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Two-year-old Charlie Austin, from Taverham, meeting Father Christmas (North Norfolk District Council countryside and parks manager Paul Ingham) in his outdoor grotto at Holt Country Park. Photo: Karen Bethell
Monday, December 16, 2013
Father Christmas and his reindeer, Donner and Blitzen, had a captive audience at two north Norfolk woodland parks at the weekend, when they greeted more than 500 youngsters taking part in a festive nature trail.
Santa, who was played by North Norfolk District Council countryside and parks manager Paul Ingham, handed out chocolate teddy bears to children completing the winter-themed trail at Bacton Wood, North Walsham, on Saturday, and at Holt County Park on Sunday.
Whole families set off on a trek to help Father Christmas show Nanuk the polar bear how creatures sleep in winter, gathering clues and stickers along the way.
At the end of the trail, they were greeted by Twinkle the elf and had a chance to make Christmas decorations and feed the reindeer - brought along by Steve Stone of Melsop Farm Park at Scoulton, near Watton - before chatting to Father Christmas in his outdoor grotto.
Mr Ingham said the event, which has been running at the two sites for the past five years, gave youngsters and their families a chance to have festive fun in a natural environment.
“It is lovely to see children enjoying themselves at Christmas,” he added. “And they wouldn’t normally have a chance to meet real reindeer, so it is very exciting for them.”