Winter at Flamingoland | Things to do

Day 6 of our #80dayschallenge took us to Flamingo land near Malton in North Yorkshire. We actually didn’t have a full day out last weekend, so it’s a good job we have the half term to do some catching up on our challenge. There is so much to do in this area with Eden Camp, Castle Howard, Yorkshire Wolds Lavender and Scampston walled garden.

Even though it’s now February half-term we are still struggling to find places that are open. I gave my son four choices for a day out and he chose Flamingo land. I had explained to him that only half the park was open but he didn’t seem to mind. Plus I didn’t mind as it was a lot cheaper and it turned out there was a lot more to see and do on their cheaper winter opening that I thought.

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Flamingo land North Yorkshire – Review

We have never been to Flamingo land before so it was all an adventure into the unknown for us. I hadn’t even bought our tickets online but we didn’t have to queue for long to pay. The winter zoo only or zoo plus package is available from Monday 5th November to Friday 5th April. It costs just £12.00 per person for the zoo plus package and £7.50 per person for the zoo package. The zoo plus package is only available at the weekends.

Either I didn’t understand the website very well or I’m just not very familiar with Flamingo land but there was a lot more open than I thought. So much so I was glad that we had visited at that price as I can’t ever see us managing enough in just one day. The bonus being that when we visit in the Spring/Summer we will have already visited half the park at a cheaper price and we should be able to fit in everything else that isn’t open over the winter.

The park is open from 10am until 4pm over the winter and we were there for the duration. We ran out of time for one of the rides and we also didn’t manage the Sealion show, bird show, pirate show, indoor soft play and the Peter Rabbit storytime show. Although the latter is £5 extra per person! Which was a shame but once we realised how many rides were open we wanted to prioritise them. Read on to find out just what we managed to do during our visit. Even though we didn’t fit everything in we didn’t have to backtrack around the park wasting time which was a bonus.

Meerkat characters
We were greeted by these Meerkat characters upon arrival

Open Rides During the Winter at Flamingo Land

The following rides were all open during our visit – Zoo Plus Package (weekends £12 each). We didn’t have to queue for more than 15 minutes for any of the rides and most queues only took around 5 minutes.

As you enter the park if you head right a little way past the Pirate Ship you arrive at Dino-Stone Park. They have a few animated dinosaurs dotted around and a wobbly bridge walkway. They had 5 rides open here and we went on 4 of them.

Rotatour – Dino-Stone Park

This is a wagon wheel ride. You board an individual wagon which can take at least 2 adults and 2 children. It goes slowly around a couple of times.

Height restrictions – Min Height 3’6″ / 1.07m unless accompanied by an adult.

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Rotatour

There was a good view of the park from Rotatour.

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Dino Roller – Dino-Stone Park

This ride is a mini, family-friendly, roller coaster. It goes relatively fast but isn’t scary. It went three times around the track and we both enjoyed the ride. You can sit two together on this ride.

Height Restrictions – see the individual attraction for height restrictions.

Dino Roller
Dino Roller

Cyclosaur – Dino-Stone Park

This is a relatively small ride which seats two to a cycle. The more you peddle the higher you will go. It goes round and round but isn’t especially fast.

Height Restrictions – Min Height 3’ / 0.9m.

Cylosaur
Cylosaur

Twistosaurus – Dino-Stone Park

This ride was quite epic for a kids ride. You sit four in an egg shell and you are spun fast around a track. It goes around twice and the first time was pretty tame but lots of fun. The second time our egg just did not stop spinning, even when the ride had stopped! I must admit it left me feeling very dizzy.

Height Restrictions – Min Height 3’ 5” / 1.05m.

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Twistosaurus

Muddy Duck Tractor Ride – Muddy Duck Farm

You can sit two children in the front and two adults in the back on this tractor ride. It goes slowly around a farmyard type track. I thought that what there was to look at was a bit disappointing, could do better. My son enjoyed driving us though.

Height restrictions – Min Height 3’6″ / 1.07m unless accompanied by an adult.

Muddy Duck Tractor Ride
Muddy Duck Tractor Ride

Helitoys – Muddy Duck Farm

Helitoys is a very old looking ride. To be honest it could do with replacing. You can sit two children in the front of each helicopter and 1 adult in the back. It was very tame and didn’t last very long.

Helitoys
Helitoys

No Height Restrictions Apply

Wacky Races – Muddy Duck Farm

This ride is very much like the tractor ride and certainly isn’t a race. You can sit two children in the front and two adults in the back. It is a slow ride in a vintage type car around a track. This ride is opposite the Little Monsters Den of Mischief.

Height restrictions – Min Height 3’6″ / 1.07m unless accompanied by an adult.

Wacky Races
Wacky Races

Little Monsters Den of Mischief – Muddy Duck Farm

I saw so many children bottling this ride. It is not scary! It looks scary because it’s indoors and in the dark. Plus the building outside looks scary, especially with the stocks outside. You sit up to three (2 adults and 1 child) in a carriage. You go along a track and see various little monsters. Don’t forget to pose for the camera. We got a hilarious photo which we could take a photo of.

Height Restrictions – Min Height 3’6″ / 1.07m unless accompanied by an adult.

Little Monsters Den of Mischief
Little Monsters Den of Mischief

Rides we ran out of time for – Or didn’t want to go on

Flamingo 1

Flamingo 1 is a relatively new ride to Flamingo Land. If you keep going straight from the entrance you will come to it as it’s just past the soft play shed. We sadly never made it there which was a shame as Jamie would have loved it. It is a 380-metre figure of 8 circuit which you can drive cars around a track on. We will certainly be trying this out for our next visit.

