In Winter, any chance to put my Hunter wellies, bobble hat and scarf on and I’m there so when my hubby suggested visiting the Magic Lantern Festival in Roundhay Park, Leeds a few weeks ago I was keen to get tickets booked as soon as possible.
I was slightly dubious about booking something in the evening as Little L struggles to stay up past 7:30/8 but we let him have a longer nap in the afternoon and he was absolutely fine.
On entering the park there was a variety of food vendors, the standard kids fair rides, Santa’s tipi and the toilets. The park is split into two separate sections and you book a time for Santa and for walking around the lanterns. I suppose this is to avoid everyone trying to get around them at once, however it was still fairly busy when we were there.
We had invited Janma and Johndad along and decided to start with the section around Tropical World, before heading down for our appointment with Santa. We were invited into the Elves Workshop Tipi and told to help the elves fix and make the toys, before being called to see the big man himself. Little L was a little nervous but Santa was excellent at making him at ease with a high five and a few simple questions so, by the end of our meeting, our little man was happy to sit next to Santa for a picture or two.
At this point LR was desperate to go on the Thomas the Tank Engine train ride which we allowed and also let him have a light up wand which I proceeded to teach him Harry Potter spells with.
Janma was starving so we went to the Greek van and all indulged in Gyro’s – I had Pork and Haloumi and it was delicious! A hot chocolate and some marshmallows later we headed to the second section of the lanterns, with the more impressive displays in my opinion.
I was surprised how well Little L did, walking around the festival. He really enjoyed looking at all the lanterns and there was a great atmosphere with a relaxing oriental soundtrack playing throughout. There was a strange moment when he said the “lights were singing to him” and I was concerned he was being hypnotised but the less said about that the better!
It was a lovely evening out and I’ll definitely book to go again if it comes back next year. At £12.50 per person, it’s well worth the money and if you’re lucky, there is the odd offer on Wowcher and such websites too.