We visited Conkers on a bank holiday Monday in August, arriving around lunchtime there was a large queue to get in after parking and we were left wishing we had prebooked online which I would recommend as it saves a little money but a lot of time!
We headed immediately to eat, taking the free miniature train to the opposite side of the park to the waterside restaurant which was a lovely trip for the kids. The restaurant was very reasonably priced and the food delicious and freshly prepared. We ate outdoors beside the water which was a beautiful setting on the lovely sunny day we had.
After lunch we headed for the barefoot walk which was inaccessible for our pushchair which we decided to leave unattended rather than one of us miss out. The children loved this experience and although us parents found a couple of the surfaces painful to walk on it was mostly a pleasant walk although a number of other families were overheard complaining that their children were getting too muddy. I'd advise to come prepared in old clothing and bring a towel like we did as you will get wet and muddy up to your knees although a foot bath area is provided at the end of the route.
The children and their dad then did the activity trail which was an assault course designed for age 13+ but this was again difficult to get the pushchair around so I had to wait it out with our toddler which I found frustrating on a family day out.
There are other trails to follow in the park and indoor soft play areas but unfortunately the older children only indoor play area was the opposite side of the park to the young children only area so neither were any use to us with two older children and a toddler.
There is a quite impressive outdoor adventure playground which the children all enjoyed and a discovery centre which could have been fun but unfortunately half of the interactive exhibits did not work so the kids lost interest.
Overall we found that that although we had initially thought the price was reasonable after actually visiting Conkers it is overpriced as we found little to do that we couldn't do for free in our local parks.
Very disappointing we won't be returning.
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