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Christmas Grotto at Longacres

The Christmas Grotto will be returning to Longacres Bagshot, Bybrook Barn & Shepperton! Get those thinking caps on and let Santa know what you’d like for Christmas this year.

Our ticket prices are still just £5 and include a visit with Santa himself and an extra special early present just for your little ones.

Please note that below closing times are for the grotto; actual last admission times are subject to daily change depending on queues. Please allow additional time for this.

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Winter Christmas Theme for Homes | Longacres Garden Centre

For most people, Christmas should be colourful. Decorations should come in various vibrant shades—from the Christmas baubles, to the presents and the table settings. A white Christmas is simply not an option.

On the contrary, white Christmases are just as fun as the coloured ones. Some homeowners looking for chic and classic festivities place their faith in white—because a winter wonderland is the best theme for their home.

Plan Ahead for Christmas

An all-white Christmas theme does not come out of nothing. It is essential that you plan everything first to assure perfect execution. First, envision what you want to see in your winter wonderland. Also, know the rooms and areas you will be decorating; this gives you an estimate on your budget and timeframe.

Remember to set your budget before shopping for ornaments. A budget keeps you from impulse purchases and encourages you to focus on what you need.

Decorating your home can be time-consuming; set a schedule and make sure you follow it.

Let’s Talk about the Tree

Of course, Christmas trees are the piece de resistance of every winter wonderland. All you need is to buy an artificial Christmas tree and you are ready to go. Trees are available in their conventional green colour, as well as whiter shades to mimic the snow.

With a white Christmas tree, your job is almost done. You only need to add some highlights or flocking to accentuate the beauty of the tree. For green pre lit Christmas trees, get creative and add some fake snow and ice for that winter effect. Remember, all of your decorations should be white or transparent. Try adding some see-through crystal to mimic icicles or frosted snow.

Unleash your creativity as you decorate your home in white. For a successful white Christmas, do not forget about the basics—especially the tree. Longacres Garden Centre offers quality pre-lit Christmas trees in UK. Browse through our selection now and have a happy white Christmas!

Lemax Twas The Night Before Christmas

It’s Possible! Christmas Decorating on a Budget | Longacres Garden Centre

When decorating your home for Christmas, you don’t need to spend a fortune to bring in the festive atmosphere indoors. All you need are a few clever tricks to spruce up your house and get it ready for the most-awaited holiday of the year.

Recycle Ornaments

You don’t need to replace all your decorations every year to have stunning trimmings for the occasion. You can give new life to your old ornaments by using or repurposing them. For example you can add natural seasonal items such as holly to bring them back to life.

Purchase Decors Online

If you don’t want to repurpose old ornaments, you can buy affordable Christmas decorations online.  It is easy to find festive ornaments like Lemax Christmas Village Collection to bring in the spirit of holiday season in your home. The best part is, you can find the right decor that suits your budget. You can purchase a small Lemax Christmas house or choose a larger scene for your home.

Get Inspiration from Nature

Walk around in your village or neighborhood to get inspiration. You’d be surprised at how many natural decorations you can take home with you. You can make your own Christmas tree garlands from fresh evergreens, although this may require time and art skills. You can also mix your DIY efforts with new ones to have thrifty ornaments you can be proud of.

Go to Flea Markets

Visit thrift shops and flea markets to find fabulous ornaments. You can also get plenty of inspiration for your Christmas décor here.

Browse through our website today and find out how we can help you find great deals on Christmas trees and Lemax ornaments.

Longacres Shepperton Christmas Open Evening | Thursday 20th November

For those of you who missed out on the Bagshot Christmas Open Evening or live closer to the Shepperton store, the Shepperton Christmas Open Evening is being held this Thursday 20th November. The evening kicks off at 5.30PM and will include a variety of festive events and promotions!

Santa will be making an extra special appearance and will hand out sweets and treats to all the good girls and boys. This is a great opportunity to spot Santa before he takes up residence in the grotto at our Bagshot store – opening Saturday 22nd November.

Learn how to tie the perfect bow, gain some wreath decorating inspiration and get some gift-wrapping techniques at the Gift Wrap and Wreath demonstrations from 6-8pm.

To get the festive spirit really under way the Choir of St James’ School in Ashford will be singing some of your favourite Christmas Carols.

Come along and taste a variety of foods, or just grab yourself a mince pie and wine!

Try your luck at winning a fabulous prize by taking part in the raffle on the night.

To thank all our customers we will be offering a 10% discount on purchases made between 5.30pm and 8.00pm on the evening (excludes gift vouchers and sheds – sorry!).

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Shepperton Open Evening 2014 Gift Wrap and Wreath Demonstrations 6-8pm

THANK YOU to all who attended our Christmas Open Evening

We would like to say a huge thank you to all who got involved with and attended our Christmas Open Evening last Thursday evening; just a few mince pies and not a single drop of wine remained – definitely the sign of a successful evening!

You helped us to raise a lot of money for the Breast Care Centre and Special Care Baby Unit at Frimley Park Hospital (exact amount soon to follow!). Big congratulations to those who won prizes.

We hope that we helped you get into the festive spirit and that you enjoyed the evening as much as we did. Hopefully you didn’t miss out on catching a glimpse of Santa!

Here are just a few our of favourite snaps from the night:

Christmas Open Evening 2014The Longacres team all got into the festive spirit

Christmas Open Evening 2014Victor the theatre mouse from Aladdin made an extra special appearance!

Christmas Open Evening 2014Santa had to take the weight off his feet after eating all those mince pies!

Christmas Open Evening 2014The Salvation Army sang popular carols throughout the evening

Christmas Open Evening 2014Lots of money was raised from the raffle for the Frimley Park Hospital Charity

Christmas Open Evening 2014Jennifer Peters from Gisela Graham held a successful workshop on how to decorate your Christmas tree beautifully

Santa’s Grotto | Opens Saturday 21st November 2015

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Santa’s elves and our talented team of seasonal staff have been working tirelessly to get the Christmas grotto ready for Santa’s big arrival on Saturday 21st November at Longacres Garden Centre, Bagshot.

Walk with your children on a magical journey through a Winter Wonderland before meeting the bearded man himself in the heart of his cosy Christmas grotto.

Each visit costs just £5 and includes a present from Santa if they’ve been good this year – an ideal incentive to get them on their best behaviour!

Santa Grotto and The Joy It Brings

We have Santa’s Grotto here at Longacres, which has been lovingly built by our talented team of florists and seasonal staff. It was a lot of hard work but all the staff involved in putting together this project agree that is it completely worth it to see the look on the children’s faces as they are lead through the winter wonderland and sat down in the grotto with Santa.

We have had some fantastic feedback both in person and on our Facebook page about the experience and how much people’s children have enjoyed meeting Santa. We’d like to say a big thank you, it makes all the work all worth while to know that it has been such a hit!

If you’d like to come and have a look for yourself we have posted the opening times below.

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