On Thursday October 18th myself and my family 7 in total went along to woodlands theme park, where we paid around 80 pound for the family.
We arrived on park and started on what we thought would be a great day out for the family . We were told that there was one attraction on your park closed that day and a few bits of paper saying what times rides were open. We went to the first ride that was open where we found a sign saying " to use this ride please ask a ranger" we then walked around trying to find a ranger. After being on park for 50 min's my children then got to go on a ride. We then went to the next ride that was supposed to be open, where we found the same sign, we then went looking for another ranger. Which is more like wheres Wally as they where nowhere around again. After walking around we found a ranger in a red top, when asked if we could use the rides he just shrugged his shoulders and said " I don't understand I'm putting decorations up for Halloween" . After 2 hrs of being on park we had been on one ride seen 8 signs saying we could only use the ride if we found a ranger and 3 signs saying closed. Pottery place only open on weekends. We then went to the circus train ride and yet again a find a ranger sign, which after another 10 min's I did find someone who then told me " the person has gone to diner and taken the keys for the ride with them so come back in 30mins when they return" So I was now a bit upset about the way customers are being treated. I went to find somebody to talk to, I found a man in a red top again and asked if there was a general manager for the park , he told me " I don't know" then walked away.
I found reception and asked to see a manager to speak to. He arrived and said there was rangers around and that the rides where all open, and that it was me not looking for them. I told reception I was not happy and I was going to leave park because now in just under 4 hrs I had paid 80 pound for 1 ride and to walk around looking for rangers that where not there or to busy getting things ready for Halloween the following week ( forget the the customers they have this week). She sent the same manager out again , who told me it out of season and quite what did I expect. Well I expected something on park, if not why was the prices not adjusted to suit or for what was on offer that day it sould be closed completely. He then just thrusted a piece of paper in my hand and said tell them, it was a number for head office, I made a call straight away. Spoke to a lady that said I couldn't speak to anybody that would give me a refund because the manager of the park never had authority and nor did head office, only directors could do this. So I asked to speak to one, I was told no, the only way was write a letter. I was on the phone trying to sort this out a crowd of about 10 people were forming asking if I was talking to head office as they were also disgraced by the park.
80 pound is very expensive for a walk around a park with no rides and loads of litter and rubbish.
i sent a email as soon as i got home, this email was ignored , no reply, so i send another saying i was not happy about the way customers were treated and ignored when there was any complaints. as yet still no reply.
RUBBISH THEME PARK AND WOULD NOT RECCOMEND TO MY WORST ENEMY.
(from my own review on tripadvisor.co.uk)
I have been to Woodlands on many many occasions and never really been disappointed. OK, it's not really an Alton Towers style theme park but it still is enjoyable, and is the best 'theme park' type attraction in the local area by far. It costs around £13 for an adult to get in, and this includes all attractions except for the mini-golf. If it's a good day you can easily spend all day here - there are plenty of indoor play areas with some small rides, a large petting zoo (some pets can also be purchased here), water chutes (you must go in a pair, and the yellow and green slide can get you VERY wet), a toboggan run, assault course, zip wire, pedal boats and bumper boats, plus several other attractions. I objected to paying the extra money for the golf so can't comment on that. In the summer there are often 'character appearances', and also fireworks on some evenings. The food is fine, all fast food style though, and isn't particularly cheap, but it never is in these places. They also charge 20p for a cup of tap water, which is a bit of a rip off, so bring your own! Overall though a good day out, particularly for 7-13 year olds I'd say.
I visited the park this summer whilst on holiday in the area with my neice (aged 5) and i can not tell you how much of a brilliant day out we had.From the minute we arrived all staff were friendly and helpful, the admission prices were reasonable, the park was clean and tidy and the toilets were the best i have even seen at a park!My neice loved all the rides and was kept entertained for the whole day. There was rides and attractions for all ages and we all had a great time!Great place!
