FAMILIES can meet a very merry special guest at Hardwick Park this month.

Father Christmas will visit the Sedgefield park’s cosy yurt to see children and hand out gifts on Saturday, December 15; Sunday, 16; Friday, 21 and Saturday, 22.

The sessions, which run at various times, can be booked at the park’s gift shop for £10.50 per child and ticket holders can take part in festive craft sessions, a seasonal story time and a Christmas-themed park trail.

Nigel Dodds, strategic manager for culture and sport at Durham County Council, said: “Our Father Christmas experiences are always very popular and we’re thrilled to be running them again this year. A visit to our Christmas yurt is a real must to include in your family’s festive plans.”

For information visit durham.gov.uk/hardwickpark