When you’re looking for a fun, family day out, you want somewhere that ticks all the boxes. Well here are 15 boxes you can tick off if you visit Twinlakes. This all weather family theme park, water park and farm has it all and will leave you wanting to plan your next trip before you even leave. We’ve visited twice in the last few weeks and still haven’t managed to get around everything.
In celebration of Twinlakes’ 15th Anniversary celebrations, I’ve compiled a list of 15 reasons to visit. In no particular order here they are.
1) Fun for all the Family
Finding a family attraction that’s going to entertain older kids whilst also keeping your youngest happy can be tricky. At Twinlakes, you’ll find activities for tiny toys right up to a few thrill rides for teens. The layout has been cleverly designed and bigger rides sit right next to smaller ones so everyone gets a turn without waiting too long.
2) Short distances between Zones
The park is divided into 9 zones but most are separated by only a path. There are no long walks to get to the next area which is great for little legs. Although the zones are quite close together, it still feels like there’s lots of open space and even during a busy school holiday, it didn’t feel crammed.
3) Red Rooster Farm Park
Here you’ll find larger animals like cows and alpacas. There are also sheep, pigs and meerkats. In the petting corner, you can cuddle a bunny and you can feed the goats. Some of the horses even take on a magical transformation to become unicorns. Unicorn rides are available on selected dates.
4) Theme Days
Throughout the year, Twinlakes hosts popular theme events to make your little one’s day extra special. Whether you’ve got a Dino fan or Peppa Pig addict, you’re sure to find a theme day to entice you. Often characters will be available to meet and other activities and promotions run alongside.
5) All Weather
It’s just typical that when you’ve got a family day free, the British weather decides not to play along. At Twinlakes, there really is so much to do if the rain does make an appearance. With two giant indoor centres, you won’t feel let down having to venture inside. The Labyrinth soft play would keep kids entertained for hours and in Buccaneers Island, you’ll find plenty of indoor rides to keep everyone amused until the showers pass.
6) Biggest Beach
When the sun does decide to make an appearance, why not head to The Biggest Beach in the Midlands. Being about as far away from the sea as we can get in Leicestershire, it’s nice to sit in the sun on the sand and build a few sand castles. This seasonal attraction is only open for the summer months so don’t miss it.
7) Phoenix Bird of Prey Centre
There are daily talks where you can learn all about some magnificent birds. Get up close and watch as falcons and owls fly right above your head. Falconry show times can be found on the timetable as you enter the park.
8) Seasonal Events
Although it’s fab to visit theme parks in the summer, Twinlakes offers great ways of enticing you back during the colder months. At Halloween they have over 20,000 free pumpkins to carve or paint. Bonfire night is a firework extravaganza not to be missed and the winter wonderland looks fantastic too.
9) Splash Park
Before you set off, don’t forget to chuck a bag with swimming costumes and towels into your car boot. On hot days, there’s nothing better than the on site Splash Park. With shallow water, jets, flumes and a giant tipping buckets you could easily spend half your day here alone.
10) Annual Pass Perks
With so much to do, consider an annual pass. Not only does it mean you can return again and again but it also comes with perks including discounts in the shops and on food and drinks and ice creams.
11) Eating Options
After a busy morning, you’ll be happy to find plenty of options for lunch. Maybe you fancy a burger, panini or jacket potato. There are children’s boxes and proper coffee to keep you going. Located around the park there is plenty of seating. If you want to take a picnic, you’ll find lots of picnic spots and even a large indoor picnic area too.
12) Prarie Pete’s City
Another lovely area is the Wild West village which is great for role play. There is a jail to lock the kids up in and saloon with stage. Children can explore all the mini houses within an enclosed space so you can relax knowing they can’t wander away.
13) Water Sports
If you like the water, why not opt for a relaxing pedalo ride or take out a row boat onto the lake. This is a great way to spend some quality time and get away from the crowds for a bit. Personally, I’m more of a drifter than a rower but either way, the view will be nice.
14) Something for the grown ups
As much as Twinlakes is known for being a family attraction, it also does cater for the adults. At the Entrance Plaza, you find the UK Escape Games where your team will be locked in and need to solve clues to escape within 60 minutes. Twinlakes also hosts an award winning Halloween scare festival; Xtreme Scream strictly for over 16s.
15) Great Value
Once you’re in, it’s great that you can go on what you want as many times as your want without worrying about costs spiralling. All the rides, soft play, farm, splash park, shows and attractions are included in the admission price. You could easily find attractions with just one of these for the same cost.
What do you look for in a family day out?
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We were gifted a family annual pass for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and opinions are my own.