Virtual reality sleigh ride spreads Christmas magic at Johnsons Garden Centre

The magic of Christmas is being brought to life for children with a new virtual reality sleigh ride at Johnsons Garden Centre in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Children can jump in the sleigh, grab hold of the reins and put on a virtual reality headset where they are transported on a magical Christmas journey.

The sleigh ride is up and running now at Johnson’s of Boston and is set to make memories and build excitement for all in the run up to Christmas.

The attraction is already proving popular, having launched on Thursday, November 23.

Jocelyn Lawman, from the garden centre, said: “My children just loved it and wanted to go again and again.

“It was very funny watching as my eight-year-old son whooped and veered left and right as the head set took him fast through the air, twisting and turning, swooping low and shooting off above trees and buildings.

“The effect is quite amazing. Squeals of delight from children and adults. You feel like you are really there. It’s quite amazing.

“And you don’t have to be eight-years-old. After us, a tiny tot and his elderly grandmother went on and they loved it too.”

The virtual reality tour takes you on a flight through the countryside and there is even a hair-raising moment with a passing train.

Johnsons are always looking for new ideas and were taken with the virtual reality after managing director David Issac visited the flight simulator at Boston Aero Park at the Aerodrome earlier in the year.

Ian Epton, who owns and runs the flight simulator, and David starting talking and together came up with the idea of a virtual reality sleigh ride at Johnsons over the Christmas period.

The garden centre is also hosting a Christmas spectacular aimed at younger children where they can meet Santa in his grotto as part of the package.

Those attending the grotto can make their way to the outside garden centre where it is based.

It’s not your typical entrance – but one that will take you by surprise when you enter through a large wardrobe door lined with fur coats. There’s also a large lion ready to greet you.

Visitors then make their way to the grotto to see Santa who will be waiting in his grotto with a Christmas gift for the children when they arrive.

www.johnsonsofboston.co.uk

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