Legoland

Written by Lauren. Posted in Days Out & Events, General, Reviews

On Friday Nana and Pops decided to treat us all to a day out at Legoland in Windsor.  We had planned to meet up with my Mum’s best friend and her family at 10.30am but our day didn’t start out how we had anticipated.  Spud woke up in the most hyperactive mood that I had ever seen.  It was as if he had gotten out of bed and stuffed his face with E numbers.  He was running around the house waving his arms over his head and shouting at the top of his voice.  He got to one end of the house, took a deep breath, turned around and started it all over again!  It took all 4 adults to get him to eat any breakfast and force clothes over his head.  On top of the toddler battle we then had to sort ourselves out and pack for a whole day out.  I have never forgotten anything essential when we have gone out for a whole day but my Mum seems to think we need at least 5 times more stuff than I pack.  Cue arguments, feet stamping and the bag being unpacked and repacked about 10 times.

We eventually got everybody in the car about 45 minutes later than we had hoped to leave and left for a fun filled day.  We still had to stop off and buy some nappies so didn’t get to Legoland until about 11.30am!  As soon as we turned off the main road the excitement started because the Lego figures are places on the sides of the road leading up to the park.  Spud soon learnt how to say Legoland so we had to endure him shouting that at the top of his voice as we drove up the hill.  We had all expected him to have crashed out in the car due to his extremely busy morning but something had definitely gotten into him!

Unfortunately due to the School’s being on Summer holidays the park was jam packed.  We tried to find a parking space, after paying £6 for the privilege and eventually loaded the prams up with enough stuff to cater for an army.  We met up with Deborah and her family including her grandson who is only a month younger than Spud.  They both loved trains so it made sense to head straight to that.  The train took you around a “Safari” of Lego animals which had so much detail that they often look real.

The park was very busy and most rides had a queue of at least 45 minutes which isn’t an ideal situation to be in with two impatient toddlers.  We had a walk around and a ride on another train and then realised that it was actually lunch time.  We had a look around and found there was ample choice for eating at the park but it really lacked picnic areas.  The food was quite expensive but I did love that Spud got given an apple with his “happy meal” rather than just a box of junk.  In his lunch he was given a lanyard for collecting badges that he was supposed to receive on every ride that he went on.

Pops loves having Spud around because it means he can unleash his inner child and they soon ran off together to queue for Wave Rider.  The rest of us went to have a look at the carnival games which for the quality of the prizes were very expensive.  I managed to win a small blue fish for Spike who was very pleased with it and didn’t let it go for the rest of the day!  Pops and Spud both loved the Wave Rider but unfortunately he didn’t get given a badge for his lanyard.

We then joined the queue for the Atlantis submarine which was over a bit too quickly considering how long we had waited for the ride but it would have been a very good experience for older children as it had a good story and “mission” for them to complete.  Again he didn’t recieve a badge for his lanyard and we forgot to ask.  We then went to queue for the Boats.  There were a lot of adults in our group so we were able to swap places in the queue so that everybody got to sit down and have a drink rather than wait on our feet for hours waiting for a 2 minute ride.

One brilliant part for toddlers is the Water park.  Spud was a little wary at first but was soon running around like a loon and even started stripping off.  He didn’t want to leave that part of the park but was shivering due to the lack of sun so we decided to move on which very nearly led to a huge toddler meltdown!

We missed a lot of the park due to the amount of time spent queuing which was a real shame for the boys.  I would definitely recommend going during the off peak period to avoid the rush.  We did get to go on the dragon roller coaster and the rapids (minus the children) but did feel a bit disappointed by both.  The queue time just doesn’t make it worth it.  The day whizzed by and we ended our visit with a trip to the shop.  Spud hasn’t got any Duplo or Lego so Pops treated him to a little box to take home.

Overall it was a very good day but spoilt a bit by the amount of time that we had to wait around.  I loved how EVERYTHING is made of Lego.  There are a lot of small touches that just made it a very exciting place with new things around every corner.  The cost of the day was also a little bit obscene.  It costs £41.40 for adult entry into the park and at the moment Spud goes free but as soon as he turns 3 it will cost us £31.20.  The ticket price on top of the parking, food and extra activities in the park make for a very expensive day out.   It is definately aimed more at children above the age of about 5 as Spud didn’t appreciate a lot of the fantasy and adventure and was too short for a lot of the rides.

 

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Pennywell Farm

Written by Lauren. Posted in Days Out & Events, General, Reviews

Yesterday we went with our Stay and Play group to Pennywell Farm.  It is the South West’s largest Farm Activity Park with lots to do including visiting the animals, going on rides and enjoying regular activities such as bottle feeding the lambs and milking the goats!

