20 October 2020

How I found the Jump-In trampoline park!

Last week I took my daughter to Jump-In trampoline park in Enfield for a review visit and to check out their new coronavirus safety measures - I was given a gift card to cover the ticket cost. I have been to this trampoline park a couple of times before, but never did do any jumping myself - but this time I was determined I'd join in. I booked us a Toddler Time ticket, where your kid (5 years old or under) and you can jump to your hearts delight. Later in the week I also attended a trampoline fitness class. 

There are several of Jump-In trampoline parks across UK - Aberdeen, Camberley, Edinburgh, Elstree, Enfield, Ipswich, Shrewsbury, Slough and Warwick. They are huge halls filled with different type trampolines and obstacles, and a wide variety of other things, such as a soft play, climbing (Aberdeen and Enfield only) and soft mats and trapezes, foam pits and so on, although not all features may be available due to current hygiene measures. There is also a cafe with drinks and food served. 

We visited Enfield and here is what I thought about the trampoline park, and how the coronavirus safety measures worked. They will be similar across the locations, so even if you visit another location this review will help you. Overall we had a great time, and both me and my daughter loved our Jump-In experience, and I had fun on my fitness class too. 

jump in trampoline area

side trampolines

Booking tickets

This was incredibly easy. You have to book tickets before visiting, and then you sign all the waivers and watch an introduction and safety video online before arriving. This is really handy and makes the arrival a lot quicker and smoother - and allows you a bit more jumping time too! If you visit the venue often, your waiver is valid for six months so no need to sign it each time. 

After booking and paying for the tickets you get an email with the QR code, and show this to staff at the entrance, and they will give you jump socks and your allocated table for changing / sitting / cafe. 

New hygiene measures and coronavirus safety

You get new socks each time you jump. Previously you had to pay for the socks, and regular jumpers would usually bring their own socks. However, now due to hygiene you don't pay anything for the socks and they are included in the ticket price. 

There is regular cleaning, and I found the venue to be very tidy and clean. Bathrooms were very tidy and overall cleaning seemed top notch.

Mask wearing is encouraged when moving around the area, although you don't have to wear them while jumping. All the staff were wearing them, and clients mostly. There is also a one way system for the entering and exiting, and for the bathrooms, and the side doors were kept open for fresh air. 

There are allocated seats for changing. As I mentioned you get an allocated area for yourself for changing and sitting down. Mind you, our allocated "table" was just two chairs, so I'm not sure if this is different during weekends when there are more jumpers. This was perfectly adequate to change socks and leave jackets and things over, but if I had wanted to eat or snack it would have been tricky. 

Drinking fountains are closed off due to hygiene reasons so remember to bring a bottle, or get a drink from the cafe!

safety bubble trampoline park

enfield trampoline park cafe

reserved seating arrangement with two chairs

dodge ball area of trampoline park

toddler about to jump on a trampoline

toddler running to a trampoline

Eating and drinking

It was very handy to have a table service, and to be able to order food and drinks on my smartphone. I was surprised to see that there was hot food (pizza and hot dogs) and also a variety of snacks available. I bought us drinks and was pleased to see the order process went smoothly and the table service was very quick. 

What was the jumping like?

We had a great time! As I took my daughter on a weekday Toddler Time, we had unlimited jumping from 10AM to 1.30PM on the main court. Weekends Toddler Time is limited to the first one hour session of the day. We got to jump together for £9.95. This was a fantastic deal and one that I'd love to go for again. 

My 2.5 year old daughter, who is quite a physical child, loved jumping and got really into it, whooping and hollering away. I really enjoyed it too, and there were different trampolines to try, from normal trampolines to slightly curved and really long ones you could run on, and a balance bar. It was fairly quiet, especially early on, although got busier as the day progressed and older kids starting coming in too for the Open Jump - Open Jump is for any ages and is on the main court.

Jump-In Enfield has a big softplay for 5's and under as well, and a dedicated jump area for the little ones - you as an adult can't jump there though. It looked great, and I am sure we will try this too in the future. To get to the softplay you have to buy the Jump&Play ticket.  

Due to space limitations some slots may be fully booked so you have to pre-plan! I found especially Jump&Play (this is a soft play and dedicated jump area for 5 year olds and under) to be very popular during weekends and early sessions on weekdays. Open Jump sessions (for over 5 year olds, on the main court) were also very popular during weekend afternoons. 

