*This press visit (hotel and theme park) was gifted for the purpose of this review*
As a family, we love days out, adventures and making memories together. One of our favourite things to do is go to a theme park. We don’t get to go very often because they can be quite expensive and also because our youngest child is only 2. Read on to see what we thought of Gulliver’s!
Gulliver’s have measures in place to keep us safe. You must pre-book online before as there is a reduced capacity of visitors. There are staggered arrival times to stop groups of people entering at the same time. They have a traffic light system in place to indicate the risk level of transmission. In these places face masks are mandatory.
We went to the Milton Keyne’s Gulliver’s Land resort on Friday 14th August. We were booked in for a 2 day stay and play. We stayed for one night but had two days in the theme park.
Upon arrival to theme park our temperatures were taken and a member of staff assisted us with giving out wrist bands. It all felt very safe, all members of staff wear a face mask and we wore face coverings in shops (adults and children aged 11+) and on rides (adults and children ages 3+). The entry was completely contactless.
There is hand sanitiser everywhere and on the rides as well. There’s lots of toilets dotted around the place that one is never far.
We got stuck in with the rides straight away! This was the only ride Darcie didn’t go on as she wasn’t tall enough. The Dragon Siege was Charlie’s favourite ride. He is only 6 but was tall enough to ride. The great thing about two days entry to the theme park is we get to do the rides three or four times! We loved it because it went upside down and span around!
Darcie loved this ride! Again we went on twice over both days! Darcie’s smile in this shows how excited she is for the ride. She’s a little thrill seeker and kept saying “more” or “I want it ride”. This was her first proper theme park experience! Being taller than 90cm she was able to ride pretty much everything!
There was a good range of food available. A dine in restaurant (but we didn’t eat in there). We chose to go to the hotdog stand and get hotdogs and slush puppies.
The Jungle River Ride looked amazing! As we were queuing though Archie lent over to take a look and dropped his mask in the water! Luckily Lee had a spare one. If you do forget though, the shop also sell face masks.
On the way round we saw lots of different animals including elephants, lions, flamingos and hippos! Darcie was so excited making all of the animal noises and Maisie made sure to take a photo of me with the elephant as they’re my favourite animal!
Next up was The Silver Mine, again we were all able to ride and this made such a difference to our day as usually Lee and I have to take turns and queue twice. The other great thing is that there wasn’t really any queuing! Due to a lower capacity of people in the park we didn’t have to wait. Considering social distancing and less capacity on rides, we managed to go on everything!
On this ride we went round and shot the targets. With only one gun between two people we had to ride twice of course! There wasn’t a queue so we just stayed on and rode again! The guns are sprayed down after every ride too.
The Whispering Woods was a lovely little fairy garden to visit on the way round. Maisie loved reading the fairy names and trying to find the handmade doors hidden in the trees. This is a partnership with the Irish Fairy Door Company! Maisie loves putting her hand on the worry board, the fairies turn your worries into wishes!
Another photo of Darcie on one of the rides with her hands in the air! She was absolutely loving the rides!
We always love the Log Flumes wherever we go! This one had two drops! Due to there being 6 of us we rode as a 3 and 3. On the second day I got stuck going round with Maisie and Darcie. Thankfully it wasn’t a long wait and we were quickly set free to enjoy the rest of the ride. We actually found it quite funny. The boys were standing on the bridge laughing at us!
The kids loved the mini Wild West Village, there’s safe steps in place which allows only 5 children in. We were in there for 5 minutes to allow others a chance to go in and play too! The church was Charlie’s favourite building! Archie and Maisie loved the jail and bank. Once we left a member of staff sprayed down the parts which are regularly touched.
All aboard The Pony Express! Maisie, Charlie and Darcie rode all by themselves! They absolutely loved it.
Lost World Lodgings
After a lovely day at Gulliver’s we went over to the Adventurers Village! This is where we stayed for the night!
We stayed in the T-Rex Lodge and it was amazing! We were all so excited!Outside looked incredible, with huge dinosaur teeth, dinosaur eggs, footprints and sand it felt like we had stepped into a different world.We had two seating areas outside, the larger one was under a shelter too.We walked in to see a kitchen, living and dining area. We were so surprised by how big it was! It was like a big caravan! We also had a lovely gift of breakfast for the kids (usually £3.99 for juice, crossaint, yogurt and fruit) and a huge sweetie hamper! I loved the little dinosaur features throughout the lodge; pictures and ornaments. We had three bedrooms complete with bed linen and towels. It was so clean and immaculate. The kids said can we stay for a week! They loved it.
They kids tested their beds and chose which ones they wanted. Darcie loved the dinosaur lamp next to her bed! We also has a bathroom complete with toilet, sink and shower and a separate toilet as well. The kids thought this was amazing! Once we had settled down in the lodge and put our bags in, we went for a little walk to see what was around. We loved our surroundings! The detail was so amazing.Unfortunately the Raptor Restaurant is still closed but we were able to order and takeaway. So we took it back to our lodge. While we were waiting to collect our food we decided to have a walk around and look at the other themes lodges and activities available.Outside the restaurant there is a lake where you can go on lake cruises or pedals. This looked amazing but due to government guidelines it was still closed. We would love to return to try it in the future! The Splash Zone looked incredible too! This was also closed though.
You are able to see the slides to the Splash Zone from outside next to the JCB Construction Cabins. The Princess Suites looked amazing! The photos of the inside on Gulliver’s website look incredible, it would be a magical fairytale adventure. There are so many themes including Wild West, Safari Tents and Cabins and Beach Dens. You will definitely find a theme you love! There are open play areas following the safe steps guidelines with a limited number of children and a limited amount of time. We played for a little bit while we waited for our food.Once we had our food we went back to our lodge and had dinner on the seating area outside.
The kids all had pizza, Lee had a burger and chips and I had scampi and chips. The menu was a little limited due to circumstances but we all found something we liked. I thought it was quite pricey but it was delicious.In the morning I walked over to Gulliver’s Meadow Caravan and Camping Site. It looked really clean and well organised. There are 90 pitches available and they’re priced between £40-45 a night. Facilities
In the morning we went to The Dinosaur and Farm Park, we were second in the queue and these cute markers were on the floor to keep families socially distanced.
The Lost World features lots of huge dinosaurs, some of the move and make noise! Maisie was in her element looking at minerals! She is crystal obsessed at the moment. Children had to wear face masks here as it’s an enclosed area.
This T-Rex was huge!! Darcie thought it was real at first as his head kept moving and looking at us!
The kids had a play in the play area (again limited number of children allowed.)
This boat ride was so good and lasted a good 10 minutes. We spotted lots of dinosaurs on the way round! Only one family was allowed per boat.
The Farm Park was brilliant for young children.
Darcie loved seeing the animals and there were play areas and rides in here too!
We left the Dino Park and headed over to Gulliver’s, as we got there it started to pour! But we didn’t let the rain ruin our day! We embraced no queues and just had lots of fun!
Unfortunately I didn’t get chance to take many photos because we were soaked! Darcie loved all of the rides that spin! Lee and Archie aren’t fond of the spinning rides but we love them! When we got back to the car the kids and I got changed into our pyjamas! We put the heating on and enjoyed our lollies and fudge from the Gulliver’s shop!We had an amazing time at Gulliver’s it was just what we needed after months of lockdown. We spent quality time together as a family enjoying the rides and we all loved our experience of staying over! I would definitely recommend checking out the lodges or camping if that’s your thing!
If you would like to watch our vlog of the day you can see it here!
Thank you for reading,