Father Christmas has been checking out his brand new home at a historic park site which he will be taking up residence in during the festive season.

It may still be the summer, but the man in the big red suit is making sure he is properly prepared for the winter holidays.

He paid an early visit to Coombe Abbey and Kiosk in the Park, where his grotto will be located during December and had a look around before the Christmas rush.

Father Christmas will call Coombe his new home on December 7 and 8, 14 and 15, 21, 22nd,  and 23 at the Kiosk, which is operated by Coombe Abbey Hotel and situated at Top Pool Lodge.

Ron Terry, general manager of the hotel, said it will be the perfect way for families to get into the spirit of the season.

“This year the grotto has moved to the brand new location of Kiosk at the Park and we are all looking forward to welcoming everyone along,” he said.

“It is set to be transformed into a fun-filled festive venue and it was lovely to be able to show Father Christmas around his new home.

“The grotto is one of many events and activities that we have planned in the run-up to the holidays and we have a packed calendar to get everyone in the spirit.”

The hotel will be hosting a number of Yuletide events, starting in November and running throughout December.

John ‘JD’ Dalziel of Free Radio is back on board for the popular Party Nights as the venue partners with the station once again for 2019.

The party nights are set to introduce something new for this year as they will include not only a disco, but also a silent disco – adding more musical fun to the evening.

They will be perfect for Christmas parties with work colleagues or friends, but for those looking for something a little more intimate, Private Christmas Parties are also making a return.

Always catering for every taste, Coombe Abbey always have a few things on the menu that are a little bit different but still have a festive theme including its Medieval Banquets, Festive Murder Mystery nights, Gatsby Glamour Ball and the Festive Speakeasy Blinders.

Families have not been left out as youngsters can join in with Party Princesses, when princesses from lands near and far are invited to the hotel for a fairy tale tea party.

An alternative to the princess party is Festive Lunch with Santa – a traditional festive lunch with the man himself.

The popular Afternoon Tea at Coombe will be given a Yuletide twist in the run-up to the holidays when it will be accompanied by carols.

It will take place in the Marquee on a number of dates and the D-Day Darlings will make a special appearance on Monday, December 16 to help with the singalong.

Following on from Christmas, the hotel has something special planned for the New Year, which includes a New Year’s Eve Dinner in the Garden Room Restaurant.

Glitz and glamour is promised with the New Year’s Eve Black and White Masquerade Ball and those looking to be transported back in time instead of 2020 can enjoy a Medieval New Year.

A range of drinks packages are also available for revellers to pre-book for events as well and those looking to add a little extra to the night can stay in one of the 120 bedchambers available.

Conferences can be given a Christmas theme as well during the season of goodwill with a selection of Yuletide treats available to enhance business events.

Couples can make their nuptials even more special with a winter wedding with an array of rooms that can cater for intimate parties up to 500 guests.

Ron added: “We have so much taking place at the hotel in the run-up to Christmas Day and there is something for everyone.

“Whether you want to get into the spirit with a few carols, celebrate with the family or party with friends or colleagues, we have it all.

“It may be a bit early to start thinking about the festive season, but sometimes it’s best to be prepared and get things booked.”

For further information about any of the events at Coombe Abbey Hotel this Christmas and New Year, visit www.coombeabbey.com/product-category/christmas-new-year