On arrival we waited to pay in a que for half an hour as only two pay kiosks were open, with small kids this is no fun. On entering we found the staff rude and unhelpful making my two year old wake up and get out of her push chair to be measured against a minimum ride height sign then trying to get us to pay for her when she was 10cm under the limit. On entering we found the facilities dirty with bins overflowing at 10:30am, the rides were poor and outdated with long ques. The site is poorly signed and staff poorly trained and left to deal with problems beyond them. We finally tracked down a manager (i use the word loosely) and put our points across and demanded a refund which we eventually recieved. This place is a big let down. Crealy is a much better, safer and friendlier place to visit and we will not be returning to Woodlands. If you do decide to go, read up on the admissions policy and know your consumer rights as they do not.
fantastic neat campsite with great camping facilities , unfortunatly , utterly useless staff in the case of emergency. myself and two others in my party where in a serious acident on the taboggen run where 1 child was seriously injured and ended up having three hours of surgery , two other members of that party where left with long term injuries. no staff where first aid trained, the paramedics where called ten minutes after the accident with no briefing on what had happened so it was a further ten minutes before correct treatment was given by which time the seriously injured child had gone into shock, no compassion was given to any of the people involved in the accident, no after care , not even an offer to pull down our tents as the party was unable to do it themselves and relied on camping neighbours to assist. a nightmare!!
we went camping with our 3 year old daughter and were put on a spacious hard standing pitch, which at first we thought was good as it was so level and they give you a mat to put under your tent, but on erecting our reasonably sized tent, found that the guy ropes didnt reach the grass, so had to hire metal pegs for £20.00 deposit, the mat they provide is not really adequate for the gravel pitch and we worried about it piercing our groundsheet.The toilet facilites were very clean and tidy, as was the washing up area, rangers were always there cleaning.
We found most of the staff very pleasant and the whole park and camping area was spotless, the park rides are ok, water slides and tobaggon the best rides but did think there was alot of dated playareas that could be replaced with better slides, some of the rooms were a bit smelly and damp, like the mega ball pool and triple drop slides.The food is a rip off so i would definatly bring a picnic or go to the sportsman pub 2 miles up the road to dartmouth.On the whole i would stay there again, but would only go out of season as the popular rides do seem to get really busy and there was only 1 person at the top maning all 3 waterslides and although the park was not busy, there were a couple of school coaches there and obviously all those kids went straight for the waterslides!
I have been to this theme park a few of times now usually with my nieces and have to say every time we have been we have had a fantastic day out.
The kids absolutly love it, there is loads to do from indoor play areas to outdoor slides & play areas. The park is set in 70 acres of ground & I think they have filled every square inch of it with some sort of ride or other. There are 15 family rides & 10 playzones, 300 animals & 100,000sq ft of indoor play areas.
The biggest indoor play area they have is just inside the entrance & its massive you can quite easily loose the kids in there (so best to go in with them, yes adults are allowed), this area is 5 floors of slides, ball pools, rope ladders etc etc, you could quite easily spend a day in here alone, so if its raining outside its the perfect place to go.
Outside you have all the fast rides like the watercoasters, these are three different water slides, you sit in a rubber dinghy & off you go (yes expect to get very wet, all part of the fun though) have to say the kids where braver on these than me. You also have the Tornado which is like a toboggan run, basically a metal slide & you have to sit in what I can on describe as a tea tray on wheels & hurtle down it (500 metres long) again quite scary especialy when the kids are incontrol of the brake.
There are also (for the younger children) bumper boats, tractors (which run round a track) a rock & roll tug boat (small ship which goes side to side), Dizzy Dune Buggies (bouncing cars), Polar Pilots (chair swing type thing).
And for the adults only (or older children) you have the The Avalanche which is a 60ft slide where again you sit on a plastic tray, I personaly have never had the guts to go on this one (I am a a bit of a wimp though).
This park also has a camp site with it so you can come on a family holiday, prices range from £13.50 - £21.00 depending on time of yesr & this includes free enty to the park (if you stay for two nights).
Price for the park change depending on the time of year, in the winter its £6 per person (Nov - End of March) the water rides are not open at this time of year & in the summer prices go up to over £10 per person & all of the attractions are open. A annual pass for this park is £31.50 so if you think you may go quite a few times then this is well worth buying as it could save you a lot of money.
I think this is a fantastic day out & time flies when you are there, you def need to allow yourself a whole day to go round this park & see everthing. Kids (and adults) absolutly love this place.
