Magical Grotto

Cressing Temple Barns

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Enter the magical world of Christmas at Cressing

The award-winning magical grotto experience returns to Cressing Temple Barns this festive season. Be swept back to a time when you truly believed with this traditional Christmas experience at the beautiful setting of Cressing in the heart of Essex.

This guided experience to meet Father Christmas, his reindeer and elves, will win the hearts of adults and children alike.

Be met by your elf and led on a magical adventure.

Along the way children can:

  • write and send a letter to Father Christmas
  • make a special Christmas wish with the Wish Queen
  • sit in the sleigh, which is being prepared for the big day, and take photos
  • choose a gift from the Toy Shop
  • make some Christmas crafts to take home
  • play some seasonal games
  • meet the real reindeer
  • meet Father Christmas

Adults will receive a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie!

The experience is a minimum of 45 minutes, but you can stay for up 1 ½/ 2 hours, it's completely up to you.

Why not enjoy a meal at the Tiptree Barns' tea rooms before or after your experience and make a real day of it, or purchase a hot chocolate from our outside catering van (please note that this is cash only).

Discover our 'twilight' sessions from 4-6pm for extra special atmosphere as you tour the historic 13th century barns in the dark. These sessions have their own kind of magic.

Book now at: or call 01206 573948

Please note:

  • children must be accompanied by at least one adult
  • wrap up warm, the barns can be chilly. Wear suitable clothing
  • maximum 2 adults per booking (due to elf and safety reasons we have to limit group sizes)
  • please arrive in good time for your slot, if you miss your timed entry we can't guarantee you'll be able to join a later group
  • Tiptree Tea Rooms are on site, but they do not take bookings and can get very busy
  • outside catering van available for hot drinks and snacks - cash only
  • mulled wine and mince pies are offered to each attending adult as an added bonus to the experience, unfortunately we are unable to offer any alternatives to these treats





23, 24, 30 Nov, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 Dec


10am - 6pm

Who is it for?

The whole family


£20 Child, £7,50 Adult 24 Dec: £30 Child, £10 Adult Under 1's free of charge

How to book

Pre-booking essential

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