Christmas at Crickley - advent market and Santa's grotto

Winter landscape at Barrow Wake reserve

Winter landscape at Barrow Wake (c) Adam Smith

Christmas at Crickley - advent market and Santa's grotto


Crickley Hill,

Near Birdlip, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL4 8JY
Advent market, Santas grotto, woodland 'reindeer' trail, festive activities, BBQ and carol singing.

Event details


11:00am - 4:00pm
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About the event

Santa is stopping off at Crickley Hill this year, and he's bringing the festivities with him! 

Follow the woodland trail left by the reindeer's hooves and end up at the green grotto where Santa will be waiting to hear what's on your Christmas list (this event must be booked in advance). 

Shop for unique, local and sustainable gifts at the advent market, enjoy a mulled wine or hot chocolate from the cafe, and join in with carol singing. 

Take part in fun festive activities, arts and crafts and take some some special Christmas creations! 

The event is free to attend, visiting Santa's grotto is £3 per child (or anyone who wants a gift!). 

If you bring a dog, then please keep them on a lead in the cafe and courtyard areas for the comfort of other visitors. 


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Additional booking information

It's only neccesary to book to visit Santa's grotto.

Know before you go


On a lead


The reindeer trail will be about 3/4 mile long, it is flat and part of our accessible trail but may be very muddy and possibly slippy at this time of year. 

The cafe, toilets and Santa's grotto are/will be all fully accessible. 

Wheelchair access


Hearing loop


What to bring

  • Warm coat/clothes
  • Wet weather shoes
  • Festive spirit!

Parking information

Parking is £2 all day, payable at the mahcines, or via remote payment methods at any time.


Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities
Disabled parking
Accessible trails

Contact us

Poppy Hobbs
Contact number: 01452383333