first thing that impressed me was the fact they had baby change
facilities in the male toilets, (it's something I've noticed a lot
of parks don't have since becoming an uncle) but more relevantly
what impressed me was how well presented the rides were. Given the
nature of the park I was expecting some generic rides, without much
theming. Instead the rides were themed to a high standard that puts
a lot of larger parks to shame. A special mention should go to the
Cows Express kids train ride, which had some great fun models, and
the very impressively themed African Adventure playground.
There's less theming away from the rides and playgrounds, but the
setting isn't any less impressive. The park is set in a beautifully
hilly farmland area, and has some beautiful woodland areas and
gardens. It appears a lot of thought has gone in to deciding
what attractions to install in these areas to ensure they don't
clash with the areas natural beauty. The result is one of the most
beautiful park settings I've ever visited.
The main criticism from a theme park perspective is there's only one
ride in woodlands and nature walk area of the park,
the form of the toboggan run. As a family visitor attraction though
it does a great job.
As I mentioned at the start of the review this park defied my
initial low expectations, thanks to a beautiful setting and lovely
attractions. A day combining this and another nearby attraction will
be high up on my to do list next time I visit the Isle of Wight. I'm
not quite sure if there's a whole days entertainment, even with
kids, but given the low entrance price I don't see this as
a major issue.
The lack of any major rides means it's not one I could recommend as
a must do, especially considering the extra transport issues that
arise from it's location on the Isle of Wight. If though your on the
Isle of Wight, which is a good place for a family holiday, spending
some time here is highly recommended.