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An exciting adventure
Forbidden Corner (Coverham)
Member Name: lilmiss1982
Forbidden Corner (Coverham)
Date: 25/06/12, updated on 25/06/12 (173 review reads)
Advantages: Fun, interactive, lots of see, surprises and an adventure
Disadvantages: Not buggy friendly, could be scary for younger children
I had been told by friends about this place and frankly was more excited than my boys aged 3 and 5 about going. My expections were high and I can say I wasn't disappointed in anyway. Adult tickets are £10.50 and for children aged 5-14 years tickets are £8.50 under 4's are free. Its worth noting that admission is by pre-booked tickets only you can order them by phone on 01969 640638 or online at http://www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk.
I consider the admission price good value compared with other attractions as if you went early in the day you could spend the whole day looking around, it opens at 12 noon monday to saturday and 10am on sundays and bank holidays and is open until 6pm. Getting there was straight forward I followed the brown tourist signs from Middleham and enjoyed the beautiful drive through the countryside. Parking at the attraction was free and the toilets in the car park were surprising good. On the day we visited the weather was mostly dry but there were few rain showers which didn't spoil the fun as the kids had coats and wellies on.
It is difficult to describe but there is lots to explore both outside in the gardens and inside through the tunnels and grottos. It is kind of like a huge maze as you make your way through sets of wooden doors into different sections. The place is full of little surprises and random objects. Sometimes objects talk to you, spray you with water and there is even music. We had the booklet and after about two hours of exploring we found just about all the items on the list but as we didn't find everything and we will use this as an excuse for another visit. It isn't always clear which way to go and this in my opinion adds to the fun, we saw it as a big adventure, the whole idea is to explore and see as much as you can. We enjoyed going back to places to see them again. The entrance with its sound effects proved a popular favourite with my kids, they also loved the stepping stones. As cheeky little boys they found the peeing statue very funny and other rudey nudey statues as they call them had them laughing. My 5 year old enjoyed spotting creatures from popular myths and they loved getting wet in various places.
My 3 year old son was slightly nervous in places where it was cramped and dark, but with a little reassurance he soon got into the swing of things and found it very enjoyable. I can imagine some parts could be quite scary for younger kids, and if your child is scared of dark this wouldn't be suitable day out for them. We went as a party of 3 adults and 2 children. I think had I gone alone with the kids I would have been a bit more nervous about losing a child or them fallen in a water feature. With younger children under 5 I would advise a 1/1 adult ratio but had I gone alone with two kids I think they would have stayed closer and I wouldn't really have been a big issue. I would also say to get maximum enjoyment your child does really need to able to walk around for a good hour as having a buggy would be a big hinderance in my opinion. Wellies are must I think for kids and I actually planned ahead and took a change of trousers as I know if there was water my kids would be soaked and true enough they were, as they decided to step off the stepping stones and into the water lots of times. They tried to get as wet as possible.
We didn't eat in the cafe so I can't comment on that, but we took our own picnic and used the picnic tables and were soon surrounded by tons of ducks trying to pinch our food which added to the fun.
My kids have been lucky enough to visit lots of attractions recently including Diggerland, Lego discovery and Magna science museum but it is The Forbidden Corner that they talked about most and want to go back too. I can't wait for our next visit.
Summary: A fun adventure
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