"A fun, totally child-focused weekend in Europe…"
If you’re up for a fun, totally child-focused weekend in Europe, Legoland Denmark is the ticket. Bmi Regional whizzes you over in a little plane from Birmingham, you land -- and bingo, that’s it, you’re there, since Billund airport is literally next to the Legoland resort. This lack of logistics when you get there makes the trip a viable weekend option, not least because aside from Legoland and neighbouring Lalandia, an indoor leisure complex, there’s pretty much no town to speak of (however much the tourist brochure says otherwise). The only thing Billund has to offer is heaps of fun for kids, as much as they (and you) can handle -- and the only decisions you need make is what you’re going to do first...
Legoland Denmark is quite a lot like Legoland Windsor but bigger, with a more relaxed atmosphere, seemingly less queuing (although on busy days they do operate a Q-bot system) many of the same rides, and a few which are different and bigger including the Polar X-plorer and X-treme Racers, both proper roller coasters suitable for bigger kids. When you get Lego-ed out, there’s Lalandia right next door, with a magnificent Aquadome (a water theme park) and a quirky indoor faux Italian galleria with supermarket, restaurants, bowling, kids’ bungee and soft play. A trip to Givskud Zoo about twenty minutes away by bus is also well worthwhile – a safari bus drives you around to see their impressive herds of giraffes, rhino, zebra and bison. The zoo, which specialises in conservation, also has an amazing family of gorillas. Oh and you can catch a quick glimpse of Denmark on the ride there and back.
Back in Legoland the Legoland Hotel has everything a child of 10 or an adult of 40 could want, endless amounts of Lego to play with, big comfy rooms some of which overlook Legoland, a stonking breakfast with pancakes you make yourself, Lego competitions, internet and a bar. The rooms also have coffee making facilities and a fridge, useful since, if there's a downside, it's that food and drink are pricey, especially within the confines of Legoland but even the buffet style restaurants at Lalandia are a bit steep. Tip -- the pizza pasta place just inside the entrance to Legoland is the most reasonably priced for lunch – but if you’re spending the day there it's worth stocking up on drinks and snacks.
Trip to Legoland courtesy of Bmi regional.
Bmi regional flies six times a week from Birmingham to Billund from £59 per person one way. Legoland offers overnight accommodation from £245 for a family of four including breakfast and 2 days admission to Legoland. Day entry to Lalandia Aquadome costs £24 (adults) and £15 (children aged 3-11), under 3s free:
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