Life has been extremely hectic at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge recently.
As well as the daily work that’s involved with looking after Reindeer, goats, sheep, horses, cattle, donkeys and chickens, we are also busy creating a magical winter wonderland ahead of our popular Christmas season – something that’s not that easy in 80 degree heat!
We’ve laid a new driveway, painted our gates in our new brand colours and our elves have built 3 beautiful wooden shelters for some of our Reindeer, Santa’s workshop and our sleigh waiting area. It’s all very Scandinavian in style and feels very traditional – we can’t wait for all our visitors to see it!
Our barn is next to be transformed, with the school room being prepared for Elf school and Santa’s grotto having a bit of a clean and tidy – we won’t change it too much though as we know how much Santa and all our visitors love his grotto as it is.
We’ve taken a lot of inspiration from our trip earlier this year to Lapland where everything is very authentic and reflects the Sami heritage. I don’t think we will be extending our season like they do though – we couldn’t quite grasp why people would want to see Santa in March, surely the poor man needs a rest by then.
We are taking a lead from them for our sleigh rides though, and are implementing some exciting changes to enhance this area – although it would be easier if we could guarantee snow!
It seems odd to be talking Christmas when the sun in shining but with only 139 days to go, it will be here before you can say Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Isn’t that a jolly thought for August.