Should have put this info on before:
The park address Woodlands Leisure Park, Dartmouth, Devon TQ9 7DQ. tel:01803 712 598 www.woodlandspark.com
myself, my wife and my 2 and 6 year olds were there for approxametely 1.5 hrs. some disgusting person had either vomited or deffacated halfway down an enclosed slide. we were all covered in whatever the bodily fluid was. the staff were unable to act in a sensible manner, they did not know who to inform or how to go about it. i informed them i would be using there showering facilities to clean ourselves. the receptionist was full of smiles, especially when informing us that they could not refund us from this office ( at this point we had not even discussed this!) we cleaned ourselves up in mediocre facilities and subsiquently traveled the 270 miles home. post trauma and several phone calls later, we were left with no apology, no reimbursement for our 1.5 hour stay. however, we were given a ticket for free entry to one of the other parks, fortunately we would have to travel around 100 miles to make use of this. i will never contemplate going to one of these parks again, ever.
The park offers some good entertainment for all ages, however, no two rangers who monitor all rides to ensure the safety of all its paying customers is always paramount, acts the same, some allow children under the minimum height to ride with an adult or just seem not to bother and allow children on rides irrespective of any restrictions and then other rangers ensure the rules are enforced. This type of action only irritates parents and I witnessed on more than one occasion minor altercations between rangers and parents who pointed out it was all right to ride yesterday! However, the rides are great fun mind you do have to be prepared to wait sometimes.
The food is over priced and the portions are not big and it's a lottery as to whether its warm, hot or cold. The Orange and Black current squash is one to miss and at 50p it would be better to drink tap water. The service is generally poor with little smiles or manners exhibited by the serving staff. If you eat in the indoor play areas be prepared to clean your table or you will have a considerable time to wait for any service. The toilets are generally very dirty and smell.
If you are unfortunate to encounter rain whilst you camp be very prepared to get muddy and frustrated with the camp management who are inept at providing any remedy for ensuring its paying customers are given suitable assistance to keep the camp site moving. No effort was made in preventing cars from entering on to the areas occupied by tents thus only serving to churn up the mud throwing the mud onto tents and making the areas around tents not unlike a mud bath. Fully appreciate not much can be done but putting down hard core or providing suitable areas for cars and tents to be kept apart in heavy rain within the overflow camp site. Some of the pitches are markedly inferior to other areas however you pay the same price as some who have good level pitches with good car parking. No monitoring of the noise made by partying groups is made and it can get rather rowdy with parties going on until gone 2 O'clock in the morning.
All in all, this could be a great park but it is badly let down by the inability of the management to consider the needs of all its paying customers. We stayed for 10 days but would I go back not sure, feel really let down by the parks advertisement but in truth, reality is much different from the posters and the inept management who appear oblivious or just can not be bothered to be proactive when it rains in keeping the camp site moving!
Woodlands is a leisure park situated in South Devon, near Dartmouth. It has indoor and outdoor attractions, and there is also a neighbouring caravan and camping park of the same name. We visited at the beginning of March 2007, on a chilly, damp Sunday at the end of half term.
Woodlands is well signposted by brown tourist attraction signs from the Totnes to Kingsbridge road (A381). You turn off at Halwell for Dartmouth, and the entrance to Woodlands is a few miles down this road on the right. There are three or four fields (with rough hard surfacing) available for free parking, which seemed ample.
The most important thing for us on a damp, chilly day was that there was plenty to do indoors for two adults and two small children (aged five and two). We looked at the Woodlands website, www.woodlandspark.com, before our visit and this assured us that all weather fun was guaranteed, but to be honest, the website is very confusing so we were unsure exactly what to expect. However, we need not have worried the park is very big, and some of the individual attractions that it contains seem a little random, but they are all good and there is plenty to do.
Empire of the Sea Dragon
When we arrived, we headed straight for The Empire of the Sea Dragon. This is a HUGE great barn, five storeys high and painted in blue and white stripes, so you cant really miss it. Inside the barn there is the main soft play area, a smaller soft play area for younger children, and several kiddie fairground rides. This might not sound that exciting, or original, but the main area is apparently the largest venture centre in the UK, and I can well believe it. It is the full five storeys high, and built to withstand adult use in fact, there were just as many parents running around inside and throwing themselves off drop slides as children. My five-year old son enjoyed climbing around inside exploring, but he was really a bit too young to get the most out of it yet which is great, as it means that he will still enjoy it for a few years to come. He did go down the central wavy slide (for which you need a mat) but I think it scared him a bit. He wouldnt go off any of the drop slides, but I dont blame him I only dared to slide down the lowest one! My husband picked up a lovely friction burn from the biggest and best slide, and this is something you should watch out for definitely wear long trousers and sleeves, and tuck tops into trousers.
