Families flock to festive fun

  • 6 December, 2021
  • On the pier


Families are flocking to Clacton Pier to enjoy some early festive fun
with Santa and his team.

The main man is being kept busy handing out presents and chatting with
children who will be hoping that he will be visiting their home later in the

Mrs Claus and the elves are working hard in the kitchen preparing
afternoon tea with Santa in Discovery Bay.

The whole North Pole experience – which includes a cosy purpose-built grotto,
reindeers’ stables, and Frosty the Snowman – is proving a hit.

The Christmas offer also involves a host of animatronic characters and
sparkling decorations throughout the indoor area of the Pier, while a selection
of outdoor rides are open at weekends and in the school holidays.

Director Billy Ball said every effort has been made to ensure there is
plenty of festive cheer for all ages to enjoy.

“The new grotto opened for the first time last winter and our visitors
love it. This year we have introduced afternoon tea with Santa – to replace
breakfast with Santa – which is also proving popular,” he said.

“It’s great to see the children’s faces light up when Frosty chats to
them personally. It is a special time of year, and we hope families are making
some happy memories with us.”

Children are able to write a letter to Santa with a special post box on
site to make sure he receives their list in time for the big day.

Rosie Purdy visited at the weekend with her daughters, Rosie (correct)
and Lila, and Nanny Sharon Walsh.

“We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience; it is a really great
grotto,” she said.

Clacton Pier’s Christmas experience continues until December 23. A
special cracker ride deal ends on January 3. Details of all packages can be
found at


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