Christmas Testimonials

Members of Public


Visited Marsh Farm for the first time and was really impressed. The Santa experience lasted roughly 2 hours and the kids loved every minute of it. There was a lot of attention to detail and my daughter was amazed when Santa knew she loved writing stories. The presents are of good quality and it’s a great idea letting the kids choose any present from the present room. The kids loved every part of the experience and despite the cold and very breezy day, they also loved playing on the outdoor play areas and play barn afterwards. In all we stayed 5 hours and the time flew by. I’m sure we will be back in the spring! Thanks Marsh Farm. A great Christmas treat!


What amazing experience we had a 5,7 and 8 year old girls/boys and they loved everything from start to finish the father Christmas we had is the best we have ever visited and no rushing us in and out then to build a bear, make ginger bread men and still get a free toy. Best santa visit around and we even had Management and elves check on us on the way out to make sure everything was ok and we can not praise this place enough. Thanks James and the amazing team you have a credit to everything you are doing at the farm

Gary L (TripAdvisor)

From the moment you pick up your Christmas passport to the very end the staff of Marsh are fantastic. They are all in character and go the extra mile to make your children’s experience magical.
On booking you may feel it is expensive, but you can’t put a price on the memories you will walk away with.
Thank you Marsh Farm, special thanks to Twinkle the elf, you were brilliant!

Chris and Louis (TripAdvisor)

We visited Marsh Farm today to do the Christmas Experience. The whole experience is just amazing! My two little girls had the best time & haven’t stopped talking about it. They loved everything about it but particularly Twinkle the elf, you made Amelias day. We would definitely recommend this to everyone.

GCooling (TripAdvisor)

Can’t rate this highly enough .. visited 28th Nov with the family children aged 2 & 6 well organised and kept the children captivated the whole time …. great story telling and building their own bear at the end was such fun …. adults enjoyed it to … good value for money compared to other things we have done in the past.

Checkout83 (TripAdvisor)

Hi, we were at Marsh Farm yesterday for the Christmas experience and we had a great time. I just wanted to particularly mention Robin, the elf in our group. My son has autism and can become impatient at having to queue or wait, and can get anxious in busy crowds. I explained this to Robin when we arrived at Passport Control and she was brilliant. She told him and his friend they could be her leaders at the front. As well as doing her other elf duties, she kept my son involved the whole time. He really enjoyed himself and being able to see where we were going next really made a difference to him. When we arrived at Santa’s grotto, we were the first family to go in which meant he didn’t get anxious whilst waiting around. Robin even made a point of coming over to say goodbye after we’d made the bear.

We had a fantastic day, so please pass our thanks on to Robin 🙂

Very Happy Visitors (Email)

Just wanted to post a thank you for your magical Christmas experience. Our sons, aged 5 and 3, had such a lovely time. All your staff were outstanding and their levels of energy and enthusiasm were off the scale!

Craig Surry (Facebook)

Went to the Father Christmas experience last Saturday not knowing what to expect really. Greeted by happy and welcoming elves treated to a few Christmas tunes on the saxophone. Then started our journey through the various points not rushed or bored just about right. The acting was great but not forced. Had enough time to look around and get drawn into to the atmosphere. Loved the mini shows. All in all quality visit thank you again Marsh Farm ps the fudge was a nice touch

Phil Barnett (Facebook)

What a fantastic time we had today. The elves that took us round were so much fun. We loved the winter Wonderland snow and even my 12 year old who thinks he’s too old for everything at the moment was joining in. I even saw one elf offer her hot water bottle to a little girl whos feet were really cold. Mrs Christmas was great and i thought everyone put in so much effort. Well done Marsh Farm x

Michelle Dryne (Facebook)

Went to the Father Christmas experience today and again really enjoyed it. Just as good as last year but slightly different, which was nice. Well organised, enthusiastic staff, great decoration, just totally believable and has instilled the magic of Christmas to my 6 year old. Well done. We’ll be back again next year

Liz Haywood (Facebook)

Thank you so much for such an amazing Christmas experience!!!!!! The whole family loved it and Santa was very realistic!!!!!!! Best Christmas experience we have ever had xxxxx

Sarah Welsh (Facebook)

We had a great day yesterday at your Christmas experience, everything was brilliantly done again and staff were all so friendly, helpful and completely in character!! All Rachael keeps singing is Jingle Bells! Thank you for getting us in the Christmas spirit! Xxx

Louise Pounder (Facebook)

Thank you so much to the Elves, Mother Christmas & Father Christmas (+ all involved) in making such a wonderful experience for the kids. Mine had an absolutely fabulous time and were/are in awe of it all

Laura Critchell (Facebook)

Thank you for creating the most amazing and magical winter wonderland for our 3 year olds. They loved the elves, the story telling and the snow – such a well thought out event and great value for money x

Shelley Brown (Facebook)

What an amazing day! We’ve just got back from Marsh Farm and both my kids are asleep clutching their bears. We all had a brilliant time – the Elves and all the staff were so friendly and pleasant and I felt it to be excellent value for money for all the time and resource put into it! 5 star experience! Thank you!

