We live around ten minutes away by car from Adventure Wonderland’s fun family park, but I have never actually been before, or taken the children. When I was offered press tickets, I knew it would be a lovely way to spend a sunny Sunday and we headed over yesterday morning to see what Adventure Wonderland had in store for us.
Benjamin is not quite three, and the park’s website states their recommended age is 3-10 years, so we were unsure how much of the rides he would be able to go on, but actually he was allowed on almost all of the ones he wanted to try, and there was no big drama when it came to telling him he wouldn’t be able to join his brother and sister on a couple of the rides.
One of the things I found really good about Adventure Wonderland was that the older two children could go on most of the rides without us, if they wanted to, which is great, especially as a family of five where usually there aren’t enough adults to go around.
Carly was slightly too young to drive the safari cars on her own (you have to be seven), and it was a little disappointing that she wasn’t able to be a passenger in Cameron’s car (you have to be sixteen to have a child passenger), but it worked out ok, and I got an excuse to drive around the track.
We were a little confused when it came to attempting to watch one of the live shows at midday, as a member of staff told the awaiting, already seated, crowd that the show would be outside instead, but didn’t actually direct us to where this would be, so we ended up giving up and going on another ride instead, which was a bit of a shame. One of the cafe’s was also closed during our visit.
Even without seeing the shows, there was plenty to do in the park, and we spent a good four hours or so trying out the rides and letting the children play on the different play areas and bouncy castle.
There are a few attractions that you have to pay extra to use. Generally speaking we avoid these when going to a park like this, but the children (and Ed) did go on the tractors, and they were a reasonable £1 per ride, which wasn’t too bad.
I did think it was a little unfair that the upside down Alice house cost an extra £2 per person, as this seemed like something that should be included in the price of the main ticket.
Food wise, we were going back home for burgers, but we did buy the children some ice creams onsite. They were priced as I would expect for an attraction of this nature, and three ice creams and two drinks came to just over £8.
As we didn’t have meals, I can’t comment on the rest of the food, but there did seem to be a lot on offer including lighter options such as ciabattas and proper meals such as scampi and chips, with a hot and cold kids menu offering as well.
There is lots of extra entertainment on throughout the year and, although we weren’t there for anything major, there was Titch the T’Rex walking around during our visit, which was fun, although I did feel a bit bad for the member of staff under the costume, who seemed to be very hot and was set upon by lots of overexcited children!
We all enjoyed our day out at Adventure Wonderland and I think we will return, as it is so close to home, and a good place to visit when the children are feeling cooped up, especially during the school holidays. The Wild Thing indoor play area, which the children have been to parties at previously, is included in the entry price across certain dates, so it makes the tickets quite good value, in comparison to other local similar attractions.
I would recommend a visit for locals who haven’t been before, or those visiting the area on holiday. Even in the heat, it was a nice day out, with plenty of shady spots to rest in, and some water rides and attractions that helped the children cool down. One top tip – take a towel or spare clothing, as you do get quite wet on the Battle Boats, even if you are just a bystander taking photos(!).
We were gifted a family pass to Adventure Wonderland for the purpose of this post, however all words, opinions and images are my own.