Newest Review: ... 1 ticket which meant with the £3 for parking (what a piss take that is!) we paid £165 for myself and 3 children.......my partner was free... more
Fun, fun, fun
Member Name: jcb223
Date: 13/05/11, updated on 13/05/11 (288 review reads)
Advantages: You can use Tesco club card point to buy vouchers and make it cheaper
Disadvantages: The food, both quality and price, and there is only 1 very crowded smoking area
I took my children here a month ago for my eldests 4th birthday.
We got in the wrong queue when we went in (my other half just followed the car in front.) There is a lane on the right that takes you to the main carparks and parking is currently £2 for the day. Or if you go in the left hand lane you end up in a premium car park, no better but closer and this costs £6. Although I didn't really think the extra £4 was worth it when we arrived. When we left as the park was closing at 6 most people were leaving as well and the traffic to get out of the car parks was horrendous, at the point we did come out towards the beginning of the queue so this was a bonus.
The entry prices are extremely expensive, I think only drayton Manor is more expensive from what I have seen. £41.40 for an adult and £31.20 for children over 3 and OAP's. The good news is pretty must everywhere seems to have buy one ticket get one free, so I paid for myself and the otherhalf got in free. Then as they do accept the vouchers you can get from trading in Tesco clubcard we got my eldest in using one of those. The 2 year old and the baby wre free. So at £41.40 for all 5 of us a bit of a bargain.
You can also buy a little gadget called a Q-Bot. This varies in price from £10 to £15 per person depending on what time of year you go, again under 3's are free. The advantage of this little gadget is you just put in what ride you want the it gives you a time to go, you then go to a different entrance (on a lot of rides it was the saem place as the exit.) This of course means that you don't have to queue and can do whatever you want in the interim. The negative of this is you can only put in 1 ride at a time. I didn't get one on this trip so I'm not sure exactly but i doubt you can just go from 1 ride to the next and not wait I'm sure there must still be delays between rides.
There was a wide variety of rides. Most rides you had to be over 1.3 meters to go on unaccompanied. Both my boys were over this but my hubby went on with them so it was ok. At over a meter my eldest could go on all rides but the little one had I think 3 he couldn't go on. There was only 2 rides I think, a helicoptor one (it just went up and down and round and round in the same place) and the smaller dragon roller coaster that my other half couldn't take both boys on at the same time. This was great as it didn't cause to many arguements or much upset. Many of the rides were made to look as if they were made of lego which was quite cool. My hubby moaned he wanted them made out of actual lego, but I did explain this was probably not very safe! lol
A lot of the rides had pictures taken so that you could go and buy them afterwards, these varies in price depending on what you wanted (I can't remember off the top of my head how much they were.) You could get the photos and I think keyrings and stuff.
As the boys are so young they still have an afternoon sleep but the park was exciting enough that we didn't leave till about 5:45 pm and the kids were still going strong. Although we hadn't left the car park before they were asleep!
There was lots of restaurants dotted around. We went in crossed ribs BBQ next to the pirate area. I got myself and my hubby burger and chips, which was £7 or £8, it was a massive burger but in a cold bun with cold chips that had been reheated by frying them a second time, so not very pleasent at all. I got the boys pasta which I think was Annabel Karmel. These were essentially what looked like microwave meals tipped out on a plate with some mixed sald leaves. The boys however did seem to enjoy it and at I think around £3.50 including drinks it wasn't too bad.
On a positive note they don't seem to have got the same memo as most restaurants and will allow you to use the microwave to heat up food and bottles, and/or give you some hot water if you prefer.
The toys etc in the shops are great, they do have all the obviouse lego packs but they also have swords, hats fancy dress outfits etc. These all seemed to be well made. I got the boys a machette, Indiana Jones hat, Pirate hat, hook and a patch. The hook and sword are made of foam so softer than plastic and they seem to be very durable. There has been no breakages or damage at all since we bought them a month ago. As I am a childminder with 7 different children thoughout the day (all boys) these get played with loads, even the 10 year olds love em and they are quite rough with them, so deffinately good quality. The item were reasonably prices, don't think anything was more than £10, i vaguely remeber the swors being £4.99 or something and the hats I think £6.99. They were certainly better value and better quality than the food. So I'd probably recommend to take a packed lunch and buy more toys, lol.
there is different stuff that goes on throughout the day, puppet show and such. I can't really comment on those as we didn't get round to seeing any. We did however catch the end of the pirats stunt show. This was really good with boats on water and sword fight and stuff, the boys really enjoyed it and wasted no time in re-enacting it!
This was great, cleverly done and the kids were amazed. There is working trains and things running round big sections of it which the kids liked following.
Now I know smoking is not exactly in fashion and I'm a naughty Mummy for smoking but this was one of the things I hated about the park. There is 1 smoking area surrounded by high solid wood fencing and dense shrubbery. This meant that every time i wanted a cigarette I had to go all the way back to near the start of the park. Whilst I appreciate there is lots of small children around and I wouoldn't want to see any of the burned the fencing should be lower. Even though there was no roof throughout the main part of the day it was very smokey. I wouldn't stand in there as I had the baby in a buggy. Although I smoke I don't do it in the house so my kids haven't been in a smokey environment and I didn't want to take the baby in there. It was at times crowded and of course most people in there had their children with them. Whilst I can understand seperating smokers I was a little disappointed that smokers weren't either distributed more evenly around the park (there were several places where they could be built) or the fencing lower so it wasn't so smokey. Not fot the smokers benefit but for their children.
All-in-all a great day was had by all but I'll leave it a while before taking them again as I think they'd appreciate somewhere cheaper just as much at this young age.
Summary: A good, if expensive day, I would recommend this to people with children aged 5-10
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