Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm. Sunday: 11am to 4.30pm. 10am - 1pm on Christmas Eve.
Monday to Saturday: 9am to 6pm. Sunday: 10.30am to 4.30pm. 10am - 1pm on Christmas Eve.
Santa's real reindeer have arrived! Animal lovers have the opportunity to meet the reindeer every day until Christmas Eve – when they will go to help Santa with some very important deliveries.
"It's a very exciting time at Garsons as we build up to the festive season and we especially look forward to the arrival of our furry friends each year – we all grow quite attached to them," says Ben Thompson, director at Garsons. "We love being able to spread a little magic at Christmas, and a glimpse of these very special animals is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face. We can't wait to welcome everyone."
As well as designing and building a custom enclosure and stables to keep the reindeer comfortable, we have recruited and trained dedicated 'reindeer helpers' who care for the animals during their stay. The helpers' day-to-day tasks include cleaning the stables and enclosure, feeding and watering and walking the reindeer around the farm as well as being on hand throughout the day to answer visitors' questions.
"Our top priority is always to make sure that our reindeer are happy and healthy while they're with us, so a lot of work goes into giving them plenty of exercise, space to move around and the right nutrients," Ben explains. "In their enclosure they can have room to relax away from people if they want to, but they are very inquisitive creatures and love poking their noses through the fence to meet visitors!"
The annual reindeer visit to Garsons has not only become a popular event on the Christmas calendar, but has also helped our family-run business raise thousands of pounds for a different local charity each year. While there is no charge to see the reindeer, visitors are encouraged to give their spare change in collection buckets at the enclosure. Donations in 2016 totalled nearly £8,000 and went to help Carer Support Elmbridge and Rainbow Trust. Garsons Titchfield support The Rainbow Centre at Fareham, which supports children with cerebral palsy and adults with a range of motor disabilities. After staff from Garsons visited The Rainbow Centre and saw first-hand the huge difference it makes to local families, the decision was made to support the charity for a second year, and it is hoped that this year's fundraising may even surpass last year's total.