Hundreds of visitors have flocked to a "magical" corner of the Garden of England which has been transformed into a replica of Lapland complete with reindeer, elves and huskies.

Fake snow generators used in James Bond films have helped turn part of the 1,200-acre Bewl Water in the Kent countryside into an Arctic-style Christmas attraction.

Dubbed "the Rolls-Royce of Christmas experiences", husband and wife Mike and Alison Battle opened LaplandUK for its sixth year this weekend to hordes of children and their families, and it runs until Christmas Eve.

Attractions include gingerbread and toy making, story-telling, an open-air ice rink, cabins for children to visit Father Christmas and a post office from which wish-lists are posted.

LaplandUK also has its own currency called Elf Jingles.

Mr Battle, the managing director of LaplandUK, said: "My wife and I had the dream of creating a truly magical experience for children and their families at Christmas.

"Staging an immersive theatrical experience on the scale of LaplandUK is not an easy task in the British countryside in winter.

"However, we employ an army of production professionals who build Father Christmas's homeland from scratch every Christmas using the very best techniques from the world of theatre and film to ensure our visitors enjoy a wonderful memory-making day."