Family fun at Christmas Tree Farm

Ingrid Hodges with one of her reindeer at the Winslow Christmas Fayre
Ingrid Hodges with one of her reindeer at the Winslow Christmas Fayre

Make going to buy a Christmas tree a treat at a family-run farm with real reindeer and children’s activities every weekend until Christmas.

Claydon Christmas Tree Farm, in Steeple Claydon, is managed by Joseph and Ingrid Hodges.

From next year, customers will be able to buy trees that have been grown on the farm, with the first crop planted in April 2010. The trees on sale this year are freshly cut from a farm in the Welsh Mountains.

Fun on the farm includes a Christmas shop selling decorations and ornaments, home-made cakes s at Rudolph’s Honesty Cafe, a pedal tractor play area and the farm’s two live reindeer.

For £4 per child, children can visit Father Christmas in his log cabin grotto from noon to 3pm this weekend and next weekend.

On Saturday, December 6, a silver band will be playing from 1.30pm to 3pm.

On Sunday, December 7, there’s face painting and a colouring competition from noon to 2pm. The contest winner can choose a stocking of their choicefrom the farm’s Christmas shop and will be contacted at the end of the day.

On Saturday, December 13, enjoy walk-around magic and balloon modelling from 11.30am to 12.30pm and a children’s magic show from 12.40pm to 1pm.

On Sunday, December 14, kids can join in a Reindeer Treasure Hunt with a prize for all completed sheets from noon to 2pm.

There’s also reindeer jewellery/keyring making and face painting from noon to 2pm, when the Twyford Choir will be singing Christmas Carols.

On Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21, there’s another chance to join in a colouring competition and a Reindeer Treasure Hunt from noon to 2pm.

Donations will be collected for charity.

Find out more here.