back!!
#justask #WLGV

Did you know ho ho ho?
It’s Christmas for pets too. We have a huge selection of festive treats for paws and claws – what’s yours? Show us a photo.
#justask #WLGV

Did you know ho ho ho?
We have a number of competitions running – with new ones to be added before Christmas. Our traditional hamper is bigger than ever this year, there are FREE ice skating tickets, FREE festive Afternoon Tea for two up for grabs and even a special LeMax competition – stay tuned.
#justask #WLGV

Did you know ho ho ho?
We were so touched by recent visitor 5 star ratings and lovely comments on Facebook that we offered 20 pairs of FREE ice skating tickets to those people. A lovely review takes seconds to write and benefits us immensely, so we are always pleased to receive them. It also puts the boss in a happy mood and we can offer more in the future!!
#justask #WLGV

Whilton Locks Winter WonderlandDid you know ho ho ho?
A delicious Christmas meal is now available in our Canalside restaurant – if you are a group or organisation and would like to book some fabulous festive food in Christmassy surroundings then get in touch.
#justask #WLGV

Did you know ho ho ho?
Ice skating is available after hours for group booking. You can reserve the entire rink for after hours skating with dance music and lights. Party on!
#justask #WLGV

Whilton Locks Winter WonderlandDid you know ho ho ho?
We are rather well known for helping those who require a little bit of extra help. We are wheelchair friendly throughout and cater for many people with all sorts of disabilities.
Everyone has the right to enjoy Christmas and we are always on hand to help.
#justask #WLGV

Did you know ho ho ho?
We can make a special event for you? A Christmas party, a Birthday party even a what-the-heck-I-need-a-party party lets us know. We can offer group bookings in our restaurant for food, an exclusive see Santa in his Grotto, meet the animals cuddle party and, of course Ice Skating – we can tailor a special party for your special event.
#justask #WLGV

If you didn’t, you do now – if there is something else, just let us know ho ho!

More Loveliness…

More comments from happy customers over the weekend:

“Such a great experience today. Went with my son and my niece to see Santa. It’s fab that you don’t have to book and you just turn up. Also great that there’s things to do while the children are queuing up. Thoroughly enjoyably experience.”
Deirdre Deerdra Mooney

“Lovely afternoon seeing Santa and ice skating.”
Frances Johnson

“Hi, I visited the garden village today with my partner and son, we booked to go ice skating and to see Santa, I thought this would never happen as he is wheelchair bound and has other disabilities I would just like to say a huge thank you to all of the staff at Whilton Locks Garden Village for making my sons first ever experience of ice skating such a magical one and he had the best time ever! I am truly greatful for all the help you gave and will definitely be coming back and recommend you to others!”
Jade Simpson

“Took my 6 year old son to see santa on sunday. It was amazing. The staff are so friendly and caring. My son has dyspraxia and found everything easy to use and manoeuvre around. Santa was fantastic . Highly recommend this centre also the hot chocolate in the cafe was to die for. Thank you Whilton Locks”
Claire Humpage

Lovely friendly staff. And the whole place looked so festive. The afternoon tea was great. Super sandwich choices and lovely cakes and bakes. Endless tea too! Great value for money.”
Amy L.


Santa’s Grotto

Santa has arrived at Whilton Locks Garden Village – in his grotto that is bigger, better and more beautiful than ever. Walk through amazing scenes from dancing Penguins to singing Reindeer, before entering Santa’s workshop with his elves busy working away in preparation for the big day. Continue reading “Santa’s Grotto”

Family Fun Weekend – What You Said

Goodbye Santa – he’s off back to the North Pole (he’s due back at Whilton Locks Garden Village next weekend).
Whilton Locks Christmas
Thank you for everyone who has visited over our Family Fun Weekend. There were lots of happy visitor faces, happy animals and festive fun throughout both days. There were so many visitors over the weekend with so many nice comments – here’s a selection:

Rachel Natasha Burke: “We had an awesome time, faces painted, reptiles cuddled, lunch eaten, Mr Frosty bouncy in, wobbled on the ice n then tea n cake….Thank you”

Tanya Collins: “Had great time yesterday face paint etc Santa was lovely talked to kids for ages he was amazing and lovely pressies too happy kids x 😉😉”

Sharon Jenkins: “First time visit today for the ice skating, Grandad loved the ice aa did my son & his 2 young sons, very well organised & friendly helpful attentive staff. Thank you for a great time. Getting in & out of Mr Frosty was so funny, thought my daughter in law was going to give birth, we laughed so much!”

Sophie Cattell “Absolutely fantastic! The staff were all so friendly, especially the young ladies face painting. There was so much to do and see.”

Arlene Meazza: “Had a perfect afternoon went with sister and a 10 month old and 4year old. We met a friend and her granddaughter there and the children had a magical time. We all had lunch which was delicious and good value. Children got to cuddle fluffy animals and hold a snake and tortoise. All the staff were friendly and helpful and really seemed to enjoy their jobs. Highly recommend and we will definitely be returning. Thanks for a great day!”

Lesley Smith: “Today we had a fabulous day at Whilton Locks Garden Village. Our 2 year old granddaughter and her little friend enjoyed face painting, visiting Santa in his grotto, and they got to hold some of the animals in the cuddles session. Lunch in the restaurant was very tasty and very reasonably priced. Got to say that Santa’s grotto is magical and extremely good value for your money. Well done to all the staff who worked so hard to make our visit so enjoyable. Would highly recommend it and well worth a try.”

Kez Brumbill: “My family had a great time yesterday seeing Santa and skating and the snow man bouncy is fab idea be nice if there was maybe hot drinks as was very cold waiting for Santa and skating 😀”

Claire Ray “Amazing morning my son had today visiting Santa. And when santa walked up to ryan in the garden part ryan was speechless made his day well done Whilton Locks xxx”

Emma Louise Barnes: “Myself and my 3 year old daughter had a very magical afternoon. Thank you so much 🎅🏼🎄”

Becky Anderson: “We had the best time yesterday. Defintely worth a visit. Staff were so friendly, the ice skating was organised really well and nothing was too much trouble for the guys helping. The kids really enjoyed it and we definitely left feeling festive! My daughter has begged me to go skating again so we will be back!”

Lucy Judkins: “We had such a good time yesterday. All the staff are amazing and Santa’s grotto was fabulous. I checked in yesterday with my photos so feel free to use them. Xxx”

Stephanie Stevens: “Ava wanted to go back as soon as we got home 😊 Everything about it is so magical!”

Mandy Judkins: “What can I say firstly the displays in the garden centre were just perfect an array of Different trees they let our little one hold the animals , that was just fantastic then on top of that the big bouncy snowman outside was amazing the ice rink perfect which leads me too Santa what an absolutely fab set up it was just magical from start to finish free face painting as well a 10/10 from me well done.”

Ice Rink is now OPEN!

Our super-de-dooper real ice, ice rink is now open!

Ice Skating Northamptonshire
The fabulous Ice Skating rink at Whilton Locks, Northamptonshire

One of our very first visitors had this to say:
“1st visit to the ice skating. Made very welcome from all the staff. Fantastic time highly recommended for the whole family. Will be returning again soon.”
Mark Horne, 19th November, Facebook