I also attended the evening time fitness class and it was great fun. Very intensive bouncing for the first 20-25 minutes, after which we started to wind down a bit with other exercises and stretches. It was a very good work-out, and I definitely want to try this again. 

jump in trampoline park climbing area

The new thing at Enfield Jump-In - climbing!

I've promised to take my other daughter to Jump-In soon, and I am very keen to take her for the climbing session. A new feature in the Enfield Jump-In is the climbing wall. There were a variety of fun features, like a speed climbing wall, and pillars, alongside more regular climbing, and it looked like it would be awesome to do. You can book tickets for climbing only, or a combined jumping and climbing deal - we are sure to visit this wall soon!

So in summary - we had a great time. I felt the coronavirus measures worked really well, although some clients skipped mask wearing outside the jumping areas too. I'm keen to go back and try climbing next time, that should be fun! 

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16 October 2020

Did my toddler like the Peppa Pig electronic learning toy range?

Who loves Peppa Pig? Well, my two year old certainly does - anything Peppa Pig is guaranteed to be a firm favourite of hers. Thus, she was very excited to be my blogging assistant and help me review two new toys (PR samples) from the Peppa Pig electronic learning toys range - Peppa Pig Count with Peppa and Peppa Pig Laugh & Learn Laptop. These are available at various retailers, such as Argos to which I've linked. 

And by the way - you can win the Count with Peppa on my Facebook page, so pop over there if you want to try your luck. But now, let's see what the toys were all about...

girl playing with peppa pig laptop
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two peppa pig toys in a box

girl playing with peppa pig laptop

Peppa Pig Laugh & Learn Laptop 

Peppa Pig Laptop is a brightly coloured and easy to use toy laptop. This toy retails at at £17.  It has a portable handle and a light-up screen, and so far, seems to withstand fairly robust use by a two year old. There are four different activities (these can be selected with a sliding sorter on the right hand side) that help kids learn about letters, numbers, objects, colours and musical instruments. 

In the quiz mode Peppa asks you to find something, such as a colour, or the character. So far she finds this tricky - I don't think she quite understands the concept yet. She much prefers the music mode, where she can press the buttons and make her own music with the piano notes, and listen to the six fun tunes and other funny sounds. 

My two year old enjoys playing with the laptop, and pretending to work just like mummy. In fact, she is very proud to show everyone her own laptop. 

close up of peppa pig laptop

toddler smiling with a peppa pig laptop

Peppa Pig Count with Peppa

Peppa Pig Count with Peppa helps the child develop counting skills and colour and picture recognition.  This toy retails at £20. The toy comes with ten interactive play coins. These coins are numbered from one to ten (on the opposite side of the coin the same number of items to count), have different colours, and have a different character on each. The toy also includes a Peppa shaped money box. 

There are eight different activities that encourage the child to learn about different numbers, colours and pictures. Peppa asks the child to find, for example the colour purple or the number two, asks you to insert it into her purse, and recognises when the said coin is inserted and responds accordingly. It also plays three songs from the TV series.  

I found that it could be tricky for my two year old to push the coins in - they were a bit stiff - so the toy encouraged motor skills development too. I also found that when Peppa asks her to find a certain coin, it was far too quick for her to follow and insert the coins in before Peppa would start again, and needed a fair bit of help from me to manage this. That said, she enjoys just pushing the coins in and taking them out again, and just playing with the Peppa Pig as a doll. She will probably get more out of it when she is a bit bigger and faster in her reactions. 

toddler playing with peppa pig counting toy

count with peppa toy close up

toddler playing with peppa pig counting toy


Another toy in the range you might also like the look of is the Peppa Pigs Phonic Alphabet. this retails at £19.99 and helps develop basic knowledge of letters, numbers and colours, and provides an early introduction to phonics and spelling. The idea is somewhat similar to the Count with Peppa - Peppa asks the child to find the correct answer, except instead of coins you have cubes, and you insert them to the front of Peppas dress. 

So definitely - if you have a Peppa mad child (like so many of us do) pop by Argos to have a look at these, and if you fancy it, try your luck in my Facebook giveaway!

