Thursday, 5 June 2014

Our Trip to Cbeebies Land, Alton Towers

When I first saw that Cbeebies Land was going to be opening at Alton Towers I knew that we would have to pay it a visit. With this year being such a hectic one for us Nath and I both agreed that we needed some quality, family time together and Cbeebies Land seemed like just the place.

With the offer running in The Sun and on packets of Kellogg's cereal at the moment (one adult goes free in conjunction with another full paying adult) and it being free for under 4's it was the perfect opportunity to go. Although the weather wasn't on our side, it rained on and off all day, we were prepared for it and weren't going to let it dampen our moods (excuse the pun). As soon as we arrived I immediately loved it, I know that it's brand new but it was set out wonderfully and looked very sleek. A lot of thought had gone in to the whole look and feel of the place.

If you are planning a trip here are some of my tips:

-Take a pram. Don't be put off with the thought of having to push it around all day. Outside every ride there is a "buggy park" where you can stash your buggy for free which is perfect.

-Take a picnic. The food was the worst part of the day, it was expensive and pretty tasteless. I wish that we'd taken our own food but we'll know for next time.

-Postman Pat & the Get Set Go rides seemed to be the most popular and have the longest queues, although the queues move quickly (bearing in mind we did go on a wet Wednesday), the queues are interactive for the little ones with games dotted throughout which I thought was a great idea.

-As a parent my favourite "ride" was Mr Bloom's allotment, and not because of Mr Bloom himself, but because it was so different to anything I'd ever seen before. You do have to wait quite a while for this one (10-15mins) but it is so worth it. You go in a small group at a time and are presented with an interactive show. It really is brilliant and it's put together so beautifully

-Ava was too small for one of the rides which was Justin's house, I think that ride is mostly aimed at ages 4+

Something that we didn't do was go to one of the shows put on by either Mike the Knight, the Zingzillas or Nina & The Neurons. We caught a glimpse of the Zingzillas show whilst we were on the Get Set Go ride and it did look fun. The shows are put on throughout the day.

You can also have your photo taken with your child's favourite character (they superimpose a picture of your child with a character of their choice). Ava chose Postman Pat, naturally, and it's a lovely little keepsake.

I thoroughly recommend a trip if you are looking for something new and exciting to do. We had a wonderful day! We have said that next time we'll definitely be staying in the hotel!

I also vlogged on the day so feel free to take a look!

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