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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

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thehouseofmirth Wed 30-Sep-09 21:15:43

Wondering whether to take DS (4.5) along to this and wondered if anyone had been last year and what it was like?

PrioryParkChick Thu 01-Oct-09 10:10:20

Hi - I went the year before last. It is pretty in the early evening as all the lights come on. There isn't all that much there, a nice little Christmas market (pretty much same stuff as you get almost anywhere at Christmas though!; very busy ice-rink and a few rides.
It is quite expensive - can't remember exact costs but remember thinking that I wouldn't pay that much to go on the big wheel etc. Would probably be a nice start or finish to going to the oxford/regent street area to see the christmas lights though!

ChopsTheDuck Thu 01-Oct-09 10:16:29

I really didn't think very much of it at all. Everything was very expensive, and it was crowded and hard to get somewhere to sit to eat or anything. I was expecting more of the market which was very limited. It seemed like a hyped up, overpriced fairground more than anything. I'm not sure it would be great for a 4 year old at all.

nancy75 Thu 01-Oct-09 10:19:25

took dd last year (she was 3.5 at the time) she was too small to really go on anything and it was freezing - there was nowhere to go to get out of the cold. i wont go again this year.
there is a xmas market/santa thing on at the south bank this year, that looks better and there are places there to get out of the cold/get proper food.

ApplesinmyPocket Thu 01-Oct-09 10:20:23

I went last year with my two (grown-up) DDs and we did enjoy it, I must say - the Big Wheel was very nice (not as good as the Eye, obviously) and it somehow all felt very Christmassy on a cold and frost December afternoon as dusk was closing in.

However, I don't think it had a lot to offer a 4-year old. Drop in if you were passing, perhaps - he would probably enjoy watching the skaters - for 5 minutes! - and beg you for something from the Market (quite pretty, done in little Chalets) but not worth making a special effort to go.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 02-Oct-09 05:22:33

I thought it was rubbish when we went last year TBH. It was really busy, the rides cost a fortune and it was all a bit shabby around the edges.

Our ds's were 4 and 6 at the time. We aren't bothering this year.

thehouseofmirth Fri 02-Oct-09 07:11:28

Well, that's pretty conclusive, thanks! Think we might try to Southbank thing instead.

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