Since our boys were little we've taken them to Brookside Garden Centre at Christmas time to see Santa - we have precious photos of them getting bigger sitting next to him and our visits were always magical.
It's really sad that Father Christmas will not be at Brookside this year. Absolutely understandable, given the grotto was just too popular, too over-subscribed and too many people left disappointed (despite the brilliant efforts of the Brookside team). But they created wonder for my boys and for many families, and I'm so grateful.
We headed over to Brookside yesterday to visit their North Pole Stroll - Santa may have been absent but it was very special all the same, and Jude was entranced. Flynn said he felt very Christmassy afterwards, and with a visit to the coffee shop too it was a lovely afternoon out.
This year we'll be seeing Father Christmas at Hever Castle & Gardens. We always go to their Twilight Christmas but this time we're meeting the Big Man there too. Hever is always wonderful at Christmas so we can't wait.
THANK YOU Brookside for creating many special Christmas memories for my little family. Here's to making new ones this year.