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!
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.
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!
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.
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!!