Blessed with glorious sunshine (Saturday 28th Sep), we had the most fabulous day out in this kingdom of mystical and magic exploration for the kids, (although the adults were almost as mesmerised).
An abundance of explorative adventure from the historical trails to the secret garden, to the walled and children's gardens, to the adventure playground, and the daily activities, and the various animals, (rabbits, goats, and alpacas) this place has the lot.
When we arrived we were given a map and a brief description of the layout, and a quiz sheet for the kids which, if they answered correctly they would be able to unlock the treasure chest and choose something from it. The answers were all to be found within the various atttractions and included questions like 'name a book in the Gingerbread House' and ' What were the goblins harvesting in the Goblin's castle'. All very thrilling and exciting for our 10 year olds and of course the anticipation of opening the treasure chest at the end of the day excited them further.
The attractions merge with the natural park so in addition to the above, the wildlife, flora and fauna etc we found to be very informative for the kids.
The waterfall which cascades into a cristal clear pool is quite beautiful and were it an attraction in a 'hot' country, would, Im sure be heaving with tourists.
We were very impressed with 'no hidden costs' other than the pony rides which cost £3, and food if required, there was nothing else to pay, and, the food and drinks were amazingly cheap. Around £3 for a burger and £1.50 for a large and (very good) coffee.
Lots of people had brought their own picnics, unusually allowed in these establishments which we thought was very accommodating
We were also impressed with the daily free activities which included a falconry display, an archery competition and the duck race, which was an absolute hoot. Its hilarious to see grown men screaming for the rangers to release their ducks when they got stuck in the rocks and whirlspools.........to win a lollipop! But somehow the rangers have mastered the art of audience participation, and I take my hat off to them for that.
All the staff seemed very happy. Smiling and joking continously, and very patient with the kids. Martin was great giving the children some clues to the questions they were stuck at (without actually telling them), and Dougie the falconer was amazing, managing to incorporate a falconry display with loads of comedy thrown in.
Although I dont altogether agree with wild creatures in activity, these birds seems content and relaxed and Dougie was obviously passionate about them and their well being. The kids got involved with and loved the display.
What else can I say? We were there from 10 in the morning till 5 in the evening, and I dont believe we seen it all...........it seems to go on and on and on.
Great day, and 2 exhausted kids sleeping at 8 on Saturday night.
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