Our weekend at LaplandUK 2017

Last year we visited Lapland UK and it was, undoubtedly, the best day we have ever shared together as a family. Even now, twelve months later, the children still talk about the elves they met, the gingerbread they made, the ice skating, the reindeers and meeting Father Christmas. Every now and then, when I tuck them up into bed and read them their Lapland story book, they tell me in sleepy murmurs, still clutching their husky dogs tightly, how Lapland UK was the best day of their whole lives.

And so when we were offered the chance to return to Lapland UK this year my main concern was, could it ever be as good as our first visit?

Because I’ll be honest with you, I just didn’t see how a return visit could ever be as truly magical as that first time. I didn’t imagine that the look on my children’s faces would ever be quite as mesmerising, the ice skating quite as exhilerating, those snowy paths quite as enchanting. I found it impossible to believe that we could ever recreate a day as perfect as that first one.

So what if I told you, without a word of a lie, that our return to Lapland UK was even better than the first?

It began weeks earlier with the receipt of their invitations, the way in which they had squealed with delight as I read them aloud, how they had declared incredulously, “Father Christmas chose us again!”. Every day they would ask me, “How many days now?”, their excited chatter filled with talks of their favourite moments, of Pixie Mixie, Conker, Whittle and Bauble, their lengthy discussions over which sweets they would choose from the village sweet shop, whether they would be so lucky as to get a second gift from Santa this year.

This year we decided to make a weekend of it, spending two whole days down in Ascot in order to milk every magical moment from the weekend. As we travelled down to the Hilton at Bracknell, just ten minutes away from Lapland UK, it was lovely to know that we could take our time the following day without rushing back and cutting short our fun.

The short drive to Lapland UK was met with excited anticipation, “I remember this!” Eva said, “This is the right way!” Megan told us. “My want to see Rudolph!” Harry declared, his nose pressed up against the window, his little face flushed with excitement. As we parked up at the Enchanted Forest the children hopped from one foot to the next, “Come on it’s this way!” they told us impatiently, running ahead with a familiar confidence, chattering between themselves about all of the wonders which lay ahead.

The entrance was just as beautiful as we had remembered it to be and, although it was bustling, we were promptly checked in, given two pin badges as a thank you for returning this year, and we took our place ready for the start of our tour. Each tour is split into two teams, the Huskies and the Reindeers, and this year we were the Huskies – much to the children’s excitement.

And then the moment we had been waiting for, the doors swung open to reveal the snowy paths ahead, and where as last year the children had felt a little overwhelmed, clinging to my legs as we inched through the door, this year they were off like a shot, charging through with whoops of excitement shouting, “Come on Mummy!! The elves are this way!!”.

In just the same way as last year, we found ourselves in a fairy lit woodland glen where we were met by two elves. And as they told us the story of Lapland, about the elves, Father Christmas, and what lay in store, the children sat there with eyes as wide as saucers, completely silent for the first time in months, just drinking it all in.

And never once did they complain, “Oh we did this last year!”, or lose interest having experienced it all before. Never once did they fail to “Oooh!” or “Aaah” with every surprise and every twist and turn. Their excitement was simply heightened by the memories of the previous year, sometimes knowing exactly what was to come, sometimes being taken completely by surprise!

At our next stop, the toy factory, the children were delighted to see some of their favourite elves again, throwing their heads back and laughing at every joke, drinking in every carefully thought out detail from the rotating toys above our heads, to the new addition of magical glasses which allowed them to see a room filled with rainbows.

This year the children were asked to help the elves make polar bears and where as last year Lewis and I needed to help the children do this, this year they got stuck right in, doing it all by themselves, looking so utterly proud as they carried their baskets to the front and sent them off to Father Christmas.

I got quite emotional at seeing how far they’d come in just twelve short months, how much more capable they are, how independent they have become. In a year that seems to have flown in the blink of an eye, I realised just how much had changed

Seeing Eva chatting away to the elves was such a lovely moment, even more so given the difficult year she’s had, and when they were all rewarded with another stamp in their elf passports I felt incredibly proud of them all.

Our next stop was Mother Christmas’s kitchen where we were greeted by Mother Christmas and her team of helpers.

“This is where we make gingerbread men Harry!” Megan whispered, and then stopped in her tracks as she discovered that this year it was gingerbread Christmas trees! I love that they make these little changes each year, keeping the same successful format but adding in small differences to keep the children on their toes!

