Festivities, food and fun are on the menu at The Gateway to Christmas – a new attraction located at the site of our Gateway Café and Information Centre, nestled perfectly within the grounds of Cotswold Water Park in South Cerney.
Since launching on 4th December, visitors have been invited to take advantage of the free parking and entry to the attraction, which features a Christmas Market of marshmallow firepits, doughnuts, cheeses, hand-made fudge, hog roasts, Christmas decorations and more, as well as funfair rides including a heady helter-skelter and traditional carousel.
As the sun sets, the grounds come to life through lighting and a 19-metre festive projection installation, whilst beneath enchanted garlands of foliage, glistening ornaments, ribbons, baubles, holly, and mistletoe, an array of delicious treats are available from within The Gateway Café including grilled free-range turkey burger topped with bacon jam, stuffing and chestnut pickles, right through to 8-hour slow-cooked hog roast rolls, as well as Pizzeria 720° – a new pop-up authentic pizza brand that combines an artisan Italian hand-spun dough base with local, fresh ingredient toppings.
The Gateway to Christmas also features an exclusive socially distanced Santa Experience, which offers families the opportunity to meet Santa within their bubbles across a 10minute session and includes a personalised story-time, the chance to take your own photos and videos, plus a visit to Santa’s Christmas Tree, where presents are individually labelled for each child, to take home and enjoy.
We are thrilled to see so many visitors and families making memories at The Gateway to Christmas and Santa Experience – there’s an abundance of free parking and space for cyclists, as well as accessibility for walkers, bird watchers, families and real foodies. The feedback has been wonderful, and we’re looking forward to being able to grow the event in years to come.
The attraction is open from 10 am-10 pm* daily until 24th December so don’t delay, come and visit us soon!