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“Beautiful scenery but little to do for the price” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Conkers

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47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful scenery but little to do for the price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

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.

Visited August 2013
Thank Mrs P
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English first
Quorn, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Day out with Granchildren”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

We visited with our granddaughters aged 2 and 4 and had mixed feelings about the place. Our girls were probably a bit young for most of the things that could be done but found the playground really good. The restaurants seem to have given up serving drinkable coffee and the cost of drinks and ice creams was exorbitant. i would recommend that you should take your own picnic and drinks rather than purchase anything there. Having queued at the "on line booking" line for 10 minutes I was told rather brusquely to join another queue. Not a good start. On the whole, an average experience.

Visited August 2013
Thank Ray G
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

This is our third visit to Conkers and we again had a very enjoyable day. We visited as a family of 3 in the summer holidays, on a nice day, and I was pleasantly surprised that there were no long queues!! There is lots to do here, including and indoor play area if the weathers not so good. Some of the displays inside the centre were not working, but this is the first time we have encountered this. It's a great place to explore and the assault course adds a bit of variety to your walk around. We stayed within walking distance at the YHA so that was also a bonus!! Each time we go we also have to find Father Christmas' house in the woods to make sure he's coming back this year!! I think the National Forest development is a fantastic way of making use of the disused quarries. Will definitely be returning.

Visited August 2013
Thank Lisa D
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

I like conkers and the kids enjoy it.
always somethink to do there.
I would say its worth a visit if u got kid around 6+

Visited September 2012
Thank marco1981uk
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Lancashire, UK
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154 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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“Didn't have long enough here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

We arrived late morning on a lovely sunny day but could only stay around 3 hours so we missed the indoor stuff with it being good weather. We got the train straight to the waterside area and the children played in the park before we went for lunch which we ate on the decking outside - lovely.
They decided not to see the clown or do the craft area so they could go back to the play area which had something for everyone.
We got the train back to discovery and just had time for the fairy labyrinth which our 3 really enjoyed.
I would recommend Conkers and we would like to go back.

Visited August 2013
Thank Frank197537
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