The Clyde Valley Family Park is in the village of Crossford in the scenic Clyde Valley. It’s not far from Glasgow and it takes about 45 minutes to get there along the M74.
We went to Clyde Valley Family Park to visit Santa and both our 9-year-old and our 4-year-old had a great day.
The park itself has lots to offer including:
1. A great sandpit with lots of buckets and spades and a large tractor shaped climbing frame and slide. Our 4 year old loved this!
2. Pedal operated go-karts. There is a main track that can be used by adults and older children, which also has 2 and 3 seater go-karts in case you want to take smaller children around with you. If younger children want to ride by themselves, there is a smaller track, with smaller karts, just for them. You can use the go-karts as many times as you like and for as long as you like.
3. You can feed animals including sheep, llamas and a very friendly horse called Elsa. You can buy cups of food for 50p.
4. A miniature railway offering train rides around the park. The train has been decorated for Christmas and the driver is one of Santa’s elves! You get a great view of the park’s animals on the way round and you can even feed them from the train The sheep and the llamas walked alongside the train for part of the journey much to the delight of all the children on board. The train leaves every 15/20 minutes and again you can ride as many times as you want.
5. Trampolines and bouncing pillows.
6. An indoor play area with little ride on vehicles and a huge haystack to climb on. Both kids loved the haystack and we spent ages here. The indoor area also has a lovely Christmas Scene set out that is perfect for some nice family photos. There are tables set up and little ones can make Christmas Decorations and write their letter to Santa. They even have a Postbox for posting Santa letters.
Price: Entrance to the park costs £10.00 per person and this is for adults and children over the age of 3. (The cost for 2-year-olds is £5.00). The price for a family ticket, for 2 adults and 2 children, is £36.00. Everything mentioned above is included in the ticket price.
The park was fairly busy when we visited but we didn’t have to queue for anything.
Just in case you were thinking of taking your four-legged family member, dogs ARE NOT allowed in Clyde Valley Park.
Visiting Santa at Clyde Valley Family Park
We decided to visit Santa during our visit to Clyde Valley Park and this cost an additional £5.00 per child. We hadn’t pre-booked this – it was just arranged on the day.
They introduced a raffle ticket system for Santa’s Grotto to make sure little ones didn’t have to queue for long. You could go around the park enjoying the different facilities and just listen for your number being called.
We really liked the layout of Santa’s Grotto. It was situated under a HUGE, and very beautiful, tree that had been decorated with thousands of Christmas lights. There is a fence around the tree, that looks like lots of Christmas presents, and this means you can’t see in from the outside.
When we stepped inside the “Presents” we had a lovely surprise. The first thing we saw was a Nativity scene and alongside it were two real donkeys and two goats. One of the goats was just a little baby who was full of fun and mischief - “the cutest thing ever” according to our 9-year-old! There were also some old-fashioned games situated around the grotto to keep little ones (and not so little ones!) amused while they waited. There was Hoopla, Tin Can Alley, Duck Hunt, Ball Toss, Spin the Wheel and more.
Thanks to the Raffle Ticket system we only had to wait for around 10 minutes to see Santa and this passed quickly as we were playing the games.
Inside Santa’s Grotto was nicely decorated and we really liked Santa who had a real beard and looked very authentic. He was very friendly and chatty and spent time asking both children lots of questions. He was great with our 4-year-old who loves the idea of seeing Santa but is always a little apprehensive when he comes face to face with him! Santa managed to get him to stand beside him for photos and even tell him what he would like for Christmas.
There are no professional photos taken in this Grotto so you just take your own and Santa and his elf was happy to stand and have lots of pictures taken. At no time did we feel as though we were being rushed – something we have felt on other Santa visits.
The gifts were reasonable. A decent craft set for our 9-year-old, which she said she really liked, and for our 4-year-old the gift was a set of wooden dominoes and a little dolphin soft toy. He was delighted.
All in all, we had a really good day and we will definitely go back next Christmas. We are also looking forward to going back to the park in the New Year as, even without the Santa visit, it was a great family day out.