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.
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.
The Rides – Outdoors
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.
They have a new train ride for the little ones near here.
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.
Outside in the labyrinth, you will find more outdoor rides. There is a spinning spider ride (min 80cms), pirate ship (min 100cm) and Icarus sky flyer (min 105cm). I could not persuade Jamie onto any of these. He did, however, go on the giant bouncy pillows and the mini coaster (min 90cm) also 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.
There is a log flume over by the splash park (sadly couldn’t persuade him on this one! – even bribery didn’t work)
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.
There is a really fun horse ride (min 90cms) which Jamie chose to go on again later.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is also a large bird of prey centre with daily displays.
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.
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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