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Traditional Family Christmas Events

15th Dec 2018 10:00 - 16th Dec 2018


Send your letter to Father Christmas by train on our Postal Express!

Discover the magic of winter at Exbury Gardens this year. Our traditional-style celebration hopes to bring families together with carol signing, festive crafts and exclusive access to our magical gardens during Winter.

Not forgetting the very special Postal Express train that is exclusive to our miniature steam railway! Children are invited to write their wishlist in our restaurant using glitter, cotton wool and a whole-host of crafty bits. Families will then hop on-board the Postal Express and take a our festive route through the gardens with fairy lights, tinsel and a little sprinkling of magic. See if you can spot Father Christmas through the trees organising his elves and reindeer! At the end of the journey, children can then post their letter directly to the North Pole with the help of Head Elf Milseltoe and some festive singing.

We welcome all families and can accomodate wheelchairs on our trains. Just let us know if you need any additional assistance and we will do our best to make sure your day is enjoyable.

Train times: 10.30, 11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.30, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00

Mr Eddy's restaurant will be selling a selection of seasonal treats, such as:

  • Homemade stolen
  • Spicy Parsnip soup with chunky bread
  • Christmas cake muffins
  • Panko breaded Turkey in a brioche bun with cranberry, sprout slaw, fries and dressings
  • Gingerbread men
  • Lamb or Beef Scotch pie with chunky chips
  • Mince pies
  • Roasted winter vegetable and chestnut scotch pie with chunky chips
  • Sandwiches and baguettes with seasonal fillings 
£6 per person.
No need to book, just turn up on the day!

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‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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