We love hearing about our guest blogger’s experience- especially when they visit an attraction they may not have been to before! We were of course delighted to learn that lifestyle and family blogger, Katie from @KateLPortman (Pouting in Heels) would be taking her husband Jamie and their four-year-old daughter Elsie to experience Santa…
…But not in the usual surroundings of an ‘ordinary’ grotto!
And of course, with a brilliant review we felt we had to share Katie’s comment, which highlights the customer service experience on the day.
‘The Santa experience was as I’ve said in my piece, truly magical and the museum staff were all absolutely lovely- the friendliest bunch of people I’ve met!- so please pass on my sincere thanks to the team there. They do a fantastic job.’
Read on for Katie’s Magical Mining experience below…
THE words ‘magical’ and ‘mining’ are not ones that you’d probably ever think of putting together.
And yet on this occasion, for our visit to see Santa Underground at the National Coal Mining Museum for England in Wakefield, they’re absolutely perfect.
For our ‘down t’pit’ Santa trip was not only memorable but also the most magical festive time we’ve yet to have experienced.
On a wintry Saturday morning we ventured 140m down below ground wearing hard hats and carrying torches, to visit Santa in his grotto – admittedly quite a strange place to visit the main man himself! – but so worth the trip.
After a lift journey down and a short walk through a festive tunnel, we soon came across the grotto and after waiting a little while for our turn, we were then invited in to meet Santa.
A warm, friendly and incredibly gentle Santa who was brilliant at coaxing answers from our ‘in awe’ daughter.
A true Yorkshire Santa, suitably ‘salt of the earth’ you might even say.
Being there to witness the moment brought tears to my eyes and after a memorable ten or so minutes, we then travelled back to the surface with one incredibly happy little girl.
After our special meeting, it was time to see more!
We enjoyed delicious food in the cafe, explored the grounds and handed in a little present of our own as part of the museum’s fantastic Christmas Toy Appeal.
Far from the pits, Santa Underground was a truly magical experience for us all.
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Please note any views expressed on Katie Portman’s blog does not reflect the view of Yorkshire Attractions or it’s individual attractions.
To find out how you can donate a toy to the National Coal Mining Museum’s Toy Appeal and take inspiration from the spirit of Christmas, visit the exhibition page for ‘A Pensioner’s Bonus’ here .
NCMME Toy Appeal– a chance to donate a wrapped gift for either a girl/boy aged 5-11 years old, which will be distributed to disadvantaged children across Yorkshire.