Santa's grotto is open on Saturday and Sunday in December plus Thursday late
afternoon. the number to phone to confirm opening times is 01789 205745. But this is
where the garden centre is not spreading seasonal good will!. The cost per child is
a whacking �6.50 plus an additional �1 per adult! We saw the notice showing the
prices (see left) but couldn't believe the adult charge. So we rang up to confirm
and yes, they confirmed that all adults had to pay �1 to accompany their children.
Is that mean or what!
Christmas Spirit and Feel
As far as the decor and atmosphere goes, the Stratford garden centre gets full
marks from us. Lots of seasonal displays which create very good Christmas spirit and
See the price for Santa's Grotto though and all goodwill disappears as far
as we are concerned. Mum. dad and 2 children will cost you �15 for a visit.
Christmas House Plants
The Christmas indoor plants were comparatively few at Stratford garden centre. A
display of poinsettias and other seasonal indoor plants was unattractively arranged
on a table.
However the prices were very competitive for what was there.
Overall, the best prices for Christmas shopping which we have reviewed.
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
(but very limited
An excellent display of Christmas goods across the range. If you want Christmas trees,
decorations or gifts then this a garden centre to visit. As far as Santa's grotto prices
are concerned though, we were thoroughly disappointed.