An Alton Towers Festive Break – Part One
We are all about Christmas in our house, and I spend the whole of December in an elf like state, either eating mince pies or jingling. For me though, once the big day arrives I always get a bit deflated with all of the sales adverts and the stark red and white that creeps into our faces the second we’ve finished tidying up the wrapping paper on Christmas morning. “Daddy Pig” knows this, and so this year he decided to humour my annual pestering for us to extend the festivities throughout “Crimbo limbo” and go away for New Year. I
nagged gently persuaded that we should book a Festive Break at Alton Towers Resort. We decided against staying over for New Years Eve, because a) we figured it would cost about 7 billion pounds and b) we quite enjoy our current NYE routine of downing an entire glass of Baileys (I know – hard core!) and falling asleep on the sofa by 10pm, only to wake up startled and swear at the fireworks in case they wake up the kids. This year was no exception.
We woke up on the first morning of 2017 with zero hangovers and having had just slightly more than zero sleep, but I excitedly threw far too many things into far too many bags and we were soon in the car ready for adventure!
The Alton Towers Hotel:
We arrived at the Alton Towers Hotel at lunch time and we were instantly greeted at the car by a porter who welcomed us in and offered to help with our bags. We had stayed here before, but never at Christmas, and we were so impressed by the beautiful decorations and festive touches.
We walked across to the adjoining Splash Landings Hotel reception which is where we were staying. The two hotels are linked by an elevated walkway through the Alton Towers Waterpark which immediately whipped the kids into a frenzy as they peered down onto the bustling pools and slides. We checked in at Splash Landings (which was also beautifully festive but with more of a calypso feel,) and headed straight for the water park!
The Alton Towers Waterpark:
Both of the tots are water babies and they loved everything that the water park could throw at them, including many many gallons of water from the giant overflowing tipping bucket suspended from the top of what can only be described as a brilliant soft play frame, built into a playground full of water fountains. They were too young to go down the indoor slides as most had a 1.1m minimum height, but the Whacky Waterworks Tree House, The Little Leak – kids splash and slide pool, and the Lazy River kept them fizzing with excitement for a good couple of hours. They were able to sit on our knees and go down the outdoor slides in the “Flash Floods” outdoor pools which they really enjoyed, although it was around 0 degrees and so even though the water was heated, it was a bit nippy to say the least! I was slightly more interested in the “Bubbly Wubbly Pool” which was like a balmy tropical bath in the January air. No slides in there though so of course I only got to relax for about 0.4 minutes before being dragged back to freeze my bits off on the slides. All good fun though!
A Panto: (Oh no we didn’t!)
Next was a trip to the panto to see the Alton Towers production of Aladdin. We’d never attempted a panto with our two, as they both generally have the attention span of a carrot, but I was determined that we would give it a go. Daddy Pig was determined that it would be a disaster and that they would both be climbing the walls within about 10 minutes. The battle lines were drawn. This was an unspoken war…
The first 10 minutes of the production were brilliant and the effects were really impressive. After that Daddy Pig got to wear a big smug grin on his face whilst I got to wrestle and “shhush” a 2 year old shouting “DUDDLE NOW!!!” out of the room and as far away from the performance as quickly as I could. “Duddle” is his current word for cuddle, and his new thing is to demand immediate “duddles” at all times. Whether he is already actually being duddled or otherwise has no bearing on his demand for duddles, therefore no amount of duddling would keep him quiet.
Daddy Pig: 1. Me: 0. Number of “duddles” given to screeching toddler once the room had been evacuated: 0. Number of Pick N Mix sweets snaffled by Stressed Mummy whilst waiting for Daddy Pig and Miss Tot to appear 5 mins later: 72. (Mostly pink shrimps).
Having abandoned what I’m sure must have been a brilliant show, we decided to explore and found our way to the huge pirate ship which forms the basket of the hot air balloon in the reception area. Children are welcomed in to quite literally climb aboard and play in the ship, and we managed to enjoy an hour or so with a cheeky drink, watching the kids be little pirates and make new friends. We’ve only just got to the stage where the two of them will go and play together without dragging us in with them, and so this is still quite a novelty to us and involves a lot of immature giggling and high fives on our part.
We still had many more adventures to enjoy including a walk into the theme park at night, our evening meal at the UK’s first Rollercoaster Restaurant, our stay at the hotel with breakfast, and our next day at the Alton Towers Theme Park including CBeebies land. Part two to follow… (I’m trying to resist the urge to say “tune in next week…” but you know, if you wanted to pop back for a nosy that would be quite nice!? 😉 )
In the meantime wishing you all a brilliant new year!
Disclosure: This is not a collaborative post (and it definitely doesn’t rhyme!) But we just had a fab time and in the spirit of using my blog to capture our adventures as a family it seemed fitting to include it. Thanks for reading.