CBeebies Land at Alton Towers – Review

Earlier in the month we were lucky enough to be invited by CBeebies Magazine to visit Alton Towers for the day.  I’m not ashamed to admit I might have done a little squeal when I first read the email as I’d been hearing all sorts of great things about CBeebies Land and was really keen to take Ben and Chloe down!

Of course, as ever, we didn’t tell Ben and Chloe where we were going, just that we were “going on an adventure . . . ” They were really excited when we arrived at the Alton Towers Hotel and started to meet up with other bloggers.

The morning session focussed on a number of educational activities with a CBeebies theme (of course) to demonstrate how the CBeebies magazine supports the Early Years Curriculum.  The session had been really well thought out to ensure that the children were encouraged to be confident and have a go – of course they had no idea that there was any learning going on which, to my mind, is just about the ideal scenario for learning at this age. It should be FUN.  I was really impressed to see the way the session had been planned out to address a range of areas of learning – for example Ben and Chloe’s favourite activity was making their own Swashbuckle badge – this gave them opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills through listening to, following and responding to instructions, they practised their fine motor skills and represented their ideas through design and technology – not bad for a bit of singing and sticking!!

A busy morning of learning

At the end of the session we were treated to a special visitor – now this was a moment for a pure Benism . . . we were told “Someone special is coming to see us! He’s coming in his van, who do you think it could be?” And Ben, much to everyone’s amusement, shouts out “Grandad!”  But no, whilst Grandad is of course a special visitor for us I don’t think the rest of the group would have been particularly excited to see him!

Meeting Postman Pat

We left the Alton Towers Hotel, just as it was raining quite heavily, to make our way into the park.  We were well prepared with umbrellas though and were ready to suck it up and get on with it – the rain was not going to spoil our fun.  Thankfully after a spot of lunch the rain seemed to ease and wasn’t really a problem for the rest of the afternoon.  We struck lucky really as the forecast had been horrible.

Ben and Chloe haven’t been to a theme park before so the whole thing was very exciting for them! We easily filled three or four hours exploring the park, going on rides, watching a show.  We never queued for more than about 20 minutes for anything which was a really manageable wait for the kids (and me if I’m honest) – this might have been helped somewhat by the appalling weather forecast!  The variety of rides and activities meant you didn’t have to go from queue to queue to queue.  I was impressed by the helpful digital displays near each ride showing a regularly updated wait time – we found at one point the Postman Pat ride had quite long wait so just went off somewhere else and came back when it was quieter.   We loved the In The Night Garden boat ride – which is funny as it’s not a programme we really watch.  We weren’t so keen on Justin’s Pie-O-Matic Factory – it really didn’t feel like an appropriate attraction for pre-schoolers, the combination of noise & being pelted with really quite hard sponge balls was really overwhelming for us as adults never mind the children.  Chlo was understandably unimpressed and we quickly made our way back out.

Other highlights included Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure (which was cute, if a little tame) and Tree Fu Tom Training Camp  (where Ben terrified myself and several other Mums by making it to the very top of the  climbing web).  We were surprised, and a little disappointed, to see that firm favourites in our house Peter Rabbit and the Octonauts were conspicuous by their absence.

As I mentioned before Ben and Chlo have never been anywhere like this before so it was a great starter for them.  I think if we were to go again we’d split our time between CBeebies Land and the main park in the hope we could have taken them on some slightly more thrilling rides – poor Dave was itching to get on some of the big rides and has made me promised we’ll go back child-free one last time (I always loved rollercoasters when I was younger but in recent years seem to have really suffered from motion sickness afterwards which has put me off – getting too old for it I think!)

Of course it’s not a cheap day out but if you take advantage of the promotion in CBeebies Magazine kids go free till October.

Thanks to the lovely people at CBeebies Magazine for inviting us along – we had a fantastic adventure x

*Disclaimer – We were invited to visit the park free of charge for the purposes of writing this post however all thoughts and opinions are my own*

*Read more reviews here*

29 Comments

  1. Amanda Jackson
    August 28, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    Glad you agree with what I said bout Justins house lol x

    • August 28, 2014 / 10:52 pm

      Eeee Amanda I was thinking about you when we were in there! What a really odd experience that was. You can imagine what Chloe was like with the noise considering she doesn't even like a hand dryer!

