Breakfast with Father Christmas

 

Screen Shot 2015-12-24 at 09.59.01The countdown is finally finished and Christmas has very nearly arrived. But to make sure our family was well and truly in the Festive Spirit, we were kindly invited to Wyevale in Windsor, to enjoy one of their sessions with Father Christmas.

The brilliant idea involves either breakfast or afternoon tea at their great family orientated cafes, with the added bonus of a visit from the big fella himself.

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We plumped for a breakfast, as I don’t think the excitement could have been contained all day, and this brilliant choice involved a full English breakfast for the adults and a children’s version too. If the tasty sausages and scummy baked beans weren’t your morning preference, there was also a continental choice including croissants and fresh juice.

We arrived at 9am on the dot, excited for the session to begin and we were greeted by some lovely elves who delivered us to our table. The kindly Elf explained the run down for the morning which was to see us, enjoy a cooked breakfast, the children could enjoy the soft play facilities, then a few party games with the Elves and finally Father Christmas would arrive and the tables would take turns to share their wishes with the man in red.

20151222_085917Well, the food was very tasty indeed. All four plates, big and small, were returned empty and devoured. Little extras adorned the table, including yummy chocolate stars with our tea and coffee. Eldest and Youngest were over the moon to spot a bag of gold coins each, plus some bubScreen Shot 2015-12-24 at 10.09.16bles and best of all, some crackers for us to pull.

There was lots of fun to be had in the soft play and party games, especially Christmas statues! I’ve always loved visiting our local Wyevale, knowing there is a bit for everyone with the shop, the cafe and the small soft play. Which is a small enough for you as a parent to sit on the side and supervise as your child has fun without the need to abseil a thousand foam ladders to ensure their safety, and this was no different. Parents could relax at the side as the children burnt off their energy (and those chocolate coins) in the fun surrounds.

The kids were delighted when Father Christmas turned up, there was lots of excited sequels and jumping. Given it may be tricky to get everyone back to the table in this excited time, Wyevale were on the case and each child was delivered a gigantic Christmas gingerbread cookie to decorate. They all received some lovely sweets and generous bag of icing to help make their trees look fantastic. We were the second to last table to see Santa, which normally would have sent my impatient pair insane but actually the cookie stopped any of that completely in it’s tracks.

Santa, was lovely. He took the time to listen to each of my children and have a good joke with them both. When Youngest got spooked at the idea of a photo, he welcomed us all as a family to sit in and have a photo taken together to calm her nerves, which worked like a treat. The children were also invited to pick their own toy, from a varied selection adorning the trees around the grotto. Eldest leapt at the chance for a super cool monster truck and Youngest was very smitten with a purple rag doll.

We absolutely adored our breakfast with Father Christmas session at Wyevale and would throughly recommend it to all, for those looking for an opportunity to make the most of those magical visits in December. Of course, it’s all a bit too late for this Christmas but be sure to keep in mind for next year, as it’ll be December 2016 before you know it!

With many thanks to Wyevale for their kind hospitality and offer of a visit to the Father Christmas Sessions. We were generously offered a free visit in return for an honest review. All opinions and reviews written here are that of my own.

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Stay Well This Winter

We are really happy to be working alongside the NHS to explain more with local families on just how important vaccinating your little ones this winter against influenza really is.

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The annual fight against flu is well underway and parents are encouraged to get their young children vaccinated against the virus.

Children aged two, three or four, or in school years one and two, are all eligible for a free flu vaccination on the NHS.

The child-friendly nasal spray vaccination means children can avoid having the dreaded injection and instead have a quick, painless squirt into each nostril.

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Children aged two to four years old can visit their GP for the nasal spray vaccination; while school nurses are running clinics for children in years one and two.

Dr Andy Ciecierski, Clinical Chair for North and West Reading CCG and GP at Emmer Green Surgery said:

“The nasal spray vaccination is a quick, painless and effective way for children to be protected without the need for injections.

“The flu vaccination will help protect your child from flu and also reduce the chance of flu spreading to others.”

 

Paula Jackson, Consultant in Public Health, NHS England South (South Central) said:

“This year is the first time that all our youngest primary school children are eligible for the free nasal spray vaccine making this the largest school-based vaccination programme in England involving more than 23,000 children in Berkshire.

“It is important to protect young children from flu. It can be a very unpleasant illness in children as they suffer the same symptoms as adults, including fever, chills and aching muscles. Vaccinating young children also helps to protect other people who are vulnerable to flu, like older people and people with long-term health conditions, because it reduces the chance of spreading the virus.”

Mother of two, Sarah Rayfield booked an appointment for her three-year-old son Joseph, and daughter Olivia, aged 4, at her local GP surgery.

She said: “I wanted Joseph and Olivia to have the flu vaccine to protect them and prevent them from getting poorly, but also to help prevent it from being spread around. We have lots of elderly relatives and I didn’t want the risk of them having an illness and then spreading it on to somebody else.”

“It’s so straightforward and easy; it’s not any problem for them to have it done.”