santa hunts

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“Of course, I can’t wait to meet you, but this year, I thought it was best… to make things a little more tricky, and invite you off on a quest!” –  Santa Claus

Santa Hunts are making a welcome return with a brand new storyline for 2022. This year, Santa has decided to have a little festive fun and has hidden somewhere in our canalside village – the elves need your help to solve the clues and find him!

Climb aboard our vintage bus to explore the village and seek out Santa Claus. Join in the yuletide spirit, take part in our festive tasks and help our jolly historic characters prepare for Christmas. Don’t forget to pop into our Edwardian school to write up your special secret wish too, all before meeting the big man himself!

Be ready for our Christmas VIP as Santa will ensure to meet each child individually for a chat and of course, they will receive a Christmas gift. Santa isn’t camera shy, so you are welcome to take a photo or ask our helpful elves to take one for you.

Plus, in true Christmas spirit we haven’t forgotten about the grown-ups, who will receive a voucher for a complimentary mulled wine or non-alcoholic drink and a mince pie.

Although we recognise that Christmas is a magical time for those of all ages, we recommend this event to those aged 3+.

Important Information


  • Adult ticket (16+), including a mince pie and mulled wine: £17.00
  • Child ticket (6m-15), including a gift from Santa: £12.00
  • Essential carer ticket,* including a mince pie and mulled wine: £8.50


Please note; we do our best to update the availability list above daily, however we cannot guarantee the timeslots will still be available when you call. We recommend that you have several dates and times in mind before calling to book.

This event is via a special event ticket. UnChained Passes and Memberships cannot be used for entry to this event.

Santa Hunts are designed for children, however this event has been created specifically for children aged 3+. Due to the size of the site and the variation of audience ages, there is a limit of two adults per child. Each Santa Hunt has a maximum of 27 people in the group to create a more personal experience. Each Santa Hunt is approx. 1 hour long.

Your selected time slot will be your time of entry to the Museum and the start of your Santa Hunt. After the Santa Hunt finishes, you are free to stay in the Museum to explore until 4pm, when we close. Your ticket does not permit admission before the Santa Hunt begins.

The Santa Hunts leave the Museum’s admissions foyer every half hour from 9.30am (excluding 12.30pm). Due to the popularity of our Santa Hunts, when you call to book, if your preferred time is not available, we will try to accommodate your booking to the nearest available time slot as best we can.

Please be aware that due to our Merry Makers events, Santa Hunts will not be available on the 3rd or 4th December. 

*Essential carer: If a disabled visitor requires an essential carer to support them and enable them to access the Museum, this person is admitted at the reduced price of £8.50. Please bring along either their carer’s network card or PIP cover letter as carer identification.

All details of the events programme are correct at the time of writing; however the Museum reserves the right to change or cancel items if circumstances arise that are beyond its control.