Last weekend we were very lucky to have been invited to spend the morning at Alton Towers with CBeebies Magazine. Of course, Alton Towers is the home of the new CBeebies Land, which was opened to excited preschoolers back in May. Little Mr has become a bit of a CBeebies fan since he’s spent some time at his Grandparents (CBeebies is the television channel of choice at their house) so I knew he would really enjoy it and we were looking forward to taking him along.
We love the CBeebies Magazine
We have recently introduced the CBeebies magazine to Little Mr (it kept him more than happy on the plane to Turkey) and he has enjoyed looking at all his favourite characters and listening to the stories from the magazine. Being honest, I had used to think that magazines for little ones was a bit of waste of money but I really like CBeebies magazine. There’s so much to do in each issue and I love that the magazine is full of educational learning activities for preschoolers and that they support the Early Years Curriculum. It’s great to know that Little Mr is learning something new whilst having fun with all his favourite characters.
Kids Go Free
At £2.99, the magazine is published every fortnight and over the next few weeks, their Kids Go Free campaign is on. Just buy the CBeebies Magazine and there will be free children tickets to top Merlin Attraction inside. The issue out today (No. 411) has 2 FREE child (4-11) passes to Alton Towers including CBeebies Land. (Children under 4 enter the theme park for free) What a steal!
We spent some time before visiting CBeebies Land in the hotel with the magazine team and I was delighted to see they had laid on some fun activities for the little ones to do. We were split into age groups and Little Mr spent some time with Chloe and Ben from We’re Going on An Adventure and the girls from Here Come the Girls. Little Mr had lots of fun and although he didn’t sit still he did love interacting with the other children and joining in. We threw toys into hoops and made duck and sheep noises, we drew and coloured in some drawings of our favourite CBeebies characters, we listened to Steph Cooper (the Editor of CBeebies magazine) who us a read a story about Peter Rabbit as well as trying strawberries and radishes and we made a medal and a pirates hat in true Swashbuckle style.
The event concluded with the ultimate VIP experience which was meeting Postman Pat and his cat Jess. I was so proud of Little Mr as he walked up to meet Postman Pat. I thought he might have been scared but he wasn’t. He stood next to him and chatted away looking at Jess and I was so proud.
After the event ended, it was time to visit CBeebies Land so we excitedly hopped on the monorail and escaped the rain shower to meet hubby and our nephew who had joined us for the day.
What a fantastic space! I loved how they had used the space to feature all of our favourite CBeebies characters. Little Mr was in awe of pretty much everything and spent ages looking around and pointing. We walked through the CBeebies walk of fame and our nephew was happy to see handprints of Mr Bloom and Mr Tumble. There is a fantastic sensory garden which is brilliant for little ones to explore. There’s lots of bright colours, familiar shapes and lots to touch and smell.
We wanted to experience the themed rides within CBeebies so we jumped on the Get, Set, Go Tree Top Adventure as the queue was only a 15 minute wait. As we queued up there was things for children to play with and look at which definitely helped ease the boredom of waiting in a queue. It was our turn for the ride so I jumped in with my nephew whilst hubby took the Bug behind us with Little Mr. I was so chuffed to see Little Mr enjoying himself. He was sitting next to hubby in the Bug pointing at things and waving to people below him. He really did enjoy it. It wasn’t a fast ride but it was just right for introducing fairground rides to little ones.
Hubby and my nephew had earlier queued up for the Postman Pat Parcel Post attraction which our nephew had really enjoyed. He loved pretending to drive the van around the track and having looked at the track after the event, it was such a bright and colourful track with familiar things to look at and see, it was great.
We explored the park and went on the Numtums Number Go Round ride and Little Mr sat on a little motorbike as the ride went round and round. We queued up for the In The Night Garden Magical Boat ride which again was great as Little Mr sat next to his Daddy really well and enjoyed seeing all his favourite characters along the way.
Our nephew needed to use up some energy so we took him over to Tree Fu Tom’s Training Camp, a fun adventure playground and he absolutely loved it. Little Mr would have enjoyed it but he had fallen asleep in his pushchair (usual nap time snooze!)
There was lots more to see and do and we would have spent longer in the park had Little Mr been awake. We took our nephew off to enjoy the log flume in Alton Towers and see the sharks in the Aquarium. Both of which he absolutely loved.
What’s good to know
- There’s plenty of Buggy Parks dotted around by the attractions so you can leave your pushchair and go off and enjoy a ride. Lots of families left their pushchairs here (as we did) along with coats and our lunch bags.
- There’s toilets and baby changing facilities next to Justin’s House.
- There’s a snack bar, Young Explorers Lunch Box where you can grab sandwiches, snacks and drinks which all looked extremely yummy and great for family picnics in the park.
We really enjoyed our morning with the CBeebies Magazine team and the afternoon in CBeebies Land. There was enough for Little Mr to see and experience and had we arrived earlier we would have been able to experience more. We will definitely be returning sometime soon.
The ‘Kids Go Free’ magazine campaign is on NOW so make sure you grab a copy and save some pennies on your next day of family fun!
Disclaimer: We were given free entry into the park and received a fabulous goody bag at the event. All views and photographs are my own (except Little Mr meeting Postman Pat – Thanks Liz) and this forms an honest and reliable review.