Last month we were challenged to take on the 22 Things To Do At Alton Towers Before You’re 1.4m mission. It was simple; pick up our pack from Towers Trading Co. and make our way around the park completing the tasks. The boys were raring to go, and it was exciting to find so many new things around the park that we didn’t know about previously which were perfect for our small children.
It had been years, if not over a decade since I had last visited Alton Towers. This time returning as a family of four it was definitely going to be a different trip than those pre-kid’s days out where we just wanted to hit all the fast and scary rides as many times as we could. In fact, this time I couldn’t actually bring myself to go on Nemesis, because it turns out having kids has made me a total wimp! Luckily for me I could blame it on just wanting to do fun stuff for them!
Having spent the morning at Splash Landings resort we re energised with a quick ice cream and took off around the park to begin our challenges. The first of the 22 things to tick off was nice and easy and got them excited to be involved; Count how many frogs were there on Tower Street…the boys had gone running up to the pond as soon as we entered the park and loved counting the frogs before throwing in a penny to make a wish.
As we made our way around the park we came across the amazing new ride The Wickerman – definitely not one for our boys, but it was great to see how it was all themed and there were even 3 characters dressed up walking around at the entrance, (we later went back separately to ride it and it was really good.) One of our tasks was to get a high five from the host which Henry did gladly and then we spotted that there was a Sea Life Centre called Sharkbait Reef which was really cool as I had no idea they had one in the park. The boys got to touch shrimp, walk underneath sharks swimming and spot Nemo! (As well as ticking these off our list!)
After walking around Mutiny Bay, getting soaked on the battle galleons and searching out Feather MaClaw we moved on up the park. While we were having our ice-cream on the lawn we’d spotted a grand building opposite us, so we wanted to go and explore it up close. I was astonished by its beauty, its grandeur, here in the grounds of Alton Towers theme park. As we got closer I was shocked to see that it was in fact the remains of a manor house. The windows shattered, and brickwork deteriorated, leaving it a denuded shell. A lot of work had been done to make it safe for the public to view, making it Grade II listed, but it was a shame it had not been fully restored as it looked like it would have been a magnificent building back in its day. The boys loved exploring around the grounds before heading back out to the stunning gardens. I could have stayed here all-day basking in the tranquillity of this perfectly manicured retreat. Definitely something I hadn’t anticipated being at a theme park!
Once we had ticked off more challenges from our booklet we enjoyed some time on the lazy river rapids and Henry had a turn at driving a car in Cuckoo Lane which he loved, George rode on the carousel before we headed off to get some dinner and celebrate completing our tasks. We had all had so much fun and I was so surprised to have seen quite so much at Alton Towers that I hadn’t even noticed last time!
We headed over to the Rollercoaster Restaurant for dinner before leaving the park. Of course the boys were absolutely thrilled to see that their food would all be delivered from above, rocketing down a corkscrew roller coaster! It was such a fun experience so I wanted to include some pics of our meal too if you’re looking to eat there.
The restaurant is located at one of the exits of the park, near Galactica. The restaurant is open to the public so you don’t need a park ticket to be able to dine and the back exit is opened at 5pm if you just wanted to go into eat. The food was standard pub fare I would say, I had prawn cocktail to start, then a delicious slow cooked beef for main and the children had fish fingers and chips which came as huge portions.
Each time we wanted to order something the boys loved doing it themselves via the iPad on our table, flicking through all of the options, which was a really fun experience and then they eagerly anticipated it coming hurtling down from above. It was a lovely end to our fun day…Anywhere that keeps my 3 year old entertained for the whole meal is a winner in my book!!
I hope this helps if you’re wondered if there is enough to do at Alton Towers for children under 1.4m -This isn’t even including the incredible CBeebies land at the park which was so much fun – I filmed our time at the parks too which you can view below if you want to see more of what we got up to.
I’d love to know if you’ve visited what your favourite part was, we already want to go back!