Building a magical Christmas with Paddington at Cribbs

Paddington in a hot air balloon outside Cribbs, Bristol

We are super proud to be unveiling an exciting new experience Cribbs’ Christmas with Paddington in Bristol on 13th November 2021.

Christmas with Paddington has been designed and created on license exclusively for Cribbs by Bakehouse.  Each element is being lovingly crafted by a team of artisan makers, scenic designers, script writers and costumiers from our HQ in Fishponds, Bristol.

Kate Statham, Managing Director said “Our work takes us to high streets and shopping centres all over the country, so it is an absolute pleasure to be creating something of this magnitude for Cribbs at our home here in Bristol, during our anniversary year.  We have nearly 40 people currently working on the event, designing and building the set, creating interactives, writing scripts and stitching costumes, and by the end of December we will have employed around 100 people to bring the Christmas magic to the people of the South West.”

The ever-popular Cribbs Christmas Grotto is expected to be bigger and better than ever before.  During the experience, visitors will be invited to enter the Christmas with Paddington entranceway full of exciting photo ops for all ages, before travelling through snowy festive trees and street scenes, including an interactive doll’s house and Paddington’s famous attic window. They will get to tiptoe across the Christmas night-time rooftops, before being transported to the hallway of the Browns’ house to meet Paddington himself. After pausing for a photo with this friendly bear, families will be guided in individual family groups to meet Santa in the armchair of the Browns’ cosy lounge.

Every child will receive a specially created activity-book gift from Santa and families will also receive a special extra little something from Paddington.

With lively and charming elf characters to meet, enchanting interactive scenes, and plenty of special photo opportunities along the way, Christmas with Paddington is a must-see attraction for families looking for sumptuous, traditional, festive magic this year.

Christmas with Paddington will be a magical traditional grotto experience open every weekend from November 13th, and every day in December until the 24th Dec 2021.

On weekdays in November, the Christmas with Paddington experience will be open for story-telling sessions especially designed for pre-school children, schools and nurseries. The Night Before Christmas at The Browns’ House is an interactive story-telling session aimed at groups of young children and their carers and will also include the chance to meet Paddington.

Tickets are available for both the Night Before Christmas at The Browns’ House Story Sessions and Santa’s Grotto via the Cribbs website