Reviewed by Adam Legge
We chose to visit Twinlakes Family Theme Park right at the start of the Easter holidays on a Saturday, we knew this would be busy but also thought it would be a fabulous way to kick off the children’s holidays. Now what we hadn’t encountered for was my wife being stuck in plaster cast and on crutches! We ummed and ahhhed about whether to go but having looked on their website concluded that it wasn’t the largest of parks so she may just cope!
Thanks to our satnav taking us right through Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, we didn’t arrive until 11:30 yet it wasn’t too busy and we managed to park not far from the entrance thanks to the helpful marshals. We walked straight up to a kiosk thanks to them having four open and once through we were greeted by Twinlakes reps handing us maps, events on throughout the day and advising us where to go first. Very quickly we realised that there isn’t a huge amount of walking as one area leads on to another with no steps and plenty of seating spread around so if you do have someone with limited mobility then you’ll find this a suitable place to visit, it is of course, ideal for buggies too.
We visited with our one year old daughter, 9 year old son and 11 year old daughter – try finding somewhere to suit them all! And we did! Twinlakes is ideal for children up to around 11 or 12 or older if they’re not thrill-seeking ride addicts. Sophie, our eldest isn’t a roller coaster fan but DOES love rides so this park was heaven to her.
Now, if you were thinking that as it’s a smallish park that it’s a half day out then you’re in for a big surprise – really you’d need two days to get round everything on offer and at a special time of year like holidays then you can add a day on to that! We were handed an A4 leaflet full of special EGGSTREME activities, egg hunts, hunt the Queen of Raspberries, chick races, bunny training, Easter biscuit decorating with the main Easter attraction, THE EASTER BUNNY’S CHOCOLATE GROTTO plus many more. Most of these activities were free and those that were not, were EGGstremely reasonable such as £1.99 for the grotto where each child got a chocolate treat. We all felt that the selection of activities was EGGcelent! On top of all this Easter fun, at weekends there are 16 feeding times in the Red Rooster Barn. I’ve never known an attraction to offer so much included in the entrance price and catering for so many ages. We were impressed from the start.
We started off in the RED ROOSTER FARM ZORM as Florence, our youngest saw a peacock and was off after it to find out what it was! There are peacocks everywhere giving wonderful plume displays which thrilled all three children. In the barn, we saw llama, alpacas, donkeys, ponies, goats to name but a few. The kids then spent a very happy hour wandering the aviaries, hatchery, pig paddocks and more. We went to Buccaneers Island for our lunch where considering it was a Saturday of the school holidays we very easily got a table. It impressed us that you could sit here for picnics as well as buying food on site – many places make the picnic areas outside. Twinlakes prove that it really is an all weather attraction. We decided to buy our food there and were extremely impressed to eat good quality burger and chips type meals for £21 for 5 of us. The kids adored it in here as soon as they’d finished eating they could race around trying all the rides that are situated inside. Florence loved the toddler area with hopperz toys and the soft play area. William repeatedly went on the spinning barrels and Sophie loved Shark Bite. The only downside to this whole area is that there was no actual ride for a toddler under 90cms other than the coin operated ones. Try telling Florence that she can’t join William on anything! But really, there’s so much for all of them and it was a struggle to get Sophie and William out of the Master Blaster – they’d have happily spent a whole afternoon in Buccaneers Island alone!
We finished off our day with two hours round Action USA Zone, Labyrinth and Ao Guang Dragon zone – these three areas were Sophie and William’s favourites and the complete lack of any queues at all meant that they could go on the rides time and time again so whilst they enjoyed the Buffalo Stampede, Indy Karts, Bumper Boats and Running Bear’s Summit Plummet, Florence was in toddler heaven in Prairie Pete’s City – an enchanting wooden shack style town. We were all disappointed that it was just not warm enough to try out the Susanoo Splash Play area – this was the best outdoor splash area I’ve ever seen and we would return on a good weather day for this alone – there’s so much to do within it, with three slides and many waterfalls and sprays that it would easily entertain all three children (and myself!) for at least half a day! Sophie’s favourite ride by far was Icarus Skyflyer which she went on FIVE times! William loved the Labrynth zone and went on everyone of the outdoor rides and while my wife watched them Florence and I wandered off for a leisurely ride on Iron Moose Express and enjoyed great views of the twin lakes, the million bulbs that have now flowered splendidly and got to see just how fabulous this hidden gem of a park is!
It wasn’t until we returned to the car that we realised we’d still missed two zones, there’s just so much to do! We all decided that out of the theme parks and attractions that we’ve been to, this is absolutely our favourite – it was not overpriced or over commercialised, it catered for a family of mixed aged children like ours and is perfectly laid out making repeat visits for us with crutches and buggies a must. Thank you Twinlakes for starting our Easter Holidays EGGtremely well!
An EGGstravagant but EGGcellenly deserved 5 out of 5 from us all.
Tickets cost from £7.74 to £14.84 if booked online (saving 10%). Easter Bunny Grotto is £1.99 per child. Annual passes cost from £27.99 to £45.49 giving you unlimited use of the park (terms and conditions apply).
For more information or to book tickets visit www.twinlakespark.co.uk.
Twinlakes, Melton Spinney Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 4SB | 01664 567 777