Christmas is here for RSPB Saltholme, the popular nature reserve between Stockton-on-Tees and Hartlepool, with just days until the arrival of Father Christmas and his elves on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December.

The team of dedicated staff and volunteers are busy making sure that everything is in tip-top condition for when the man in the big red suit arrives.

Craig McNeil, Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Saltholme, said; “Saltholme is such an amazing place with so much magical winter wildlife to see; it’s the perfect place for Father Christmas to spend a couple of days spreading Christmas cheer and of course gifts.”

At this time of year, the nature reserve is home to thousands of geese and ducks that, just like Father Christmas, have come from the Arctic Circle to spend the winter on Saltholme’s wetlands.

Craig added; “To avoid disappointment, we’ve made sure that there is plenty of space available to see Father Christmas on our Christmas weekend. So even if you haven’t yet bought a ticket in advance, you’ll still be able to see him by turning up and booking your time slot on the day.”

As well as a gift from Father Christmas, there’ll be Christmas tree decoration making in the craft room, a fun trail learning more about the amazing wildlife to be found at Saltholme and a lovely warming cup of hot chocolate to keep away those winter chills.

A Saltholme Christmas is on 14 & 15 December 9.30-4.00, tickets are available from or from the reserve team on 01642 546625. RSPB Saltholme is open every day from 9.30am over the festive period, except Christmas Day.