Moose and I can often be found at Sacrewell farm. He absolutely adores the place. Whether we are running around in the maze, spotting peacocks or saying hello to the Pigs, Moose always has lots of fun! So when we were invited to visit Father Christmas here we were only too happy to oblige! 

 

Our day

Booking in advance means that you are given a time to visit. This is a great idea because small children are bad enough at being patient at the best of times let alone when Christmas is involved! We arrived 2 hours before our allotted time. You are welcome to arrived as early as you like but I felt that Moose might be a bit too tired if we came along any earlier. On arrival I paid for our tractor ride and after a little play with the trains in the foyer we made our way into the farm. 

Our first stop at the farm is always to say hello to the goats. Then we moved on to the rabbits and after that Moose was a little cold so we popped into the play barn so he could burn off some energy in the warm. 

The play barn is included in the off peak £4.55 farm entry fee for children and when you consider that is less than the price of some soft play admission it does make it a bit of a bargain! 

Father Christmas 

Father Christmas at Sacrewell this year has his grotto in Hutton barn. Having no previous experience of Sacrewell at Christmas I have no way of being able to tell you whether this is the best place for him but I loved it. The winding walk up to barn was lit with fairy lights and the stable outside had been commandeered as a craft activity area which was a great idea. 

Inside the barn were lots of Christmas trees and fairy lights. There was also a table with some story books and mince pies to pass the time as we waited. I can confirm that the mince pies were yummy.

Further along was another crafting table and some Christmas themed photo props which were great fun. 

 

I am always a bit anxious about taking the children to see Santa. I am a self confessed Santa snob. I want the big man to be authentic. I want him to be THE Father Christmas. A young lad in an obviously fake beard who rushes the little ones through is my idea of Christmas hell. We only have a few years when our little ones truly believe so this stuff is important! 

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Moose froze

He was so excited while we were waiting to go in to see Father Christmas (see above for photo evidence) but unfortunately as we entered, Moose’s shy side kicked in and he stood frozen to the spot.

Father Christmas not only looked the part but he was so lovely and patient with my shy boy. Even producing from his pocket a chocolate coin to try and win him around! 

He chatted to him for some time about what he would like to receive at Christmas and Moose managed to murmur that he would really like a Batman costume. Santa then gave him his gift and Moose happily accepted it. I cannot stress enough what a big deal that was – I had expected him to run a mile. This Santa clearly knows how to play his role and I was really impressed! 

Sacrewell is not the cheapest Father Christmas to visit. The price is £7.50 per child in addition to the cost of entry. However, there is a lot to do (even in December) at the farm. You can easily spend many hours here. Especially if your children are perhaps a little older. 

tractor toy

Moose has played with his tractor every day since he received it from Father Christmas! We really enjoyed our visit to Sacrewell and cannot wait to see what 2018 brings for the farm.  

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We were invited to visit in exchange for an honest review. If I didn’t think it was a great grotto I would tell you – even at the risk of being added to Santa’s naughty list

Despite being born in Peterborough and having lived here for 31 of my 35 years I didn’t know that the walk through from Bridge Street to the back of the town hall has a name. It does, it’s called St Peters Arcade – and that is where you will find Middletons Steakhouse & Grill.

tables and chair steakhouse

Middletons isn’t just any old restaurant

All of the meat served here comes from their own butchery based in Norfolk. Middletons is a large 230 seater restaurant set over 2 floors with good disabled access and stylish decor. I absolutely love steak (who doesn’t?) so when we received an invitation to come along to one of their preview nights, how could we resist?

seating at middletons

So much choice

We were seated quickly by Shona and John came to introduce himself as our waiter for the evening soon after. Following a long look over our menu I decided on the Calamari to start. It arrived in good time and was fresh, crispy and golden. It was also big! Each golden breaded ring was about the size of my fist! An excellent start to the evening.

calamari from above middletons

The menu at Middletons offers a massive array of delicious sounding meals but as we were at a steakhouse it felt only right that we should choose steak. I went for the “Steak & Sticky” which was a 6oz sirloin with a half rack of sticky BBQ ribs and a chilli & spring onion garnish.  All meals from the grill menu come with a choice of 1 side. I chose Coleslaw which was really creamy – perfect for me! The ribs were wonderfully juicy and the meat just fell off the bone.

