Reviews: Flamingo Land, Yorkshire with toddlers
Thinking about going to Flamingo Land with a toddler?
Me too! I’ve been wondering what it’s like or if it’s better suited for older children/teenagers.
Flamingo Land is a theme park and zoo between Malton and York. It’s the only theme park in the world which combines zoo and rides. And it’s home to the popular Peter Rabbit Adventure attraction.
There’s plenty of ways to get around the park with monorails, cable cars, people movers and more. For rides there’s over 25 of them for everyone including roller coasters, extreme rides, family areas, kids rides, water rides, fairground rides and Dino-Stone park.
The Zoo has farm animals, conservation, mammals, reptiles and more plus loads of animal experiences, shows, feeding times and talks. Flamingo Land is also a holiday resort. Choose from cottages, lodges, holiday homes or caravans. And… there’s even a golf course and water park. Phew!
How much does it cost?
If you book online in advance, day tickets in season (21st March to 1st November) typically cost £34 for adults and children over 3 years of age. Under 3’s go free. £40 walk up price.
But during winter season you can visit for a bargain price of £7.50 for adults & children 4 or over, between Monday 5th November to Friday 5th April. No rides are on during this time but there’s still over 140 animals, walkthroughs, play areas, reptile river & more.
You might be lucky enough to find 2for1 vouchers, try looking on their Facebook page, signing up for their newsletter or Cadbury’s offers.
Reviews from parents!
Kathryn loves it and told us, “We spent the full day there, we didn’t even see the animals, my daughter just wanted to go on rides. It’s free for 3 and under and we booked online so it was £35 per adult instead of £40. It was so quiet, we didn’t queue for anything.
There are plenty of rides for little ones, my daughter is just 3ft, a lot say 3ft6 minimum, however, they’re allowed on if they’re under that height if accompanied by an adult. We did the Peter Rabbit story time (extra £5 per child); it lasted just under half an hour and was really good fun. We usually take packed lunch, but as it was a treat day for daughter’s birthday, we decided to splurge and had afternoon tea at Mansion House (near Peter Rabbit play area). The afternoon tea was lovely and reasonably priced, £17.95 for two adults; my daughter had the Peter Rabbit afternoon tea (smaller version on Peter Rabbit crockery, £7.95/£13.95 for two). She really enjoyed her ‘grown up’ food and the staff put our leftovers in a takeaway box”.
Tilly recommended it to someone who was considering it on our group for a day out and said, “We went last summer with our 3.5yr old at the time and there was absolutely loads to do. We didn’t have to queue for much even in the holidays and you don’t have to walk miles between things. If it’s warm they’ve got a splash park that looks fun and their play areas are huge. There’s a sandpit to dig for dinosaur bones and a small indoor softplay too. We didn’t even have time to go round the animals”
And… Louise, a member of our community group on Facebook, had a really nice time at Flamingo Land her toddler… “The play areas are great, apparently the Peter Rabbit adventure is the best play area in the world according to my son who turned 3 yesterday. There’s also loads of picnic benches, we even managed a picnic outside today because of the lovely sunshine! Unfortunately, we didn’t get many photos… because we were so busy having fun!”
Is there enough to do at Flamingo Land with a toddler?
Deborah from Country Heart & Home says there’s loads to do for smaller kids. “…including a carousel, mini teacups, flying aeroplanes, etc., Plus, she loved the animated rides, the Haunted house was one of her favourites as she got to snuggle up to me in a car that took us all around the inside of a manor house filled with friendly ghosts and characters.”
Deborah’s children really, really liked meeting the characters from Peter Rabbit. Their favourite parts were the zoo… “The zoo was probably one of the girls favourite parts and with it being quite a compact area you can do it all in a relatively short period of time. We loved walking through the wallaby enclosure and seeing them up close with no cages or bars, they were friendly enough to not chase or run either which was great for the kids to learn more up close. The penguins were, as always, a favourite no matter where we go – they are such characters and the girls loved watching them jump from the rocks and swim.”
In contrast.. Harriet visited this year, too, and shared us her review on our group, this is what she thought:
“We enjoyed it but not as much as Drayton Manor/Thomas Land. The staff weren’t as friendly or as helpful as at Drayton Manor. It’s quite spread out so there’s a lot of walking and the rides aren’t well sign posted.
A lot of the rides were not open or late starting – apparently one of the big rollarcoasters was broken and taking all the engineers time so there were no engineers to approve opening the other rides. This meant even though we got there for 10 when it opened we didn’t get to go on anything until 11. We asked why the rides aren’t checked at 8 or 9am before the park opens and the staff just shrugged.
There wasn’t a huge amount for younger children under 1m to do (even the carousel height restriction was over 1m!). However, the new Peter Rabbit play garden is lovely and both my kids enjoyed it. My 3 year old also liked the cable car, monorails and ‘wacky races’ (a car he could pretend to drive around a track).
My 5 year old (1.2m) loved the wild river ride and the (mild) ghost train but the queues were over 45 minutes so really tested his patience. He wasn’t able to go on any of the other rollarcoasters (all over 1.3m) and found the ones aimed at children too ‘babyish’ for him.
I enjoyed flamingo land but realised my husband and I only actually went on 2 rides (accompanying the kids) and the kids made it onto 5 or 6. At £125 for the 4 of us (I tried and failed to get vouchers) I don’t think it was good value for money really (Drayton manor is £80 for 4)”.
Thank you everyone for contributing, it’s always good to have a variety of experiences to compare! I definitely have this on our bucket list for 2019 and it sounds fantastic. I would love to stay overnight, too, as definitely don’t think we would manage just one day there. We don’t drive so I have looked up public transport links which don’t seem too difficult.
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