Laura Hack (Facebook)

Hi done christmas experience today and it was great for the kids well and adults well worth the money and would definately go again next year and recommend to anyway thanks marsh farm for a great day x

Sarah Nash (Facebook)

Hello to you all at Marsh Farm…. We just want to say a MASSIVE Thank you! We came to the farm yesterday, (6 of us) for the first time. We did Breakfast with the Elves & The Father Christmas Experience. First off, the breakfast was FANTASTIC. Lovely food, wonderful choice. Fabulous atmosphere. The staff were all so lovely and the Elves were fantastic. Especially the young lad. The setting was perfect. Such an amazing atmosphere. We then went on to look round the farm, which was great. We couldn’t help but notice how well looked after all the animals were. It was all so clean. Our little boy loved walking the goats. It was a great experience for him. Everyone was so friendly. We had a light lunch while our Son played in the play barn – which we couldn’t fault. Really clean! We did the Father Christmas Experience at 3pm and to say it was Magical is an understatement. From start to finish. It was organised so well. Everyone was so professional and in character. Special mention’s go to the Elf at the beginning playing the Saxophone who kept our little boy well entertained for half an hour before the tour began. Also, Mother Christmas was amazing. The snow part was incredible, when we went through the gate, the children’s faces were a picture. Over the years we have tried lots of different garden centre’s and been happy with them and I must admit when we booked we were slightly sceptical because of the price. We honestly cannot fault it. We will be telling all of our friends and families to book and we will definitely be back next year. Both our boys are in love with their bears and will remember this magical day for a very, very long time. Thank You! X

Hannah Kershaw (Facebook)



sarah pamphilon 2“Thank you Marsh Farm for a fantastic experience on Sunday! Maisie & Zachary had an amazing time The elves are just fantastic and really did make it extra special for the children! Maisie is still talking about Sparkle today!”

Sarah Pamphilon (Facebook)

“Thank you for an absolutely magical afternoon meeting Santa and his wonderful elves. My daughter loved it and I welled up a couple of times to see her little face. A special thank you to Elfis who she took an extra special shine to. Lots of lovely memories, thank you again xx”
Amanda Davies (Facebook)

“the christmas experience was the most wonderful event we have ever been to .the children absolutely loved it and was amazed when father christmas knew exactly what they wanted.brought a tear to my eye.”
Mark Squibb (Facebook)

“Had a fantastic day at Marsh Farm Saturday. Loved breakfast with the Elves and our Santa Experience. Would highly recommend to all!! It’s a brilliant day out for all ages”
Demi Rose Clark (Facebook)

“Had a fab day at marsh farm seeing santa it was magical,my boys loved every minute especially the elves & they havnt stopped talking bout graham & buddy xx”
Taryn Walton (Facebook)

“Thank you Marsh Farm for the most magical Christmas experience – it was truly a Winter Wonderland – not only were the kiddies in awe but all of us were – we were thinking about going to Lapland next year but now will definitely be here again! Thank you for making Christmas real for my children! One they will never forget! The staff throughout the farm and experience were brilliant and the food was good to!! Xxx”
Theresa Goodrich (Facebook)

Theresa Goodrich 3

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone we met at Marsh Farm today! We had our Santa experience and it was amazing!! Everyone was so lovely and helpful, the elfs and Santa were fantastic with my shy 3 year old and even the cold and rain couldn’t put a dampener on the day. We will definitely be back next year and I’ve already been recommending it to everyone I know. x”
Sarah-Jane Howes (Facebook)

“Thank you soooo much to everyone at marsh farm for the fantastic father Christmas experience. My daughters loved every minute of it. The staff were amazing with the children and made their day so magical. I really cannot fault any part of the day and would recommend to anyone! Will definitely be booking next year. …..thank you x”
Laura Palmer (Facebook)

“Just to say we took our 2 youngest to the Winter Wonderland / Christmas event at Marsh Farm, it was F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C and we’d recommend it to anyone from decorating gingerbread men to build-a-bear and all the elves in between it’s been a great value day out which the kids loved ! ‪#‎hohoho‬”
Simon Trevallion (Facebook)

