Winter Blunderland so bad – even Santa didn’t show up

It’s that time of year where we indulge in our  festive traditions: the John Lewis advert, decorating the tree, watching Christmas movies and – of course – the annual “Winter Wonderland gone wrong” story.

It’s the fourth year of this iconic tradition, and we’ve already seen a “Lapland gone Poundland” in Milton Keynes, an “Elfgate” controversy in Sutton Coldfield and a Lapland Train that, just like real trains, infuriated passengers in Blackpool.

This year, let us take you to Bakewell, in Derbyshire. Families were promised fireworks, reindeer, a grotto, funfair, market, live music, ice rink “and much more!” – all for just (up to) £7 per person.


But, not wanting to let Airgates down, Bakewell Winter Wonderland failed to deliver on these promises – instead offering guests muddy fields, no reindeer and no Father Christmas. The stalls were limited and not as Christmassy as one would expect (unless one is a frequent reader of Airgates).

On social media, parents were furious. David Izzard didn’t pull any punches when he called the Wonderland the: “biggest bag of sh** ever. Even Santa fu*ked it off and didn’t turn up.”

Bakewell Winter Wonderland has refunded at least one upset family, according to the Derby Telegraph. The Sun claim they’ve blamed the setbacks on a “mini-hurricane”.

If you are planning a Winter Wonderland for next Christmas, and are worried it’s going to be a disaster: please make it the biggest disaster possible so we can give our readers a fantastic 5th anniversary of this wonderful traditional.

Have a magical Christmas!