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Pets can meet Santa in his grotto at Derbyshire garden centre

Dogs and cats are being given the opportunity to experience a Christmas tradition normally reserved for children, thanks to the opening of a Santa's grotto for pets.

Pet lovers can take their animals to Garden King garden centre, in Park Road, Newhall, for the festive grotto where they will have the chance to have a photo with Father Christmas and receive a gift.

The garden centre is following in the footsteps of a similar successful event held last year at its sister centre Planters, in Tamworth.

Darren Sanders, manager at Garden King, said the centre had decided to host the unusual event to make sure pets were able to take part in Christmas too.

He said: "For the first year, we are inviting our customers to come in and bring their pets. We know that for many of our customers their pets are their lives and a lot of them do not have any children. This gives them the chance to bring their pets in to see Santa like a child would.

"There is nothing else pet-specific around anywhere else. For one day, the owners get to make sure their pets are really pampered."

This is the first year that the garden centre has hosted an event like this but all the sessions sold out at the one-day event at Planters, in Tamworth, last year, so Garden King decided to offer the service to its animal-loving customers too.

Mr Sanders added: "The pet will go into the grotto where they will meet Santa and pose for a photo with him. Santa will then give them a treat and a toy to take home with them, while mum and dad get a nice photo of Santa and their pet.

"However, sessions are filling up fast so anyone who would like to come along should book as soon as they can."
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