Scanta Clause: 5 Years of Craplands

Merry Christmas!

It’s the 5 year anniversary of the Airgates Annual “Winter Blunderland” story. Since 2013, we’ve brought you stories of Laplands gone Poundlands, Elgates, Christmas train crashes and sorrowful Santas.

To celebrate the 5 year milestone, we’ve scoured the papers for not 1, not 2 but 3 Laplands gone wrong – we’ve got one for 3 of the UK nations (unfortunately Scotland let us down by not letting any families down).

So light up the fire, grab a mince pie and indulge yourself – for it is the most wonderful time of year.

Clandeboye Estate, Bangor

Andrew Webb, via BBC News

A not so n-ice rink and a Scant-a Clause graced “Winter Wonderland NI” in Bangor, Northern Ireland, this Christmas.

An ice rink allegedly smelt of chlorine and 6-8 year old children were given gifts that were more suited to 3 year olds, said one parent who visited the attraction.

One visitor told the Belfast Telegraph: “We ended up having to stand in a huge line full of prams with kids getting upset and an elf trying to push us further along even though there was nowhere to go – it was terrible.”

Santa allegedly wore an elasticated beard that he had to pull down to speak to children.

The BBC obtained footage of an ice-less ice rink:

Winter Wonderland NI promised a refund to all disappointed families and said on Facebook: “Whilst we understand that this will be greatly disappointing to many, we feel we cannot recover from the negative publicity and it is clear that we have hosted an event which has not met the high standards we had aimed to deliver,”

Celtic Manor, Newport

Spare a thought for the children of Newport who received a nasty shock at the annual Christmas Kingdom this year.

The event has run since 2012 – but this year a disorganised grotto meant that excited children could hear several Santas speaking at once while waiting to meet the big man.

The Telegraph reports that disgruntled mother-of-two, Natalie Miura, said: “You could hear other Santa’s talking in different rooms, which didn’t affect my two-year-old but my six-year-old started asking questions about who was talking and what was going on.”

Crystal Palace, South London

Image from The Sun

It’s not Christmas without a muddy field! Winterfest, in Crystal Palace, have been forced to close their Winter Wonderland due to snow.

Santa was a no-show at the event, because he was stuck in heavy traffic travelling down from Nottingham.

An ice rink was forced to close after the weather, as organisers declared it “too slippy”.

And, to add salt to the wound (since they didn’t add it to the grounds), many of the rides were forced to close due to snow and winds – including the Ferris Wheel.

A Winterfest spokesman said: “The event has been cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions we have been experiencing and the impacts it has had on the event as a whole, keeping in mind health and safety the Ferris wheel was unable to open due to this

Image from The Sun

Merry Christmas – see you next year!