We made the trip down to Alton Towers for a 2 night stay, particularly to take in Cbeebiesland while Heidi was still interested in those programmes and while we could go before she started school.
Cbeebiesland is within the Alton Towers park, although set aside so it is very much child friendly and you don’t get any of the crowds going on the rollercoasters – in this respect it is very much like Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park (See here for our visit there!)
As it is only for children, the staff are very friendly and the setting is very colourful in the Cbeebies colour scheme. Within the park, there are around 12 attractions and you should be able to do them all in 1 day, depending on how little your little one is and whether they need a nap during the day!!
All the rides/attractions are Cbeebies themed, from Octonauts to Postman Pat, in the Night Garden to Charlie and Lola. The only one which is height restricted is the Octonauts rollercoaster and while it is not fast in the great scheme of things, but I would watch it go round first before queuing up.
There are also “Meet and Greet” with various characters throughout Cbeebiesland which seemed to be a bit ad-hoc so keep your eyes peeled, but there is a specific tent for an “In the Night Garden” which seemed to be a big hit with the babies (or the parents more likely!). There are hourly interactive shows as well which are really good if your child can get involved – such as Tree Fu Tom and do the actions etc.
Our (or should I say my!) favourite attraction is Justin’s House and is basically a mock up of Justin’s house but the main fun is going onto the balcony overseeing the ground floor and collecting the foam balls and then using them in the play guns and fire them at people!! It is a bit more than an adult attraction, and while it is impossible to get hurt, care needs to be made not to hit small children!!
In terms of facilities, there are quite a number of toilets and the ones near Justin’s House had plenty of space. There is one small food outlet which offers a standard theme park menu/prices – although there are numerous outlets throughout the rest of the park. There is also a shop selling Cbeebies themed goodies and the “In the Night Garden” ride exit feeds into the shop so if you have a “needy” little one, you might want to do this ride at the end of the day so you can avoid the shop until then!
All in all, we had 2 good days here, although you don’t need 2 just to do Cbeebiesland. Our first day was beset by winds and rain and because of this, everyone in the park got a free ticket and so we have a ready made excuse to go back!!
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