Santa’s Grotto award – thank you for voting for us!

We were delighted to learn that Santa’s Grotto – Magical Kingdom – in our Ottery St Mary Garden Centre secured the runner up spot in the Best Seasonal Event category in the Primary Times Star Awards as voted for by parents of children aged 4 to 11 years in Devon.


Creative Director, Sabine Jary said: “We’re so pleased to have received this accolade from the readers of Primary Times. Our Magical Kingdom has been bringing the magic of Christmas to local families for many years; it is lovely for the hard work of everyone involved to be acknowledged in this way.”

Local parents were informed of the survey in Primary Times, a family friendly magazine that is delivered directly to primary schools across Devon. With a distribution of 59,000 copies the magazine reaches 307 primary schools in the county.

The specially designed online survey appeared on the  Primary Times website from July to October. Questions in the survey were formulated to incite open and honest replies from readers. The results are truly organic, with the winning awards given to the attraction that gained the most reader nominations in a particular category.

Readers were quizzed over their favourite family attractions – places that they can visit for a full day out and for a half day out; indoor play centre; outdoor play centre; party venue/entertainer; free local family event; best seasonal event of the year; local fair, show or festival; best value for money attraction; best family holiday or break in the South West and the readers also chose an overall winner.

Linda Edwards, Publishing Editor at Primary Times said: “We are so grateful to our readers for their valued contribution to our Reader Star Awards. The results are incredibly insightful which allows us to take a glimpse into the minds of local people, discovering what the children enjoy most. We would like to applaud all the individual winners and runners-up of each category and congratulate them on their success.”

You can read more about the Primary Times Star Awards at