Santa in the woods

THIS year’s Santa in the Woods at Langdon Hills Country Park was “a truly magical and enchanting experience” according to Denise Wicks, one of the parents who joined the fun.

Denise said: “I’m sure the children will remember this experience for their lifetime and will pass on to their own nippers in time to come. Not only the littl’uns but us grown up kids had a whale of a time too.”

Santa in the Woods is a moving pantomime, loosely following a fairytale theme – this year’s being Sleeping Beauty. The children and accompanying adults were led round the park by a main character – which was Prince Charming this time around on a search for Sleeping Beauty and Santa.


It was a lovely atmosphere with music from the Salvation Army band and the Holy Trinity church.

Nick Stanley, Country Parks Senior Ranger and Site Manager, Langdon Hills Country Park said: “I’d like to say a big thanks to the Friends of Langdon Hills Country Park, Santa, the Rangers and even the old witch, who all volunteered their time to help make it a memorable Christmas for families.”

Denise added: “Thank you for the wonderful time our family had finding Santa in the woods. You are all stars in our opinion, giving your time so freely and selflessly.

“You also got through to us and the children – very gently – the underlying message of making sure that we all look after and protect our forests and trees and their inhabitants.”

Next year’s event will be held from 3 to 4 and 10 to11 December and there are 1000 children’s places (adults go free).

Spaces are taken up very quickly, so book early next year! Ticket sales start the first Tuesday in October and costs £10 per child.

To find out about other events happening at Langdon Hills, visit www.thurrock.gov.uk/countryside/langdonhills

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