Our Music Composer!
What’s guaranteed to get both adults and children in the mood for Christmas (and meeting santa!) this December? Festive music of course! No visit to a winter wonderland or santa’s grotto would be complete without magical and uplifting festive music, and for December 2021 Father Christmas has asked us to make it extra special for when he visits us in Malvern this year. This is his first visit to the Three Counties Showground, so when he travels over from the North Pole we’re making sure his grotto is exactly how he would like it.
We’re working hard to ensure you and your children have the most premium Santa Experience at The Three Counties Showground this December. So aside from your journey on the Land Train, visiting Father Christmas’ gigantic toy shop with it’s hard working Christmas elves, and seeing the big man himself in his grotto, we have commissioned award-winning composer, Thomas Hewitt Jones to write enchanting and unique festive music add to the multi-sensory experience of visiting Santa Claus!
Thomas is currently busy working on brand new compositions designed especially for, and only for our Christmas event, specifically the Premium Santa Experience. Only the people visiting Father Christmas in his grotto at Malvern this December (from the 4th December to the 24th December) will be able to hear it. We don’t know of any other Santa’s grottos that have their very own composers!
About Thomas Hewitt Jones
Thomas Hewitt Jones is an award-winning composer of contemporary classical, commercial…and festive music. Since winning the BBC Young Composer Competition in his teens, his music has been published by many of the major music publishers and is frequently heard in concert and on radio, TV and in the cinema.
Thomas’s diverse catalogue includes small instrumental, orchestral, choral and ballet works, and his large number of choral titles includes seasonal carols. ‘What Child is This?’ (OUP) has become a choral classic of recent years, garnering large numbers of performances each festive season. His music is regularly featured on Classic FM, including most recently ‘Christmas Party’ (his seasonal violin concerto, written and recorded for violinist Simon Hewitt Jones). He’s definitely the right person for the job!
Much like the Aardman studios create about 3 seconds of footage per day, Thomas is working hard to compose and record approximately 25 seconds of music per day day. A huge undertaking which he plans to complete by November, giving enough time for Santa to check it over and make sure it sounds fun, exciting and of course, Christmassy enough for his grotto.
Check out Thomas’ website here.
What will happen when we meet Santa?
After parking in the free car park, your journey to visit Father Christmas will begin at Main Gate Station (which is located within the Winter Glow event at Three Counties Showground and isn’t a separate railway station!). Once your ticket has been checked, you and your little ones will board the land train for your journey to Santa’s magical toy shop, which is full of toys, sounds, smells and music.
Lots of santa’s elves will be busy preparing toys for all of the children on the nice list but we’ll make sure they will go and find Santa and let him know your family has arrived. He could be in his control room, or his office or in the sleigh room preparing the sleigh ready for his reindeer and their 24th December adventure. Your elf will tell you which location you will find him.
Santa already has intel on your children, and of course knows if they’ve been good or bad in the year since December 2020. Santa will chat to your child (or children!) about their likes and achievements, or anything that his elves or helper adults may have told him about them ahead of the visit.
Although children won’t be allowed to sit on Santa’s knee, and there won’t be any physical contact between your child and santa, the big man will happily pose for a photo with your family.
Each child will receive a christmas gift to take home. Mrs Claus didn’t want the adults to leave empty handed, and after being humiliated on the Great British Bake off, she has kept herself busy by making cookie dough so there’s enough for everyone to take a cookie home. Calories don’t count at Christmas…right?!
And on that note… a ticket to see Santa will give you access to our Festive Food Quarter, where some of the finest local caterers will be based. There is ample seating (both outdoor and undercover) to stay for dinner or a hot drink. Jingle’s bar will also be open for adults to visit for an alcoholic drink.
How to get tickets to see Santa
When getting a ticket to see Santa Claus, one ticket covers time with Santa in his grotto for one group of up to six people(this is instead of paying for one ticket per adult or per child). There’s no need to wait for them to go on sale…because they’re already available! Head to the Personalised Santa Experience ticket page. Although you can buy tickets on the day, some dates are already filling up with Saturday’s being the busiest days for Santa and his elves. All tickets must be pre-booked online. Tickets range from £75 to £99 per group of six depending on the date you’d like to visit. The santa experience will last from 30-45minutes in total from boarding the land train.
If there are any government guidelines in place at the time of this Christmas event, we’ll be sure to follow them. Santa’s toy shop and grotto are accessible for wheelchairs and prams. 1 manual wheelchair at a time is allowed on the land train. If you only have an electric chair and are able to swap into a manual chair, we have one available at the event , but please let us know your requirements in advance.
Santa near me!
Malvern is located conveniently to service three counties. The Three Counties Showground is the perfect spot for Santa to situate his grotto to see children and their families from Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. There are Brown Signs on the roads from all main routes leading to the free car park. The closest train station is Great Malvern and from there it’s about 8 minutes in a taxi.
What else is there to do at Winter Glow?
Winter Glow is made up of four festive experiences. As well as the Santa Experience, we have a beautifully decorated undercover ice rink, a 120ft observation wheel and a fantastic outdoor illuminated light trail. We also have a Festive Food Quarter full of carefully selected local traders. All attractions are ticketed separately to allow visitors to pick and choose what to do (e.g if you wanted to see santa and go ice skating, you’d need a ticket for each)Follow us on Facebook to see the latest updates from Santa ahead of meeting him later this year