December 11, 2012, 9:35 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Richmond's London Wetland Centre is to host a special Christmas event this coming weekend. The Winter Wonderland Weekend takes place on the 8-9 December, and organizers have promised a visit from Santa Claus.
Children under eight will get a free husky sleigh ride and a photograph with the dogs. Arts and crafts sessions will be available, and kids will receive goody bags in Santa's Grotto, courtesy of Merlin the Magician and his brace of shire horses.
The Wetland Centre has been voted the UK's favourite nature reserve. The centre's 43 hectares of wetlands are close enough to the capital to attract year-round visitors, and give visitors the opportunity to see a wide variety of British wildlife in their natural habitat, all a short tube ride away from the centre of London.
To coincide with the event, discounts on London hotels close to the Wetland Centre have been announced by LondonTown.com. Among the offers is the Kensington West Hotel London. When booking through LondonTown.com, guests receive an 81% discount on double rooms, bringing the cost of a night's stay down to £33. The hotel is a mile and a half from the Winter Wonderland Weekend.
A half-hour's walk from the Wetland Centre, the W14 Hotel London on Gunterstone Road is offering a 50% discount on double rooms for the duration of the Winter Wonderland Weekend. The discount brings the cost of a night's stay down to £63.
The Ibis at Earls Court is offering an 11% reduction on double and twin rooms. The discount puts a night's stay at £67. The Ibis is around thirty-five minute walk from the London Wetland Centre.
Reduced rates on featured London hotels are available exclusively through LondonTown.com. Visit the site for more discounted London hotels, and for further information on the Winter Wonderland Weekend.