The Forage Christmas Experience 2023

Photo Credits: Rachel O’Keefe & Adam Ross Williams

Ticket Prices

ADULTS £13.50 (14+) ~ CHILDREN + GIFT £15.00 (3-13) ~ CHILDREN 2 & UNDER + GIFT £3.00

Join us for a magical experience in December 2023

Fri 1st, Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Dec
Fri 8th, Sat 9th & Sun 10th Dec
Fri 15th, Sat 16th & Sun 17th Dec
Weds 20th, Thurs 21st, Fri 22nd Dec & Sat 23rd

The Show

Join Elf Mable for an extended show as we share a 20-minute experience including an epic adventure to help Father Christmas’s helper!

Santa’s most prized possession has vanished without a trace. It holds tremendous power and in the wrong hands Christmas Day itself could vanish from the calendar. That’s enough to chill the cheeriest of holiday spirits!

Santa’s diligent elves, donning clever disguises, have been dispatched across the globe to find it.  

The lovable but accident-prone Elf Mable, who, despite her best intentions, often finds themselves in a tangle of chaos, has been sent to the remote location of Forage’s Lost and Found. This should keep her safe and out of trouble… But trouble, it seems, has a curious way of tracking her down.  

You must help Elf Mable find what has been lost and save Christmas, without breaking anything!

Elf Show Times

An elf show will be performed every 40 minutes!

Click the button below to view the opening and show times.


The Magic Returns!

Meet Father Christmas

Psst. Father Christmas will be stopping at Forage!
This is your little one’s chance to influence if they’re on the naughty or nice list!

Included in your ticket price.

After the elf show families will be invited to gather together inside a new space where Father Christmas will be seen in his workshop. Families will be invited to receive a present from him and take your own a photos.

Presents suitable for all age groups will also be gifted to children under 14! 

Please note this is a group experience, not a private visit.

What to Expect


Roast Marshmallows

Warm up this winter with our toasty fire pits, cosy ambience and deliciously pillowy marshmallows.

Come and get yours from the elf hiding in our very own Gingerbread house!  

Write Letters to Santa

Select your paper, decorate your list and write a letter to make all your Christmas wishes come true.

This is a great, interactive experience for the little ones to get creative and immerse in the festive spirit.

Meet Our Festive Alpacas

Get festive in Forage-style as our friendly alpacas will be greeting you in fancy dress! We’ll also have opportunities for you to feed them some tasty treats for 50p

(Available until the food runs out as we don’t want them getting too fat!)

Christmas Crafts & Glitter Tattoos!

Get crafty with one of our elves and make your very own Christmas decoration to take home and remember the 2023 festive season.

You can also add some sparkle to your skin with our range of glitter tattoos. Transform into a fairy or shapeshift into Jack Frost!


The Taste of Christmas

This year will welcome indulgent, flavoursome and local produce served from our festive, wooden market stall and other chosen vendors all available from within the Christmas Experience enclosure.

Please note food is charged at an additional cost.

Indulge and feed the whole family
inside our Christmas Experience food tent this year!

Forage Market Stall

Get festive and enjoy mince pies, cakes, mulled wine, hot chocolates and more.
Gourmet Farm

Gourmet Farm will be bringing you delicious burgers and hotdogs.
Little Dragon Pizza

Renowned for their quality and taste, you won’t be disappointed!

Want more Formal Festivities?

If you are looking for a more formal setting, the Forage restaurant will be open on selected evenings. Please note that this is separate from the Christmas Experience at Forage event and a booking is required.


Swing By and Shop!

Although the Christmas Experience is bigger, better and more magical than ever before, we of course have our renowned Forage food and drink on offer with Christmas shopping available too. 

Please note, Forage Farm Shop will continue to operate within normal serving hours, closing at 17.30 (16.30 on Sundays) – we encourage you to pay a visit for festive treats and food alongside our designated yurt with unique gifts galore.

How to Find Us

The Christmas Experience will take place on the lawn at Forage Farm Shop & Kitchen.
The access road to Forage Farm Shop and Kitchen is via the new roundabout on the A48

Travelling Westbound on A48
Coming Westbound from Cardiff on the A48 it is the third exit (sign posted Penllyn Estate) off the first round about after the Cowbridge turning. Enter Penllyn Estate and drive down the private road; Forage is about 600m on your left.

Travelling Eastbound on A48
Coming Eastbound from Bridgend on the A48 it is the first exit (sign posted Penllyn Estate) off the roundabout just before Cowbridge.

Enter Penllyn Estate and drive down the private road; Forage is about 600m on your left.

Visit Forage this Festive Season

With Forage on site, why not stay and relax beyond your Christmas experience? On your way in or way out, enjoy award-winning food, drinks and refreshments. Parking is available outside the shop (please do not walk between the two sites). 

Book a table at Forage by clicking here.

Visit Forage Away, our takeaway service which has a selection of hot and cold snacks and drinks which can be eaten on our beautiful lawn.

Shop local food, drinks and gifts in our store.


Your ticket allows you entry to the Christmas experience event area. In this area you will have the chance to see the Elf show, make a Christmas tree decoration to take home, write a letter to Santa, meet our alpacas and toast marshmallows over our open fire pits. Food and drink are not included in the admission price.

We’re afraid that we are unable to refund or transfer tickets bought for this event. However, if you have purchased ticket insurance cover with XCover at the time of booking, please visit to process a refund.

Please wrap up warmly and bring you brollies if it’s raining as part of the experience is outdoors. The ground may be uneven or muddy underfoot so we advise wearing your welly boots!

Our furry friends are welcome in the Christmas experience area but will not be allowed into the performance space. Please ensure dogs are always kept on a lead and are never left unattended.

Any age that loves Christmas! Our Christmas family show can be enjoyed by all ages but may be more suited to children between the ages of 2 and 11 as well as the young at heart of course!

We’re afraid that we are unable to refund or transfer tickets bought for this event.

This experience is wheelchair accessible. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via –

Due to limited space, we are not able to accommodate buggies at the Christmas Experience and apologise for any inconvenience caused. On the plus side, the site is small so there is very little walking!

Please arrive at the time stated on your ticket as this is the time that the Christmas show begins. Please make your way directly to the stretch tent situated within the Christmas experience area where you will be greeted and seated for the performance.

Please do your best to arrive in time to make the performance start time (the time stated on your ticket). If you do miss your slot, please contact us via and we will do our best to assist you although please be aware that tickets are non-refundable and demand for this event is high.

Contact Us

OFFICE: 01446 774113


ADDRESS: Penllyn Estate, Llwynhelig, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7FF

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