There are uniformed staff, which Woodlands call Rangers, overseeing activities one at the bottom of the main slide, one at the top and at least one circulating through the play area. However, it did occur to me that there could be a potential child protection issue, as there would be nothing to stop lone adults entering and engaging with children.
Both our sons enjoyed the smaller play area, which is called the Ice Palace. This is advertised as being suitable for under 7 year olds, and actually divided into two areas one for babies and tiny tots, and one for slightly larger children, which is still three storeys high.
The main play area takes up about half the floor area, at one end, and the Ice Palace is situated at 90 degrees to it, further down one wall. The biggest problem with this was that it was difficult to keep an eye on the exits to both of them at the same time, when one child was in each. There are chairs and tables provided in the surrounding area, but I can imagine that it gets very crowded on the bottom floor level during busy times. There are two other floors in the building, connected by an open, metal staircase just in front of the exit to the main area, and it would be fairly easy for a child to escape up this if you werent looking! Every other play centre that I have been to has had some form of child-proof barrier between the play area and the exit door, but I assume that this might not be practical here, possibly due to fire regulations and the sheer scale of the place.
As well as the soft play areas, there are a couple of kiddie fairground rides at the back of the room quite unusual to have them inside and one scarier ride, the Trauma Tower, right in the centre of the room. Theres also an outdoor tugboat ride, which wasnt operating during our visit.
There is more seating provided upstairs on the middle level; this is the level that you come in at, and you can also buy refreshments here. There is also a top mezzanine level, where you can picnic, which is often not allowed in play centres, so I think that this is a definite plus for Woodlands. There are also the ubiquitous party rooms and toilet facilities on the middle level, including a baby-changing room.
We could have spent all afternoon just in the Empire of the Sea Dragon.
Other Indoor Zones
The Empire of the Sea Dragon is situated to the left as you enter Woodlands, slightly away from the main body of the park. The other indoor zones are grouped together around to the right, a few minutes away from their big blue brother. The main component is a circus-themed building containing soft play areas, a bouncy castle and the Woodlands Chuffer train ride. I would imagine that this was the original indoor play zone before the Empire of the Sea Dragon was built, so its a slight replication of what is available in the larger building. Immediately adjacent to the Circus lies the indoor Master Blaster game, which involves firing foam balls at each other from fixed machine guns on various levels. Im not entirely sure about the ethics of the game (as I have never wanted to buy my sons toy guns, for example) but I must admit its fun, and totally exhausting. There was also a large ball pool in a separate building.
There are small fairground rides situated outside the Circus building, leading onto the main outdoor rides, which are of the downhill water tube and toboggan variety. These were not open as it was winter, but we walked round for a look and cant wait to have a go in the summer! There were also outdoor adventure playgrounds with different themes for older and younger age groups.
Woodlands has an animal centre with sheep, goats, cows and small furry creatures; this is under cover, but open air. There is also a falconry centre, which puts on flying displays during the summer months.
Woodlands is huge, and I doubt that you could do everything in one day in the park. The site is 60 acres in area, and slopes downhill from the entrance (and back up again where the water rides are sited) but there are tarmac pathways all the way round.
There are lockers situated next to each of the major play areas where you can leave personal belongings; these cost 20p, which is non-refundable. Hot and cold drinks and light snacks are available around the park, although there are plenty of picnic areas. Prices for tea/coffee were 90p/£1.00, and £1.50 for a large hotdog.
The park is aimed at families; you cant just drop your children off for the day, as children under the age of 17 may only enter the park with an adult. Dogs are not allowed in the site, although we did notice that Woodlands provide basic kennels under trees at the back of the car park.
There is of course also a gift shop where you can buy over-priced tat, but fortunately it is quite tucked away and you dont have to walk through it to escape.
Price and Opening Times
We paid the winter price of £5.25 each. In the summer this rises to more than £9 per person, although infants below the height of 92cms are free of charge.