Our day started off disastrous!  We loaded on to the coach and being the “cool kids” headed for the back (we wanted to sit together and it was a two by two aisle!) The Hubby sat by the window with Spike whilst I fussed over bags and Spud’s seat belt.  We hadn’t even started moving when all of a sudden Spike started screaming in pain, we all exchanged confused looks and then I saw a wasp hovering behind the Hubby.  I went in to panic mode!  I’m allergic to wasps (not deadly but I swell up about 10 times the size) and had never had to deal with a child’s wasp sting let alone one in a 6 month old baby.  I sort of span in a dazed circle whilst the Hubby tried to settle Spike.  I gathered myself together enough to go and ask a friend if she knew what to put on stings and luckily she had some Waspeze at home and the coach driver said he would wait for her.  That seemed to take his pain away and he soon fell asleep on me exhausted from all the tears.

We arrived at the Farm and headed in with our group where we were greeted by a couple of members of staff who handed out name badges for the children and leaflets with activity sheets and tickets for the rides.  We were disappointed to discover that Spud wasn’t old enough for the Red Rocket or the Rabbit Run rides and also as he was under 3 couldn’t partake in the stamp collecting activity for free entry on his next visit. (We discovered afterwards that as an under 3 he gets free entry anyway!)

Firstly, we visited Pet’s Corner where the world famous miniature pigs reside.  They were so adorable and extremely friendly coming up to everyone to say hello and just basking in the attention.  We soon started exploring the main farm and found that the large animals are all super friendly as well.  This was great for Spud because they weren’t all hiding away or keeping their backs to him  He was very keen to touch the animals if they were smaller than him but needed reassurance for ones that were a bit bigger!  You can buy feed from the shop when you enter the Farm so all the animals were hoping we had something yummy for them.

About 20 minutes after we arrived the bell rang and Egg collecting was announced.  Spud had been talking about chickens since he had woken up so we thought it was probably something he would enjoy so went over to join in.  He was given a bucket with straw in and we were led down to the coops.  He was extremely excited to be that close to chickens and when he got hold of an egg placed it prudly into his bucket.  Unfortunately for the egg this wasn’t its last Spud experience.  He then decided to inspect it closer and gave it a good old shake (scrambled egg hehe) when he realised it didn’t do anything exciting he tried to give it back to the chicken that he took it from!

We handed the poor egg back to the farmer and went off to do some more exploring.  As well as the animals there are lots of other fun activities to do.  They have trampolines dotted throughout, which were a big hit with Spud, as well as Tractor ride on toys and play areas.  The tractor toys were in the undercover play area which is a fantastic idea with Devon’s weather being the way it is.  We got caught in a few showers whilst we were there but there were plenty of places to go without being bored in the process.  We headed off to Noah’s Barn expecting more animals to discover a huge bouncy castle which as you can imagine excited our toddler to no end!  After a good bounce on there and a snack at the picnic tables we heard the bell and announcement for Lamb feeding.  I thought Spud would enjoy this (not to mention me!) so we headed off to try it out.  The farmer gave us an introduction and asked the children that were waiting questions about lambs and also showed us how she made up the bottles.  I really liked how educational the farm was.  If it wasn’t informative talks it was the huge boards above all the animals covered in facts about each of them.  They also had lots of signs up about specific animals with their names on and a bit about them.  We were given a bottle and my gosh those Lambs were greedy!  They certainly knew what was about to happen and our one nearly ran off with its bottle!

We stopped for lunch and although we took a picnic there was a Cafe, a coffee shop and an ice cream parlour to choose from which we noticed were reasonably priced.  There was so much to do at Pennywell that it doesn’t leave you thinking you overpaid when you go home like a lot of days out do.  Every half an hour there was a new activity and even if they don’t take your fancy there are so many play areas that the children are thoroughly entertained and worn out!  Throughout the play areas they also offer rides that require coins like motorised safari cars, quad bikes and a rather large spinning duck.  They offered pony rides for an extra charge of £3.50 which we gave a miss because we thought it was a little too expensive when we didn’t know if Spud would even stay on the pony!  We did go on the Tractor ride which he loved because being a typical boy he loves everything with wheels.  We also followed the Hubby into a willow maze which Spud found most confusing!  Unfortunately it ends in the middle at a watch tower with extremely steep steps so the Hubby had to retrace his steps with the pushchair whilst Spud and I got to go over a bridge!  Unfortunately we missed the falconry display and a ride on the Rainbow Railway due to timing issues but did manage to catch the puppet show.

Pennywell is open from February until October and has many events throughout the year.  Starting with Lambs Galore and finishing with Halloween and during school holidays they have children’s entertainers every day in their theatre.  They do offer Nativity Plays with the animals during December with a visit from Santa and his Reindeer, which require pre booking.  Our group are going to the Christmas event but we are unsure due to the Hubby’s job if we are going to be going with them!  It was an absolutely great day out (I had the start of Tonsillitis and still had an amazing time!) and excellent value for money!  Ticket prices start from only £8.95 for a whole day out with up to 20 free activities so you certainly get a lot for your money.

I was not asked by Pennywell Farm to write a review. I purchased the ticket myself. This post is my own honest opinion. For more information please see our Disclosure Policy.