  2. Beth Twinderelmo
    September 2, 2014 / 7:11 am

    That's a really good wait time. We went in term time & they were over 75-80 minutes 🙁 x

  3. Sarah Doyle
    September 2, 2014 / 8:08 am

    Looks like a good time was had. I love Alton Towers but Daniel & Emma a bit too young, even for Cbeebies at the moment

  4. September 2, 2014 / 7:16 am

    Looks like you had a fab day despite the rain!! #triedtested

  5. September 2, 2014 / 7:44 am

    We split our time between the 2 parks, as Boo loves thrill rides. I'm like you , used to love rollercoasters, but now they make me feel ill! We went to CBeebiesland a week after it opened and the queues were awful, so we're planning to go again next month, hoping that it's quieter!

  6. Helen C
    September 2, 2014 / 9:38 am

    It looks like you have a great time! We were there last week but unfortunately it was really, really busy and we only had chance to go on a few rides as we spent most of the time in queues! I'd definitely go back, just not in the summer holidays though!

    • September 5, 2014 / 8:04 pm

      How frustrating! It's such a shame when the queues spoil it.

  7. gina caro
    September 2, 2014 / 9:43 am

    Wow that looks like a great place to visit! My two would love it there. Great pics 🙂

  8. Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows
    September 2, 2014 / 10:00 am

    We went in the summer and loved it – although it was the week after it opened and a really sunny day so the queues were horrendous. Agree with the pie factory attraction, seemed out of place for a pre school park!

    • September 5, 2014 / 8:05 pm

      It's definitely an odd one. I've yet to hear of anyone who liked that bit!

  9. September 2, 2014 / 9:02 am

    Looks like you had a fab day, Im glad they have got a new child friendly area in Alton Towers they needed something for little ones. #TriedTested

  10. September 2, 2014 / 9:26 am

    I've been hearing such mixed reviews of this place, but it sounds like you had a good time.

    #Tried/Tested

  11. September 2, 2014 / 9:42 am

    Looks like a fab day! Unfortunately being in northern ireland all these wonderful attractions in uk are a bit of a trek for us but cbeebies land is defo something we'd consider heading over for a little trip to see next summer! #tried&tested

  12. Sian PottyMouthedMummy
    September 2, 2014 / 11:07 am

    Sounds and looks like a fabulous day out! They look like they definitely had fun!!

  13. September 2, 2014 / 10:18 am

    We went to CBeebies land last week and my little ones loved it. Interesting to read your views on Justin's House – my two were too small to go in there and sounds like we didn't miss out too much.

  14. September 2, 2014 / 10:58 am

    That looks like such a great day out…..Fab photos!

  15. September 2, 2014 / 11:58 am

    Ah what fab photos! It really was an awesome day wasn't it? x x x

  16. September 2, 2014 / 1:04 pm

    What a super day out. My son just saw your photos of Postman Pat and loved them! That is one place we definitely want to take the kids. x

  17. London Mum
    September 2, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    Certainly a place I'll need to take my little one when he's older!

  18. emma lander
    September 2, 2014 / 7:04 pm

    oh it looks fab. You can tell they had a good time from the joy on their faces. So cute. I am def going to save tokens next year I was one short this year 🙁 grr

  19. September 3, 2014 / 1:01 pm

    Looks like a fun day. My little boy would love to meet Postman Pat! We really want to go.

  20. September 4, 2014 / 7:58 am

    We went to this event too and it was great fun, although Baby was a little young for the morning sessions. Glad you all had fun x

  21. AK Templer
    September 4, 2014 / 6:39 pm

    shame about the rain but looks like you had a great day out non there less!! It looks like a great place for younger kids to go too.

  22. September 4, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    Sounds like you had a great day out. It is years since I last went to Alton Towers #TriedTested

  23. September 4, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    Looks like great fun, not sure my youngest would like the Justin pie-o-matic thing though. would love to take my 2 little ones but I think my husband would be itching to get on the big rides too

    • September 5, 2014 / 8:11 pm

      Dave definitely found that hard He kept wandering off ti look at things with Amy while I was queueing with Ben and Chloe!

  24. Stacey G
    September 7, 2014 / 8:03 pm

    Really does look like a great day out 🙂

  25. September 9, 2014 / 11:55 am

    i am already planning next years trips away, staying in scotland im a fair distance but this looks like fun

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