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23 September 2020

How to deal with all the new measures at Butlin's 2020

We visited Butlin's Bognor Regis at the beginning of September. Butlin's 2020 is quite different from what it has been in the past. There are several new coronavirus measures and social distancing measures, and I wanted to share my thoughts on them as well as some quick tips on how to navigate them and have as good a Butlin's holiday as you can - even if it is 2020 ha ha!

Last time we visited was in 2017, and we went to Butlin's Minehead for a press visit. It was a fantastic visit, and we loved it. We stayed in the chalets, had a premium dining plan and enjoyed just wondering about without really booking anything, and doing whatever caught our eye. 

This time we visited Bognor Regis, stayed in a new style silver accommodation (which equates to mid-level in Butlin's terms), and were self-catering and had to do lots of pre-planning because of the coronavirus measures. During our visit I got a good understanding of the new style safety measures (which are similar across all three resorts), and wanted to explain them to you too. Hopefully it will help in either deciding whether to visit, or if you are already booked for a visit, on what to expect and how to navigate the measures. 

There is lots of information on Butlins page on reopening, but personally, I've found it useful to read experiences from other people too. The latest resort updates on lockdowns and so on are available on their website too. 

kids in front of butlins bognor regis skyline

Things are not the same

It is going to be quite different from previous years. For example, due to social distancing character meets are more like a photo opportunity, shows and all the activities need to be pre-booked well in time or you run the risk of not being able to get in, and some restaurants may be closed. 

One thing I loved about Butlin's was that you could just wander about and do whatever looked interesting, so you didn't have to do much planning and just turn up. Now I had to start thinking about what shows we want and when we might want to go swimming and plan that with the other activities well ahead of arrival. I also really loved that the Redcoats were so great with kids, making them laugh and smile, and this time they were lovely as ever, but so busy with crown maintenance and checking names off a list they couldn't interact with kids as usual. 

Then again, now with the corona restrictions there is less capacity, so less people. Day tickets aren't being sold, and overall there is just less people in. This made the resort feel less crowded than usually, and we got to do quite a lot of the activities and at shows we got tables which made things certainly easier with kids. 

Overall, we had a really good time and enjoyed doing all kinds of activities, and saw lots of shows and went swimming twice. There was more waiting and a lot more pre-planning, but other than that it all went very well. 

But let's explain the measures then!

seal on the door from cleaners at butlins

kids in a teacup fairground ride

butlins indoor fairground

Drive-through check-in

Before your arrival you get an email with the drive-through details - you need to drive to the right entrance and then follow the signs to the right check-in spot. A staff member will give your keys in a sealed envelope. Resort opens at 1PM and you can enter the room from 4PM (unless priority access / hotel guest, who enter from 3PM). 

This went really well, even if the gate information we got was a bit confusing. We got to the wrong gate at first, but were quickly directed to the right place. 

Cleanliness and the new coronavirus safety measures

Lots of new safety measures were in place. There are lots of notices about social distancing, wearing a mask and hand sanitising. All entry and exit point there were big hand sanitiser stations, and reminders to use them. There are no temperature checks, which makes entering a bit faster.

Mask wearing is encouraged, although I did note that as the weekend wore on, less and less people wore masks. Overall, the capacity seemed reduced, so it was possible to socially distance in most situations, although there were a few times when I felt the seating arrangements in shows were a bit close to other tables. 

Resort was very clean. Between each show the areas get cleaned, and at the fairground the equipment gets sprayed and wiped between each ride. There was a reduced capacity for rides, so empty seats and rows between people. This meant that the queues for rides were a bit long sometimes. 

Accommodation cleanliness

When you get to your accommodation you will note it has been sealed with a red sticker. This shows that after the cleaners have been, no one has entered the accommodation. I found the cleaning was very thorough, absolutely no complaints, but I did for my own peace of mind spray all touch points and handles with an antibacterial spray. Our apartment had a few other issues though, but maintenance came to deal with them quickly. 

One difference is that in accommodation where you have housekeeping - now there isn't any. This is to avoid anyone coming into the room while guests are staying there, and cross-contaminating rooms. Also, again, not all accommodation includes towels, but if yours does and you need more, you will have to request new ones from guest services. 

watching butlins skyline gang show

teletubby character meet butlins 2020

skyline gang show butlins

two kids crafting

kids wearing skyline gang costumes at butlins

You need to pre-book activities

You need to pre-plan and book activities before going if you want to ensure you get to do everything you want. There are two main ways of doing this. 

