Date of visit: Saturday 12th September 2020
Before I go in to anything else I thought I would touch on COVID 19 measures first
This was our first visit to a Theme Park since Covid 19 and overall we were quite impressed with the measure Twinlakes had in place. Masks are required in the indoor areas (everyone over 11 years old). The rides are sprayed down after every cycle however the one thing we did pick up on was the fact that no one was cleaning the handles on any of the rides (that was really the only negative thing). Obviously, due to these new restrictions, rides are running at half capacity and because of social distancing, the queue lines look a longer than they are.
Talking of queue lines we did encounter a few rude people. In the indoor sections the queues for the rides have been marked with tape on the floor. People hadn’t realise this and kids were queue jumping all over the place which was casing a few issues.
The farm area has a one way system in place which is clearly marked out on the floor.
Biggest issue really is the other guests who just ignore the rules put in place to protect them and people around them but Twinlakes can’t be held responsible for those few.
Who is Twinlakes suitable for?
Twinlakes say they are for children 10 and under to enjoy and I would agree. Rebecca is 7 now, and even though we have been to some of the really big parks, she really enjoys Twinlakes.
How much is it?
We paid £65 for 4 tickets. At the moment, due to Covid, all tickets must be purchased online and shown on a mobile device to gain entry.
It is worth noting that there are various offers throughout the year, so its worth keeping an on social media accounts.
Can you spend all day here?
Yes very much so. There is a lot to do and we find we can’t fit everything in.
Is the park easy to get around?
It can be a bit confusing to start with. There are lot of paths going in lots of different directions but once you have been around once you will then find it very easy to get around.
Some of the paths are dirt tracks so you find these a little hard with a pushchair or wheelchair but there would be other routes that would take a little longer than would be more suitable.
The park is spilt in to different areas/zones with rides and attractions in each. There are 7 zones at Twinlakes: Action USA Zone, Canada Quays Zone, Buccaneers Island Zone, Excalibur Adventure Zone, Labyrinth Venture Zone and Red Rooster Farm.
Some of the animals at Red Rooster Farm
What rollercoasters are at the park?
There are 3 rollercoasters here:
Buffalo Stampede – Zamperla Powered coaster
Run Runner – SBF Visa Spinning Coaster
Mercury's Mini Coaster - D.P.V. Rides Miniapple coaster
Is there a good selection of rides?
For the age range the park is aim at, yes there is a very good selection. You have some simple track and carousel style rides for the little ones, there are some great family rides and a couple of thrill rides for those more daring.
Is there plenty of other things to do?
Yes, you could spend a day here and not go on a single ride. There are two large soft play areas, with separate under 5 areas, lots of play parks, sand pit, Water Park and a small animal farm you can walk around. Kids will not get bored!
What are the food and drink options like?
The menu is very basic. Mainly comprising of Burgers, sausage & chips type meals. Kids can choose a sandwich box. Prices aren’t too bad. There are lots of little outlets around the park which sell drinks and ice creams. We paid £1.80 for Tea, £2.30 for coffee and Ice creams start at £1.50.
We have only eaten at the park once and the food was ok. On this visit we decided to bring our own food.
Can you take a Picnic in to the park?
Yes you can and there are plenty of places, indoors and outdoors you can eat.
Does the park hold any events?
Yes – quite a lot. This is one of the reasons Rebecca loves it so much. One of her favourite events is the Halloween one. Now these are nothing to level of Disney or the bigger UK parks, however for the age range they aimed at they are a lot of fun and the park is well decorated.
I will be covering the events in more details over the next 12 months.
Is it worth the journey or an overnight stay?
We travel 90 minutes each way to visit Twinlakes. The journey for us is quite easy and we don’t mind travelling to parks. I would say that Twinlakes is definitely worth a visit, even if you have to stay overnight.
The park does need a little work in places but kids don’t notice those sorts of things. There isn’t a massive amount of big, thrilling ride due the ages the park is aimed so older children may not enjoy this park as much.
I would really like to see some more rides put in maybe even another small coaster that families can ride together.
Rebecca really enjoys Twinlakes. She is at the point where she likes to go on rides on her own and here she can do that.
We are going to be getting season passes as Rebecca wants to go and try all the events outs which I think will be a be a lot of fun to do.
Checkout our short youtube video from our day: