Furious parents slam ‘creepy’ drive-thru Santa’s Grotto after actors left children ‘petrified’


Dad and mom have warned many others from browsing a push-through Santa’s grotto following ‘creepy’ actors ‘petrified’ children, with just one telling a 4-calendar year-previous that ‘Santa won’t be delivering any offers this year’.

The Christmas occasion which opened in the grounds of Taverham Corridor, close to Norwich, on Friday, has been strike with a flurry of negative opinions declaring the party was ‘more Halloween than Christmas’.

People complained that after queuing for hours and having to pay £50 for each car to get in little ones were ‘harassed’ by performers, including a ‘freaky Father Christmas’, in advance of currently being handed ‘Poundland’ provides.

Gemma Louise Murley-Lown, mother to a four-year-old, reported the party was a ‘shambles’ that still left her daughter ‘petrified’.

The Christmas event opened in the grounds of Taverham Hall, near Norwich, on Friday, but has been dubbed 'more Halloween than Christmas'. Pictured: A scrooge character at the event

The Christmas occasion opened in the grounds of Taverham Hall, near Norwich, on Friday, but has been dubbed ‘more Halloween than Christmas’. Pictured: A scrooge character at the celebration

Ms Murley-Lown said: ‘It is the worst function i’ve been to, soon after waiting around 1.5 several hours to get in we ended up on the lookout ahead to the ‘magical’ knowledge you wonderfully marketed.

‘Well it was nothing like you advertised and I was left gobsmacked and angry when Scrooge decided to tell my 4-yr-old that Santa won’t be offering any provides to any little one this yr as he had smashed up his sleigh. He did not even do this in a joking way. (…) She was petrified. What a shambles.’

The mom explained to the MailOnline: ‘A pair of actors ended up chained to trees staring at cars, a ghost just walked earlier the motor vehicle staring. By this point we did our home windows up so nobody could communicate to her any much more.

‘She’s been chatting about Scrooge given that the occasion and has been pretending to contact him telling him he’s not a nice person and to by no means arrive back again.’ 

One mother warned others to 'roll up windows' when approaching the Scrooge character as her son. Pictured: A 'christmas' character wearing chains

1 mom warned other folks to ‘roll up windows’ when approaching the Scrooge character as her son. Pictured: A ‘christmas’ character carrying chains

Another mother told the MailOnline: 'A couple of actors were chained to trees staring at cars, a ghost just walked past the car staring'

A character at 'Santa's grotto'

Another mom instructed the MailOnline: ‘A couple of actors have been chained to trees staring at vehicles, a ghost just walked earlier the vehicle staring’. Pictured: Figures at the function

One family was also shocked to find the 'big finale.. The freakiest looking Father Christmas'

One household was also stunned to come across the ‘big finale.. The freakiest searching Father Christmas’

Another mother or father Jenny Yaxley, from Norwich, wrote: ‘To all my regional good friends, will not waste your revenue on the ‘drive via Santa’s grotto’ at Taverham Hall. If you’ve got booked get your income again! 

‘We arrived on time, and experienced to wait around 1 hour and 20 minutes before we could even get in. We then with 4 marginally harassed youngsters snail paced it by the trees. Took another hour. Each so normally we’d see a pleasant character like this a person?! I truthfully believed it seemed additional Halloween than Xmas. 

‘A few ‘elves’ were being at the base of the generate. Then the massive finale.. The freakiest wanting ‘Father Christmas’ ! We left with our ‘Poundland gifts’ and all cheered when we were inevitably unveiled!!

‘It’s been a very long night. Fortunately the children noticed the amusing facet and we all declared it “extremely 2020”. We savored the very hot choc and cookies I produced to convey with us. The highlight I assume! I’m trying to forget I compensated £50 for this delight of an night. Sigh!’ 

Taverham Hall, Norwich, where the event was held in the grounds

Taverham Hall, Norwich, exactly where the occasion was held in the grounds

An elf character dances alongside the trail as cars queue up moving at a 'snail's pace'

An elf character dances together with the trail as automobiles queue up moving at a ‘snail’s pace’

Another mother warned mom and dad to ‘roll up their windows’ to stay away from their little ones getting frightened by a ‘scrooge’ character. 

Harriet Christine wrote: ‘I strongly recommend you rolling up your window if you see Scrooge – my son was completely ready to go residence right after that halloween knowledge.  

The mom included: ‘It’s a large amount of revenue for not too a great deal of an practical experience. May well be value viewing if you can get a refund or read through the evaluations in advance of going.’ 

The function was organised by We Make Situations, centered in Norwich. 

MailOnline has contacted Ollie George, the producer considered to be responsible for generating the Grotto with We Make Occasions, for remark. 

Danny Banthorpe, an celebration organiser from Norwich who is not connected to the celebration, criticised the very poor organisation of the grotto, creating: ‘To the organiser of the celebration at Taverham Corridor university this weekend!

Inflatable decorations were seen deflated at the side of the trail by one parent, who said the event was 'very 2020'

Inflatable decorations have been seen deflated at the facet of the trail by one father or mother, who reported the party was ‘very 2020’ 

After a slow crawl around the site one mother said her family 'all cheered when we were eventually released!!'

Soon after a sluggish crawl all-around the web site 1 mother stated her family members ‘all cheered when we have been inevitably unveiled!!’

‘You have built team & clients late for our event 6 miles absent putting unnecessary pressure our properly organised event! 

‘My wife was trapped in gridlock targeted traffic trying to get home with a pretty hungry infant! You have upset our regional local community and my good friends celebration upcoming door to you!

‘How the hell have you f***ed up a next evening in a row immediately after what took place very last night time!

‘Shame on you if you have in excess of marketed your tickets & this has backfired on you – you are providing the functions market a lousy title !

‘Would enjoy to know how your ideas were handed and see your threat assessments!’    


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