Tea with the Easter Bunny
On Thursday we were invited to our local Wyevale Garden Centre to have tea with the Easter Bunny. Between 14th and 28th March this year, you can either choose to have breakfast or tea with the Easter Bunny at one of their centres. When booking our tickets we had a choice of either a hot or cold tea for the children and either afternoon tea or a mini tea for the adults.
When we arrived, we had a designated table with colour-in placemats and crayons provided for the girls and a bag of mini eggs for each of them at their place. The staff were very quick to sort out squash/water for the girls and a big pot of tea for Rich and myself. It was nice to be able to sit and relax with our drinks and have the girls occupied whilst we waited for our food.
We had to make a decision about our tea when we booked our tickets. The girls both opted for sausage, chips and beans from the menu choices, Rich and I both had afternoon tea, which comprised of 3 finger sandwiches, a scone with jam and cream, 2 mini cakes and 2 macarons each. We were all impressed with the standard of our food, but Freyja particularly liked her baked beans being in a little teacup on her plate!
After tea, we were visited by the Easter Bunny. Although the girls were excited to see him, they were reluctant to get too close – at least not without being looked after by me!
They were then given a bag each and were told that there were pictures of Easter eggs hidden around the garden centre which we had to go and find. We set off round the garden centre together as a group. When the first egg was discovered, ALL the children given a bag of Haribo sweets. I was really pleased that it wasn’t a case of only the first child to find the hidden eggs being the one to receive the treat. We continued around the garden centre looking for the rest of the eggs, and when we returned every child had 4 bags of sweets in their bags.
When we returned to our table, the children were each given a egg-shaped biscuit with icing in a piping bag and sprinkles to decorate it with. Emily needed help squeezing the icing onto her biscuit, but had no difficulty delicately sprinkling the brightly-coloured hundreds and thousands on top.
Whilst the girls were decorating and eating their biscuits, they were visited again by the Easter Bunny who spent some time speaking to each of the children individually and asking them if they had been good enough to get some chocolate at Easter and if they had enjoyed themselves.
They were then able to each choose a spring-themed cuddly toy to take home with them. There were sheep and chicks available, but both of my girls wanted the soft, white rabbit, which have quickly become favourite toys.
This was a really great event. We were given our tickets free of charge for the purposes of the review, but I would not hesitate to pay for them in the future as we believed they were really good value. I have always enjoyed the cakes at our local Wyevale – and they are the best way to persuade the girls out of their soft play, and the quality and quantity of the sandwiches and cakes provided in the afternoon tea on this occasion was definitely great value for £7.99. I was even more impressed with the £9.99 children’s tickets as in addition to their meals, they received a bag of mini eggs, four bags of sweets, the Easter biscuit and a cuddly toy. In addition to this, the staff were helpful and friendly and made a real effort to ensure the children had a good time. All-in-all, this was a great way to get us in the mood for Easter, and I would thoroughly recommend it!
Disclaimer: As I have already mentioned, we were given tickets to the event for review purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are our own, and we all really enjoyed ourselves!