From October to March, Woodlands is open at weekends and during Devon school holidays from 9.30 until 5pm. During the summer months there is extended opening every day.
We are just about to move house, when we will become local to Woodlands. As the title of this review states, we thought that it was so good, and that there was so much to do, that we bought season tickets before we left, at a price of £27.50 each. Roll on summer!
May 2007 - Edited to add:
We have now been to Woodlands a few times and are still enjoying it. The season tickets are proving to be excellent value for money. During the fine weather in April we explored the outdoor attractions, although only my husband dared to go on the more adventurous rides such as being propelled off a near sheer drop on a plastic tray. I have never laughed so hard. However, the whole family enjoyed the other rides such as the toboggan run, the pedal boats and the bouncy jeep ride. We also spent one pleasant afternoon at the flying display you should try to fit this in if you can but be warned, it involves sitting out on wooden benches with no shade and you cant drink anything because the birds would hunt the bottle. I actually left before the final bird was flown because it was too hot to sit out with two small children and they did become restless because the display lasts around an hour.
I still heartily recommend it!
Wow Wonderful Woodlands is all I can think to start off this review. We (me, hubby, and 2 kids aged 7 and 10) first went to Woodlands last year. I was looking on the internet for a good campsite with some fun stuff to amuse the kids in the Devon or Cornwall area, when I came across the Woodlands site only by chance as a small link from another site. Well its the best internet search I have ever done. The web site is easy to use, with all the relevant information on there, and they were very helpful when I emailed them an enquiry. they were very quick to respond, and very helpful too. On first impressions the prices seemed quite steep (considering it is for camping), but the brochure they sent me seemed so great we thought we would give it a go. We booked to go in the kids summer holidays, and hoped that it wouldnt be too busy. Well it was really easy to find, and upon arrival we were greated by a friendly member of staff who directed us to the appropriate carpark. Booking ourselves in was really straight forward, and we were given a welcome pack full of info about the site and services in and around the area, also other places of interest to visit. We then had to follow one of the wardens in his little golf cart thing to our pitch. We couldnt believe the amount of space per pitch, its very spacious, and we felt we had our privacy the whole time. The shop on site holds all you would need for your stay, including camping equipment, food, or souvenirs. There was a local farmer who would drive his refridgerated van around the whole site and you could buy various bits from him each day. The kids thought this was great and loved to buy lovely cold chocolate bars from him. We however bought lots of yummy barbeque food- lovely. The actually park itself is great, and if you camp on the site for more than two days you get admission for free. It is definately worth the money. On rainy days there is a huge indoor play area full of ball pits, slides, rope swings etc. There was lots for all age groups even the really tiny ones. There is a paddling pool there which I thought was more like a mini swimming pool. The water slides in the park were definately a favourite with us. You sit in a little rubber dinghy thing and go down a variety of 3 tubes at high speed. The Avalanche was a bit scary for me, but great for people who like to be scared. Its a similar sort of slide where you sit in a small boat thing and go down a very steep drop. There is also a Falconry centre on the site, were the birds are very well looked after, and the staff are very happy to answer any questions you have. The park was busy when we were there, but as the park is so huge, everyone spread out quite nicely. I absolutely loved it at Woodlands, and have just booked for us all to go back in August (the kids are soooo excited). I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone!!!!
woodland theme parc in Devon is a complete rip off from start to finish, which if you spend a great deal of money to enter and when you get inside find the whole parc flooded with people over a huge area , so buzy that you only get one ride in 6 hours, ques over two hours for most rides, rubbish bins sprawling full, attracting every wasp in south Devon! When you have young children this parc is not the place to visit during peak season.You canot tell nor are you informed on arrival of high visitor numbers, so you pay and enter,which is about the only thing you dont have to que for all day! If your children are older and have loads of patience, then go ahead and enjoy, but my kids to stand in a que for hours on end wasnot an option. The parc is over a huge area which you would think would spread the ques, but not the case when large volumes of coaches are able to arrive un booked and nobody is ever turned away due to overcrowding it becomes ridicously full in no time,Woodlands only point to make in there defence was that they kept the parc open late to give people more time to que, how thoughtfull! To give you an idea of how bad we thought the whole experiance was, we were sent complimentory tickets as a gesture which we returned ,as we wouldnt wish that on any of our freinds and wouldnt go again if you paid us! Maybe it was just that we went peak season, and an out of season trip wouldnot be the same, but be aware that if you are going to go with your kids that you willnot know of exceptionally high numbers of visitors untill you have paid, and trust me,when its chocked to bursting point it really isnot a fun day out!
