West Yorkshire businesses collaborate for a third Christmas experience

A Bradford garden centre is collaborating with a fellow West Yorkshire business to bring wonder to its popular Christmas Grotto.

Tong Garden Centre has called on the expertise of a team of performers at Leeds based Sneaky Experience to bring their new Grotto to life for the third time.

The Grotto opens on Saturday November 17 and the Sneaky team will entertain children (and grown-ups) throughout the 30 minute interactive experience that gives unlimited back stage access on a magical Arctic journey to see Santa.

Tong marketing manager Jo Dales is looking forward to working with Sneaky Experience again and said: “The team at Sneaky engage with both children and adults to create memorable experiences through storytelling and performance. We really enjoy working with them and we can’t wait to welcome them back to Tong.”

Sneaky Experience director Julia Benfield added: “This is a dream job for Sneaky Experience with many of our team growing up right here in Yorkshire and experiencing the magic of Christmas at Tong Garden Centre. The grotto experience just goes from strength to strength and we’re so proud to be part of it.”

Tickets for the Grotto cost £12.50 for children and £6.25 for under-ones, with up to two free adult tickets for every child ticket bought. The entry cost includes a unique backstage pass that gives access to Santa’s Toy Shop for a gift.

Tickets can be bought online or at the reception desk at the Tong Lane site. In addition to the Grotto, the new for 2018 pop-up Polar Bear Café will be serving speciality hot chocolate, mugs of soup, hot dogs, sharing ice creams and slushies.