The star of the show though was of course the steak. My knife glided through my medium rare sirloin without any trouble at all. The meat was succulent and melt in the mouth perfection. One of the best steaks I have ever eaten in fact.

jaymee from the mum diaries blog

After a quick loo break during which I ran into my sister blogger, Jaymee, from The Mum Diaries it was time to order dessert. After much deliberation I decided upon the Creme Brulee. My dessert was the perfect ending to what had been a fabulous meal. 

middletons creme brulee

Would i go again?

Yes, I would. In a heartbeat. There are so many dishes on the menu that I think it would be difficult to get bored here. Prices range from the £50 36oz steak all the way down to the £9.99 set menu so there really is something to suit all budgets at Middletons.

The staff were friendly and attentive without being overbearing and our water bottle was kept replenished throughout our meal. 

I noticed that there is also the facility on their website to pre order your food when you have a table booked – a very useful function when you don’t have much time to spare! 

I think Peterborough finally has the steakhouse it has needed for a long time.

 

Disclaimer: We were invited to have a meal in exchange for a review. All opinions are as ever our own.

things to do in cambridgeshire
Here are my top picks of what’s on this February including the half term in Cambridgeshire

There are loads of things to do both indoors and outdoors this February in Cambridgeshire and I have trawled the internet so you don’t have to! You’re welcome!

18th to 26th daily – Half term adventure. Visit Sacrewell Farm where you could build a den, toast a marshmallow or travel back in time in the old mill and learn how to make a bread roll, Victorian style! Usual entry fees apply, check the website for details

19th – WOW! Said the Owl is an acclaimed children’s book by award winning author Tim Hopgood and is brought to life through a blend of beautiful story-telling, puppetry and music. Catch it at Key Theatre this February

20th – Make a bird box at Ferry Meadows. You can take even take it home with you so you will have a nice home for the birds in your Garden.

Open daily – Hamerton Zoo. A massive outdoor play area and loads of animals including Tigers and Giant Tortoises! 

18th and 19th – Come and explore the gardens in winter at Peckover House in Wisbech. 

Have we missed something going on near you? Feel free to contact me to add your event! tasha@mummyandmoose.co.uk

 

For his 15th birfotor_145951629303314thday Col requested that he have a giant cookie instead of a birthday cake. He made this request well in advance of the big day but guess what? Yes, I completely forgot until the day before. Awesome.

Somebody mentioned that a supermarket was offering a giant cookie service at the half the price of a well-known cookie chain (rhymes with lilies) so I loaded up the car and off we went.

Unfortunately what the helpful person didn’t tell me during our conversation was that they need at least a days notice and there is no wiggle room. The panic started to set in..fotor_145954134324663

Back in the car I googled “giant cookie” and found The Giant Cookie Company, I didn’t hold out much hope but thought I would chance my arm and call them.

SUCCESS! Not only were they able to take my order, they were much better value for money than that national chain and they were more than happy to deliver. As luck would have it they had a cookie ready that I could commandeer and she had time to remake later for the other customer. Phew!

The absolute best part though is the massive choice of flavours on offer: choc, caramel, mint, lemon, strawberry, banana, orange, choc orange, coconut, maple, choc mint, peanut butter, vanilla and all of those come in any colour. The possibilities are immense! 

As you can see Col was very happy with his giant cookie and it definitely ticked all of the boxes when it came to taste!

I’m always happy to use local companies and especially so when they are as lovely as this one. I would recommend them and will be using them again – this time with a bit more notice.