We visited Gulliver’s Land as part of the Stay & Play Sunday Specials package with the Adventurer’s Village accommodation at Milton Keynes.
This offered us a night’s stay on the Sunday night, including activities at the Village, access to Gulliver’s Land throughout the day on the Sunday, as well as a session in the Splash Park on the Monday morning for a discounted rate compared to peak times.
Check out the review of the Adventurer’s Village experience for further details, but this was our second visit to the Gulliver’s Land theme park itself, and again it didn’t disappoint.
We have also visited the Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park in Matlock Bath, and we can’t rate either park enough – I’d really recommend visits to both, as they are special in their own ways!
The theme park itself is designed with younger families in mind, so everything from the entertainment to the rides is set up for younger children, up to the age of about 10, making it a perfect place to visit with families of mixed ages to enjoy – even for tiny ones!
The park is fairly big, with rides of all types – from rollercoaster style ones and water rides, through to ones that spin you, and slower driving rides. One of the rides even alternated slower and faster options so the smaller children could still enjoy the fun of it, without the speed – something I enjoyed more too!
For the younger ones there’s a slower boat ride along the lazy river, a little train ride, a monorail and a driving ride, as well as a JCB zone to drive diggers.
For the very young, there’s also an indoor soft play area that we found really quiet and the girls loved.
For the older children you can find the Runaway Minetrain, rollercoaster, rides that spin you upside down, and some very steep water rides (spoiler: you WILL get wet, unless you’re Lily, who hid under my bag and came out stone dry 😂!!!)
All ages can also enjoy the hot air balloons, the carousel, the little fairy walk, and all the entertainment that goes on across the park.
We visited on a Sunday and we still didn’t need to queue long for the rides, which is great with young children. In fact, our Matlock Bath visit was the same in that it was really quiet for a Sunday, and we were especially surprised with the Milton Keynes park as it was a lovely sunny day at the end of June, so we expected it to be busier.
There are plenty of places to have drinks, picnics and to get food around the site. We took a packed lunch for us and the girls, then bought them a Slush treat before we went back to the accommodation at the Adventurer’s Village, about 5 mins walk from the front of the theme park.
The girls met some characters, enjoyed playing in bubbles, watching some spontaneous shows throughout the day, and making the most of all the rides.
Lily’s favourite ride was the big swings – particularly because of the very friendly and enthusiastic staff member who drummed up the excitement to everyone on the rides, despite the fact he had clearly been doing it for hours and his enthusiasm still wasn’t waning!
In all, we had a fantastic time and the girls loved it. It is somewhere we would go back to, especially combined with the accommodation package which makes is an affordable family overnight trip that costs far less than a themed overnight package at some other theme parks.
Visit the Gulliver’s Land page here
Visit my review on the Adventurer’s Village here
Want to visit Matlock Bath Gulliver’s Kingdom? Check out the review here!
Tips for visiting with children
- There is really something for everyone, so it is great for mixed age groups in a family to still enjoy everything on offer
- Check out the timetable of entertainment and activities at the entrance as they are great to have a break from the rides
- We took pushchairs with us which we found really handy with all the walking, especially later in the day and all the way back to the accommodation. We also used them to store the lunch, and there were plenty of places to leave them at all the rides.
- Check out their social media for discounts – under 90cm is free anyway, and there is still so much to do for the little ones – but they often have good deals on, such as summer discount tickets by booking early in July, and our weekend was a foodbank weekend where you got tickets for just £12.50 in exchange for bringing food for the food bank.