Here at Coombe Mill we are ready to enjoy the festive fun to begin. The planning is done, present wrapping begun and the place is looking its seasonal best. I’m a great believer in planning, not because I like to gloat, but because I want to enjoy the Christmas week myself and I’m not good at handling last minute stress.  


Christmas Festive Fun at the Farm

Christmas Lights

The lights are up around our log store and across the car park and the phone box is also lit. This has the dual purpose of looking festive and helping you to navigate the farm in the early evening darkness.

Festive Christmas Lights

Christmas Trees in all our properties

Our properties each have a tree with lights on ready for our guests to arrive. In addition there is a box of decorations for each family to embellish their tree to their own design on arrival. Speaking of arrival, we also ensure the fire will be lit and the heating and hot water all on to make your Christmas visit welcoming and relaxing from the minute you arrive.

Christmas Trees in every holiday lodge and cottage

Christmas Eve Family Entertainment all planned

Christmas Eve is an afternoon of entertainment for the children here at Coombe Mill. We will have fun making Snow Globes for our festive fun craft in the afternoon. This is followed by a trip to the village Christingle service for those who would like to participate; Santa makes an appearance and there is a treat for everyone.

Back at Coombe Mill we start the evening off with a drinks party in our games room for all our family and guests to meet and chat over a glass of bubbly and a bite to eat. As a special treat for the children, Santa will be there too, in a purpose built Grotto for all to visit.  


Christmas Eve Plans

Farm rides throughout the festive fun

Out on the farm the feed run will run each day with the usual swell of enthusiasm from our little helpers. This is the perfect way to learn about the farm and run off some of that Christmas excitement each morning.


Christmas Festive fun on the Farm

Christmas Bear on Social Media

I’d love you to follow our fun on social media too. We have our very special Christmas Bear out in a new location each day. See if you can spot him on my Instagram and Facebook stories and see what he gets up to. Each week in my main feed you there is a summary of the week’s activities and locations.


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Get ahead for some Christmas festive fun for next year

We still have some last minute space for this year, or why not take up our December offer from my last post: Book head for next year now in the property of your choice and pay nothing till March 2020 just by writing “Pay March” in special instructions when booking on line.  


A break for us too

With all this in place and nearly 2 weeks to go, we are enjoying a couple of mini breaks ourselves before our extended family and guests arrive.


mini break

Whatever your plans this Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas filled with love, peace and family festive fun.

Merry Christmas

Fiona x

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More about Animal Atlas

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What we love

Animal Atlas fold out pages

Need to know

RSP £12.99
Age Range 8 – 12
AuthorAnne Rooney
IllustratorLucy Rose
StockistsLonely planet Kids online, Amazon, 
Product specifications

32 pages

32pp color 

Dimensions: 282mm × 259mm




Video clip highlighting the key features of Animal Atlas


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We were sent our copy of Animal Atlas for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts expressed here are my own. The Coombe Mill copy can be borrowed by our holiday guests from the book library in the games room.