So here goes another day out review/idea:
Conkers in the national forest.
Again we used Tesco clubcard vouchers to take a visit to Conkers. A bit of a drive as its approx two hours from Oxfordshire, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Derbyshire (DE12 6GA). A mix of indoor and outdoor experiences which kept us amused for 6 hours.
Having read mixed reviews, I was not sure what to expect but went with an open mind. For us personally as a family it was great and we had a fab day. It was great being outdoors exploring the attractions in the woodland and lake, the boys really enjoyed exploring somewhere different and asked if they could back another day. The bonus for us was it cost us nothing as on vouchers saving us £35 for a family ticket.
We started the day in the discovery centre where the boys found lots to do, which basically meant they pressed a lot of buttons in the interactive exhibits not sure how much they actually read and took in. They really enjoyed the tree top walk especially the slide at the end and loved the enchanted forest adventure play zone (I think there highlight of the day).
We then took a visit to the 4D cinema (tickets included in entrance but need to be booked when getting your entrance tickets, this is not heavily advertised). We had no idea what we were going to watch as this was not advertised. The film we watched was basically about a bug learning to fly. The film did not overly thrill the boys, however gave us a ten minute sit down complete with wind and rain. Probably more impressive for a younger audience. We have seen better 4D films in our opinion- others may think differently.
We also walked the trails and visited the new attraction the warrens (the boys loved this), lots of underground tunnels to explore. The fairy Labyrinth a maze with a fairy theme ending at a tower. The 450ft barefoot walk – an interesting activity with a difference. Climbed the sky viewing tower, walked the sensory trail and took the train to the waterside centre where we explored the wobbly bridges based around the story billy-goat gruff.
The boys had a play in billy bonkers play house why we enjoyed a coffee. The boys also enjoyed playing at the park area, which was impressive and well designed. Yes I agree with some reviews certain parts are rundown, may need some updating and sound better than the reality – but the boys didn’t care they were having fun! If they are having fun that makes happy parents! Other areas are well designed and have been well thought out with money spent on them. The only negative I really have to say is the staff were the most unenthusiastic and friendly I have seen anywhere ignoring that I think it is a good day out if you go with an open mind, enjoy being with your kids outdoor and creating your own adventures.
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Enjoy emmas xxx
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