Why we keep going back to Lightwater Valley Family Adventure Park

Lightwater Valley

If you are a regular Mini Travellers reader you may have seen our blog posts previously about Lightwater. Valley Family Adventure Park. When the children were much younger we went along to find out Is Lightwater Valley good for Kids Under 6? Spoiler alert, it is!

We also enjoyed reviewing the wonderful Alice in Winterland light trail a few years ago. But, those occasions aside we’ve also been another four or five times with family and with friends. So, why do we keep going back?

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This Easter break we took our 11-year-old and 9-year-old and their friends. Their parents came along too, and like us they’ve visited Lightwater Valley as a family several times. Over a hot coffee and delicious warm doughnut we jotted down our Top 5 reasons why we love Lightwater Valley Family Adventure Park.

There is a great range of rides at Lightwater Valleythat will keep the children, and adults, entertained all day.

There are gentler family rides: our favourites include such as the carousel, Skull Rock and the Caterpillar. There are also plenty of faster and more exhilarating rides that are still suitable for children (height restrictions apply): Tiki Raft, Ladybird, Dragon Drop, Elephant Flight and the Powder Kegs were the most popular with ours. And for the adults? Well, we enjoyed the Flying Cutlass, Skyrider (swinging chairs), and one of us even dared to go on the Eagle Claw! Coming soon is the Rocket Rollercoaster. Lightwater Valley promise us, “With gravity defying twists and turns, this coaster is perfect for the older kids looking for adrenaline!” We can’t wait!

Lightwater Valley
Photo Credit: Emma Phillips

There’s enough to do at Lightwater Valley, without the park being overly big to get around.

It was nice to take time out from rides to play on the Skate Carts, in the outdoor play area and to visit the Hall of Mirrors. There are many more attractions, such as the LWV Express Train, soft play and the Swan Boats, that we’ve done before but didn’t do this time, purely because the children were so into the rides.

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Photo Credit: Emma Phillips

How much does Lightwater Valley cost?

Lightwater Valley frequently run promotions on ticket prices in the school holiday making it an affordable day out. Standard ticket prices range from £22.50 – £26.50. Children under 90cm are free!

There are discounts for NHS/Military/Emergency Services/Blue Light Card & Max Card holders, and for senior citizens. Holders of a Nimbus Access Card or Lightwater Nimbus Registered ID with a +1 symbol can buy a Disabled & Essential Carer Ticket.

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Photo Credit: Emma Phillips

Lightwater Valley is an easy place to meet up with family and friends.

This bullet point is perhaps lots of points all rolled into one but when you’re meeting up with a group of people, certain things make the logistics of it easier. Lightwater Valley has definitely thought about that – there is plenty of free parking; the queues for the rides are usually short; there are plenty of places to sit down; there are places to buy food and drinks; the grounds are clean and well maintained.

The staff at Lightwater Valley

I couldn’t write this post without mentioning to the staff that work hard to ensure that their guests are having a great day out. From the moment we walked in, to the time we left, everyone was polite and helpful. We smiled at the attendant that asked every child on the Flying Elephants whether they’d enjoyed the ride (and he wasn’t the only member of staff to do this). We were grateful to those staff that opened the gates back up to let us on rides that weren’t full, so didn’t have to queue. And, we appreciated being able to grab a photo with a tired T-Rex who really should’ve finished their shift but stayed a bit longer on a made my son very happy.

Lightwater Valley
Photo Credit: Emma Phillips
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Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

Mini Travellers is for parents looking for holiday ideas, destination reviews, days out and things to do with the kids. We also have family travel tips, activity ideas and all other things family holiday related. Take a look at some of our latest reviews for holidays and day trips in the UK.

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