One thing which was exactly the same, and just as special as I remembered, was the walk up to the elf village, wandering down the snowy paths with the fairy lights and music in the distance. Despite knowing what ahead, the excitement was no less and, as we entered the village, I felt that overwhelming rush of emotion knowing that it was everything we had remembered it to be and more.

I’m not sure it’s even possible to describe the atmosphere in the Elf Village, nor sum it up in just a handful of photos.  It’s as though you can literally smell Christmas in the air, as though every detail, every sparkle, every snowflake, every emotion that you feel on Christmas morning is right there all in one place. And that’s a feeling none of us will ever forget.

And that’s what it’s all about for us, making those moments we’ll never forget. The look of determination on the children’s faces as they wobbled around the ice rink, the sound of their laughter, and their cries, when they took a tumble, the feel of their cold little hands enveloped in mine.

The concentration as they wrote their letters to Father Christmas at the Post Office, carefully listing every last toy they had asked for, posting it through the letter box with their eyes closed and their fingers crossed.

Their excited cries as they saw the husky dogs, the way one nuzzled against Megan’s leg and she had looked at me, her eyes sparkling with delight, “Mummy! This one loves me!”.

The smell of hotdogs and mulled wine, the juggling elves, the stilt walkers, the jingle of bells and the twinkling lights.

The moments when I looked at Lewis, who at thirteen has long been a non-believer, and saw a sparkle in his eyes which reminded me of a time when we shared so many magical moments of our own.

The pride I felt at seeing the girls chatting away to Pixie Mixie, to see Megan hop up for a cuddle, to see Eva over come her crippling shyness for the first time in months.

The feel of the children’s arms around my neck as they told me, over and over, that this was their best day ever. The sad look on Harry’s face when he whispered, “My will miss Lapland.”

Those are the moments which are just ours, just for the six of us, the moments that we will look back on, year after year, and feel all of those emotions long after the children have grown.

Our final part of the day was the children’s favourite, going to see Father Christmas himself! And the thing I love most about Lapland is that, unlike other grotto experiences we’ve had, the children can really enjoy that moment. It’s no secret that Eva, Megan and Harry are the type of children who need time to “warm up”, the type of children who spend the entire time clinging to my leg, only to have the best five minutes of their life just as it’s time to go home.

And that’s the thing with Lapland, that with four hours to experience it, even the most timid of children will be running ahead down those snowy pathways, slipping their hand into that of an elf, and telling Father Christmas every item on their list with a confidence that melts your heart.

When our day at Lapland UK was over, instead of piling into the car and going home as we did last year, we went back to the hotel, enjoyed a delicious meal, and chatted non-stop about our favourite parts of the day. And as we went up to bed, the children worn out from such an exciting day, it was lovely for Gaz, Lewis and I to just relax, to forget the thought of a long drive home the following day, and to allow ourselves to stay oblivious in our cocoon of magic for a little while longer.

When we woke the following morning to see the snow, the children could not have been more excited. “He sent it!” Megan screeched, the three of them pressed up to the window, their eyes wide with amazement, “Father Christmas sent us the snow!”. And as they danced around the hotel room in their pyjamas, their eyes sparkling, the memory of those magical little faces still so fresh, I knew that the magic of Lapland would just keep growing and growing.

Because it turns out that with every visit to Lapland UK the magic simply increases. With every year we make that journey the excitement builds, the children’s confidence grows, the anticipation heightens and our memories etch a little deeper. The familiarity of a return visit allowed the children to enjoy it a little more, to laugh a little louder, believe a little harder; to remind us that, although another year has passed, our children still very much believe in the magic of Christmas.

And no matter how old we get, we always will.

We made a video of our day at Lapland UK, our first ever vlog, we hope you like it!

** We were given complimentary tickets to Lapland UK and a stay at the Hilton for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own. **

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166 Comments

  1. December 19, 2017 / 8:15 am

    That looks absolutely amazing and so magical!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:35 pm

      It really is the best place to visit! xx

  2. December 19, 2017 / 8:38 am

    This is almost close to being Disneyland. You should publicise more. It really looks. Even workers looked happy doing their job.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:34 pm

      It really is such a lovely place to be, if I worked there I would skip into work each day! xx

  3. December 19, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Oh it looks so exciting and to have real snow! Mine are too old for this now…I needn’t to borrow some children! Lovely review and lovely pictures too. #dreamteam

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      Haha borrowing someone elses children is a great idea, it’s worth the visit! xx