Height Restrictions – Min Height 4’ 3” / 1.3m unless accompanied by an adultThe absolute minimum height is 3’ 1.5” / 0.95m.

Junior Carousel – Muddy Duck Farm

This is a small and very sedate merry-go-round. You can sit on a variety of animals. My son thought it was too young for him as they didn’t actually go up and down, nor did it go very fast. Perfect for very little people.

Height Restrictions – Children only minimum height 1.07m.

Junior Carousel
Junior Carousel

Aligator Coaster – Muddy Duck Farm

This mini rollercoaster is for very small people only – No adults allowed – Please check ride for actual height restrictions.

Caterpillar Coaster
Caterpillar Coaster

White Rhino – Dino-Stone Park

This ride is mostly for bigger people as it goes very high up and swings out quite far. You sit two to a swing and there was no way either of us were trying this ride. They do have height restrictions however, I can’t find them online so you will have to check when you get there.

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Swings in Dino-Stone park

Play Areas at Flamingo Land

Peter Rabbit Adventure

There’s plenty of fun to be had at the newly opened Peter Rabbit Adventure. “Can you help Peter Rabbit find Pig Robinson’s missing Brussels sprouts? Then join Peter, Lily and Benjamin in their Secret Treehouse before testing your skill on Benjamin Bunny’s Treetop Trail. Or how about a musical adventure?

Then hop along to Jeremy Fisher’s musical pond to explore giant instruments and learn about sounds from the giant lily pads. If you love to draw and paint, then head on over to Pig Robinson’s Farm for an art masterclass and test your creative flair. Mr Tod’s Lair is waiting for more adventurous children. Can you find the secret passages and spy on your friends or make it to the top of the chimney for a very special view?”

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Peter Rabbit Adventure
Peter Rabbit Adventure
Guess the Instrument

This only takes up a relatively small area but there is so much to do and plenty to keep the little ones occupied, including a mini assault course. Jamie was sad to leave when I ushered him along after a few minutes play. There is also a small playground in this area.

There's plenty of interactive things to play on
There’s plenty of interactive things to play on
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This is where you can meet Peter Rabbit and Lily bobtail twice a day outside the Mansion house at 1pm and 3pm. We started hovering out the front at around 12:55pm which ended up putting us just 3 people from the front which saved a lot of time queueing. (or not queueing).

Meeting Peter Rabbit at 1pm or 3pm outside Mansion House
Meeting Peter Rabbit at 1pm or 3pm outside Mansion House

Children’s Planet

Children’s Planet is on the far edge of Muddy Duck Farm. I have to say that I thought this was the best play area of the whole park. There was a massive pirate ship perfect for imaginative play including a slide and an octopus.

Children's Planet
Children’s Planet

Opposite to this you will find a large adventure play area. What is really lovely about it is the fact it’s right next to some animals. It is there mostly to bring kids closer to the animals but it was perfect for me to stand and look at the meerkats and warthogs while he played. It was so quiet here as well which was a bonus. Although the park didn’t feel overly busy.

The play equipment is mostly wooden and features walkways, bridges and also a few slides. It was relatively easy to play on yet not too easy that it wasn’t a challenge. I lost count of the number of times Jamie went back and forth.

The otters on the walk to this area were an absolute delight. They were so friendly and between the six of them they were very entertaining.

Don’t miss the otters

Dig for Fossils – Dino-Stone Land

There is a sand area where you can dig for dinosaur bones. There was nothing provided to dig though. No brushes or spades, which was a shame.

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HMS Bouncy

HMS bouncy is an indoor soft play area with a themed pirate ship. You can ride on the backs of rocking dolphins, fire foam balls out of cannons, swim in the ball-pool and climb the rigging.

Places to eat at Flamingo Land in Winter

The following places to eat are open in the winter at Flamingo Land – Muddy Duck Cafe, Coach House and Mansion house (weekends only).

We chose to east at the Mansion house as we wanted to be in the area for the Peter Rabbit meet and greet at 1pm. I spotted a Peter Rabbit afternoon tea for 1 or 2 on the menu and opted for that. We did both have it and I was warned that it was a childn’s portion of food. I wasn’t disappointed though and I was quite full once I’d eaten my portion. We had two finger sandwiches each (cheese and ham). Plus there was a scone already made up with jam and cream. Plus a macaroon, strawberries, a mini almond tart and a cake with some very yummy icing. It cost just £13.95 for the two of us and included 2 drinks which was great value.

Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at Mansion House
Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at Mansion House

The Zoo at Flamingo Land

The zoo is open all week at Flamingo land over the winter. It was a lot bigger than I expected and there were plenty of animals to be found. Some we didn’t spot at all but that often happens when we visit a zoo! It was good considering it was included in the admission price and most of the animals had vast enclosures.

We didn’t spot any lions at all however we were more than impressed with the very animated tigers. We saw plenty of giraffes which were very friendly, plus lemurs, wallabies, parrots, meerkats, camels and fish in the aquarium.  The hippos in the water were very funny and drew quite a crowd. Jamie opted not to take the walk to see the black rhino. They also had lots of farm animals over at Muddy Duck farm. They have a water rapids ride which goes around the zoo in the warmer months. It was strange to see it empty of water. I’m not sure I’ll persuade Jamie on it even though he has been on a similar ride….twice. There is a very steep drop and you get very wet! There are many other animals at the zoo which I haven’t mentioned. Here are a few photos from our walk around the zoo….and yes there were Flamingos but sadly they were very far away.

The Zoo at Flamingo Land
The Zoo at Flamingo Land
Not the best quality photo but this was taken without a zoom lens!

Here’s a vlog from our day out to Flamingo Land


We are really looking forward to returning when the full park is open. I’d certainly visit again in the winter and I’d highly recommend visiting if you have young kids.

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