1) Plan my day website for swimming, shows and crafts. You will get an email with this link when the booking for your holiday opens, about a week before the day of arrival. This will allow you to book two slots for swimming and one slot for each show (craft slots are updated a day or two before arrival). 

Book as soon as you receive the email, as if you leave it until the last days you may find all the slots are taken. In fact, check the website about 8-9 days before your holiday in case it has been updated ahead of the emails. For example I checked the site on Thursday evening, and booked all my swimming and show slots then, and already some puppet shows and Animal FX show were "sold out". I got the email with the link the following day.  

2) Butlin's app for a variety of paid activities - these are things like climbing, go karting, rope activities, pottery and such. My app didn't allow me to book anything or let me even do an itinerary, so it might not work for everyone. So instead of the app, I had to go to Leisure Hub to book additional activitites. 

3) On arrival go to Leisure Hub (or another booking point, check with staff where it is) and book your activities, shows or swimming. There should hopefully be some reserved places for swimming and shows available for people that don't have internet or haven't been able to book anything. You can book all the paid activities through the Leisure hub too. 

When you arrive to your pre-booked activity, either show a screen shot of your booking, or give your name to the Redcoats who will check you are on the list. If you are late for shows your reservation may be given away. In fact, you are told you should arrive 15 min before the show to guarantee your space won't be give away, although we arrived just a few minutes to spare to our booked activities and they hadn't started giving slots away yet. 

What if you haven't managed to book anything?

Yes, so you may have left it too late, or forgot, or want to do something else instead. That's OK. It happens. Turn up at the allotted time and join the left hand side waiting queue. Once all the people on the list have entered (they use the right hand side queue), permitting capacity restrictions, they will start letting other people in. 

We didn't queue for anything, but I am pretty sure that for nearly all of the shows we went to, those people that queued would have got in, although the seats they would have got weren't necessarily ideal. I saw people queueing for swimming too. I've heard some people have managed to go swimming three times doing this (you can only book two swimming slots). 

Lots of people book the free activities and then don't turn up, so it is worth trying for them regardless! Obviously don't big them up for your kids in case they are full, but it is well worth trying. For example, for the 5-8 years old crafting there were 12 tables set up, and only five families turned up. 

Also worth it to check the app and the Plan my day site during your stay as people may release slots they have decided not to take afterall. 

b serve app sign

little mermaid panto at butlins

watching a show at butlins

paul zerdin show butlins

Socially distanced shows and table service

After queueing, there is hand sanitiser to use, and you have to use your mask when walking to your table and if you need to go to the bathroom. While sitting you can take the mask off. Tables are set apart, and each table has five to six chairs. Kids can get up and dance, but should stay in front of or next to the table. There were some in-show jokes about social distancing, and characters would socially distance - good reminders for audience! 

The best thing about the socially distanced shows was table service! Using the B-serve app you can order drinks to your table, which was a real treat with young kids. And slightly dangerous as we drank a lot of cappucinos and beers during our visit! You can use cash too, but then you have to go get your own drinks from the bar. Using the B-serve app is easy, you just need to book the right resort and restaurant, and the table number, and pay by using card. You can save your card details for ease.

What and where to eat

Due to social distancing measures and capacity limits, I've heard some people's dining plans have either been cancelled or downgraded. I tried to book us a dining plan, but was told it was sold-out. 

Thus - I have no personal information of the dining plan eating. However, I have read reviews and comments from others. There are different dining plan levels and restaurants, so it is difficult to draw a conclusive summary, but overall it seems that food court dining tends to get more negative comments on food quality, and premium dining is described as nice or good, but perhaps not as nice as pre-pandemic. The major differences are that now you request a staff member to plate up food for you, and you get salad, pastries, and so on in pre-packaged boxes. Cereal for example would be boxed per recommended portion, and would be quite small. It is a buffet, so you can ask for seconds, or thirds of course! It just gets plated and/or packaged up for you. 

If you have been booked onto dining and the quality does not meet your expectations, contact guest services and they should be able to convert your dining to vouchers to use on the resort - so instead of the dining you get to use the restaurants. 