  4. December 19, 2017 / 10:25 am

    What a simply amazing day, even though Grace is 12 I’m sure she would enjoy the magic on offer x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      I’m sure she would! At 13 Lewis likes to pretend he doesn’t enjoy it but as soon as we get there he had the best time!! xx

  5. December 19, 2017 / 11:14 am

    How marginal…it looks amazing. I’ll have to look into this for next year. #triumphanttales

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Oh you should, it’s our absolute favourite place to go! xx

  6. December 19, 2017 / 11:51 am

    Great family pictures…Sounds you have had so much fun…now heading to your vlog…

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:30 pm

      Ahh thank you Kavita, it’s my first vlog so I worked hard on it! xx

  7. December 19, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    This looks absolutely magical Laura we have never been to Lapland UK but it is totally on our Christmas bucket list! Xx

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      It is AMAZING, I hope you get to go next year! xx

  8. December 19, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time. This place never ages. It was our third time and we went last week and it just keeps getting better and better x Popping over from #DreamTeam x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      I totally agree, our second time there and it was everything we remembered it to be and more! xx

  9. December 19, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Oh how I would love to go Lapland and your vlog was so magical! I subscribed to your channel and I look forward to watching more of your Vlogs! Take me with you next time haha!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      Thank you so much Ana, my first vlog and quite stressful, haha! I’m sure you could squish up on the back seat with the kids next year! xx

  10. December 19, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Wooow! So places I see in movies surely do exist! Lapland looks soo magical, you surely had fun! Great pictures you got there!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      Thank you Dalene, it realy is the most magical place! xx

  11. December 19, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    Oh wow it looks just simply magical and I love the photo of you all stood with the penguins, it is stunning x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:26 pm

      ahh thank you, its my absolute favourite! xx

  12. December 19, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    That enchanted forest truly does seem enchanting! Looks like a wonderful day as a family 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      It’s the most magical place we’ve ever been! xx

  13. December 19, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    So many people going to Lapland this year! Can see why, it looks brilliant!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      It’s amazing Cleo, I definitely recommend it! xx

  14. December 19, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Lapland looks utterly amazing! I’ve always wanted to go, but would it be weird to go a twenty-something with no kids?
    C x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:24 pm

      I think you should do it!! Think of the fun you’d have! xx

  15. December 19, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Oh wow what an amazing trip it sounds and looks like you have had! Bet your children will remember this forever! Pictures look so fun and festive.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Thank you Rachel, we had THE best time! xx

  16. December 19, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Sounds amazing. I’m quite tempted to return to the UK next year to bring our son.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 19, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Cath it really is the most magical place we’ve ever been! xx

  17. December 19, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Stunning pictures and beautiful day out. I love your blog too, well done

  18. December 19, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    We have never been to lapland. I think we really need to make an effort to go there some time soon. It looks like it would be an amazing adventure.

    John M

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      Oh you should John! It’s such a great experience! xx

  19. December 19, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, this really brought a tear to my eye, what a wonderful experience with your children! I look mine on a local santa train this year which was wonderful, the excitement on my 2 year old’s face was amazing. Lapland is going on the bucket list!!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      Ahh thank you so much, it was without a doubt the most magical place we’ve ever been. I just love it! Definitely one for the bucket list! xx

  20. December 19, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    It looks so lovely. And you get to do so much too. Great vlog

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      Thank you Emma, there is so much packed in, it’s so much fun! xx

  21. December 19, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    This looks like such an amazing pace to visit with the children. I would love to take mine one year.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      It really is amazing Melanie, I could rave about it all day long. xx

  22. December 19, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    how fab! it all looks so magical. The attention to detail is really stunning – I would love to take my two 🙂 x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Yes that’s the thing I can’t get over, every little detail has been carefully thought out. It’s incredible really! xx

  23. December 19, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    There is so much in your post I could comment on, it is a really lovely read. I was delighted to read that Eva was confidently chatting to the Elves as I know you’ve said how hard school is for her, so that’s great. Each time you mention your little boy saying ‘my will….’ it remind me of mine being small as they always used that phrase ‘my had a nice sleep, mummy’.