We have just returned from a weeks camping holiday at Woodlands (Myself, Husband, and sons aged 8 and 3)and have had a fantastic time. The camping area is extremely spacious, clean and well kept. The toilet blocks have won an award for best in Britain or something, and certainly lived up to that. As well as the normal camp site shower/wash facilities, there were individual bathrooms and shower rooms which were great for families with young children. VERY clean indeed. Above the toilet block is a games room with TV, video games, pool tables etc. All in all we were very pleased with the camping facilities. 10 out of 10.
A short walk from the campsite is the entrance to the park. No need to queue, just walk straight in! Our children absolutely loved the rides and attractions as did my husband and I. If your children are say, teenagers, they may find the rides a bit tame compared to somewhere like Alton Towers but this place was just right for us. The rides are set in fairly dense woodland and the park is quite hilly, but not as bad as some of the other reviewers suggest. We certainly saw people with pushchairs, wheelchairs and motorised scooters getting about in all areas of the park.
There are countless ball parks, and slides dotted around the park and a massive indoor fun area, which I can only describe as a five storey adult size wacky warehouse, with ropes, vertical slides and balls galore. For all of you out there who have wanted to go into a ball park with your kids this is the place! My husband and I had a whale of a time in here playing with the kids and behaving like kids (we are aged 41 and 36 incidentally!)
There was another similar indoor attraction with soft rubber balls and air powered blast guns, which was great fun for all ages. As for the outdoor rides, we were there the first week of August, which would be peak, there were queues for the bigger outdoor rides, but we didn't queue for more than about 20 minutes for anything. The toboggan run proved a big favourite, as did the spooky slides, the water chutes and the boats. My youngest son loved the wild west area, which is basically a minature wild west town, where you can go inside all the buildings and have a look round.
The none manned rides such as assault courses, asto-glide and such like were available to campsite users after the park closed and I must say we had a few pleasant evenings walking round the empty park. There is an animal area and a Falconry Centre that I was a little worried about before we went, but I felt that the animals were well cared for and the pens were clean. It appeared to be the case that the larger animals such as horses and donkeys went out into the surrounding fields in the evenings to graze. There were many small animals such as rabbits and Guinea pigs which again were in clean pens and looked well cared for. The younger children I saw in this area were delighted to see the farm animals such as piglets. I am not a big fan of zoos and such like but this did not distress me or give me cause to concern for the welfare of the animals kept there, I am pleased to say.
Along side the rides and attractions there was a stage area where we saw some very good street performers, and magical acts whilst sitting on the grass enjoying a picnic. I can't comment on the quality of the food or the prices as we didn't have any because the tent was so close. We tended to go in the park at opening time and stay until about 2pm then go back to the tent for lunch before going out of the park in the car to shop and sightsee, we then went back in the park after it had closed for an evening walk.
All in all, the holiday was lovely, relaxing and fun. The only drawback I can think of is that the park is quite isolated (around 6 miles from Totnes) and those 6 miles could take half an hour if the traffic was bad so there is nowhere to walk to in the evenings. There is no bar or late night activities going on, so once it went dark the camp site was silent, which was a real treat!! If you like things more lively in the evenings this may not be the place for you as the nearest pub was about 4 miles away.
For just over £200 I cannot fault Woodlands and would highly recommend it to families with younger children, terrific value for money, happy, tired kids = relaxed parents! 10 out of 10.
Pleased with response. - Advantages: Many hours of fun., Something for all ages to enjoy, indoor and out., I complained and got free tickets!!! - Disadvantages: Same price to get in during offpeak season, but less staff to assist and operate rides etc., Very hillyand tiring, but that's the woods!
