Summer saw the opening of Springfields Retail Outlet £1.3million Springfields Adventure land in Spalding. Springfields has retail shops such as outlets for Next, Marks and Spencer, Gap, Fatface, Clarks and more. We combined our visit with getting some new school shoes for our son. It’s a great place to visit for some retail therapy plus some fun time for the kids. We often visit there and have had plenty of fun in the past at their attractions. But things have really changed since the investment, luckily for the better. Honestly, it was better than I was expecting it to be!
If you’ve never been to Springfields their area for the kids is at the far end past the shops. Parking is charged at just £2.00 for the day which is a fair price. Springfields is located on the outskirts of Spalding in Lincolnshire. They have over 50 retail brands across the site. They also have a selection of restaurants and cafes such as Frankie and Benny’s, Costa, Starbucks and their new Springy’s Adventure land diner.
You can also catch a water taxi over to Spalding centre from the river which is by the main car park. This runs from the end of March until the end of September and costs £7.00 for a return or £3.50 for a single ticket. It’s a lovely journey and well worth doing.
Also located past the shops you will find the Festival Gardens. This is a beautifully landscaped area with designs by various famous garden designers such as Charlie Dimmock and Kim Wilde. We love the water area here with the fountains. Plus there’s always plenty of friendly ducks to feed. We always take along a bag of duck friendly food for them. It’s well worth taking some time out of your day to have a wander around the gardens. During the school holidays, they often have trails around the grounds which makes it even more fun to explore.
Things To Do at Springfields Adventure Land
So what has remained the same, what has gone and what is new at the new Adventure land at Springfields?
The pyramid building that has had a few different uses over the past few years is now home to Springy’s Diner, which we ate at and I will review below. They still have the miniature steam train which now goes around the new Tree Top Village. There is mention on the website that they still have their land train which goes around the festival gardens. We did not see any sign of this though. Their Dino golf is still there but everything else – JCB young drivers zone, Springy’s beach and Goldie’s gold mine are all new. They also have live entertainment and events throughout most of the year.
In the past, when we visited Springfields, we would pay for a round of Dino golf, a ride on the land train and a ride on the miniature steam train. Which by the time everything was paid for it was close to their new one admission price for all the attractions which is now £7.95 for a peak all in one ticket. There are many different pricing options which I will go into at the end of this post. Below I will cover everything that there is to see and do at Adventure land:
JCB Young Drivers Zone
My son spent the vast majority of the time in the JCB Young Drivers zone in Springfields Adventureland with the biggest smile ever on his face. He loved it and it wasn’t hard to see why. It’s so imaginative and a lovely concept and so well executed.
I’m not entirely sure what went wrong with our visit but apparently, the JCB Young drivers zone is a one hour slot that you reserve when you arrive. This wasn’t mentioned to us and we just turned up when we fancied and nothing was said to us when we were let in. It later transpired that we’d entered a one hour slot almost half the way through so we had to leave after half an hour. Maybe it was because it was relatively quiet when we arrived but my son was sad to leave and it was a shame that it wasn’t explained to us about the one hour slot.
Inside the JCB Young drivers zone you are given a briefing when you arrive (which we missed). The kids are then recommended to get their own hi-vis vest and hard hat (both optional) and then to hop on a pedal tractor and ride around their track. There are places to stop along the way including a fun ‘petrol’ station, shop and more. The children are encouraged to go one way around the track and there are adults helping them over the hill which was great fun to zoom back down.
Also in this area there are a couple of sandpits, one with lots of building blocks. There’s a large climbing frame with a slide “scaffolding play tower” and a smaller JCB digger with a slide. It is a great place for sparking kids imaginations and many of the children soon became friends and were playing together.
This area is recommended for children under 10 years old.
Springy’s American Diner
Spring’s American Diner is located in the main pyramid-shaped building. It has a large indoor area plus a very large covered outdoor area. All tables are waiter service which is a nice touch and great for taking a rest for a drink. We noticed a few people sat outside sipping drinks while their older kids went off to play on various different things.
One thing we couldn’t get over at Adventure land was the amount of staff. For an area of a not particularly vast size there are so many staff members. We counted 13 once in the restaurant and between 3-4 over at the Tree top village 2-4 at times in the JCB zone and a few on the other attractions. This is great if you need help! I’m just not sure how sustainable this will be for them.
