Naughty elves will be visiting Leighton Buzzard gardens to collect letters to Santa

The Elftastic Experience launches in town to spread the magic of Christmas

By Joanna Gravett
Thursday, 2nd December 2021, 11:16 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd December 2021, 11:18 pm

Children are in for a treat this Christmas as the Elftastic Experience launches in Leighton Buzzard.

Families can book a surprise from two naughty elves who will make their way into your garden to collect letters for Father Christmas and take them back to the North Pole.

However, you better watch out and you'd better not cry - because the elves might get up to mischief in your back yard!

The Elftastic Experience

Franchisee Josie Derland, 24, said: "Two cheeky elves will sneak into your garden to collect your letters for Santa.

"They will play and explore before noticing that your family has been watching through the window the whole time!

"Then they will the come and make a mess on your windows, use silly string, squirty cream - it's just lots of fun. A lot of the time the kids don't know it's coming."

Josie and her partner Mike Deeley, 26, run the Elftastic Experience across Beds, Bucks, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex, with Josie herself hailing from Leighton Buzzard.

The Elftastic Experience

The company was founded by Jan Hayes, based in Liverpool, who has written a book called 'Wishing on a Washing Line for Christmas', which families can purchase as part of the experience.

Josie explained: "In the story book, it's going to be the 'snowiest snow' and all the letters for Santa are getting lost. He decides it's going to be easier to send the elves through a magical teleporter to appear out of nowhere in people's gardens and collect the post."

Last year, Josie played an elf for the company and fell in love with the role, before deciding to become a franchisee this year.

She and Mike have a team of 12 elves who will travel round the counties causing mayhem.

The Elftastic Experience

Josie said: "We've had a really successful first weekend and lots of lovely comments online. People are asking if they can book again!

"It just melts my heart to see the children's faces and I'm really looking forward to the rest of the month.

"Looking round, the children are like 'What's going on - they're playing on my slide and trampoline?'

"They love the magic of it, which is so important, especially after the last couple of years."

Before her elfing days, Josie attended Vandyke Upper School and then worked as an entertainer at Haven Holidays.

She was also a member of the Leighton Buzzard Children's Theatre and Advance Theatre Company, and still gets involved as much as she can.

A visit from the Elftastic Experience costs £25, which also includes sweets for three children (although customers are welcome to bring their own or add extra for £2.)

The event is Covid-safe, as the elves sanitise before every appointment and the event is non contact as the family stay indoors. However, if you wish, there is a meet and greet option for £35.

The Elftastic Experience will run every weekend in December (and during the school holiday weekdays) until December 24.

They elves can't wait to say hello to you - although you better learn their language - as they communicate in squeaks and "sound like Sooty and Sweep!"

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