Having moved back to glorious Devon , we thought it time to start exploring the local ammenities , and one place we were advised to visit was Woodlands Leisure Park . Woodlands Leisure Park is situated at Blackawton , Totnes , S. Devon TQ9 7DQ . Tel. 01803 712598 . Web : www.woodlandspark.com. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org . Set in 60 acres of Devonshire woodland valley( hence its name ) , Woodlands is an all weather family fun park , with action rides , animals , and child friendly activities for all members of the family to enjoy . The action rides : 1) Cylclone water coasters : Three dinghy water slides for you to try , comprising of : a) Extreme Sidewinder : dark tunnel ride with an enexpected twist b) Free Fall Rapids : 45 ft. fast humped free fall ride , with great last drop. c) Twister : 420 ft of tunnels , twists and 150 ft corkscrew 2) Zoom Tornado 500 metres of twising track make this a great toboggan ride. 3) Artic Gliders The alpine dash - sledging fun . 4) Trauma Tower Two rows of seats , one 50 ft. high tower and only one way down from the top ! Outdoor rides 1) Paddle boats : Take a leisurely paddle around the koi carp and duck infested lake . 2) Bumper Boats : Two man round dinghys , an electric motor and built in water canons , provide some light relief and a super drenching . 3) Peddle Carts . For the more energetic kids , peddle your way around the oval track . Other outdoor aactivities : 1) Commando course ( more difficult than it looks ) 2) The matrix ( outdoor climbing frame ) 3) Whistle Stop Junctions ( short train ride ) 4) Golden Bear City ( wild west type village ) 5) Paddling pool 6) Junior trikes ( 4 wheel fun for the little uns ) 7) Zip Slides 8) The scenery ( glorious , with lots of wildlife incl. the odd free roaming duck
and peacock , nature at its finest ) . Indoor activities : 1) The China Palette : decorate and buy your very own plate / mug ( additional cost ) 2) Animal Farm : various types of animal to see and sometimes touch . 3) Megablaster : 4000 sw. ft. of air canon foam ball blasting fun . Shoot your friends , shoot your family , shoot everbody . 4) The empire of the Sea dragon. Billed as the UK's largest indoor venture centre , the warehouse sized 5 floor extragiganza , is the place to forget your an adult , and have some serious fun with the kids . Cargo nets , dead drop slides , tunnels , slides , ball pits to name a few of the activities your can play on till your hearts content . 5) Mermaids Ball Pool : fun for the little tykes 6) Triple Drop Slide : 3 slides - 3 heights - eek . 7) Circus Dome. Other info... Picnic area's ... plenty of space for those who prefer to bring their own food ( you can exit / re-enter the park when you like ) . Three cafe type shops and scattered ice cream stalls abound for those who would prefer to purchase food . Costs seemed reasonable . Toilets ... a few scattered around , near to the cafe's , most are disabled friendly. Caravan Park - even one of these is available for those touring Devon. Staff - plenty around ( known as rangers ) - although not all attractions have manned staff . Admission costs : Adults / Children £7.90 per person O.A.P.'s £4.90 per person. Family Tickets ( 2 + 2 ) - £ 29.80 5+ more people - £7.40 per person ( bigger discounds for larger parties ) Annual tickets - £25.00 per person ( £15.00 for O.A.P.'s ) . Opening times ( 2003 ) : April 1st - November 2nd inclusive , with special events held on certain days , eg Halloween , 10.00am - 5.00 pm . Exceptions : Some rides have height restrictions , and in adverse weath
er conditions , some outdoor rides may not be running . Our visit was on 8/04/03 , and a few attractions were not ready / broken , these being Extreme Sidewinder , Arctic Gliders and Junior Trikes , which was a little disappointing. During the height of the summer season , expect large queues on the more popular rides ( anything up to an hour for the Mega Twister ! ), so either turn up early , or go early / late into the season. Like the sound of it , but not in Devon this year , then don't fret , as Woodlands is opening another site called TwinLakes Park , situated at Spinney Road , Melton Mowbray , Nr. Leicester , LE14 4SB , during the summer of 2003 ( tel. 01664 567777 for further info. ) . Overview : Don't expect the white knuckle rides as found in the likes of Alton Towers , what you have here is truely wonderful family entertainment park , that kid's will love , and the adults can re-live their lost childhoods at the same time. The nature of the landscape can be a little tiring on the old legs , but overall , their are enough attractions to enable a full days activities , albeit a little on the expensive side .