Do you believe in Father Christmas? Our meeting with him at Preston Manor had me fooled. Head to the former residence of Brighton’s Stanford family to meet Father Christmas in the fireside setting of Lady Ellen’s stunning Drawing Room. This is an enchanting experience for children and adults – Santa’s elf was on hand to help give out the presents and our visit lasted around 15 minutes, with Santa taking time to talk to each of the children and spread some Christmas magic.
In ten years of living in Brighton I’ve never visited this house, and the £8 entry fee for children and £3.25 fee for adults gives you the chance to explore this incredible old house with a fascinating history. We left feeling very festive and my seven-year-old declared afterwards that he was definitely real as he had a ‘real Father Christmas beard’. We’ll be looking out for him and his reindeers tomorrow night for sure.
23rd December, Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton, BN1 6SD. Map. Book your tickets by telephoning: 03000 290902.