The food at Springy’s American diner was excellent. It was tasty and fresh and we all enjoyed what we ate. There’s a good choice of ‘American’ food on the menu such as burgers, pancakes, hot dogs, a great choice of ice-creams and plenty of other traditional American dishes.
I chose a burger with blue cheese and a mushroom for £10.75. Mum had Brooklyn chicken for £12.50 and my son had pancakes with syrup for just £3.95. They also had mac and cheese, hot dogs and more on the kids menu (£5.95 a dish). He had a banana split sundae for £3.95 for dessert which he gave two thumbs up. The interior has been decked out like an American diner and when possible the food is served in baskets. No entrance ticket is required to eat at Springy’s diner.
Springy’s beach is located in the same undercover area as the outdoor seating for Springy’s American diner. It has running water around the edge and kids can pump their own water. They had also provided a few buckets and spades. There is a play frame in this area but most kids were happy to just play in the sand and water. If your kids love sand it may be an idea to bring a spare change of clothes or a waterproof all in one. A lot of the kids were getting very covered in wet sand in this area.
Tree Top Village
The Tree top village was my favourite area. It was something pretty different and unique to anything we’d seen and been on before. That’s saying something as well as the JCB young drivers zone is also excellent and unique.
The main attraction in this area is the sky net which is a 12m square suspended net. They’ve used the trees to suspend the net which is relatively high up and literally the bounciest thing I’ve ever been on. It’s the strangest sensation and quite a challenge to stay upright. It was so much fun! You access it via a couple of towers. The drop down to get off the towers was a little too high for smaller kids and they could do with a better step set up/down as many smaller kids were jumping from a height perhaps too high for them. I’d recommend that you go up with kids under 1.2m. Children 3 and under are not allowed on the sky net.
They also have a separate climbing area with towers, nets and more. This is a lovely set up and great fun to explore.
Goldie’s Gold Mine
This was shut for repair during out visit so sadly we didn’t get to have a go. When it is open kids can have a 15 minute go to pan for gold. It looked like a great play area and benefits from being under cover.
Dino Golf is a fun 9 hole adventure mini golf course. There’s plenty of dinosaurs and sound effects along the way. It’s not the easiest course to play due to many ‘bits’ on the course, however, we had fun and it is great that it is included in the all-inclusive price.
Springy’s railroad is the old miniature steam train ride. It still goes through most of the old track area however it also now runs around the edge of the Tree top village. The train only runs in good weather.
Adventure land Express
We did not see the Adventure land Express running during our visit. Quote from their website “All aboard the Adventure Land Express for a fun and scenic tours on our land train around our Festival Gardens.”
Springfields on Stage
During our visit they had a couple of men live on stage playing disco tunes and engaging the audience. The website states “Entertainment and events all year round at Springfields On Stage. Make sure you keep following us on social media to be kept up to date of everything going on.”
Important Information – Entrance Prices Springfields Adventure Land
An all-inclusive ticket to Aventure land is £7.95 in peak times (Apr-Sept) and £6.95 the rest of the year. You can pre book your tickets online although these tickets don’t currently seem to be available online.
They also offer all-inclusive family tickets for 2 adults and 2 children at £29.95 peak and £25.95 off peak. An all-inclusive ticket includes access and entrance to everything including an hour in the JCB young drivers zone, a 15 minute session in Goldie’s goldmine, a ride on Springy’s railroad and Dino golf.
If you would like to pay for entry to Adventure land and then pay for separate attractions it costs £3.00 per person. This is a good option for adults as the ticket includes access and entry to Adventure land, Springy’s beach and Tree top village.
Pay and play activities are £6.00 for a one hour session in the JCB young drivers zone, £2 for a 15 min gold panning session. £2 a trip on Springy’s railroad, £3 per person for Dino golf, £2 for a trip on the Adventure land express and £1 for the remote controlled boats.
Disclaimer: We were provided with all-inclusive wristbands and a complimentary meal at Springy’s Diner for the purpose of my review. (JCB Young drivers zone is not to be confused with Diggerland)
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