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We were thinking of taking the Kids and Grand Kiddies for Sunday Dinner, but Abigail (A Twin Lakes Regular) said how about a Picknik at Twin Lakes.
So the Last but one Sunday in September off we went, Weather Forecast was for a dry day .
We were picked up by Son-in -law Clive and taken to Abigail's House where the Other ones had gathered.
So a party of 10 headed for twin lakes, about a 20 min drive from Abilgail's in Cropwell Bishop, the site is located on the outskirts of Melton Mowbray.
A nice large car park with stewards organising the parking in neat lines. Luck would have it we had to start a new line so quite close to the entrance, this was good as we were leaving the "PINKNIC" goods in the car for later collection.
Abigail and parents have a Season ticket. These are £41 per person valid for 12 months. The site is open every day except Christmas/Boxing Day. So far they have been 8 times so getting excellent value. Obviously living close helps in that you can pop over sor a couple of hours etc.
The rest (4 Adults 3 childen) had to pay which was £10.50 each, the little one was just above the hight minimum of 0.9 meter so has to pay, but is then able to go on all of the rides.
This proved to be the only money we had to spend for what was a lovely day. We went in at 11:30 and left at 1730.
First , after a toilet break, good toilets supplied in quite a few locations around the park. We headed for the Pedel Go Karts, the kids really enjoyed these, and there was a smaller track with smaller Go Karts nearby for the littlest one.
Next a visit to the Small Town, many buildings of kiddie size like a Western Cowboy Town. Jail where the Kiddies locked up PA. A Bank with a safe that you can go in then out thru a hole in the wall, Chuch with Pews and Organ. and many more. The kiddies loved it using their imagination in their play, beats COMPUTER Games every time.
Advise here a trip to the Bumper Boats on the Lake should be included early in the Day we left it to later by which time the Batteries that drive the motors in the boats were going flat.
But off we went for the Roller Coaster (Buffalo Ride) certainly exciting enough for the little ones and even for the Nana & Pa.
Then a round-a-bout where the cars BOUNCY as they go round, definate a pre food ride not after.
Then off to the PIRATE SHIP a giant swinging boat. if not sure board near the centre rather than the ends so not so extreme.
We the went into one of the two indoor sites. Here there is a coffee bar and basic food outlet, here the money could add up thus the picknic idea. But they do allow uoy to use the tables/chairs for your own food. This hanger like building has Soft Play area where you and the kids can climb, also has large slides traditional and DROP SLIDES a steeper version.
After the kiddies had had about 40 mins of this we announces PICKNIC.
The Kiddies were given a toilet break ,Samantha had come armed with the Hand Gel. The men tropped back to the cars to fetch the Food. It was quite busy by this time so all (there are lots) of the outside Tables were occupied, so we had tables in the CASTLE.
First Quite time of the day as we all tucked in, this playing makes you hungry, dont get this hungry on computer games.
After all rubbish had been tided away, a trip to the Ice Cream shop , Nana's Treat.
Now a trip to see the Birds of Prey, there are about 20 ranging from Falcons to Eagle Owls, twice a day they give a Flaconrey Demostration.
We then watch the Ferritt Race, where they chase thru a long tube course.
A trip around the Animal Section, Pigs, Sheep, Ferritts, Rabbitts etc, with the recent ecoli scare, they were taking extra care, washing facilities available and lots of notices.
Next it was the MAZE MAZE a large field of Sweet Corn Crop where you have to get to the central tower (Not difficult if you can see above the Crop), one benifit you can collect a few ears of Sweet Corn if ripe.
Next it was The Horse ride, a Mono Track which you ride a mechanical horse slowly around, adults need to be accompanied by a child so as not to feel a bit foolish.
Another out door slide complex.
Then another indoor Hanger, this one has a small boat ride. And then a section with Air Pressure Guns that fire Foam Sized Tennis Balls. Targets are the other gunners or those below collecting the balls to but into airshoots that return the balls to the gunners.
Time for another ride on the Buffalo Ride then back to the entrance on the Small Train ride.
I think this is a great trip and day for the under Twelves (Above that they might think it babyish) But Parents and Grandparents love it.
The two large indoor sites would help is a shower comes on, but if longer session of rain would get crowded.
I think on our day numbers were just about right, we did not have to queue for anything, but son-in-law clive says on themed days it can be chocker.
With taking our own food, I thought it was very good value.