We had a great stay at the CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers Resort this Summer. As part of our stay we had three days inside the actual theme park.
My youngest is three, so the perfect age for CBeebies Land. My middle child is 7, but a timid little thing and he preferred the more gentle rides at CBeebies Land than the more adventurous rides in the rest of the park. While my husband and eldest son sought their thrills over at the Wicker Man, me and my little ones spent our time with Iggle Piggle and friends!
If you’re not staying at the hotel and you’re buying the park tickets separately it can seem quite expensive. However there are plenty of ways to get half price entry – we’ve seen vouchers on cereal boxes, crisp packets and even hand wash!
I’ve heard a lot of people complain that it’s unfair for the park to charge the same price for kids only visiting CBeebies Land but honestly it is worth it. You can easily spend a full day (or more) in CBeebies Land alone.
CBeebies Land is located right near the park entrance which is convenient for those little legs. There are a variety of rides, activities and shows to go and explore.
Something Special Sensory Garden
As you enter Cbeebies Land you land upon the Something Special Sensory Garden. It’s perfect for younger children. There’s flowers for the little ones to smell, musical instruments including drums for them to play and even the opportunity to look inside Mr Tumble’s Spotty bag! Amongst the hustle and bustle, and rollercoasters and queues, it’s a lovely little area where the kids can explore at their own leisure.
Walk of Fame
As you walk towards the rides and attractions there’s a CBeebies Hall Of Fame which I thought was a nice touch. Everyone from Justin Fletcher to Mr Bloom (who FYI ladies, has quite small hands…!) had their own little spot.
Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure
This is probably the fastest of all the rides at CBeebies Land so one for the thrill-seekers! It’s not exactly the Nemesis but it does have dips and turns that even my nine year old enjoyed! It’s one of the most popular rides so be prepared to queue if you’re not there early. They did have a little TV showing episodes of the Octonauts while you wait which was great for preventing the kids getting too bored.
Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure
This is another popular one where there’s always a queue, but I’m not sure why! We found it the most dull of all the rides at CBeebies Land. The ride, as the name suggests, is high in the tree tops and to give it credit, it does give great views of the park. However all of our kids were underwhelmed with this extremely slow ride!
Postman Pat Parcel Post
This is another slow ride, but keeps the kids entertained with all the characters to spot along the way. You sit in Postman Pat’s van and help him deliver his parcels. There’s buttons for the kids to press in answer to questions and so it’s interactive enough to not become boring.
In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride
This was by far my daughter’s favourite ride! We sat in Iggle Piggle’s boat as it gently moves along the water at a leisurely speed so we could spot all the characters. The boats play the In The Night Garden theme and all the character’s tunes and songs which my daughter loved! All the characters all moved, including the Pinky Ponk and Ninky Nonk! As you can imagine, this is another popular ride so the queues are quite long. However we found the queue moved quite quickly and there were little activities for the kids to play with while they were waiting.
Numtums Number Go Round
We’ve been to CBeebies Land on three separate occasions and each time the Numtums ride has been closed! Perhaps we’re just unlucky!
Nina’s Science Lab
This is an opportunity for the kids to put on a lab coat (if they want to!) and get educational! They can explore in their own time, and there’s a variety of activities and mini experiments for them to try out. It’s not overly busy in here in our experience, so it’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the park.
Tree Fu Tom Training Camp
This is another area the kids can explore at their own leisure. It’s basically just a big playground with slides and climbing frames and various other activities. It was suitable for all three of our kids, even our nine year old enjoyed it when he was having a break from the bigger rides!
Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride
My daughter LOVES Go Jetters so was very excited about this one! The carriage you sit in has a lever at the front which enables to the kids to manoeuvre it up and down. It does go up quite high which allows a good view of the rest of the park. Again there were facts and information available for the kids to read as we queued to keep them entertained. The kids enjoyed this one because they loved having the power of moving the carriage up and down!
Mr Bloom’s Allotment
When we reached Mr Bloom’s allotment it was relatively quiet so I think it may get overlooked in favour of the actual rides which is a real shame because we thought it was brilliant. Mr Bloom has left his allotment and veggies in the capable hands of his friend and the kids (tiddlers!) were invited to help out. The whole experience was interactive, including a “video link” of Mr Bloom on his holiday! His “friend” was brilliant, complete with broad Northern accent! She was very engaging and excellent with the kids. The kids particularly enjoyed going inside and meeting the veggies! One of the days highlights.
Big Fun Time
Inside Big Fun Time is a large outdoor grassy area – perfect for picnics! They have regular shows on throughout the day; this time we saw Bing and Hey Duggee but in the past we’ve also seen Zingzillas and Tree Fu Tom. After the show there’s the opportunity for the kids to meet the characters.
There’s also a cafe in this area, along with kids activities, such as building blocks and bean bag throwing. There’s also an In The Night Garden meet and greet tent which does get very busy!
The Furchester Hotel is a new interactive show featuring favourite characters from the programme. It lasts around 15 minutes and my kids loved it! I won’t spoil it for anyone, but it’s definitely worth a visit.
Justin’s House – Pie-O-Matic Factory
If you like screaming kids and being pelted by plastic balls, this one is for you! The kids (and adults if they wish!) fill up bags with little plastic balls and then fire them across a huge room. There are ball shooters and slides and the kids absolutely loved it! It’s complete bedlam and our three year old ran around having no idea what was going on but it’s all good fun!
Around The Park
There’s lots of things to look out for when you’re walking around CBeebies Land. Postman Pat drives around in his van (with Jess the cat!) and my littles ones were excited to spot Ubercorn from Go Jetters! There were two performers with a truck full of animatronic dinosaurs who sang and danced to entertained those queuing for rides and we even spotted Mr Bloom’s baby veggies!
Tips To Enjoy Your Day
- Did you know there’s a Sea Life Aquarium at Alton Towers? We didn’t! It’s not inside CBeebies Land so you need to venture into the actual park but it’s definitely worth a visit if you have time. We found Nemo! (And Dory!)
- Take a picnic. Unless you enjoy paying £2.40 for a small bottle of water, come prepared and bring your own food!
- We didn’t pay extra for Fast Track and we actually found the queues to be much shorter than advertised. The In The Night Garden ride said the wait was an hour and we only actually queued for 25 minutes. We did wonder whether the inflated time was to encourage people to fork out for Fast Track passes.
- The queues are much quieter first thing in the morning or later on before the park closes so it may be worth saving the busier rides for then.
- Be aware of the height restrictions. Most of the rides require adult supervision under a certain height which can make it a bit tricky if the adults are outnumbered by kids! Some rides they do allow one adult to two children, but it’s worth checking before you queue.