    How did Lewis find it all? Did he just enjoy it as he was helping the little ones? Mine keeping telling me they are too old at 10 years but it does look truly magical. Mich x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Ahh thank you so much, it was the best day!! I love when they say “my”, I dread the day he starts to say “I”, my last little Dove needs to stay a baby for longer!! Lewis loved it, obviously he likes to pretend that he’s too cool for school but honestly, he loved seeing his siblings enjoying it and I think the magic is infectious. You’re never too old for magic, and never EVER too old for LaplandUK! xxx

  24. December 19, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    Wow! This does look amazing. I am going to put it on my wish list for next Christmas as we’ve just lived so this year Christmas has snuck up on us a bit!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Ahh I am sure you will love it, fingers crossed! xx

  25. December 19, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    OMG! I felt like I was in Christmas story book! What a whimsical Lapland is! I love the elf village! It’s perfect place for children on Christmas!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Yes! That’s exactly how it makes you feel there! xx

  26. December 20, 2017 / 12:32 am

    I’d never heard of Lapland UK before. It sounds amazing! Bit far from Scotland, unfortunately.

    • Laura Dove
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      December 20, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Very true but absolutely worth the trip! xx

  27. Blair villanueva
    December 20, 2017 / 2:16 am

    Now am feeling jealous, am an adult and wants to experience the Lapland Uk. Its so magical experinece! How i wish it is easily accessible.
    No age limit, right?

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Haha of course not!! It never grows old! xx

  28. December 20, 2017 / 4:39 am

    I’m so much amazed by this beautiful place, the elves and the story telling of lapland. Though kids had seen it, but the way you described along with the photos, I’m sure, we all can see that every year!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Thank you Jhilmil, we loved to share it with you all! xx

  29. December 20, 2017 / 7:50 am

    What a truly magical experience you guys had and definitely glad to hear this year’s adventured topped the last year. It shows on your kids faces how much fun they must have been having.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      Thank you Anosa, I totally agree. The look on their faces is priceless. xxx

  30. December 20, 2017 / 8:22 am

    This place does look so amazing. I’d definitely take my three there if we lived in the UK

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      If you’re ever over here at Christmas you should go! xx

  31. December 20, 2017 / 8:49 am

    What a fantastic day for you all! We cannot wait to take Sophie as I’m sure she would love it just as much. It’s brilliant that it actually snowed whilst you were there too x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:53 pm

      Oh I’m sure she would love it! I know, it was amazing although the 11 journey back home in the snow not quite so much, hah! xx

  32. December 20, 2017 / 8:56 am

    I am definitely taking the kids next year. They will be 11 and 9 but luckily they are still ‘Christmas believers’ and we all adore the Christmas magic. Even the Husband has been known to crack a smile.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:53 pm

      Ahh you will love it!! I can’t wait to hear how you get on! xx

  33. December 20, 2017 / 9:47 am

    This looks so magical and special and you’ve written such a wonderful review. I love your photos and you all look like you had such a lovely time. #DreamTeam

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:53 pm

      Thank you Amy, it was the perfect way to start our Christmas xx

  34. December 20, 2017 / 9:56 am

    This looks all so well done, so much thought put into every detail. Magical!

    • Laura Dove
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      December 20, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      They really have thought of everything! It’s so magical. xx

  35. Kristina Maggiora
    December 20, 2017 / 10:28 am

    omg this place looks so magical and cute, would love to go! :))

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      You should! It’s amazing Kristina! xx

  36. December 20, 2017 / 11:09 am

    It looks really enchanting here, the experience must be mind-blowing for kids! I am sure it will help to keep the magic of Christmas alive for many years to come. I like the idea of Lapland UK, because although it would be nice to visit Lapland itself, young children don’t always cope well with travelling – and I imagine it would be freezing there, too!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      I agree! Lapland must be so lovely but the travel and the weather does put me off! xx

  37. December 20, 2017 / 11:22 am

    I didn’t even realise that there was Lapland UK.Judging from your lovely photographs the children seem to have had an even better time than last year. I love the traditional feel of the whole park and it brings to mind the old traditional xmas fairy stories that seem to be lost nowadays.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Its somewhat a hidden treasure, I hadn’t heard of it at all until last year and now it’s our favourite place ever! xx

  38. December 20, 2017 / 11:47 am

    I too was worried that a return visit wouldn’t be as magical as the first but my fears were laid to rest instantly. The kids loved it, remembered some bits and were more confident to join in, plus there were new things to enjoy too. I would happily take them again as it is such an amazing Christmas experience

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      I totally agree, I think for children who are a little unsure, like mine, it’s perfect. They were so much more confident this year! xx

