Hundreds warm to Staunton’s winter festivities

Activity leaders (l-r) Monique Smith and Katie White with five-year-old Mollie Hurd (5) making Christmas cards. ''Staunton Country Park host a Christmas event. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (123914-164)
Activity leaders (l-r) Monique Smith and Katie White with five-year-old Mollie Hurd (5) making Christmas cards. ''Staunton Country Park host a Christmas event. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (123914-164)
Driftwood Festival organiser Paul Cobb  Picture: Malcolm Wells (142242-6774C)

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WITH frost-laden trees, crisp blue skies and donkeys wandering around the grounds, Staunton Country Park really was a winter wonderland this weekend.

Hundreds of families visited the beauty spot in Havant for the Country Christmas event.

Many youngsters got their first glimpse of Father Christmas and they beamed as they sat on his knee and heard all about Lapland.

Grandparents Catherine and Robin Knight decided to treat their grandchildren, Alice, two, and three-month-old Lucy, to a day out.

The girls’ mum Lisa Davidson, 34, from Alverstoke, Gosport, said: ‘They had a lovely day.

‘We had a picnic lunch with home-made coffee cake and they fed the animals.

‘It’s nice for the kids to be outdoors and learn about animals.

‘It’s Lucy’s first Christmas and they’ve treated the girls to Santa. They want to go back and see him again now!’

Staff at Staunton pulled out all the stops to create a magical atmosphere, with a ‘live’ nativity scene including a manger.

John Hurd, 37, and his daughter Mollie, five, took part in an elves workshop and made a beautiful Christmas cracker card.

Mr Hurd, of Fortunes Way, Bedhampton, said: ‘She enjoyed feeding the animals and seeing Father Christmas, which she absolutely loved.

‘It’s a wintry atmosphere with the gardens and it just makes it a bit more special.’

Country Christmas is running every weekend up until Christmas.