We previously visited in the summer and had a great time, kids enjoyed the rides and the zingzillas were a great addition, making the entrance free slightly more acceptable.
When we returned this past weekend (November 2nd), were were promised an unmissable, magical spectacular, but what we got was a huge disappointment. From our past experience, we knew the entrance fee was overpriced and the food was below average, but we thought my kids and I deserved a treat to see a big fireworks display, a show and a fun day out ... we would have more fun watching 'The Walking Dead', as I've never seen so many people painfully die on stage before, more on that later.
To start with, me, the wife and the kids went on as many rides that were open, we arrived fairly late in the afternoon so the better rides were closing by the time we got to them, which is no fault of theirs. Throughout the afternoon, we were greeted by staff STILL wearing Halloween costumes, trying hard to remain scary whilst clearly freezing to death. A member of staff directed us to the scary woodland walk, which was not so much of a walk, more like a swift stroll down a dangerously muddy path, it was short and sweet, and at one point I sneezed loudly and made a staff member jump, not to mention simply walking past the last actor, who must have had the mask back to front as he/she didn't see a family of 4 walk past.
We moved to the embankment to see the fireworks, we were treated to a boring monotone lecture given by 'Gary Mouse' which disappointed my children, as they had great fun dancing only moments before. We were then subjected to a James Bond inspired show, which was good, the only bad point being the fireworks continued to explode during a girl's singing, whether this was for the best, we'll never know. The fireworks themselves were great, not the best display i've seen, but a good effort.
Then it went downhill. We'd paid extra for a ticket to a 'Magical Mystickal Show' with promises of a hot meal for us and the kids. What we got was stale chicken burgers, flimsy chicken dinosaurs, melted eclairs and a show which seemed like it was performed by The North West's Left Foot Society, as I've seen people shifting wardrobes with more grace. My kid's enjoyed the magic tricks, but we felt the dancing and provocative outfits, weren't child friendly, or wife friendly for that matter. The end featured 2 girls, one dressed as a fairy, singing an awful duet, how this passed the bar escapes me, but it provided a handy time slot to go to the toilet.
Overall, disappointing experience for a somewhat over-hyped event, that just provided another opportunity to bleed people's wallets dry. Whoever is in charge should invest more money into the look of the place and the quality of staff.
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