Do you find the gap between Christmas and New Year a difficult one to fill?
The first couple of days are filled with the kids playing with their new toys and games, but then the itch to get outside gets stronger and stronger.
We were invited to go and review Enchanted Narnia at Gunwharf Quays to help fill the void between Christmas and New Year.
As the name suggests, the experience is based on the beloved classic series The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis.
When you book your tickets, you are given a set time to arrive for your journey into Narnia and are advised to arrive at the marquee in Gunwharf Quays plaza, around 15 minutes before your journey is due to begin.
We were greeted by Susan who explained she had lost her brother and sister and needed us to help her find them. She then explained a little bit about Narnia and how to get there before we got to step through the wardrobe into the magical world itself.
My older three used to love the Chronicles of Narnia and I had hoped that this experience would be a great introduction to the series for Isaac, Eliza and Sebastian and we told them a bit about the story and who we were looking for as we walked through the wardrobe doors.
We were greeted by an enchanted, snowy forest where we had to follow a trail and soon found Mr Tumnus the faun – a human / goat cross.
He was very animated and concentrated his attention on the kids in the group, joking with Isaac that he had lost his arms, as he had taken them out of his sleeves.
It was then on to Mrs Beaver’s house, which was our favourite part of the experience.
She chatted to the kids and adults alike and had us all performing some special magic wishes, before opening a magic door to venture further into Narnia.
It was here the experience started to feel rushed. The next group behind us were already knocking at the door of Mrs Beavers house to come in, yet we could not move onto the next experience with the White Witch as she was still entertaining the group before us, so we were stuck waiting for a few minutes.
Once we got to see the White Witch, she performed a spell to check all the kids, and adults, had been good this year by handing us all snow to hold in our hands. If it melted we had been naughty, but if it stayed in our hands as snow then we had been good.
We then got to throw the snow in the air, covering everyone in it!
The next part of the experience was slightly different to the one before Christmas, as then the kids got to make reindeer food. As Christmas has been and gone, they got to make their own special snow to keep, which contained their own magical wishes.
It was then on to see Father Christmas, who happily chatted to the kids all about his busy day, asking them if they had got what they wanted. Thankfully he had got their presents just right and even pretended to fly a tie-fighter when Sebby told him what he had got!!
Father Christmas took a couple of photo’s of him with the kids, using a remote control camera and then asked the kids to go outside to his toy shop to pick a present each.
I loved the idea that the kids got to pick a gift and that the elf then made their choice and sent it down the slide, but there was not much choice and certainly nothing for older children like Isaac.
I did ask a friend what the choice was like before Christmas as she had visited in the opening week and she advised that their was more choice, but still nothing for older kids.
There was also a gift book available to buy with the pictures that Father Christmas took, but we did not get it on this occasion.
The experience lasted 20 minutes and Isaac remarked that we never did find Susan’s brothers or sister; Lucy, Edmund or Peter. We would also have like to see Aslan, whether it be an animatronic lion or large cuddly lion peering through the trees.
The kids really enjoyed Enchanted Narnia but I do feel that it needed something extra. Being the last day, some parts looked tired and Santa’s beard was looking rather pink and grubby from make-up, not that the kids noticed.
The kids have come home and started watching the Chronicles of Narnia and I can only apologise to Callan as the Philip jokes will start again!