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A visit to the Thursford Collection

Thursford is best known for its famous Christmas Spectacular which I’m yet to visit but is widely hailed as a ‘must do’. It’s always widely praised and highly recommended. So I’m looking forward to experiencing the Christmas show at some point in the future.

I’ve also visited Thursford briefly to take my two girls to see Father Christmas (Santa’s Magical Journey). Families walk through a Winter Wonderland with seasonal scenes and animated characters, ending with a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto, to be rewarded with a present. The queue is quite lengthy but worth it, especially for families with young children. It takes time for Father Christmas to meet all those children!

A couple of months ago we paid a ‘regular’ visit to see the Thursford Collection to enjoy the usual attractions there. We enjoyed our afternoon there. The organs and steam engines are quite spectacular to children who have never seen the like before. A kind gentleman walks from one organ to another, playing a tune on each. The gondola ride is a magnificent experience, as are the carousels.

The organs come from different times, some extremely old and others dating back to more recent times – there’s an excellent Art deco organ. There were 2 opportunities to hear the Wurlitzer played by the highly talented Robert Wolfe on the stage, which we all enjoyed.

We ended the afternoon in the play park outside which features 2 ‘death slides’ which were a great hits with the girls and gave us a change to sit down and relax. There are plenty of picnic benches too.

So all in all, we had a great time and would recommend a visit.

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