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Lightwater Valley Rides for Toddlers?

We decided to have a spend a day on Lightwater Valley Rides with our three toddlers. So what did we think? Are Lightwater Valley Rides good for toddlers?

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As there are three of our Mini Travellers and we are only two (a common complaint) we hadn’t been to a theme park before. Many rides need our little people to be accompanied and we couldn’t run the risk of going somewhere and not being able to go on a ride because here wasn’t enough adults.

So we set off to experience Lightwater Valley rides with a picnic packed and a slight worry about whether there would be enough rides for our three to go on. We had booked online for a 30% reduction, so only £19 for me and hubby and £5 for the kids. In a stroke of genius the MIL as an OAP (!) was free.

The journey down to the park was fine, the roads weren’t too busy as it isn’t the school holidays (for most) just yet. However as we arrived we followed four very full coaches into a pretty full car park.  Off the coach ran what felt like hundreds of teenage boys and our hearts sank. Until that is we realised that toddlers and teenage boys do not want to go on any of the same rides.

We started with the train around the park so we could get our bearings. The station is just as you get in and goes every 15 minutes or so.  It’s cute and perfectly big enough to keep toddlers entertained.


We were the only people on it, and that was the theme for the day. Whilst the park was busy, the rides our MT’s could go on weren’t. We would walk up to an empty ride and they would open it up for my three. If they wanted to go on again, they just stayed on. Absolutely perfect for three stroppy toddlers who hate waiting for anything.

Lightwater Valley rides for toddlers

As well as the ten rides they say are designed for Mini Adventures a number of the Mega Adventures can be ridden by the little ones provided they are accompanied by an adult.  My MIL wasn’t keen on the little dipper but loved the Carousel.

We ended the day five and a half hours later (which is a long day for my 3, 2 of whom still often sleep at lunchtime) with a long play on the angry birds playground which is probably the best adveture playground I have ever seen.

These are just some of the Lightwater Valley rides they went on:

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  • Reply
    Paul Brown
    5th September 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Loved your blog. Lightwater Valley is great and I’m glad that you had a good time!

    My 2.5yr old son loves it, so much for him to do! 🙂

    • Reply
      Mini Travellers
      6th September 2014 at 7:45 am

      Thanks for commenting. It’s a fab place.

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    Samantha Rickelton
    6th September 2014 at 8:51 am

    Having enjoyed Frightwater valley last year we would love to visit Nightwater valley in October and see what that’s like.

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    Jennifer Toal
    6th September 2014 at 11:53 am

    Lightwater valley great fun!!

    • Reply
      Mini Travellers
      7th September 2014 at 8:07 am

      It’s fabulous isn’t it

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    Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)
    9th September 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I am so joining this! We want to go there to experience that fun that your fam experienced. #letkidsbekids

    • Reply
      Mini Travellers
      9th September 2014 at 9:09 pm

      It was fab, fingers crossed. thanks for commenting.

  • Reply
    10th September 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I remember going to Lightwater Valley as a child and being too scared to ‘ride the rat!’ I’d love to go back with my kids.

    • Reply
      Mini Travellers
      12th September 2014 at 11:46 am

      thanks Julia.

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    Karen Bell
    11th September 2014 at 1:26 pm

    It does look like you all had a fun day out and how fantastic you didn’t have to wait for anything!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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    Danielle Graves
    16th September 2014 at 7:51 am

    Do you know something even though we used to live in Ripon (now we live in Leeds) apart from a quick shopping session and to use the loo’s I’ve never actually been to Lightwater Valley to use any of the rides etc.

    My son is an October born baby and was dressed as a mummy at just a few days old. We love Halloween and I’d love for him to get to go on some rides as like you I always worry there won’t be much for him to go on but your pictures show otherwise. Plus it could be a late birthday treat.

    Fingers crossed and thanks for the opportunity.

    • Reply
      Mini Travellers
      16th September 2014 at 8:00 am

      It was a really good day I would definitely recommend it. Fingers crossed for you.

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    sarah christie
    17th September 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I have never been before, I would love to visit x

    • Reply
      Mini Travellers
      17th September 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Hope you win! Fingers crossed.

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