Celeb’s Christmas Attraction Slammed

By Michael Mander

It’s that time of year again! Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen designed ‘The Magical Journey’ Christmas “wonderland”, which has been panned by visitors.

Dubbed ‘Elfgate’ – the controversial attraction charged £22.50 for a child to see Santa, receive a present, meet elves and see all the sights of the “winter wonderland”.

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Winter wonderland?

Instead (according to Facebook comments) they watched poor acting, strange X-Factor references, disappointing train rides, mucky treks through empty tipees, cheap and unwrapped presents and long, long queues.

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The Elf Factor – dubbed by some as “strange”

Management have claimed these problems are a number of small teething problems that they thought would go unnoticed. They agreed, however, that the attraction should not have opened.

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Guests arrived today to find the park closed.

The Magical Journey, at The Belfry hotel in Sutton Coldfield, has now been temporarily closed.

Laurence has commented on Twitter:


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