  39. December 20, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Wow, what a magical experience for the entire family. This must surely be the best way possible to get in the festive spirit!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      I think it has to be! We are all set for Christmas after that! xx

  40. December 20, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Wow this looks amazing really want to take Lucas here looks like you had a great time

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      He would love it I’m sure, it’s amazing! xx

  41. December 20, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    Oh my goodness how wonderfully magical does Lapland UK look! I have to admit I’ve heard the name but had no idea what exactly it was, so it’s nice to see behind the scenes somewhat!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      It’s totally worth a visit Sarah, I’ve never seen anything that beats it! xx

  42. December 20, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    This sounds like such a wonderful, magical experience. I have never seen anything like this before, it looks incredible. It sounds like the six of you had the best time ever x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      It’s just amazing, I can’t explain just how so but we made the most amazing memories! xx

  43. December 20, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    What a wonderful experience and memories to cherish forever. I love the fact you stayed over and talked about the highlights of the day. I can’t wait until my baby is older to understand more about the magic of Christmas although I am looking forward to her first one this year x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Thanks Kirsty. Staying over really added to our experience this year, it was lovely to prolong that magic! xx

  44. December 20, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    OMG! This place looks truly amazing and the kids looks so visibly happy taking a tour of the magical Lapland. I can’t wait to check out your vlog too 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much, we had the best time! xx

  45. December 20, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I’m so pleased you had another amazing time. If its at all possible I think my girls loved it even more than the first time. It really is a magical place I don’t think anyone can go there and not get caught up in the magic. Gorgeous video xx

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you Laura, you know how magical it is!! I think it will just get more and more magical each year, even when they are as old as Lewis, hah! xx

  46. December 20, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    This looks absolutely precious! What a magical way to truly embrace the holidays. I’m glad it was as amazing as the first time!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      Thanks Jackie, me too! It never loses it’s magic! xx

  47. December 20, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    This, honest-to-goodness, looks like the magical experience. And an trip that will stay with you FOREVER! Gorgeous photos!! xx

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      Thanks lovely, we certainly made life long memories again, it’s our favourite place! xx

  48. December 20, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Oh wow it looks so magical! I’d love to go. What a perfect start to the holiday season

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:45 pm

      Its the best way to start our Christmas countdown, we loved every minute of it! xx

  49. December 20, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Lapland UK is such an amazing enchanting experience from seeing all your fab pictures looks like you had an incredible time. It looks so real, im pretty impressed x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:45 pm

      Thanks Melanie, it really is an amazing experience! xx

  50. December 20, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I’ve always wondered if Lapland UK was really worth the huge price tag and your review is going a long way to persuade me I need to take my kids next year somehow! The part about having enough time to allow very shy children to warm up and enjoy it really resonated with me, having extremely shy twin boys who at 8 yrs old, have only just started to go near Father Christmas haha!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 6:44 pm

      Ahh I think the price tag does put a lot of people off but I promise you when you’re there, you can see where every penny has gone and the experience is PRICELESS!! I absolutely love it and the look on my children’s faces just cements the fact that it really is the most magical place we’ve ever been. xx

  51. December 20, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    I’ve heard so many amazing things about Lapland UK, it looks like you all had another fab time x

    • Laura Dove
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      December 20, 2017 / 6:43 pm

      We really did Stephanie, it was even better than the first! xx

  52. December 20, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    This is an awesome and magical place for not just kids but everyone. The fairy light, snow and the forest, i mean everything gave a vibe of a Christmas Land. The kids were right in saying that this is their best day and time. I would love to visit this place someday. Loved reading it and cool video as well. 🙂

  53. December 20, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Wow this looks like the perfect Christmas family day out! Who said you have to visit a Nordic country to experience lapland eh? Some fab memories made here I’m sure.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Exactly! My kids genuinely believe that this is the real Lapland, and that’s good enough for me! When you’re there you feel like it is too! xx

  54. December 20, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Oh I would love to make my son one day. It looks so magical!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:27 am

      I’m sure you would both love it Jules! xx

  55. December 20, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    I’ve never heard of Lapland before but it really seems like the perfect trip! It really seems like you had a wonderful time!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:26 am

      It was wonderful Samantha, they are still bursting with excitement over it! xx

  56. December 20, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    This looks like such a magical experience! The boys are a little too young at the moment, but I think they would love it when they are a bit older. The photos are amazing and I love the letters that the children get.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:25 am