All the resorts have restaurants and fast food (like Burger King) on-site, but due to capacity some may be closed or takeaway only. We ate in at Beachcomber Inn (pub grub) and The Diner (American style) - both decent options with plentiful portions, although I can't say either was anything special. We didn't have to wait for a table in either, and they were pretty empty when we ate in them, but Ive heard some people have had to queue at busy times. 

If you are self-catering, you will be pleased to know the kitchen was perfectly adequate, with a toaster, an oven fridge-freezer, utensils, cups, glasses, plates, chopping board, knives, pots and pans and an oven pan. You also got a small dishwasher soap, sponge, a reusable wipe, and a small tea towel. 

I recommend bringing an oven glove, cling film, some additional tea towels, kitchen spray, and also a pan and an oven pan. Our oven pan was fine, but the frying pan was very worn down. 

There is a small shop onsite, but I've found it is a bit more expensive than bigger shops, and if you are self-catering I'd recommend popping by any of the close-by big supermarkets for a proper shop with a better selection - they tend to be about 5 min drive away. 

kid at beachcomber inn butlins

diner burger at butlins

kids at butlins happy

So, my top tips would be:
  • Remember your masks, you need to wear them when entering Skyline, and arriving to any shows and the changing rooms for swimming. 
  • Check Plan my day website 8-9 days before arrival, or wait until you get the email with the link. Book all the shows and swimming you want to do as soon as possible. Butlin's app gets updated a day or two earlier with craft and other sports sessions. 
  • If you haven't managed to book via the Plan my day site or Butlin's app, pop by Leisure Hub when you arrive to try book slots. Also, check during your stay for released slots. 
  • If you decide to not go to a pre-booked activity, please release your slots so others can take them!
  • You can also queue for swimming, shows and other free activities by joining the left hand side queue. Most shows have some space leftover, and lots of people book the free activities but then don't turn up.  
  • Download B-serve app for table service at the shows - it is so good with kids!
  • If you are self-catering, I recommend bringing an oven glove, cling film, some additional tea towels, kitchen spray, and also a pan and an oven pan. You get a dishwashing pack in apartments.
  • If you are self-catering or need snacks, there is a small shop onsite, but I'de recommend doing a big shop in one of the nearby big supermarkets.  

All in all, it is a fun holiday, and overall I felt like the safety measures were well thought through and dealt with. You need to be quite organised with pre-booking things and turning up on time, but other than that it is great fun. 

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1 September 2020

Enjoying the kids history subscription box: Mysteries in Time

During the lockdown period and my first foray into home-schooling, I got really into different subscription packs for kids. They are a great way to bring some variety into kids learning, and take some of the mental load off parents. A history subscription box for kids called Mysteries in Time looked fantastic for this purpose. 

I was sent a PR sample of the subscription box for this review - and you can also WIN a three month subscription to the Mysteries in Time Bumper pack by entering to the giveaway at the end of this post. 

girl playing with a box


Mysteries in Time is a monthly history subscription box for kids aged 7 to 11. My child is seven and she loves history, so this was a perfect box for her. The central idea is of two kids time travelling throughout the times, learning about ancient cultures and civilisations. The topics cover all the big hitters, starting with Ancient Egypt, then progressing into Victorians, WWII evacuees, Vikings, Aztecs and so on. 

There are two different subscriptions types - a Classic pack which includes the story book, history booklet, puzzles, book mark, stickers and colouring sheets, and the Bumper Box, which includes everything from the Classic pack plus a small topic relevant gift and a craft. 

What we thought

We were sent the Bumper box for this review, and my daughter loved it. She was very excited to find it was about Ancient Egypt, one of her favourite topics. 

Her favourite things in the box were the story book and of course the craft. The story book seemed very interesting, and was about Max and Katies adventure in Ancient Egypt. It's a great idea to have the book, and kids will love reading about Max and Katie experiencing all of these different times and events. 

For a craft this box included coloured air-dry light clay, and the instructions were to make Egyptian amulets. The history booklet provided more information on the meaning of amulets, and common Egyptian symbols for them too. It needed minimal supervision from me which is always a plus, but still occupied my daughter a good while. 

The gift included in the pack was a pen, decorated with an Egyptian artefact, which was a nice touch. 

items included in mysteries in time subscription box

girl doing crafts

kids craft amulets


As for costs, the Classic pack costs from £6.45 per month plus postage (an envelope, so about £1) and the Bumper box costs from £11.45 per month, plus postage (a small box, so about £2.95). 

