Christmas Fun at Upton Country Park


On the run up to Christmas, we made a visit to Upton Country Park to see their wonderful woodland grotto and new adventure play area.

Upton Country Park is a stunning place to visit in Poole and is situated on the northwestern shoreline of Holes Bay. There is a country house, walking trails, manicured gardens and a small cafe to visit and it is all free, apart from the small cost of parking.

The Woodland Grotto was set up just behind the walled garden and we were greeted by a rather enthusiastic elf, who we know as the fabulous AJ from Mad4Animals, who did Sebby’s birthday party back in June.

Mad4AnimalsThe visit started in a wooden cabin, where the kids sat around a Christmas tree to hear a story read by an elf, whilst the adults were treated to a warm drink.

Christmas Tree

Once the story had finished, we headed outside, where we got to see AJ again, who brought out a gorgeous Scops Owl and told us how that it would be helping Father Christmas on the big day.

Scops Owl

We also got the chance to pose for some photo’s.


There were also donkeys to meet, crazy and fun elf’s, and of course the big man himself.

Father Christmas

The kids got to spend a good amount of time with Father Christmas to make sure he knew what they all wanted, and where they were staying. When we came out, they got to go in the pens and stroke the donkey’s.


Photo’s were also included as part of the package and all the children got a photo each of them with Father Christmas, which was a lovely touch and there were also games and activities for the kids to try on offer too.

Wooden Figures

The Mad4Animals team will be back at Upton Country Park during February half term. Find out more on their facebook page.

Did you got to any local events over Christmas?

18 thoughts on “Christmas Fun at Upton Country Park

  1. That looks like a great day out. Love the beautiful owl. We went to our local Christmas market and there was a man with owls that you could have your photo taken with.

  2. Cherry says:

    This place looks really great for the kids, with lovely things to do and see. A brilliant day out idea for families 🙂

  3. Menna Rachel says:

    Aww such a cute place to visit around Christmas. It looks like you all had a wonderful time.
    Menna x

  4. Looks like a great place to visit with the kids for Christmas. Brilliant that they offer photos with father Christmas and have activities available too. Love the wooden reindeer.

  5. What a wonderful and original Christmas event. So much better than the standard Mrs Claus Story and then visiting Santa.

  6. Cassie Mayers says:

    I love it when places go all out for Christmas. Sounds like they did here and it was a great day for the kids.

  7. Joanna says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve been to Upton Park, a few months actually. Looks like they had an amazing program during the winter holiday.

  8. Sonia says:

    Awww it looks like a great place for little ones. I just love the donkeys x

  9. Sounds like a fun, family festive event. Perfect for that more personal touch that can often be missing from larger organisations.

  10. Laura says:

    It looks like a fun day out. Great that you only have to pay for parking too, you don’t see many places like that.

  11. Sabina Green says:

    We usually head to a garden centre to see the reindeer and Santa. I love the look of this place, such great fun and memories for the kids.

  12. Dani says:

    What a magical looking place! Looks like you all had so much fun, especially with the animals.

  13. Rhian westbury says:

    The decorations look lovely, and seeing this really makes me miss Christmas and the festive period x

  14. Paulina says:

    Your photos looks great. It looks like you had a lot of fun there. I love to visit London during Christmas time, its very beautiful ❤️

  15. What a lovely place to visit, especially for some festive fun! I love that it is all free except for a small parking cost too.

  16. Claire says:

    I love places that go all out for Christmas. It’s such a special time of year and it’s all so magical.

    Looks like a lovely day out x

  17. Awwwwww the donkeys!!!! The owl too!!! It sounds like a marvellous grotto and a fab place for families to visit on the Christmas run down! I like the fact adults get a warm drink too! Unfortunately my daughter is in the ‘that’s not cool’ phase these days 🙁 I loved visiting Christmas grottos! Sim x

  18. KarenLegge says:

    I love those wooden sculptures. Sounds a great day out. Why does Christmas feel such a distant memory already?!

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