“Thank you to Marsh Farm we went on 22nd November 2014 and had the best day ever, my daughter (who is 4) loved it and the staff and everyone involved was so friendly, smiling and happy it was infectious. I also thought it was good value for money just under £30 for both of us as it would of cost us £22 to just go get into the farm so for an extra £8 was great. Thanks again we will be visiting next year!!”
Grace S (Tripadvisor)

“Amazing trip to see Santa and his elves at marsh farm! delivered on every level! surpassed our expectations, the kids absolutely loved it! a magical experience! thank you to all at Marsh farm.”
Kim Hatpev (Tripadvisor)

Kymmy Aguda 2“Well done Marsh Farm – what an absolutely fantastic Christmas Experience. Our children have had a ball, as did we! All credit to your fantastic staff, the Elves worked their socks off and helped to make it a really magical afternoon. Seeing our children’s faces light up when their names were called out in the magic show and when Father Christmas knew their names as well as the names of their favourite cuddly toys was absolutely priceless.

Worth every single penny – an afternoon to remember. Thank you!”
Kymmy Aguda (Facebook)

“Thank you so much to everyone at marsh farm for the amazing Father Christmas experience! I could not fault it in anyway. Both my 7 year old and 18 month old enjoyed themselves so much and were just in awe at how magical the whole day was. Every single member of staff was so friendly and enthusiastic and just made the day fantastic. The day was exceptional value for money and I would recommend to everyone. Can’t wait for next year!!”
Laura P (Tripadvisor)

“Morning, yesterday we brought our 22 month old son for breakfast with the elves and the winter wonderland experience. I would just like to say thank you for a truly fantastic day out my little boy was amazed by it all and it’s all down to your staff who worked so hard and were so professional. I have to give a special mention to elfis who helped Leo take part in a couple of activities he was a little unsure of, Leo has even named his bear elfis. Also santa was a real credit to you never met such a professional santa. Thanks for a truly amazing experience.”
Jay Lengthorn (Facebook)

“Went last year and again yesterday. I thought last year was great but this year it is amazing! So well organised and a truly wonderful experience. Everything was just right and the children love their presents from Santa. Thank you marsh farm for a lovely family day out.”
Katrina Berry (Facebook)

“Took my kids yesterday, absolutely fantastic day. Hope & Plum elves were great fun and would like to say thanks to them. Elfy at Santas Grotto was also a good laugh and entertained the kids. They were so professional and my kids loved it. Haven’t had as much fun in a long time. Would recommend this place to everyone with kids from 2 to 10. Thanks again to everyone involved for making the day so special.”
Ahmet Ismael (Facebook)

“Thanks for a fab day today. My little boy is too young not to believe and thanks to the team today he’s in no doubt that Father Christmas and his helpers are real! His face was a picture when the reindeer whisperer received a message about him and read it out. Fantastic event, super Santa and well worth the money. Thank you”
Sarah Ion (Facebook)

“Had a wonderful magical experience yesterday at Marsh Farm Christmas Wonderland. Thank you to the Elves, Mrs Christmas, Mr Wigglepop and the lovely Father Christmas for making it so special x”
Donna Newman (Facebook)

Theresa Taylor 4

Theresa Taylor (Facebook)

“I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you so much for Sunday and for all the co-ordination by your staff on the day. All of our staff, children and I had a great time, the event was enjoyed by all. My son loved the farm and winter wonderland so we will definitely be back.”
Karen Otton (Group booking)

“We also went today at 2pm & i can say it was the best christmas experience we have been too! My daughters (5 & 3) had such a fun time. I loved it too!! Not one moment sitting around doing nothing, a fun packed 2 hours. Glad i booked it! Thank you James Jimbo Sinclair!”

Donna Stevens (8 out of 10 Mums, Facebook)

Hi all, just got back from marsh farm. What a brilliant day we had, if anyone has not been yet then it is a must!!!! We went last year and didn’t think it could of got any better but this year it was absolutely fantastic and well worth every penny spent!!! The staff were fantastic!!!! Can’t wait for next year already!!!!! Brilliant day!!!!
Amy Reed (8 out of 10 Mums, Facebook)

“What a magical day we had yesterday at your father christmas experience. Wonderful Thank-you we are telling everyone to book marsh farm”
Denise Hodgkins (Facebook)

“We travelled from Bexley, Kent and have just got home from an amazing day. We spent the morning visiting the farm which the kids loved. The next two hours were truly magical from start to finish. Buddy and sparkle were great with the kids too. Every part was very slick and organised and the smell as you entered mother Christmas’s kitchen was lovely. Our visit to see Father Christmas was not rushed and so personalised. The kids loved making a bear and couldn’t believe they could choose any toy. Thank you Marsh Farm for an unforgettable day. We will certainly be booking again for next year”
Nicky Humphries (Facebook)

