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Join us at Cotswold Airport to celebrate the festive season!

Meet Father Christmas onboard Negus in an interactive family grotto experience.

Talk to Peppermint the elf and learn about how Negus is saving Christmas Day!



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Learn how Negus is helping Father Christmas and the elves to save Christmas Day

This will be a fully immersive theatrical production, with each group being guided by their very own appointed elf. The magical experience will begin at our ‘Elf Control Check In’, as guests, armed with their very own boarding passes and customised ‘North Pole Passports’ (issued upon arrival) will pass through the naughty or nice security check-in, and are then seated in Premium Economy for an in-flight elf-and-safety briefing hosted by Peppermint, the mischievous Head Elf and his cabin crew. Prepare yourself for a completely wacky aircraft safety briefing with lots of theatrics, sing alongs and fun.

Upon completion of the safety briefing, your elves will guide you through the on board elf wrapping station. Here you will see elves hard at work, frantically wrapping last minute presents in preparation for Christmas Eve. Meet Fidget and Hazelnut the elves who will love to tell you how important they are within this Christmas Catastrophe (be careful, they can be quite mischievous and love a good prank!).

After chatting with the naughty elves, you will be transported by the magic of Christmas through our very own onboard North Pole, dressed with real trees, snow and the magical Northern Lights dancing above your head as you make your way for a special meeting with Father Christmas himself. Rat-A-Tat-Tat, enter through the big red door into Father Christmas’ office, where he will be hard at work making preparations for Christmas Eve, performing pre-flight checks. Grab a cushion and gather around the fire as Father Christmas tells a group story of how Negus and Cotswold Airport is set to save Christmas and explain why he has invited you along for the ride.

As guests disembark the aircraft, they’ll step into a full-size gingerbread house where they can decorate their own magical gingerbread to take home, led by non other than Mrs. Claus herself. The journey doesn’t end there! Each child will be led into the Toy Factory where Crumpet and his team have been hard at work assembling toys ready to be wrapped. This will be an opportunity for each child to choose a teddy and help with the assembly process, making a special Christmas wish in the process. Once completed, each child will get the opportunity to take their very own teddy home as a gift from Father Christmas and the Elves for their hard work and help. This will be in addition to a book from Father Christmas and a magical packet of reindeer food which will help the reindeer fly on Christmas Eve. Adults will also receive a mince pie and hot mulled wine as part of the experience.

Book your tickets now to experience this worlds' first grotto experience onboard a jumbo jet

Ticket prices: £20 per adult, £35 per child
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✈️An immersive family fun experience lasting around 1 hour.

✈️ Access onboard the iconic retro livery aircraft, Negus.

✈️ North Pole Boarding Passes and Passports for the children to obtain stamps throughout the experience.

✈️ In flight 'elf and safety briefing' whilst sat in Premium Economy hosted by Peppermint, the Head Elf.

✈️ Experience the magical Winter Wonderland pathway with snow and real trees. 

✈️ Enter Father Christmas's house and gather around the cosy fireplace as he tells the Negus Christmas Story.

✈️ An opportunity to take a photo with Father Christmas.

✈️ A gift bag for all children with a book and reindeer food. 

✈️ Individually wrapped gingerbread which can be decorated onsite in our lifesize gingerbread house.

✈️ Explore the Elf Workshop where the elves are hard at work making and wrapping presents.

✈️ Help the busy Elves make teddys, as each child gets to take theirs home with them.

✈️ A glass of alcoholic mulled wine and a mince pie for adults.

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We will be hosting Northern Light sessions on the 3rd, 11th and 16th of December.

These sessions are dedicated SEN sessions, where the experience can be adapted to meet individuals’ needs. This will mean that the sessions are quieter, have reduced noise and light, and are extended to allow extra time to complete the journey throughout the aircraft. We understand that there will be a wide variety of complex requirements and will aim to make every effort possible to ensure an inclusive experience for all guests.

Unfortunately, it is with regret that due to access of the aircraft being via a set of stairs only and the restricted width of the isles, we are unable to accommodate disabled (wheelchair) access onboard.

Free carer tickets are available for these Northern Light sessions only, supporting the session to provide the best possible guest experience. Proof of PIP or Disability Living Allowance will need to be provided as proof of eligibility. To book onto a Northern Light session, please email directly, as spaces on these sessions are limited and are booked separately from a regular session.

** Please note that due to high demand, no availability is left on these Northern Light sessions

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Visit our onsite café, AV8, for a winter warmer menu

AV8 will be open for the duration of the grotto opening hours, and will be serving hot food and drinks to keep you warm this winter.

Located next door to Negus, AV8 is the perfect place to sip a luxury hot chocolate with the family as you wait for your boarding time, sat next to large glass doors overlooking the runway.

For the most up to date information, menus and announcements, please head across to the AV8 Facebook page.

Please note - if your boarding time is at the end of the day and you would like to visit AV8, please do so ahead of your session, as AV8 will close at the start of the last session of the day.

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The Control Tower,

Cotswold Airport,




01285 771177

Opening Hours

Opening hours vary dependent on availability

Please check the booking website for updated open times



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