If you’re looking for a toddler friendly theme park, why not try the Robin Hood Wheelgate Park north of Nottingham? We’ve found that many theme parks are not geared up for such little ones and so it was great to discover Twinlakes sister site had so much to offer our preschoolers.
Visiting just before the start of the school holidays meant we benefitted from the off peak pricing and I paid £9.99 to get in. My twins have such a height discrepancy that I only needed to pay a fiver for Jess (95-108cm) and Emily got in free (under 95cm).
One of the main attractions was that it’s a great size for little legs to explore. Some bigger parks may have more to offer but rides and areas are often spread out so toddlers will quickly tire from all the walking. At Wheelgate, you can see most of the areas from the centre of the park and it’s no more than a couple of minutes walk between each zone.
As you enter there is a great little train which is a perfect first ride to give you an overview of what there is to see and do. Because Emily was under the height limit for some of the rides, we mainly stuck to the attractions she could go on. Jess did try out one ride alone but I felt guilty making Emily stand there and watch. Even with just the smallest rides, there was still plenty to do across all six zones.
We enjoyed the vintage carousel and the girls had great fun exploring the mini village with tiny two storey houses and shops. The animal adventure zone was a great hit especially as in the reptile house they had the chance to hold a snake. After a picnic lunch, we headed indoors and while the little ones burnt off energy in the enclosed toddler soft play, I had the chance to grab a hot drink and relax for a few minutes.
Other highlights included the mirror maze, palm tree twirler swings and mini pirate ship. Knowing that the danger nap on the drive home was almost unavoidable, we left about three but there was so much more to do. On a hot day, the wet and wild water park would be amazing and it’s a shame we didn’t manage to get over to the falconry centre as I know my girls would have loved that too.
All in all, it was a great day out and I’d love to go back. Click here to take a look at their website. Have you found another toddler friendly theme park? I’d love to hear about them.