Santa’s Grotto at Bounce Below

Last week we went to see Santa at Llechwedd Slate Caverns or as its now called Bounce Below.

It’s something I used to love doing as a kid – visit Santa in an underground cave in an old slate mine. I have so many fond memories of taking the little train in, being dropped off with Santa. Kiddies went to see Santa whilst the parents had mulled wine and mince pie. Ahhh so lovely!

Walking in to Bounce Below

Now of course I want to recreate those memories with my girls. Leeched has changed as it’s now Bounce Below (underground trampolines). We took Little Miss there last year and we got to take the train in to see Santa.

Nadolig Llawen from Bounce Below

This year imagine my disappointment to find that the train isn’t there anymore!! Now you walk into the caves and I was gutted! I even told the staff member that was with us. He explained that it had been removed fir health & safety reasons. Whilst I can (in part) appreciate that, I was just so miffed! Especially since now (if you’re tall like hubby) you have to duck when you walk in – I’m sorry but I’d say the risk of concussion is higher than a health & safety risk of the train!

Walking Around Bounce Below

Anyway, after going in we saw that they’ve now installed nets in Santa’s grotto – it’s the Junior Bounce bit. However you have to be over 3 years old to go on it so of course Little Miss wasn’t allowed on. Oh and I should add that there was no discount to compensate for the fact that she wasn’t allowed to participate in the full experience.

With #Santa at @BounceBelowUK today! #25daysofchristmas #christmas

A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

If you’re still reading, you may have gathered that I’m disappointed with the whole experience. It just doesn’t live up to my childhood memories but still it was a nice morning out. When the girls are old enough to go on the nets I think it’s be great! And I also think that the adult nets are a fantastic idea! Honestly, it’s a great day out if your kids are old enough. They will love bouncing around an underground cave – I mean who wouldn’t!!

You can find Bounce Below at Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog.



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  1. orana velarde
    27th December 2015 / 8:45 am

    Just the idea of seeing Santa UNDERGROUD sounds awesome. I can’t decide if I’d like it better with a train or as a bouncy place……I guess it depends on what you like. I have had LOTS of thoughts along the lines of “when I was little” this Chrismtas…..Maybe it’s the age? Have a great new year! #justanotherlinky

    • 31st December 2015 / 11:10 am

      Maybe it is the age thing but I found myself looking back as well! The underground trampolines is such a great and unique idea and I love it! I’ve not been on it yet because Little Miss is too young but next year definitely! x

  2. Stephanie Kirsch
    27th December 2015 / 9:05 am

    This sounds like such a great idea but I completely understand why you were disappointed! It’s hard to recreate such amazing memories – as adults, it doesn’t seem the same but I bet your girls loved it.x

    • 31st December 2015 / 11:09 am

      It is such a fab idea and I’m so pleased that it’s so popular – love the fact that my hometown has something so unique! It’s my own fault – I shouldn’t try to recreate my childhood. Not sure if Little Miss enjoyed it but she’s going to love the trampolines when she’s old enough! x

  3. Rachel Bitmead
    27th December 2015 / 10:38 am

    I love the idea of visiting Santa in an underground cave! It’s a shame it wasn’t the same as you remember it but your children don’t know that so i bet they still liked it. At least you know if you go back when they are old enough you’ll have more fun 🙂

    • 31st December 2015 / 11:08 am

      It’s a great day out and seeing Santa on the cavern is always exciting. The disappointment about the train was just such a sore point for me! Ahh but the girls will love it when they’re old enough to do it properly and go on the underground trampolines x

  4. 27th December 2015 / 12:27 pm

    It’s a shame it wasn’t as it used to be. While I think health & safety is important, sometimes it can be too much and it takes away from the fun.

    • 31st December 2015 / 11:06 am

      Well I thought the health and safety thing was worse because you have to walk through low ceiling tunnels to get into the caverns. Hubby is tall and had to duck so he didn’t hit is head and didn’t do his back much good! I mean I even had to duck on occasions it was that low. The train was just exciting and Little Miss loves trains! x

  5. Something Crunchy Mummy
    30th December 2015 / 9:10 pm

    Such a shame it’s not like it used to be. Maybe when your little ones are old enough you will all enjoy it a bit more. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    • 31st December 2015 / 11:04 am

      I think my little ones will love it when they’re old enough and really I shouldn’t be trying to recreate my childhood! It’s a great place but not the same x

  6. Beth
    1st January 2016 / 9:31 pm

    That’s a shame she wasn’t allowed on the bounce bit!
    I do find that things we enjoy when we were younger will never be as exciting when we are older!
    Thanks for linking up with #justanotherlinky

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