Girls Aloud star Cheryl visits LaplandUK
By Kent and Sussex Courier | Friday, January 04, 2013, 08:01
POP star Cheryl Cole was a "perfectly charming" paying customer when she made an unexpected Christmas visit to LaplandUK.
VIP VISITOR: Cheryl Cole made a visit to LaplandUK at Bewl Water with her family
FESTIVE FUN: Father Christmas and his elves at Lapland UK TWSL20110919A-009_C
The Girls Aloud star's agent called ahead on December 22 to tell bosses at the Bewl Water venue they would be welcoming an extra special guest that day.
Geordie Christmas cracker Cheryl, 29, turned up with her backing dancer boyfriend Tre Holloway, her sister, and her sister's children.
She thoroughly enjoyed the festive day, which includes gift-making, Yuletide stories and ice skating, before meeting Father Christmas himself.
After the visit she tweeted: "Had a great day with the kids at lapland uk! Sooo cute to see them so excited meeting santa! Awww."
Cheryl originally found fame with Girls Aloud after being discovered on talent show Popstars: The Rivals. She also has a solo singing career but is perhaps best known as a former judge on The X Factor and as ex-wife of footballer Ashley Cole.
Lapland UK managing director Mike Battle said on this occasion, the high-profile celebrity asked to keep the visit low-key – a wish they were happy to respect.
"She came as a paying customer – along with her boyfriend, sister and sister's children," he said.
"They had a wonderful time and she was perfectly charming. She tweeted about it, and all that.
"Her agent had contacted us to say she was coming.
"She was a paying client and didn't want any fuss – it was more about the children than her.
"The children loved seeing her.
"She kept a low profile whilst she was with us."
Flanked by one bodyguard, the group spent two to three hours enjoying the winter wonderland before heading off.
"We had an A-lister in Tunbridge Wells," Mr Battle said, but admitted she was not quite top of the pops when it came to Lapland's celebrity visitors.
"The biggest celebrity to have visited is probably Paul McCartney," he said. "Then we've had the Queen's grandchildren too (Prince Edward's children Louise and James) – we get a fair few of the celebs here."
Mr Battle and his wife Alison started LaplandUK in 2007 at Bedgebury but moved it to Bewl the following year.
They brought the attraction back to Bewl at the last minute in September after originally trying to switch it to Windsor.