SANTA Claus will be collecting children’s wishlists at Belhus Woods Country Park in the run-up to Christmas Day.
The Belhus Christmas Grotto will be open on 20, 21 and 22 December, between 11am and 3pm.
During their visit, children write out and post their list of Christmas wishes, meet Santa in his festive grotto, then receive a present.
Itself a magical place of discovery, Belhus Woods Country Park near Aveley (open 8am to dusk) contains woodlands, wildlife and lakes – and is a popular destination for invigorating winter walks.
There is a visitor centre and shop where light refreshments, gifts and information can be obtained.
County Councillor John Jowers, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning, said: “Belhus Christmas Grotto is the ideal start to a family Christmas and demonstrates how our Country Parks are able to offer something for everyone.”
The Belhus Christmas Grotto event costs £5 per child (including present).
Booking is not essential but advisable; to book a slot in Santa’s diary call in at the Visitor Centre or telephone 01708 865628.