Twin Lakes has been somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a while, so when the opportunity came up at half term, we were really excited to go.
I’d only heard good things about Twin Lakes, however was concerned that it would be busy, being half term, and the Halloween season too. I needn’t have worried.
We attended on the first day of the Halloween activities, and still managed to walk on every ride without queuing – some rides even had no one else waiting, so we had them to ourselves!
Twin Lakes theme park
Twin Lakes is a theme park surrounded by the beautiful Leicestershire countryside. As I was driving towards the park, I definitely wasn’t expecting such lovely scenery!
The park itself is made up of different Zones, each with their own rides, play areas and things to do. Most areas had something for all ages, so were great to visit with mixed ages too. I liked how the rides were clear on their height restrictions, with colour codes for different rides and whether the children needed to be accompanied by an adult.
Even in one day we didn’t cover it all, but Lily particularly loved the Labyrinth Zone, both indoors and out, with its child-friendly roller coaster, jumping pillows, and huge indoor play area.
We were lucky with the weather, but there were plenty of places to go inside or under cover, whether you wanted a bite to eat, to enjoy some rides, or let the kids go off and play.
She also loved the Red Rooster Farm, where you got to meet the animals, and get involved with some petting of the smaller animals too at set activity times. The goat area was great, and they looked like they were having great fun outdoors on their “mountains”!
There really are too many rides to list off, however there really is something to do, whatever the weather. There are rollercoasters for all ages, boat rides (indoors and out), pirate shops, play areas and more.
What’s more, our ticket also gave us access to the circus at set times throughout the day, which sounded fantastic, although we were loving access to all the rides, so didn’t make it down that way!
For food, there are also a great variety of places for hot and cold food, snacks and drinks as well as ice creams around the park. We usually take a picnic on our days out, however as we were out the previous day, we had to get something at the park.
I spent £3.95 for a hot children’s meal with fish stars, small chips and a drink, which I didn’t think was extortionate for a theme park – some places you can pay that just for a drink! She really enjoyed the food and we didn’t need to queue either, which was great, and there were plenty of places to sit and eat.
My only concern with going indoors/outdoors between sections was the old doors, as it didn’t make it easy for access – which wouldn’t be so easy with a wheelchair without help from a carer.
There were also very few buggy parks around rides (unless I was missing something?) which meant you just had to abandon pushchairs at the entrance to rides – which was fine for us because it was empty, but I’m not sure how that would be when it is busy.
However I can’t fault the park for its ease of access to get around to different zones, as well as the sheer amount of things to do while you’re there. Lily even rode a unicorn, which made her day!
Halloween Family Scream Park
It really is a theme park with something for everyone.
I’d been warned it may be quite scary, so that was something else I mentally prepared for, however during the daytime it is so family friendly, with lovely seasonal decorations, really making you feel “Halloweeny” (if that’s a thing?!).
We visited Fruity the Witch in her Witch Wagon. It cost £3.99, and I guess it was a bit like a Halloween version of meeting Santa!It was a one-to-one visit at our set timeslot, where she had a chat with Lily in the special caravan, and offered her both a trick and a treat!
She was really friendly and it definitely wasn’t scary, so Lily really enjoyed it – as well as the smoke-filled bubbles that came out from the caravan too!
She also made it to the Hub for some broomstick training with another witch and Marty the Monster. Aside from another little boy prodding Lily with his broomstick (his mum didn’t stop him!!), she really enjoyed it as there were only around 10 of them, and it was something very different. Marty the Monster was also very cuddly, so all the little ones loved him!
As part of the Halloween activities, we were also able to make wands for free in the gift shop, where you’re given a free pack of crafts to make them with, pick a pumpkin for free from their little pumpkin patch, and even follow the Halloween trail around the park.
I know, by night, the Xtreme Scream Park opens up and is a whole different level of scariness, however we had so much fun during the daytime and really enjoyed all the activities on offer.
It was such a different day out, and the decorations were fantastic, as well as the staff getting involved in all the activities.
I’d really recommend Twin Lakes for a day out for all the family, whatever the weather, and will definitely head back at Christmas time to check out their festive activities, as the Halloween setup was just fantastic. We also spent all day there and still didn’t cover everything, so we’ll definitely be back for more!
For more information on Twin Lakes, visit their website here.
Twin Lakes was one of my recommended places to visit in Leicestershire for Halloween and half term. For more ideas, check out my post here.
Tips for visiting with families
- Keep an eye on their social media pages for discounts – we got 25% off tickets through Twitter!
- There are bottle warming stations around the park for babies – a great idea and perfect for families visiting
- Activities such as the unicorn rides are extra, but most things are free once inside the park
- In the summer there is also a splash park to cool down in!
- Doors in/out of buildings aren’t always easy to manage with a pram, so it may be worth finding a buggy park or planning your route with the map before you visit.
- Check out dates the circus is on, as that is included with your ticket and is meant to be fantastic