Santa’s Magic Grot


A magical Santa’s Grotto experience for all the family!

Santa’s Magical Grotto 2020

Santa’s Magical grotto at Sledmere is going to be the best yet! Working with our creative team Rusticus we are bringing you a special 2020 Christmas ‘Drive in’ adventure packed with magic and excitement.

In order to safe guard this special event we have made some changes to be covid compliant in teir 3. The grotto has been turned inside out and in order to enable you to ‘Drive in’ to see Santa in his North Pole cosy courtyard.

The new and improved ‘drive in’ magical adventure will go as follows:

First stop – Elf ‘check in’ reception!

As you enter Sledmere you will be directed to the designated grotto car park and head straight for elf reception where our two most efficient ‘check in’ elves will greet you, register your arrival and give you all the information you need to for your magical journey to see Santa.


Next stop - Seeing Santa and his Elves in the North Pole.

You will proceed in your cars to the home farm courtyard where someone will show you to your parking space and viewing zone, you are allowed to get out of your car and watch from your safe viewing zone. Santa will be thrilled to see all the boys and girls and can’t wait to tell stories about his magical Christmas items and all about the North Pole along with finding out what’s on everyone’s wish list this year.


Choosing your gift – The Toy store and reindeer park

As you are guided out of the courtyard you will be directed to the main car park where you can park up and walk in your bubbles to choose your present from the Elf toy store and meet the deer in the Home Farm paddocks.

Don’t forget that included in your ticket is access into the grounds and gardens where you can go for a winter walk, have a play in the adventure play area and also meet the animals in the rare breed farm park. We have a takeaway café offering snacks, homemade cakes and fresh speciality hot chocolates, coffees and other hot drinks.

Our retail shops will also be open, The Farm Shop, The Pantry - fine food and drink store and also The Woodyard - Garden, gifts and home store so you can pick up some Christmas shopping, decorations, your Yorkshire grown Christmas tree or some tasty festive treats and tipples.

If you have already booked you ticket no changes have been made regarding dates and times so just come along at the time your ticket states. Bookings remain in ‘Christmas bubbles’. Each bubble can contain a minimum of two people and a maximum six people we do advise you come in one car to see Santa. All bubbles must be from one household or with someone from your support bubble.

All tickets will need to be pre booked and in the event that we can no longer go ahead with the grotto, tickets will be refunded.


****** SLEDMERE - SAFE AND SECURE - Covid Precautions.******

‘Bubble tickets’ have been set up in order to comply with the government guidelines of the rule of 6 and to keep you safe in your group.

We will ask you to check in on the track and trace app on arrival in order to keep a check on who’s been to visit Santa at Sledmere.

There will be lots of Sanitising stations placed at various points along your journey for you to keep your hands clean.

We ask for you to remain in your bubble and social distance from other bubbles in your session.

Face coverings must be worn throughout the experience.

Although Santa will be set on a stage during your visit and social distancing rules must be followed at all times the children will be able to interact.

Sorry there will be no tractor and trailer ride this year but you will still get to visit the deer who will be waiting to see you in the home farm paddocks.

How to book your Santa’s Grotto experience and all the t’s and c’s


You can book your Santa’s Magical Grotto bubble online - one bubble includes a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 people but we recommend you stick to one car and one household bubble.

Each session will contain no more than 5 bubbles.

The grotto experience takes approximately 30 minutes

Your arrival time is for the grotto experience only, you can access Sledmere Grounds and Gardens, Rare Breeds Farm Park and Adventure Play Area at any point in the day of your visit.

Bookings are only valid for the event date and time stated on your ticket.

If we have to make the decision to cancel the event due to restrictions you will be fully refunded.

Children must be accompanied by a minimum of one supervising adult at all times.

Please arrive at the grotto at the start time stated on your ticket. We are unable to delay the start time of any session.

No refund will be given for late arrivals.

Please note that the Grotto is bookable only so please make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment!

We are not able to change times or dates once you have booked, so please make sure you are able to attend the session before booking.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Grotto£45.00 per ticket

All tickets will need to be pre-booked.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Sledmere House and Estate is just 7 miles northwest of Driffield, a scenic 25 mile drive from York, 19 miles from Scarborough or just 10 miles from Beverley. For Sat Nav, use the postcode YO25 3XG. Free Parking is available

Santa’s Magical Grotto 2020

Type:Christmas - Santa

Sledmere House, Sledmere, Driffield, North Humberside, YO25 3XG
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