Trying the new Gruffalo River Ride at Chessington

The Gruffalo is one of our favourite children’s books of all time and we really enjoy taking part in activities that are related to the story. Last month we were one of the first to try the new Augmented Reality Trail at Moors Valley which was packed full of fun facts about forest animals and the chance to make the Gruffalo come to life on your mobile phone or tablet which Sebastian adored. Not long after doing the trail we saw an advert for the new Gruffalo River Ride at Chessington and Sebby was insistent that we had to visit. Last week, Hubby …

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Shrek's Adventure

Create a year to remember with a Merlin Annual Pass

Start your year off as you mean to go on and bag the ultimate bargain – 52 weeks of family fun with a Merlin Annual Pass! We have had a Merlin Annual Pass for the last couple of years and it truly is a worthwhile investment as you have some amazing days out at your fingertips, plus some amazing offers to share with family and friends. The spectacular New Year sale starts today and you can purchase your Merlin Annual Pass from just £109 per person, this amazing offer is one you don’t want to miss out on! A Merlin …

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Thorpe Park

The Best Theme Parks for Kids in the UK

We love theme parks and being a parent of tots, tweens and teens we have been to a fair few but none really cater for every age group perfectly. Best for Under 5’s: My favourite theme park for under 5’s is Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World. Any Peppa fan will adore it, although beware, you will be humming the Peppa theme tune all day. There is also the rest of the park to explore with animals to see and more rides that suit both little ones and under 10’s. Best for Under 10’s. I have two favourites for this age …

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HOWL’O’WEEN at Chessington

We have Merlin Annual passes and over the half term holidays we had planned to visit to Chessington, Legoland and Thorpe Park during the week but illness conspired against us and we were confined to home for four days.

By Saturday it was clear that everyone was on the mend but we had tickets to a local Halloween event so decided we would head to Chessington on the Sunday. There was a “yellow cloud of doom” weather warning for fog, but we were confident it would burn off by lunch time – it didn’t but that really added to the atmosphere.

We arrived at 11am and the first thing we spotted was Trick or Treat Wood. We walked straight in and was quickly met with a strange gentleman that blocked our path. It was here the path split into two and he had to decide who to send down which path. The rowdy older children that raced in behind us were sent down the “trick” path but he decided we were good and should take the “treat” path. Here we met the good fairy who we helped to make invisible fairy dust and faun who taught us a very special dance before walking past the bewitching tree to earn our treat. Each children got a packet of Bear fruit snacks.

Chessington

As we emerged from the trick or treat wood we spotted a commotion going on in the water and headed over to see what was going on. The Sealions were racing about, performing tricks and it was almost time for their show, so we hung around to see it. The show had a Halloween theme and it was brilliant fun watching the Sealions hiding behind their flippers and leaping out of the water.

Chessington

Just by Sealion bay are the Creepy Caves where the kids spotted reptiles, snakes and creepy crawlies, including pythons, tarantulas, frogs and even caterpillars!

Chessington

The kids loved spotting all the animals so we continued around the zoo and were quite surprised that all the animals were out in the dreary weather. We headed into the Sealife area too, which we haven’t been to at Chessington before and was pleasantly surprised by the size of it.

Chessington

There is a brand new walk-through enclosure to see the Penguins but sadly they were not interested in coming over to say hello, so we headed over to the petting area instead.

Chessington

Possibly the kids favourite part of the zoo was the AMAZU Treetop Adventure where they got play amongst real life monkeys and other amazing animals as they followed the adventure trail. It was quite un-nerving having a Saki jump over your head though.

Chessington

The live show ‘Operation Cheesy Dibbles’ was also a huge success and had the kids up and dancing along with their favourite Penguin characters. Isaac was also brave enough to feed the Rainbow Lorikeets although they weren’t very interested in food because of the weather.

Chessington

I think this is the first time we have ever been to a theme park and not done any of the big rides. I had wanted to do Dragon’s Fury but one look watching the whole track wobble as the car went around put even Kian off from wanting to try it. We did however do some of the smaller kids rides.

Chessington

We did find some of the rides were closed that we may have tried, such as Tomb Blaster however it didn’t spoil the day and everything we went on had no queues at all.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
 

Merlin Summer

Win a Standard Merlin Annual Pass

The Merlin Annual Pass Summer Sale ends on 1 June 2015! To celebrate the sale, I’m offering one lucky winner the chance to win a Standard Merlin Annual Pass. A Merlin Annual Pass lets you access 31 Merlin Worlds across the UK, from the best theme parks – Alton Towers Resort, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort and THORPE PARK Resort. To top London attractions such as Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, the London Eye and the London Aquarium! It also includes access to 11 SEA LIFE centres across the country, plus landmarks such as the Blackpool Tower. Find out more here: http://www.merlinannualpass.co.uk …

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