A Visit To Santa’s Gone Digital At The Bullring, Birmingham

Our photo with Santa at the Bullring - Jo's Nursery

Christmas will soon be here and if you are looking for a place to go and see the main man himself, then why not give Santa’s Gone Digital at the Bullring, Birmingham a try! The Grotto is located in St. Martin’s Square next to the church. It’s appearance resembles a modern igloo which may surprise some people and does not look very festive from the outside, bar from a couple of reindeer, a polar and a few small Christmas trees. You must book in advance to attend either at the stall in the Bullring or online.

Santa's Gone Digital at the Bullring - Jo's Nursery

When we arrived at our allotted time, we were greeted by two elves called  Jingle and Snowdrop and they escorted us into the igloo when the people in the slot before us had left. Jingle and Snowdrop told Thomas that Santa was very tired and had gone to sleep and that he needed to wake him up. It was dark when we entered the igloo which might be a bit scary for younger children. Thomas and the elves then shouted ‘Boo’ and Santa woke up and greeted us. He spoke to Thomas and Daniel, my nearly 2 year old about what they wanted for Christmas. We then travelled to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole via an immersive 360° video experience. Thomas and Daniel were fascinated by the video and listening to Santa talking about the workshop and his elves. They enjoyed seeing the toys being made and liked being asked to do a robot dance when Santa’s robots appeared. We were then shown the reindeer outside the workshop and then it was time to travel back to the grotto and receive a present from Santa each. Daniel gave Santa a high five and then we all posed for two photos with Santa that are included in the entrance price (£7.50 per child) before leaving the grotto.

Elves at Bullring Grotto - Jo's Nursery

Bullring Christmas Tree - Jo's Nursery

I did think the experience was slightly expensive for what you get due to the low value of gifts received. Thomas got a boys travel activity pack and Daniel got some small bath toys. It is better than just giving out selection boxes though, which I have seen in some places before and the two digital photos included do make the cost slightly more worthwhile.

Overall, I was very impressed with the grotto. The elves could do not enough to help Thomas, Daniel and I enjoyed the experience. The Santa looked genuine and was very patient with the children. Thomas was grumpy and tired at the end so he did not smile for the photos unfortunately. Santa and the elves were very understanding and did their best to cheer him up!

You can also read my review in the Birmingham Mail here

We were invited as guests of the Bullring to visit Santa’s Gone Digital. All opinions are my own. We were not required to write a positive review

My 1st Years Review

Thomas The Pirate My 1st Years - Jo's Nursery

It’s nearly Christmas and if you are still looking for a perfect present for someone, than look no further than My 1st Years. The name might suggest that they only sell products for babies and toddlers, however they sell much more than that. They sell beautiful gifts for women and me, many of which can be personalised as well as items for the bedroom, bathroom and playroom. Thomas and Daniel were sent a toy each from their range and we were very impressed.

Pirate Wooden Toy Box My 1st Years - Jo's Nursery

Pirate Wooden Toy Box My 1st Years - Jo's Nursery

Pirate Wooden Toy Box My 1st Years - Jo's Nursery

Thomas was sent the Personalised Pirate Wooden Toy Box which he loved as soon it was delivered. It is a personalised metal tin with pirate decoration on filled with everything a pirate needs to set sail. The set includes a carved pistol and cutlass, metal hook, shield, sack of doubloons, eye patch, compass pirate cap, and a  treasure map. It is all made of wood or high quality material and I have a feeling it will last for years. We have had to watch Daniel with the doubloons as they are a bit small so just be aware of them if younger children may try and play with this. Thomas loves being a pirate with this set as you can see from the top picture.

Donkey Soft Toy My 1sy Years - Jo's Nursery

Daniel was sent a Personalised Donkey Soft Toy which is very soft and cuddly. It would make the perfect gift for any child and they will embroider any name that you would like on the jumper for free. Daniel loves giving his donkey cuddles and I am sure that they will be friends for life. Both the donkey and the pirate toy box were delivered in gift boxes well wrapped in paper making them an ideal Christmas present for that special person in your life. All My 1st Years products are sent gift wrapped so even if you are buying something for yourself, it will still feel like a treat!

We were sent the Pirate Toy Box and the Donkey Soft Toy for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own. We were not required to write a positive review. There are affiliate links in this post 

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