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Lakeland Limited Advent Train

Submitted by on December 20, 2009 – 8:07 pmNo Comment

This advent calendar has that proper Santa’s workshop look about it, and Flea just fell in love with it at first sight.

Buy online at Lakeland Limited

Price £49.99


Initial Thoughts: For starters, the box of the Lakeland Limited Advent Train weighed a lot more than I expected, so back injury aside, I was pleased with how substantial it is. It’s a traditionally-styled engine with two carriages, hand-made from brightly painted pine, and it’s got that proper “came from Santa’s workshop” look to it. Flea was absolutely thrilled with it and immediately set about opening the 24 little ‘cargo’ drawers (there are 12 on each side of the train).

We liked: This is a beautiful advent calendar and something that’s substantial enough to last through your kids’ childhoods and beyond. The traditional styling is really appealing, the colours are lovely and festive and Flea was devastated when I told her after a week of playing with it that we had to put it away until Christmas. The drawers are big enough to hold a pretty substantial treat – we tested it by putting small animal figures into the drawers, but you’d have no problem putting in a small packet of sweets or a couple of Quality Street. A nice thing is that the wheels of the train move so it can be pulled along the table or mantel – although this does carry inherent risks!

We weren’t keen: It’s a small point but the 24 little drawers  don’t have knobs to pull them – instead the design on each drawer is slightly raised and so you hold the design by the edges to open the drawer. I wonder if littler children might struggle a little with that, but Flea had no problems.

Overall: I think this is a beautifully-made, substantial advent calendar that you’ll love bringing out year after year. The packaging means you can stow it safely each year with confidence and there aren’t lots of little bits that small fingers might snap off. The stunning design really appeals to children, and I’d recommend it whole-heartedly.

[By Sally, Who’s the Mummy]

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