It is December 23rd and as the the kids have already watched too many Christmas films and in need of something to ‘do’, I decided to take them round our locally owned garden centre that most of you will be aware of: Keydell. Situated on Havant Road in Horndean, Keydell Nurseries have always provided a stalwart Christmas tradition the kids just love. Their Christmas ‘shop’ opens way back in early October and by the time Halloween is done and dusted, the Christmas displays are up and in full-swing.
We arrived at opening time to avoid the crowds, as I’m sure most of us parents who live locally will have the same idea. Taking the children around Keydell’s is just the thing to get you in the festive spirit. Their displays seem to improve year-on-year and there’s always plenty to see.
On the run up to Christmas, the garden centre has a variety of animals in pens. Today, we spotted donkeys, goats, pigs and reindeer. Fascinating to look at and the kids love them. The main Christmas winter walkway is compiled of static and moving displays of large and life size creatures and animals.
Christmas music is playing and there’s lots to see – it’s magical. The kids love throwing a few pennies into the water-wishing pools (all money goes to charity) and spotting characters that they know and love. There are plenty of photo opportunities to sit with static Santa’s, which are dotted about the place. Keydell’s also provide a chance to visit the ‘Big Man’ himself.
After the winter-walk through, we ambled over to their Christmas shop. A pretty and lovely display of all-you-could-possibly-want that is Christmas related. A great opportunity to purchase decorations, lighting, garlands and trees. From the main showroom we went onto to look at their mini village display with trains and fake snow. Unfortunately the trains weren’t working today, but it’s still lovely to look at nonetheless.
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Dotted around the garden centre away from the main areas are plenty of things to spot and look at; we easily spent an hour looking around.
Tell us what you think … is visiting Keydell Nursery at Christmas one of your traditions as well?