For all-out family action, head over to Twinlakes in Melton Mowbray.
Billed as the East Midlands’ number one all-action family tourist attraction, Twinlakes seemed the perfect destination for our next family adventure.
Located one mile from Melton Mowbray town centre, it promised indoor and outdoor fun for all and my two eldest, aged eight and six, were excited about our adventure ahead.
The journey for us was just shy of an hour and when we arrived we were eager to get inside to start our adventure.
However, as it was half-term during our visit, we were greeted by at least 100 people queuing to gain access.
Initially it was a little confusing as to what queue to join, as there were several.
After about 10 minutes we joined a slightly smaller queue which was cash only.
Finally, after about a half-hour wait, we paid the entrance fee (at the moment their special online rate is the same as paying on the gate) and we were in!
It was a beautiful dry, sunny day, so we headed towards the rides.
First up was the Icarus Sky Flyer.
The kids had to lie on their tummies to ride this as they travelled around and went up and down.
Think of Superman flying through the air and you’ll get an idea of the ride.
Kai and Ella loved it – and it was certainly different to any children’s ride I’d seen before.
There are 10 different named zones in the park, all with different indoor and/or outdoor activities.
We had started in the Labyrinth Venture Zone, so next up was the Mercury Mini Coaster before we headed on to the bigger Buffalo Stampede coaster (in the Action USA zone).
There is so much to do here, both outside and inside, that the hours whizzed past.
Waiting times for rides outside were only about 10 minutes too, which was great.
There’s nothing worse than waiting for ages to get on a ride!
For lunch we headed indoors to the play area in the Labyrinth Venture Zone.
There are plenty of food choices for all and the kids meal deals were quite reasonable too - £3.95 each.
Kai opted for a burger, chips and drink and Ella went for chicken chunks, chips and drink.
Although we were served our food pretty quickly, it was manic trying to find somewhere to sit down and eat.
In the end, we had to settle for sitting on the floor next the door. Not ideal but it was only for 10 minutes or so.
However, there are plenty of outdoor spaces if you prefer to bring a picnic (I just didn’t make time to do so), so this will help avoid finding a seat indoors as well as save some pennies.
After lunch the kids headed off into the huge play area in this zone – called the Gladiators Colosseum. It was huge!
There are lots of slides and climbing areas and the kids were entertained for a good hour.
Lucky for me I managed to grab a seat while they played.
The day itself was flying by and it was almost time to make the journey home.
Before we left we visited Red Rooster Farm – which has lots of animals such as donkeys and sheep.
Perfect for younger children who maybe can’t take advantage of the bigger attractions.
We didn’t have time to visit all of the zones though as we ran out of time, but we did head to the Excalibur Adventure Zone before we left to go on some more rides – including Joust About where you get to ride ‘horses’ around a track, pretending to gallop along the way!
All in all, we had a fantastic day. We spent more than four hours here, although we could easily have spent more time at the park.
I think next time we visit, we’ll be sure to arrive when the park opens to make the most of our time here and get even more value for our money.
Up to March 27, tickets purchased online have been reduced to: adult £11.99 (normally £17.99); child £11.99 (normally £17.99 for children over 108cms); toddler (95-108cms in height, normally £8.99) £7.25.
Children under 95cms go free.
How to get there
Open daily from 10am, you’ll find them on Melton Spinney Road, Melton Mowbray, LE14 4SB.
But if you’re using SatNav to get there, use postcode LE13 1SQ.
Car parking is free – and there’s plenty of it too!
Check out Twinlakes’ website for height restrictions for rides if you’re not sure what activities your children will be able to take part in.
Did you know?
Twinlakes also has two sister parks – Wheelgate in Mansfield and Woodlands in South Devon.