Alton towers or Drayton Manor for 5yo 1yo heavily pg me and and Dh?

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gaggiagirl Thu 22-Sep-16 21:22:39

Which would be more suitable? DH will go on all the rides he can with the dc. I will stand next to the buggy and wave grin

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gaggiagirl Thu 22-Sep-16 21:24:21

We will be going the end of October if that makes a difference.

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Nan0second Thu 22-Sep-16 21:25:34

Twin lakes.
With that age group and you not being able to go on any rides, I wouldn't waste the money!

pieceofpurplesky Thu 22-Sep-16 21:27:08

Drayton Manor Thomas Land. However I wouldn't visit because of the appalling conditions of the animals in the 'zoo'

Balletgirlmum Thu 22-Sep-16 21:28:50

If you have a little Thomas fanatic then definatly Drayton Manor. Ds thought it was magical at that age.

But if your child is like dd was & really into CBeebies then Alton Towers.

gaggiagirl Thu 22-Sep-16 21:33:26

Nan tell me about twin lakes please?

piece urgh zoos make me a bit sad. That's why I won't go to flamingo land I remember the zoo bit there being really grim.

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gaggiagirl Thu 22-Sep-16 21:34:38

DD likes Thomas and cbeebies so either will do.

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muddypuddled Thu 22-Sep-16 21:36:07

Drayton manor for me. I'm not sure about Alton towers but at Drayton manor preggos can get cheaper tickets as non riders.

Nanasueathome Thu 22-Sep-16 21:37:22

What about Gullivers Kingdom?

miwelaisjacydo Thu 22-Sep-16 21:38:21

Drayton manor as it's nowhere near as big.

LottieDoubtie Thu 22-Sep-16 21:38:27

Drayton manor - much less walking for you.

gaggiagirl Thu 22-Sep-16 21:46:59

What is gullivers Kingdom? It rings a bell actually...... I shall Google.
Yes walking is something that I'm already at odds with.

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TheColdDoesBotherMeAnyway Thu 22-Sep-16 21:52:19

Can you get to Southampton? Paulton's is better than Drayton Manor. Peppa for the 1yo and the new lost kingdom for the 5yo. Gardens for you to chill out in. It's clean and well run and is the only theme park I've ever been to with decent food options.

I haven't been to Alton Towers for about 20 years so I'm not sure how that compares but we love Paultons smile

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Owllady Thu 22-Sep-16 22:03:47

Gulliver kingdom
Either matlock or mk

ineedamoreadultieradult Thu 22-Sep-16 22:05:58

Gullivers Kingdom is without a doubt far better for this age range and cheaper as well.

SuePermario Thu 22-Sep-16 22:06:09

Alton towers, love it there grin

Nan0second Thu 22-Sep-16 22:11:02

Twin lakes is a theme park for young children, near Melton Mowbray. It's fun for under 8s and very reasonable smile

Lovewatchingrainfall Thu 22-Sep-16 22:13:32

Having just done Alton Towers being pregnant and struggling to walk. I would advice to stay away. However the water park in the hotel was amazing. I had my DH my niece and my daughter who was 3. I could only go on a handful of rides with her in the CBeebies bit, once you leave this but I found it hard to walk and find somewhere to sit. It was more hilly then I remember when not pregnant so struggled up these bits. Didn't mind standing with the buggy and waving but need somewhere to sit other then the floor, plus finding loos where hard when I needed. Plus you have to pay full price

Wolfiefan Thu 22-Sep-16 22:14:56

We did Drayton Manor years ago. It was really grotty and tatty. Lots of rubbish and past its best. And DS came home with fecking impetigo. Never again!

dalmatianmad Thu 22-Sep-16 22:16:45

Another vote for Twin lakes!

SerenaVanDerWoodsen Thu 22-Sep-16 22:18:17

Drayton manor. Thomas land will be perfect for those ages. Also the 5yo might like a few of the bigger rides in the park too. There's a boat trip, trains around the park and a cable car too, so you would get to go on some 'rides' all together. If you have any tesco club card points you can get entry for approx £11 per person (don't think you pay for a 1 year old, or there is a small toddler entry fee- can't remember the age, sorry).

SerenaVanDerWoodsen Thu 22-Sep-16 22:23:24

Also, DM is relatively small and flat, which might help you! Parts of it are a little tatty but Thomas land is well maintained

SerenaVanDerWoodsen Thu 22-Sep-16 22:25:00

Drayton manor is small and flat - not my mother (DM) grin

Wisewisewords Thu 22-Sep-16 22:32:56

Don't know where you are in the country but for that age Sundown Adventureland at Retford was my favourite. Some really lovely and imaginative things to see and do,(although a good few years since I went last). Fairly flat to walk round. Gullivers at Matlock is good too but there is more for a one year old to do at Sundown. Gullivers is also set on quite a steep site if you have buggy/pregnancy to think of.

Alton Towers is brilliant but not for that age as too spread out and aimed at teenagers and adults. Not been to Drayton so can't comment.

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