Friday, 21 September 2018

Flamingo Land Theme Park Review

In August my little boy turned four and to celebrate we decided to have a family day out at Flamingo Land theme park in North Yorkshire. This was the first time we had taken the little two (aged four and five) to a theme park before so we were unsure if they would like the rides or not and picked Flamingoland as it also has a zoo and other things to do as well as the rides. Flamingo Land is somewhere where both myself and my partner had both visited as children ourselves and is somewhere I have taken my eldest in the past. 

We visited on a Sunday during August and arrived at around 10.30am, it was a two and a half hour drive from our home in Tyneside. We were expecting it to be really busy as we were visiting during the summer holidays but it was not to bad and we were through the ticket barriers in no time at all, we had already purchased tickets in advance.



The children were jumping about in excitement as they could not wait to explore and have a go on the rides. My eldest decided not to come with us as she was out with her friends so it was just myself, the other half, Sophia (aged 5) and Jacob (aged 4) visiting. Jacob was proudly wearing a huge number four badge, puffing his chest out proudly all day so everyone could see it was his birthday.


As it had been a good few years since we last visited we decided to jump aboard the miniature train which takes you around the park to see what we could see and get our bearings. The train was a great way to see the park and animals and the children really enjoyed the ride. 

giraffes flamingo land 2018

Arriving back where we started we disembarked the train and headed to Dino stone park, my little boy is dino crazy so he was fascinated with the dino skeletons and moving dinosaurs who looked very real and he grabbed my hand extra tight as we passed them, as I think he was slightly scared. 

dinosaur flamingoland

We were a bit worried that there would not be many rides suitable for the children as Flamingo Land is renowned for its steep rollercoasters and thrill-seeking rides, we were pleasantly surprised to see there were lots the children could go on. They went on flying planes, flying clowns, the wagon wheel, flying rollercoaster and the cyclosoar rides before stopping off for lunch. We had brung a picnic with us but I kind of wish we hadn't as there were so many places to eat around the park. 

ferris wheel waggon at flamingoland

After lunch and an ice cream stop, we were off again exploring further into the theme park going on the Little Monsters Mischief house, the car rides, gallopers and helitoys, teacups, merry go rounds and multiple rides on the little snake rollercoaster. Every ride was a fairly short wait time of around five minutes, apart from the monster house which was about a 20-minute wait. Due to the short wait times, we were able to ride on some rides multiple times and cram so much into our day. 

wacky races car

We visited the zoo, taking a ride on the monorail above the baboon's enclosure, so much fun! Before seeing the penguins, meerkats, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, flamingos and all the other animals. The Tigers were hiding when we visited but my children were just happy to see the giraffes, especially the very cute baby one. 

baboon enclosure flamingoland

As we were having so much fun on the rides we missed a lot of the animal shows and the chance to explore Peter Rabbit land, which is a shame as I know my children would have loved these. Sadly we also missed out on the chance to ride the water ride, this was all my son wanted to do on his birthday but sadly the queues were just too long and the queue buster office was closed when we visited. Another bad thing was when we were in the queue for the tractor ride a questionable family decided to push in and cause a scene, drinking and swearing in front of young children which was a shame at a family attraction. We did squeeze in a go on the hook-a-duck and a trip to the sweet and gift shops to cheer him up though. 

helitoy ride

We all had a really nice day at Flamingo Land, it was exactly how I remember it - although with some newer rides. There was a lot of wasps around when we visited but I suppose at the time of year we visited it can't be helped. Other than that we did find the park clean and the prices in the gift shop were not too expensive, although I can't comment on the food as we didn't order anything. 

snake kid rollercoaster ride flamingoland

The children really enjoyed their first theme park visit, I think I am going to have a pair of thrill-seekers on my hands in the future! We had a lovely day and it was a nice way to spend Jacobs fourth birthday. The children have already asked to return which is a testament to just how much they enjoyed it, I think we will have to return next year as there were so many rides and shows we missed out. It really is somewhere you can spend the day and not get to experience everything as there is so much to see and do. 

Have you ever been to Flamingo Land? 

*We paid for our own tickets & Flamingo Land have no idea I am writing this review. 

Flamingoland Resort Yorkshire
Malton
North Yorkshire 
YO17 6UX

Opening times and ticket prices can be found at www.flamingoland.co.uk


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  1. Ahh! I haven't been to Flamingo Land since I was at school. It still looks like such a fab day out. x

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    1. My eldest normally visits with school too, I never had good school trips like that as a kid. It was a great day out, your girls would love it xx

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  2. Looks like you had a fab time. I can't believe your eldest turned down the chance to go to a theme park. That's teens for you though I suppose. We keep toying with the idea of camping at Flamingo land as if you go off peak (including weekends in June), theme park entry is included and as a family of 5, this works out to be such good value. Maybe next year :-)

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    1. We really did, was so much to see that we missed a lot. The kids loved it and were shattered, Jacob slept all the way home. I was shocked she didn't want to come too but she said she wouldn't get to go on many of the big rides with the little two there. That sounds like a great deal, I couldn't camp but I bet it would be fun for your family xx

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  3. LOVE Flamingo Land! Great to see you had a good time, there really is something for everyone there!

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  4. I love Flamingo Land! Not been with my little girl yet but I think I'll give it a go after reading this - thought she might be too young but I think she would enjoy seeing all the animals :)

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    1. I was worried mine were too young but they could go on so much, even babies can go on some things - train rides etc x

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  5. I've heard of Flamingo Land and have often wondered what was there. The rides look really good and I like your idea of going on the train first, so you can see what you want to go on.

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    1. It is just a theme park with a zoo attached, great family day out in the Yorkshire countryside x

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  6. What a cool theme park. My kids would love the rides here.

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  7. We've never been to Flamingoland! It's quite a bit further north than we tend to go but you've made it look worth the trip!

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    1. If you are ever in North Yorkshire then it is worth a visit x

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  8. Oh we LOVE flamingo land! It's my favourite theme park and so much fun!

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  9. We love theme parks. We’ve not been to this one yet. Peter rabbit land sounds cute. Glad you had fun on the rides x

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    1. It does, I bet your youngest would enjoy Peter Rabbit land x

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  10. We recently went too and had a fab day, I can totally believe your eldest declining as mine would rather play his games too lol

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    1. She didn't want to go as she said she wouldn't get to go on many big rides and didn't want to go on the little rides lol. She went ti lightwater valley with her friends instead xx

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  11. This looks like an amazing day out, my kids would love it here

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    1. It is good fun, if your ever in North Yorkshire again it is worth a visit x

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