Making Memories at Thorngrove


At Thorngrove this year, the team have been building you memories – you just need to come along and make them, says Kelsi-Dean Buck

We made it! It’s here. Every year it feels like it arrives sooner, but December is upon us and the Christmas spirit is in full swing! As we said last month, we’re having our biggest Christmas ever with more events than any previous festive season at Thorngrove! A grotto, a fairytale forest, and wreath making classes too! Oh… and did you see our official Christmas advert? You can watch it on social media now!

Grottos and memories
It can be difficult trying to “sell” in times of economic uncertainty – we’re all only too aware of the difficulties many people are facing this year. Which is why at Thorngrove we’re doing our best to offer not just the usual Christmas essentials, but make ourselves a place that you can also come to create memories that will last forever.
We have already had our first Santa’s Grotto days and we had amazing feedback from those who attended. Our grotto was put together entirely by our staff, and our Employ My Ability students and service users got involved building the snowman! It was real team effort to get the grotto up and running and we hope you all enjoy it; it’s on every weekend until Christmas. You can turn up without booking but we do encourage booking beforehand as the last two weekends are already looking especially busy and close to selling out! Find all the details on our website.

Theatre at Thorngrove
Dorset based company Angel Exit Theatre ( are transforming an indoor area of Thorngrove Garden Centre into a beautiful wintery forest. Visitors will learn the secrets of this snowy land as they venture through pine trees on a sensory journey filled with fairy tale magic. They will meet the effervescent Mary Godmother played by Lynne Forbes and hear news of their favourite fairy tale characters in her stories, songs, and gossip.
This event is FREE and no booking is required – dates on our website.
The café is hosting a Christmas Menu on select days in December too, with Ben and his team offering some delightful options. The Taste of Christmas will be in the Secret Garden Café and more delicious than ever before.

We look forward to seeing you all this December, and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year!


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