I really like the idea for this subscription box, so am planning to subscribe to the Classic pack for the history learning element. While the addition of crafts and a gift is pretty appealing for kids (and I know my daughter would love them), we have so many craft kits home already I can't bear the thought of more coming in. However, the child-friendly learning materials will be helpful for sparking interest in different historical eras. I'm glad there is the option for both an extensive pack and a cheaper bare bones pack to accommodate different needs and wants.

All in all, thumbs up for this subscription box. Learning made fun and entertaining, which really is the best way to learn. 

Have you tried any kids subscription boxes?

girl showing her craft amulet

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15 August 2020

Honest review of the Legoland Windsor in 2020 experience

I was glad to see Legoland Windsor back in action after the 2020 lockdown period, and we decided to visit. I was quite interested to see how the experience would differ this year with all the coronavirus measures and social distancing in place, and now that I've been there, I wanted to share a review, and some thoughts and tips with others too! So here is a review of Legoland Windsor in 2020 and the coronavirus measures and social distancing at Legoland. There were some issues definitely, even if overall we had a nice day. 

I have previously written about how to do Legoland Windsor on the cheap and where to get cheap tickets - be sure to check that out for good tips! 

mum and daughter at legoland gate

legoland windsor entry

legoland than you nhs sculpture

family photo at legoland mini village

Entry and exit

Parking was strange, as they ask you to leave a space of one car between cars due to social distancing. We arrived late morning, so after a while of driving about looking for a free and not a very faraway spot, we just parked in one of those empty spots...  I suspect leaving a space between cars is expected in the early morning, so people keep their distance. By the time we were parking there was hardly anyone there. 

On entry our temperature was taken, and bags cursorily checked. Tickets were scanned off our phones. As we arrived around 11.30AM there were no queues and we got straight in, very quick process. I have seen some reviews stating that morning queues can get very long due to these checks.  

As we arrived late, we were very late leaving, and again walked out and drove out with no waiting around. 

Coronavirus measures inside the park

If you are over 11 years old, you have to wear a mask on some of the rides. Anything that is indoors, and some of the bigger rides are ones where mask is compulsory. Do bring a reusable one, or buy one from the shops, but the ride attendants also give out disposable ones for people that have forgotten theirs. 

On the rides, there will be empty rows or seats between different family groups. The rides are also regularly cleaned - some appear to be sprayed after each run like Mia's Riding Adventure, and some periodically cleaned with wipes, like Fairytale Brook. On the Monster House Party there were also additional air filterers inside, and family groups were asked to stand and sit spaced apart - I suspect similar measures are in place in other inside rides/attractions too. 

Few rides were closed due to social distancing measures or scheduled maintenance, but overall I felt there was plenty of rides and attractions left. 

Plenty of hand sanitisers are dotted around the park, and on entry and exit for all the rides. People did seem to use them quite frequently. 

There was a one way system for all the shops, and masks had to be worn. We didn't go to any of the inside Lego exhibitions, and actually don't even know if they are open. If they are open, a one way system and a mask would certainly be in place in those too. 

There are markers on the ground with arrows pointing that people should walk on the left hand side - most people ignored this to be honest, and the signs were quite easy to miss anyway. 

legoland windsor road markings

legoland main stage

duplo playground at legoland

legoland monster house inside

legoland windsor mini village

legoland egypt lego sculptures

Social distancing

Sorry to say this, but if you are concerned with social distancing, an amusement park is not for you and Legoland will not be a good experience for you. People are walking all over the place, not paying a blind bit of attention to social distancing, practically bumping into each other.  

It does appear that the intake of people is lower, but due to the coronavirus measures the rides take less people in and additional cleaning creates pauses in the service. This means that the queues are as long as ever. While there are social distancing reminders on the ground people just don't pay attention to them. And even if people did, the way the queues snake around you would be standing very close to the people on your left and right anyway. 

I personally was not too happy with this aspect of the visit, but at the same time, it being outdoors and us being relatively young and healthy (and we have probably had it already anyway!) I was not overly concerned. I would have preferred good social distancing, but I did not let it ruin my day. People are out there having a good time, they forget, and it just unfortunately happens. 