Kathryn Rand 2“We had a fantastic time at the ‘Father Christmas Experience’ today. Lots to do, well organised and the kids loved it! We also felt that we got value for money. Thanks Marsh Farm particularly Buddy and Sparkle – My 5 year old is still talking about u!”
Kathryn Rand (Facebook)

“Hi! I’d just like to say, we did the Father Christmas experience yesterday and it was excellent! Fantastic value for money, and it was all set up brilliantly. Our little Frankie really enjoyed it, and the elves, buddy and sparkle, did a fantastic job of keeping the children interested and excited. Would definitely recommend it to anyone thank you very much”
Laura Glibbery (Facebook)

“Had a great day today at winter wonderland. My daughter definitely enjoyed it (and so did mummy and daddy). Would definitely recommend to others. Thank you. The magic of Christmas had started in our family today!”
Kirsty Elizabeth Neave (Facebook)

“What a difference from last year. The Father Christmas Experience 2014 was far better and more organised than 2013. A big 5 stars from us. We shall return next year.”
Helen Sultana (Facebook)

Would like to say thank you for such a brilliant day yesterday. The whole Father Christmas experience was fantastic and so well organised. The Elves were brilliant as was Father Christmas. Will definitely be visiting the farm again.
Cassie Andreetti (Facebook)

“Visited Marsh Farm Christmas Experience……. Outstanding!!! James Jimbo Sinclair 11/10 A* perfect! Recommend this to everyone we had the best day, our elves Sparkle and Plum and everyone involved were amazing and so attentive!!!”
Ames Johnson (8 out of 10 mums, Facebook)

“Would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to all the staff involved in this evenings experience, our children had the most amazing time as did all the adults. So much effort, heart and soul put in which made it that extra bit special. Thank you”
Carly Hicks (Facebook)

“I would like to say a massive thankyou to all your Christmas elves and in particular Trixie. Who is also our holiday christmas elf. My girls where so excited to see her in her “real life size” with the help of elf magic. And no matter what question they asked Trixie, was hot on her toes to respond and pretty much stuck to her throughout our visit. She made our visit truly magical and my girls possibly enjoyed visiting with her a little more than their visit with Father Christmas!!! We will definately be back next year, everyone was amazing, I can’t sing your praises enough xx xx xx”
Paula Browning (Facebook)

“Had a lovely time at the Father Christmas experience last Saturday! The staff were amazing and it was so organised! Couldn’t have asked for a better fun packed day out! Thank you! I will definitely be recommending you to everyone I know! x”
Hannah Booker (Facebook)

“Wow!! Another fabulous, well organised event by the marsh farm team – thank you! We visited Father Christmas yesterday and loved it, an adventure from start to finish . We’ve been the last 3 years and this was by far the best – great job to everyone involved!”
Lucy Hodgson (Facebook)

“What a fabulous Christmas experience you have put on. We came on Sunday and both my boys (and the adults!)had a great time….best i’ve ever been to! All the staff were amazing and did a excellent job! We’ll be back next year, thank you x”
Kathryn Ward (Facebook)

Suzanne Stribling photos

Suzanne Stribling (Facebook)


Local Businesses


“A magical winter wonderland to make your children gasp with glee!”
Clare Youell (Essex Chronicle)

“A fun-filled adventure with surprises along the way!”
Emily Graves (Chelmsford Community Radio)

“Visit Marsh Farm magical Christmas Experience if you want your children to remember their day for years to come.”
Elli Constantou (Visit Essex)

“Over two hours of festive fun that children will love”
Josie Watson (Essex Days Out)

“Amazing Father Christmas Experience that cannot be missed! Truly Brilliant! 5 stars all round. “
Tom Bosher (The Best of Chelmsford)

“Great time at Marsh Farm this morning. The Father Christmas was the best one we have seen, my 3 year old was amazed that FC knew all about his favourite toy and even had an in depth conversation about the different engines in Thomas the Tank. He made him feel very special. Bravo! My son was beaming, despite his cold. The rest of the morn was also brilliant and all the staff were very engaging, especially the dude with the reindeer.
We loved the build-a-bear and my son will treasure his teddy for a long time. It hasn’t left his side since we got home.
We went to the playbarn after and was very impressed with the service, especially as it was jam-packed. The food arrived quickly & the portions were large. Much better quality than the food normally found in kids soft play areas.
That was the first time we have visited marsh farm since the change of ownership (we used to be annual cardholders 3 years ago). V impressed. We shall be back and will def do the Christmas event next year! Thank you to all at Marsh Farm for making this happen x”
Sarah Jones (8 out of 10 Mums, Facebook)