Gulliver’s World, Warrington Review

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In September 2015 the children stayed in Gulliver’s World in Warrington for a 2 night themed break.  I was lucky enough to win this in a competition, the cost would have been a little over £300 at the time. They went with my adult son and his partner, so it was a nice break for us as well.

My son said it was a bit disappointing as several rides were shut and if he had paid he wouldn’t have been happy.  It was also quite dated, but then again it’s not Alton towers you are paying for but a theme park aimed at under 10’s mainly and the entrance price reflects this. One thing everybody really liked was the Swizzles themed room, there was a large bowl of sweets!!!

The rest of this post is Abbie’s own words about the break.  I should point out she was 10 at the time of writing.

“In one corner of our room there was a huge love heart like the sweets ‘hearts’ and there were 2 stools, again a stack of ‘hearts, the main bed was bright and colourful and our room was quite small but the double decker beds had a TV each and separate remotes and the whole room was in the theme of a tree house!”

 

“After the first night we got up reasonably early to get our breakfast and there was A LOT of choice! There were cereals and juices to whole cooked English breakfasts and pancakes! I mainly had the cereal as that’s what I normally have (and a few pancakes!). Drinks as well were unlimited.”

“The rides were pretty good, the only thing wrong with the part was amount of baby rides, there were TOO MANY!!!”

“There were not many big kids rides except the odd few, I think the whole theme around this place is little kids witch doesn’t surprise me ‘cos’ if you see the morning show in the park before the rides open…… yep, INCREDIBLEY babyish!”

 

“There is also a indoor water park like the outside ones just inside. There is a little paddling pool for, again, the little kids but there a reasonably large play house cross with a climbing frame thing in the middle with a VERY scary bucket that fills to the top with water and then pours it all out with a splash, and I mean a VERY big and scary bucket!”

“Finally, while I was there I didn’t notice many food places (probably having too much fun, or just not looking!;) but as it turns out there were quite a few places. There were quite a few ice cream stalls (like every place in Britain), an odd pizza and burger place and there were also a few cafes dotted around the place.”

“I really enjoyed the weekend, it was made better by having Uncle Phillip & Auntie Rebecca there. I don’t think I would ever go again though as the older I get the less there will be for me to do. If they ever bring in more ‘big’ rides I would think about it though.”

Overall the children enjoyed themselves and the combined rating was:

3 and a half stars

 

 

 

Keeping Busy In The Holidays

With a lot less meetings and activities to go to now the summer holidays are upon us I’ve been looking for things to do, free whenever possible. We normally try to avoid going anywhere in the school holidays whenever we can but we can’t hide away for the whole 6 weeks. Abbie is getting plenty of days out but Jess isn’t with being in school.

Here’s some of the activities I’ve found for the summer:

Apple Camp – Apple Summer Camp is a place where kids aged 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. When we went the children could learn to make movies by storyboarding ideas, shooting video and creating an original soundtrack. Another option was to create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Various locations. FREE

Pets at Home stores are running a series of workshops this summer, each focusing on a different animal. Might be of interest to animal lovers. Click on your local shop and then click workshops. FREE

Halfords Bike Workshops – On a regular basis they host a kids’ bike workshop, teaching 7 to 11 year olds basic bike maintenance. FREE

Attend A Free West End Show – During Kids Week, a child aged 16 or under can experience the magic of London theatre and see a fantastic selection of shows for free, plus two additional children can go at half price (per transaction), as long as they are accompanied by a full paying adult. Plus, there are no booking or postage fees to pay!

Robin Hood Festival Usually the first week in August – There are daily activities of archery, medieval music and jousting. There will be strolling players, costumed characters and medieval stalls. Falconry displays on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. FREE to get in but £5 parking per car

Tesco Let’s Cook – children learn how to cook great healthy recipes. They have these 3 times a year at the moment, summer, Easter & Christmas. FREE

I am also bookmarking a load of online activities to keep them busy:

Camp Google – is a free camp for kids, full of fun science activities

Tesco Eat Happy Project – has a wide range of (mainly) food based activities including video’s games, puzzles, recipes and more

Minecraft – what else is there to say about that?

Then of course there are the outdoor things that are free to do:

Geocaching – This is something we have just started, we found our first one today. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Or simply visit a local park, feed the ducks or go for a picnic 😉

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