Santa's Grotto had the the worst entrance we have ever seen!
Two lonely strings of white lights leading to the information
centre. Inside the information centre, the decorations were poor
Inside the grotto, Santa was excellent though the
toy received barely warranted the �5 entrance fee.
Christmas Spirit and Feel
In the middle of November the majority of the store
conversion was obviously complete but it inspired no Christmas
spirit at all.
There was one big XMAS display (see picture left) but the
remainder of the store decorations were poor. The dejected young
lady taking bookings for Santa's grotto summed up Dobbies at
Prices at Dobbies, Atherstone, outside of Christmas are
average for a large centre. This was also the case for Christmas
But shop wisely and keep an eye on the prices of individual
items. There are bargains and good prices to be had but there
are also some very high prices. The four Christmas gift tags on
offer (see picture left) at �2.50 shocked us.
Our Christmas price guide below uses a star system,
the more stars the better the value.
One star shows prices give extremely bad value for money.
Five stars show prices give extremely good value for money.
decorations / wrapping
A visit to
We were looking forward to doing some Christmas shopping at Dobbies
and hoped for a good experience from one of the largest garden centres
in the UK. We were very disappointed. The range of gifts and Christmas
goods was poor and presented very plainly.
We can't recommend Dobbies for Christmas shopping but,
as the main article shows, it still remains a good garden centre