      Thank you Emma. Oh the invitations are amazing, they are so authentic! xx

  57. December 20, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I have never thought of Lapland before if I’m honest and I’m from the UK but reading all of that and feeling as if I was actually there with you as you’ve painted the picture so well, I am now googling for next year to take my little girl. No wonder you went back! What a wonderful place!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:25 am

      Thanks Mel, it’s such an amazing place and well worth a visit. I hope we will go again next year! xx

  58. December 20, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Lapland UK looks like so much fun. Nice pictures and it sure does look inviting. Shall have to visit next year. Have been to the real Lapland, but my son was so young he couldn’t enjoy it.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:25 am

      I love it Afshan, and unlike the real Lapland it’s not too cold! xx

  59. December 20, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Oh my goodness! Lapland UK looks soooo magical! I’ve heard so many great things about it, I am definitely looking to visit next year!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:24 am

      You really should Jemma, you wont regret it! xx

  60. December 20, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Wow, this place looks like it’s from a fairytale! I would love to visit it with my family. You described it as a really magical place and it will be on my travel list for next Christmas.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:24 am

      That;s exactly how it feels Irena, it’s so magical! xx

  61. December 20, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous and it looks simply magical here – I’d love to visit one day.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:22 am

      Thank you Ali, we had the best time! xx

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:13 am

      Thank you Nichola, it was the perfect day. xx

  62. December 21, 2017 / 8:28 am

    It looks amazing and really magical. I would love to take my boys in a couple of years they would love it!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:13 am

      I’m sure they would, I don’t believe anyone couldn’t! xx

  63. December 21, 2017 / 8:44 am

    Wow, what a fabulous day out. It looks like you all had such great fun. I’d definitely love to take Jacob there in a few years time. It’s so nice to make family memories. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:13 am

      Thanks Kelly, it was our favourite day this year that’s for sure! xx

  64. December 21, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    Lapland looks truly magical. I really want to go next year with my daughter.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:09 am

      Oh you should, it’s fantastic! xx

  65. December 21, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    Awww this really does look like pure magic! What an amazing way to get into the Christmas spirit and to see Santa. I love the “my will miss Lapland” that’s what my little lady would say too. I’m considering bringing the kiddies there next year as it looks so amazing. x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:05 am

      You will love it Becky, and so will they! It’s a bit of a trek for you but well worth it! xx

  66. December 21, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Lapland UK looks incredible! It sounds like you had a truly magical time and made memories that you’ll never forget. I have a niece and nephew who would absolutely adore this – so I know what Auntie Rosie is treating them to next year!

    Rosie

    http://www.rosieromance.com

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:05 am

      Oh wow you would literally be the best auntie on the planet in their eyes I’m sure! It’s AMAZING! xx

  67. December 21, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Oh, wow! Lapland UK sounds absolutely amazing!! I may have to save up to take my two next year 🙂

    Louise x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:03 am

      It’s definitely worth it Louise, I’m sure you would love it! xx

  68. Anosa
    December 22, 2017 / 1:35 am

    I’ve never heard of Lapland. It looks so cool and magical for the littlens! The snow is just everything! It all just looks so cool, looking at the pictures I felt as though I was being taken on an adventure.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:02 am

      Thanks Anosa, its the most amazing place to visit! xx

  69. December 22, 2017 / 3:51 am

    I’m thrilled for the kids to have such a magical place to visit at Christmas time. Lapland has thought of everything from a lovely play, to elves, polar bears, decorating cookies, and (of course!) a visit with Santa. Any hints on what they wished for? x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:02 am

      It really was magical Ali. Oh I don’t need hints, I have lists a mile long! Santa has his work cut out this year! xx

  70. December 22, 2017 / 8:17 am

    Oh wow that sounds amazing! What a gig for your blog well done that’s awesome! My daughter would love this! And we looked at going one year but my husband poo pooed it unfortunately. I suppose it is hard to convey the magic of the place when so many fall short but you have done a good job with this post, it seems like a different world. Oh and it looks like the real Santa too, who me and my 7yr old have been in search of this year ? #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:00 am

      Ahh thank you Kate, we really did have the best time! I think a lot of people see the price tag and thing it’s a little expensive, but honestly you get there and realise it is worth every penny! I recommend it to anyone! xx

  71. Dannii
    December 22, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    It all looks so magical. I hope to visit next year when my daughter is old enough to understand it a bit more.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 27, 2017 / 1:54 pm

