Twinlakes – Family Theme Park – Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

If you are looking for a large family theme park in the East Midlands then Twinlakes is most likely the place for you. We visit once every year and it’s fun to see Jamie getting braver with certain rides. Next year he should be tall enough for some of the bigger rides, will he brave them? I can’t wait to find out.

Twinlakes is near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. There’s plenty to keep you all entertained for a full day out. We are yet to do everything there in one day, in fact, there are still a few things we haven’t done. Twinlakes is a really great place to visit on an event day. They have all sorts on from award-winning Halloween family events to Christmas fun and plenty more. Keep an eye on their events page.


Family Fun at Twinlakes – Review of the Family Theme Park

Twinlakes is an all weather day out. There’s just as much to do indoors as there is outdoors. They are constantly improving the park and adding new rides and attractions.


The Rides – Indoors

Yes, they actually have indoor rides and quite a fair few. At Buccaneer’s island there are lots of indoor rides to be found. There’s a Wind in the willows water ride and a mini pirate ship for those not quite ready for the bigger outdoor pirate ship. Jamie loves the spinning barrel ride and the wheel. Also in this area is a large blaster arena and a smaller soft play for toddlers.

Twinlakes - Family Theme Park - Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Spinning barrels
Twinlakes - Family Theme Park - Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
The wheel

In the Labyrinth indoor area, you will find a fun mirror maze. Plus a small bouncing tower ride and some swings. All of the indoor rides are aimed at smaller children. Adults are allowed on a few of these rides such as Wind in the willows and Spinning barrels.

Twinlakes - Family Theme Park - Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Having fun in the mirror maze

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The Rides – Outdoors

Action USA

Home to my all time favourite, blast from the past ride, you will find the Buffalo stamped rollercoaster. This used to be at American adventure which sadly shut down years ago. This was my favourite ride from the park and it’s nice to still be able to go on it. It’s very fast and could scare younger kids. Jamie adores it though. Kids have to be over 1 metre to ride on it.

Twinlakes - Family Theme Park - Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Buffalo rollercoaster

They have a new train ride for the little ones near here.

New train ride
Also in this area is the Dizzy Dune Buggies ride. This is a really bouncy ride

In Action USA you will also find a toboggan ride for kids over 110cm. There’s bumper boats (min 90cm) plus karts for older and smaller children.

The ride in the photo below is also new to Twin Lakes. Taxi Key Largo is a perfect ride for toddlers.

Taxi Key Largo


Outside in the labyrinth, you will find more outdoor rides. They have giant bouncy pillows and the mini coaster (min 90cm) in this area. My boy is growing! He couldn’t go on the smaller toddler pillow and instead he was tall enough for the much bigger bouncy pillow. Adults can go on everything but the pillows in this part of the park.

Mini coaster
Bouncy Pillows

There is a log flume over by the splash park (sadly couldn’t persuade him on this one! – even bribery didn’t work)

Excalibur Adventure

This area had a few new rides going in 2017 so hopefully, they are now up and running. When we were there they had a new outdoor ride just for children.

New outdoor ride in Excalibur

There is a really fun horse ride (min 90cms) which Jamie chose to go on again later.

Riding without Mummy on Joust About
There’s a much bigger and faster tea cup ride

Another relatively new ride in this area and another one my son didn’t want to go on is the Icarus Sky Flyer. Children must be 105cm or over to ride on this high swing ride, it does go very high (70ft in fact eek!).

Icarus Sky Flyer

Buccaneers Island Zone

Over near the main area for the indoor rides at Buccaneer Island you will find the relatively new Rum Runner ride. Children must be 95cm or over to ride this ride. It is quite extreme for little ones and you do get spun around a lot.

Rum Runner ride

Playgrounds etc.

There is the biggest beach in the east midlands near here and you can take a boat out on the lake. Their map has a picture of a land train on it, this is no longer running.

The big lake next to the beach

They have a really fun Wild west town for the kids…and adults!…to play in. There’s a jail, post office, saloon and much more.

Prarie Pete’s City

Near here is a really huge and recently added fantasy castle adventure playground. There is a smaller version for toddlers as this playground is quite challenging. Jamie found a section he could play on easily and wouldn’t venture in any further.

Fantasy castle playground, it’s huge!
Fantasy castle

Around near the larger pirate ship are a nice little sand and imaginative play area for kids. Jamie loved this section and didn’t want to leave.

We found this playground near the log flume

Another big play area is the castle over near the horse ride. Last time we were there Jamie sent himself down the massive slide, which you are supposed to use a mat on. I kept a wide berth this time, plus we were running out of time. Also near here, there is a dungeon maze. They were also adding adventure golf course and a high ropes course. There’s even going to be a hotel on site.

Soft Play

There are quite a few indoor soft play areas at Twinlakes. Excalibur adventure has a small one for under 5’s. There’s also the under 5’s soft play in Buccaneer’s island and one in Labyrinth. For kids over 90cm there is a huge soft play in Labyrinth. The weather was lovely when we visited so I was a bad Mummy and didn’t let him on any this visit.

Places to Eat at Twinlakes

You are allowed to take a picnic to Twinlakes and they have plenty of picnic benches dotted all around the park. If you want to purchase food it’s fast food and pretty basic. Food is mostly sandwich boxes for the kids or hot meals such as chicken nuggets, burgers, jacket potatoes. There’s plenty of places around the park to buy drinks and ice-creams.

The Animals at Twinlakes Theme Park

Yes, they have animals at Twinlakes. Near the entrance, you will find some creepy critters. The entrance to this and a few other attractions in this area are hard to spot so keep your eyes peeled.

In Red roosters zoo farm, you will find all sorts of animals. From rabbits to meerkats and monkeys to goats. It’s worth a wander around.

Red rooster zoo farm
This goat has the right idea and yes we did feed it

There is also a large bird of prey centre with daily displays.

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Water Park at Twinlakes

The Au Guang dragon zone water park is open in the summer months. The water is not heated so I’d only pack swimmers if it’s a nice day. We have paddled in the water before and it was freezing. But there’s always plenty of people playing here so maybe it’s just us. There’s slides and waterfalls and loungers for the adults.

The water park

Here’s a video of our day out to Twin Lakes


Important Information about Twinlakes

Twinlakes is open for most of the year. An off-peak a ticket for an adult or a child over 108cms costs £11.99. On peak days it’s £19.99 for an adult or a child over 108cms. Kids 95-108cms are £5.99 off-peak and £9.99 peak. Children under 95cms are free. The off-peak prices are more than worth it. Twinlakes does not allow all adult parties. You can also purchase an annual pass and the admission price changes during Christmas. It is worth checking their website before you leave. You can purchase your tickets online in advance.

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  1. Ah, that looks like an amazing place! My kids would have love that when they were younger! Great idea to have thing indoors and out because our British weather can be SO unpredictable! Perfect, too, that you can take a picnic with you – always good to keep the costs down if you can!

  2. This place looks amazing and so reasonably priced for what is available there! I like that there are indoor rides too, when ever we plan to go to places like this is seems to rain 😉

  3. I’ve never heard of this theme park before but it looks fantastic! Seems like you had a great time! Hopefully we will get to visit a few theme parks this year, just waiting for the weather to improve 🙂 Sim x

  4. We love it at Twinlakes, though we’ve not been since my daughter is old enough to enjoy the rides too. She is a big fan of the huge soft play 🙂

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