A Coventry dad fears many families will miss out on a family Christmas tradition this year – because of the  price tag.

The vintage sleigh ride at Coventry Transport Museum has been delighting children and their families in the city centre museum for years.

Last year, a ride on the sleigh cost £8 per child including a gift from Father Christmas and entry for two accompanying adults, with additional adults costing for £1.50.

But this year the only way to ride the vintage sleigh with Father Christmas is to book a high-end afternoon tea package that comes with a £160 price tag per table of six – more than £26 each.

The afternoon tea will include festive drinks, sandwiches and cakes, and you’ll get the usual ride with Father Christmas and a gift for the children visiting.

Jay Urquhart-Pettifer, from Stoke Heath, said: “Tihere is only one way to get on the sleigh ride at the museum and that is to spend £160 for up to six people to have afternoon tea with Santa and visit the sleigh ride.

“Now I think that’s a really high price especially as times are really hard for some families right now.

“We as a family go to the sleigh ride each year…and as this Christmas is going to be so different I am very sad that we are unable to go this year. We are one of those families that just can’t afford the £160 afternoon tea.

“Making family memories has already been halted this year so much we were so looking forward to our family Sleigh ride.”

CoventryLive has contacted Coventry Transport Museum for a comment.

The event is advertised on the museum’s website and warns people must also wear facesmasks or visors while on the sleigh ride.

To adhere to Covid-19 restrictions, there is a max of six people per table, which can be split across two families.

The experience, which will see a gallery in the museum transformed into a winter wonderland, is being offered each weekend in December and people have to pre-book in advance.

Each table will be served a selection of festive drinks, sandwiches and cakes and elves will be on hand to provide entertainment and activities.

For single households of more than six, the museum asks you call to book.

As well as the afternoon tea, the sleigh ride and presents for the children in the group, the experience will also get your group tickets to come back and explore the museum on another day.

They will be valid for three months after your initial visit.

The museum is also offering personalised videos from Santa, at £5 per video on their website.





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