This year I have had the best summer ever! I was determined to plan as many things as I could to fill up the summer holidays so I wouldn’t be left with nowhere to go with the kids!
We can’t afford a holiday abroad so we have been in the tent and where better to start than Cbeebies Land.
My son is 2 and my daughter is 9 so we were sure we would find something for everyone at Alton Towers. I did hum and ah at the cost but when I did a bit of site research found a special “parent and toddler” discount and paid a little extra for 2 days instead of one. Booking online was far cheaper for us as a family so I didn’t bother using the free discount ticket off the Kelloggs box.
We arrived early on the first day making the most of the 9am early ride times for Cbeebies land if you online book. We were greated at the entrance to Cbeebies land by a few entertainers with hoops and juggling and Mr Bloom (not the real one obviously!). I was so excited and so were my children.
The area looked fantastic! Lots of bright colours, flowers and greenery and set into the path the hand prints of all favourite Cbeebies characters – Nina (and the Nerons), Justin etc I even enjoyed putting my hands in theirs! The area is split into sections. There is a lovely sensory garden with things from My Tumbles spotty bag to find; Nina’s lab, Cbeebies Bug ride (which is high up so you can see everything), Postman Pat, Numtums, Night Garden, Tree Fu Tom play area, Mr Blooms nursery (this is a bit hidden but well worth finding), Justins House, Charlie and Lolas house.
In the centre is a show arena and we were lucky enough to catch the ZingZillas and get a limited photo opportunity! The arena is bright and spacious and even when it was busy it didn’t really feel it. Children were able to get up and dance and sing even some of the adults too! There are plenty of picnic tables and lazy deck chairs – we were lucky we landed two glorious days! There are also Mike the Knight activities to do like: building a castle with sponge bricks, hoopla, throwing bean bags at targets and skittles. There were also two small tents where you could meet Upsy Daisy and Iggle Piggle and the queues were fairly small so we didn’t have to wait long.
My sons favourite ride was probably Postman Pat with In the Night Garden second! My favourite was Justins house (2 yr old wasn’t tall enough to go in) which my nine year old and I loved – firing sponge balls at everyone else! This though had massive queues and we were waiting a long time.
My 2 year old was very happy to repeatedly go on rides again and again he was running around all over the place!
Day spent a whole morning in that bit and decided our older daughter needed some rides of her own but I think we could have spent longer. Day two meant we got their early again to get into Mr Blooms nursery. Unfortunately because there weren’t a lot of people I think it lost its atmosphere a bit but I think the actor did really well considering. The kids had fun collecting all the veg cards to go in the compostarium!
Even though it is quite expensive because we had two days we were able to see other things that we didn’t manage to see the day before. We had such a good time I recommend going and I expect there will be more Cbeebies things to come! Definitely recommended!