18 October to 2 November 2014
Reviewed by Becky Linsell
Last weekend we visited Wheelgate Park, we are a family of five with twins aged two years old and our eldest is nine. We also met my nephew and niece there who are aged six and seven, so between us we had a good range of ages to entertain.
We made our way to the Park by car, it is near Mansfield and it was well signposted and easy to find. The car park is situated just outside the park and there were plenty of parking spaces, despite it being quite busy.
We went to the entrance and were given a warm welcome, along with details of the events on in the Park for that day, that were appropriately themed for Halloween and a map of the Park. As we entered the Park, it was great to see that the whole park had been decorated in the Halloween theme, lots of ghosts, ghouls and pumpkins for their Lil’ Park of Horrors event.
There is a really good selection of rides and other things to do, there are things to suit all ages of children. The Park is split into zones and in each zone there are many different rides, and alternative things to do. Some rides of course have a height restriction, but this didn’t cause us any particular problem as there was so much for all of the kids to do.
As soon as we got into the Park the older kids had great fun bouncing on the Jumping Pillow, whilst the younger kids enjoyed Warsop Vale Colliery Village, which were little buildings to climb and explore. We went on the train ride, rode peddle tractors, car rides, swings, slides, played crazy golf, just to name a few of the things we did. The animal and reptile houses were enjoyed by us all and it was nice break away from the rides.
In line with the Halloween theme, there was a haunted house, which I don’t want to give too much away but this had us screaming and laughing out loud at the same time! There was also a large room set up in which each child could get a pumpkin, scoop it out and decorate it how they wished. They even got to take them home.
There are two large inside play areas, both of which were well kitted out to entertain the oldest and the youngest kids in our group. These gave the adults a chance to sit down and have a cup of coffee. My eldest particularly loved the climbing wall in one of these barns (which was an extra £1 to do) but most of the other activities were included within the entrance price.
Wheelgate Park sets itself out as an all weather entertainment centre for the family and it succeeds. It is a large Park, we did not get to see all of it and we were there for about four and a half hours. It has a great selection of things to do, from arts activities to amusement rides and it caters for a broad age range of kids. In our party the kids were aged from aged two to nine and they all had such a great time. You could very easily spend the whole day at the Park.
We enjoyed ourselves immensely and will definitely go back. It was very clear that throughout the year they offer many different themes across the Park to keep it interesting and exciting for the kids.
We recommend the Park, and its good value for money.
Prices (gate prices – save 25% by booking early online):
Adult/Child (108cm +) £13.49 per person
OAP £8.49 per person
Toddler (95-108cm) £7.99 per little person
Special Needs £11.35 per person
Wheelchair User £8.49 per person please note: some of our grounds are uneven
Under 95cm Free
There are also an annual passes available which look very good value.
For more information or to book tickets visit www.wheelgatepark.com.
Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park, White Post, Farnsfield, Newark, Notts, NG22 8HX