      Oh I am sure you would love it Dannii, it’s amazing! xx

  72. December 22, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Oh my goodness! You’re so lucky to have gone twice. It says a lot that it was still fresh and exciting and magical the second time around!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 27, 2017 / 1:50 pm

      We really are Sinead, it was just the most magical weekend! xx

  73. December 22, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Just WOW! I can feel Christmas this looks amazing and so magical – the hubby asked what I was watching and my reply was you know I’m going to want to book here for next year! #TriumphantTales

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 27, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Haha Jo! You should definitely book it, you won’t regret it! xx

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 27, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      Ahh you should book it! you won’t regret it at all! xx

  74. Hannah
    December 23, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    This place looks so magical, I love that we have places like this in the Uk x

  75. December 23, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    I remember seeing your Instagram post on this and it looked so cute! I must visit next year!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 27, 2017 / 1:31 pm

      It’s amazing Ashleigh! We had the best time. xx

  76. December 23, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    I know it sounds daft, but this brought a little tear to my eye! I love how you’ve described the memories you’ve made. What a magical experience for all of you, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for linking up to #DreamTeam and Merry Christmas! xxx

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      December 27, 2017 / 1:30 pm

      Ahh thank you Nic, I cried throughout the day at how lovely it was, we really did have the best time! xx

  77. January 1, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    What a magical place. It sounds wonderful 🙂 I had no idea that there was a Lapland in the UK! I think we’ll have to have a look for next year!
    #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      January 1, 2018 / 9:44 pm

      Ooh Laura it really is amazing! You should definitely look it up! xx

  78. January 2, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Oh Laura, what a truly magical experience you all had and sincerely appreciate the level of detail you went into for this review! Little Eco is only 22 months old and was his first proper Christmas where he actually understood who Santa was and said ho ho ho whenever he saw him on TV or Peppa Pig. I cannot wait until next year please god where we’ll take him to Lap Land UK as he’ll be old enough to truly appreciate the wonderful experience xxx #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      January 3, 2018 / 1:13 pm

      Thank you Dani. We put a lot of hard work into the review so Im glad that comes across! I am sure that you will have the most amazing time there, it really is the most magical place we have ever been. Thank you for reading. xxx

  79. January 4, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    Ah wow it all looks so magical, what an amazing experience and what a fab opportunity to get too. I wish we’d been invited! I did look it up but I couldn’t afford it this year with Disneyland too, maybe next Christmas! Lovely photos.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 4:33 pm

      It was amazing Hayley!! It’s such a magical place, just like Disneyland it’s impossible not to go there and believe in every bit of it! xx

  80. January 6, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    It’s so good to know it doesn’t lose its magic second time around. I’d love to go here next year when George is 4. I think he’ll be the perfect age

    #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      January 7, 2018 / 5:58 pm

      Oh I think he would love it Cassie! It’s the most amazing place! xx

  81. January 10, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    OMG – I’ve never heard of Lapland UK before – on my first read of your blog I thought you’d actually been to the real Lapland!!! It looks amazing and Santa looks so real!!! Think it’s going to be on my 2018 bucket list!!!! Can’t wait!!!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      January 12, 2018 / 12:25 pm

      Oh you should totally look into going! It’s AMAZING!!!! xx

  82. January 22, 2018 / 4:01 am

    looks like a fabulous weekend! I have never heard of this place before, but it is beautiful and I would love to visit here one day. It is the perfect addition to my 2018 bucket list. Thanks for sharing xx

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      January 22, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      It’s amazing Cassie, I genuinely can’t stress enough how amazing it is, my children never stop talking about it! xx

  83. Denise
    September 19, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    🎄What a truly fabulous blog, you have detailed it all so perfectly!
    Your lovely family, enjoying the excitement, it bought back so many 🤶🏻🍭memories, bought a tear to my eye, I so want to go back, but my son who I know is in his last year, it won’t be cool, he 🤶🏻believes in his own way! 🍬
    I now have to wait for grandchildren from my eldest, so fingers crossed in a few years!
    So reviewers reading this you MUST GO!! it is the most wonderful and magical day!
    For the adults too, it is the most amazing & memorable day!
    Thank you five little doves family! 💕 xxx

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      September 19, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      Ah thank you so much for this Denise. What a lovely thing to say. It’s just the most magical, incredible experience isn’t it? It makes me so emotional to see how happy the children are each year and I know when my babies are all grown up, I too will be returning with the grandchildren! Thanks again for your lovely message xxx

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