Food and drink

We brought our own picnic, but if you want to buy food at Legoland, be mindful that there may be long queues for food and only limited food places are open. 

For drink and ice creams there were plenty of stalls around. Additionally for drinks there are a few (not many) drink dispensers around the park - I saw one at Heartlake City and around the driving rides. You can buy a cup (deals from £8-£12 per cup), which you can then fill as often as you like with a variety of soft drinks. You can also fill your own water bottles for free, but sorry to say, only water is free! The all you can drink soft drinks won't work without the special cup.   

two kids at drench towers legoland

splash park legoland empty

legoland windsor drench towers

Drench Towers / Splash Park

You will need a pre-booked ticket to the Drench Towers / Splash Park. Check the link for the tickets - the Everbrite booking link will be released there two days before the date. So, if you are going on Sunday, you will need to check the site on Friday. The tickets go VERY fast. I had heard the link comes on the site at 9AM, so I kept refreshing it every five minutes at the beginning. It didn't appear until 1PM (by that point I refreshed the page every half an hour or so) - and I quickly booked tickets! One ticket is for one family, of up to 6 people. 

You get a one hour slot, with 20 minutes to change clothes, 20 minutes to splash about and 20 minutes to get dressed again while staff cleans the Splash Park for the next guests. 

However! If you queue up a bit before your entry starts, and either ensure you are dressed before, or get dressed very quick, you might get up to 40 minutes splash time! They allow people to get in splashing as soon as they have cleaned the area and it is usually ready on the dot. 

Keep hold of your confirmation email and tickets for the Drench Towers. My name was not on the list (or rather, they couldn't find it) so I had to show the confirmation email. If you do lose the email, you should also be able to find the tickets on the Everbrite account you used to book. 

If you don't manage to get tickets keep checking the link on the day in case people have cancelled. Don't get your hopes up though. 

I thought it was overall very clean. Splash Park was very quiet, hardly anyone, but Drench Towers super busy. Social distancing was definitely not possible, especially with so many kids running about, but it was fun nonetheless. Best part of the day for us. 

Shows and character meets

Disappointingly the awesome pirate show Return to Skeleton Bay, the one with explosions and speed jets, has been cancelled this year due to social distancing concerns. Instead, there are a couple runs of Lego Friends girls dancing on the same stage, presumably as they won't appeal to as many visitors. The app didn't seem to update on the show timings though, so we missed out on that and on the day we were there it was not sure if the shows would go on. 

Some Lego Friends girls are also doing meets at Heartlake City, every hour. App shows these times. There were other character meets available too around the park. There was a cordon in front of the characters, and a social distancing spot marker, so children can stand for a photo opportunity but won't be able to go close. 

meeting nijago character

meeting lego friends girls

lego friends girl sculpture

kids with lego friends sculptures

petting mias horse legoland

Our experience and feelings about the day

Overall, despite everything, we had a nice day out. My seven year old sighed at one point: "I am happy", bless her. She is a big Lego fan. 

If we had health concerns, or were very anxious about social distancing, it would have been very uncomfortable experience, but I was already prepared for it to be busier than I'd like so it didn't come as a surprise. That said, the park has done probably as much as it can with the cleaning schedules and social distancing on rides and one-way systems. It is an unfortunate effect of the design of the park and human nature that social distancing is nigh on impossible at Legoland. 

We went during the heatwave so it was pretty unbearable at times, and our slot at the Drench Towers was probably the best part of the day. While the queues were long for some rides, we use the Legoland app to estimate where queues would be shortest - these were fairly accurate expect when a cleaning schedule put a stop to the ride. I knew there would be some closures, but I felt there was plenty of rides and things to see anyway. 

The only thing that left a sour taste in our mouth was when we queued to Monster House Party, and the ride broke down. Instead of telling people straight away, it took a long time for the staff to say what was the hold-up, and people were waiting in sweltering heat up to an hour in the end, when the wait time in the app was 20 minutes. The staff should communicate straight way ride breakages so people can choose to either wait or leave the queue. 

One amusement park visit a year is enough for me, so next time we will visit will be in 2021! If you are interested in visiting, why not have a look at my tips on how to get cheap tickets and do Legoland trip on a budget

Have you got any questions about Legoland this year? Or if you have already been, how did you find it 2020?

You might also like: How to do Legoland Windsor on a budget

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