Stories with Santa at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester

Santa has found some time in his busy schedule to come and see us on our barge Sabrina 5 this Christmas and he would love you to come and visit him.

Event details

7 December 2019 to 23 December 2019

11:00am - 3:00pm

National Waterways Museum Gloucester

Gloucester & Sharpness Canal


National Waterways Museum Gloucester

Llanthony Warehouse
Gloucester Docks

Starting on 7 December, Santa and his friends invite you and your little ones to listen to Santa tell a Christmas story. You'll then get to collect a present from the man himself.

There isn't an age limit but Santa's stories are perfect for two to seven year olds. Babies 12-months and under are welcome to come for free but the presents available are not suitable for that age group.  

Our 30 minute sessions will run at 11.00am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm on selected weekends in December.

Tickets for stories with Santa

Tickets cost £10 (1 child and up to 1 adult) and include entry to the museum on that day where you can take part in Victorian crafts and follow our Christmas tree trail. Extra adults can pay for standard museum entry on the day (unless you have an annual pass and then it'll be free.)  

We also have a wonderful range of festive drinks and cakes available in our tea rooms so relax in the warm after your Santa experience and watch the ice skaters outside in Orchard Square.

Please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before your ticket time slot and leave plenty of time to park if you are driving as Gloucester Quays can get very busy during December. Additional adults will be able to pay for standard Museum entry on the day or use their annual pass to get in free. Alternatively they can wait in the cafe which is open to all.

To book your session

To check availability and book, you can get your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

Is this a boat trip?

No, Sabrina 5 is a moored barge but it's still exciting getting on her and climbing down below deck, especially because Santa will be there!

Access to Sabrina 5

Sabrina 5 is a fully accessible, permanently moored barge. She has a ramp and then steps going down to the grotto with a wheelchair lift if needed. There is an accesible toilet on board. There will be a storage area for buggies outside on the Quayside or in the museum.

The National Waterways Museum, Gloucester is housed in an old warehouse with uneven and worn flooring. The quayside is a working area and may be slippery in wet or icy weather. Please ask a member of our team if you need any help.


The Quays gets very busy during December so we recommend travelling by public transport if you can. The nearest car park is the multi story at the Gloucester Quays and the Gloucester Docks Car park. Unfortunately the disabled bays in Orchard Square outside the museum are out of action.

For more information 

Follow us on Social Media on and on Instagram @nwmuseumgloucester. If you have any questions, please call 01452 318200 or email

Stories with Santa at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester Stories with Santa at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester