Polar Express 2017



Set off on the tractor ride that is the Sumners Ponds Polar Express to Santa's Grotto.

You'll stop off to meet his elves in their workshop and make your own Christmas decoration.

Then it's on with the journey to meet Mrs Claus in her cottage while she shares tales of festive fun.

Finally Father Christmas will be waiting in his lakeside winter cabin to hear what you'd like most for Christmas. You may even get an early gift!

Each experience lasts approximately 20 - 30 minutes. Each child will make a Christmas decoration that they can keep, receive a chocolate from Mrs Claus, a small present from Father Christmas and a golden ticket to ride the Polar Express. Remember to wrap up warm - this event takes place outside.

Timeslots are available in 20 minute intervals from 11.00am until 6.00pm each day.

Call 01403 732539 to book tickets. The booking office is open 9am until 5pm seven days a week. Before booking please ensure that you have the correct date and time as it is not necessarily possible to transfer to a new date or time.

The event areas including food service is open from 11am until 6pm.


Entry: Free to all areas other than the Polar Express experience

Children: £15.00 (All ages wanting to take part and receive a present)

+ Accompanying Adults: £3.00 (Maximum of two per child)

+ Optional Discounted Food Voucher: £5.00 (Outdoor Kitchen)


  • While you are here the Café by the Lake will be serving delicious food inside - table booking is recommended, you can book by calling 01403 732734.
  • Alternatively our outdoor kitchen and bar will be providing food and drink on a takeaway basis - Your discounted food voucher can be used here. The food vouchers are for the takeaway Polar Express Menu only. If you prefer not to purchase a discounted food voucher you will be able to buy food on the day at the full price. There will be a large tipi for undercover seating.
  • Please note that food vouchers cannot be used for any menu inside the Cafe by the Lake. If you would prefer a sit down meal in the Cafe by the Lake please book a table by calling 01403 732734 and do not purchase food vouchers when buying tickets.

Outdoor Kitchen: Polar Express Menu

There will also be a selection of stalls and activities to browse in the Lakeside Station while you wait and enjoy a ride on the ever popular Elf Train! Tickets for the Elf Train can be purchased on the day so make sure you bring some cash.

Please note that regrettably this event is not wheelchair accessible. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your booked timeslot as you will need to collect your golden tickets. Please bring a copy of your e-ticket as proof of purchase. Regrettably if you miss your timeslot there is no guarantee that we can get you on to a later time as we may be fully booked. If you're late, we can't wait! 

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Contact Us

Sumners Ponds
Chapel Road
Barns Green, Horsham
West Sussex, RH13 0PR

Reception: 01403 732539  
Cafe: 01403 732734
Email: bookings@sumnersponds.co.uk

Reception Opening Times

Monday - Sunday: 9am - 5pm

Cafe Opening Times

Sunday - Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday - Saturday: 8am - 10:30pm