Move over Winter Wonderland, there's a new Christmas experience in town: Greenwich Winter Time Festival, a snowy festive takeover of the world heritage-listed Old Royal Naval College, located right beside the Cutty Sark. The space in front of the riverside building will have a covered ice rink, and a Christmas market filled with contemporary craft and design stalls. Don't worry, it's not all ulta-modern: there will still be food stalls flogging mince pies and mulled wine.
Entry is now free, though it'll cost extra for ice skating or an audience with Santa. Greenwich is pretty Christmassy as is, so Winter Time is a chance to go turbo on the festivities this December.
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Awful. What a rip off. Went today and there is almost nothing there. An ice rink, a pantomime tent and 5 food trucks serving up that oh so festive fayre of burritos, churros or burgers. Not worth £5 let alone the £16 they charge. The market is a Hodge podge collection of handmade clothes, nothing you'd associate with Xmas and santa does group visits, so you can get a wonderful souvenir of your child and 8 strangers with santa. Very, very disappointed in this - didn't feel festive in the slightest and felt it was very much done on the cheap. Save your money, don't bother.
I feel like we were robbed. Way over priced for what you "get". I now know why its called a Wintertime Festival vs. using the word Christmas because there really was nothing Christmassy about it. The ice skating show was mediocre, nothing festive about it. A few men and a woman in black track suits. Couldn't they dress a little more festively? The "Big Loo Role" show had nothing to do with Christmas either. None of the stalls seems to be selling Christmassy items, nor were the food trucks. At least there was mulled wine and cider! There was loads of empty space in an already small area, why? And talk about false advertising. I went because I was eager to see the "most Instagrammable" market but I literally took ZERO photos. And they talk about all of these shows going on and performers walking around. We saw one Snow Queen and a couple of human Xmas crackers. Meanwhile, there were lots of employees standing around doing nothing. (Put them in costumes!) Attendance was definitely lacklustre. I'm guessing they expected much larger crowds, hence all of the employees. We spent over £50 just to enter the space and go ice skating. Complete waste of money. Glad we didn't pay for Santa or I'd be livid, as another reviewer said, your child doesn't get one on one time with Santa. What were the organisers thinking?! FAIL!!
Don't waste your money on this event. We visited on Saturday afternoon, 2 December and were really looking forward to it, being big fans of Greenwich. Tickets cost £16.53 each to get in. There is a big ice skating rink and a display was on when we arrived at the beginning of our slot. The music was uncomfortably loud and I couldn't see a thing due to numbers of people at the front. If you want to skate, that costs extra.
We moved on in search of the 'market' which consisted of about 20 stalls selling Ok stuff, but not a patch on the resident Greenwich market outside. There are food stalls and tables, but again, there are food stalls everywhere outside. The silent disco was silent. THe entertainment marquee contained a few kids with their parents but was fairly uneventful. There was a queue of children for Father Christmas but I cannot comment on the quality of that experience and presume that also costs extra.
Our visit lasted about 10 minutes max, we then returned to the markets in the town which are always there and are always good. I've looked at the pictures posted of the evening entertainment and it may be that there's more going on in the evening and that all looks magical at night, but my advice would be to save your money and stick to the town outside. This really is a rip off and I was really disappointed.
I feel totally scammed. We booked in advance, £80 entry for two adults and two small children with ice skating included. The entry worked out to about £17 each which is a lot for the childmtickets, When we arrived we were told that the event had been made free entry for all and that I needed to email Sean the box office manager for my refund. In hindsight I should have insisted they refund me on the spot and refused to leave until they did. Several weeks after my email I received a total of £36 but not until I continually emailed to see what was hapeemimg with my money. I am not happy obviously with this amount so I emailed again today but the email and website have been taken down. Now what? I want my money and feel I have been robbed. Stay away.
I went along to this with 3 adults and 3 children including a small baby. What a disappointment for all! For £16 per adult it certainly is not worth the money, especially when the majority of the stalls were closed, the food options were limited and the entertainment very low quality and there was no where to get kids warm, including no warm baby changing facilities.
We went on snowy Sunday so i understand that not all stall holders could make it, however I feel that the organisers should have pre warned customers or at the very least sent out an apology afterwards. Quite the opposite happened, I have sent a complaint including a request for a refund to the organisers and 2 weeks later still haven't had a response. Very very poor!!
Bought this as a festive family treat! We went for the evening on saturday along with about 100 other hardy souls. We were all very disapointed exept my 4 yr grandson who loved the ice. There were only 3 stalls still open and 6 food outlets selling very overpriced fare. The music was ok but if you want to attract families Greewich, do something like rides etc . We wont be back!!
Comically bad. Packed to the brink. Best entertainment was the portable heaters. Only 30 minutes on the 'ice' which felt more like gravel. A single waffle was £6. This is the best example of how corporate Christmas has become
It gets one star for the figure skating which was good (I felt sorry for them and the place you skate in has little that is festive, no decorations, some unlit trees scattered about and no Christmas music.
The whole place really isn't festive or Christmassy at all. Its incredibly expensive, and thereI is very little in there. The normal market in Greenwich is far, far better. Even the stalls were poorly curated.
It appears as if little effort has gone into it. Even the staff looked bored (some were a bit aggressive with my son, 6, when we were standing near the skating rink to see the show because of where he stood, which upset him and there were no warning saying you couldn't stand there).
Do yourself a favour. Go to Greenwich, its lovely, but avoid this overly expensive Winter Time Festival. It's really, really poor.
Went today with snow on the ground.
The rink itself is covered, which is a good thing for sleety weather. The ice rink show was entertaining and demonstrated some nice ice acrobatic ability from the performers.
The festival isn't really worth the entry fee, the enclosed area has been decorated with a lot of xmas trees and a few lit cut-out installations, but that is about it.
I felt sorry for the retail and food outlets as the high entrance price will reduce the foot flow for these people.
A comment for the organisers, charge for the ice skating but the not the entrance, it is far too high and will deter people from coming.
As a local resident, I'm pretty embarrassed about how rubbish this was! The staff were lovely (but frozen - the people running the event really should stretch to heating for the staff!) The carol singing was great. The mulled cider and wine was delicious. Everything else was pretty mediocre and boring, apart from the plastic white flooring which was totally naff. Didn't exactly fuel my christmas joy...