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West Yorkshire businesses collaborate for a fourth Christmas experience

West Yorkshire businesses collaborate for a fourth Christmas experience


A Bradford garden centre is once again collaborating with a fellow West Yorkshire business to bring magic to its popular Christmas Grotto.


Tong Garden Centre has called on the expertise of a team of performers at Leeds based Sneaky Experience to bring their latest Grotto story to life for the fourth time.


The Grotto opens on Saturday November 16thand the Sneaky team will entertain children (and grown-ups) throughout the 30 minute interactive experience that includes a magical journey to see Santa in his Grotto.


Tong's Marketing Manager, Jo Dales is looking forward to working with Sneaky Experience again: "The team at Sneaky engage brilliantly with both children and adults to create a memorable experience through storytelling and performance. We really enjoy working with them and we can't wait to welcome them back to Tong."


"We're delighted to be embarking on our fourth year at Tong and love collaborating with their team. We are all so passionate about bringing this magical experience to life and it's great to work with such a creative team. Many of our performers have been part of this magical family experience since the very start and love coming back each year - it just goes from strength to strength," says Julia Benfield, director at Sneaky Experience.


Tickets for the Grotto are on sale now and cost £12.95 per child and £9.95 for children under 12 months, except for the opening weekend on 16thand 17thNovember, when pre-booked tickets are £10.95 and £7.95 respectively. Up to two adults go free with every child ticket bought. You can book online entry cost includes a 30 minute magical journey and your choice of a gift from Santa's toy shop.


Tickets can be bought online or at the reception desk at the Tong Lane site and Mrs Dales recommends pre-booking: "Last year was a sell out so we advise booking in advance to guarantee your place. We wouldn't want our guests to be disappointed if they arrive to see Santa and find there isn't any availability."


In addition to the Grotto, there will be a family zone including a giant snow globe.


For more information about opening times and to book the grotto experience, visit



Photo:L to R, Kat Rose-Martin, Theatrical Director at Sneaky Experience, Tong's Marketing Manager, Jo Dales and Julia Benfield, director at Sneaky Experience Tong's collaboration with Sneaky Experience


For more information or to arrange an interview with Jo Dales,please contact Tracey Baty at three60 marketing on:


Direct line:01430 871360

Mobile:07971 961574



Notes to editors

1.      For more information about Tong Garden Centre, please see the centre'sFacebook,Twitter,Instagramandnewsonline.

2.      For more information about Sneaky Experience, please visit

3.      Tong Garden Centre is one of the largest independent garden centres in Yorkshire, located near Bradford in West Yorkshire. It occupies a17-acre site near Tong village.