While on our camping holiday we’d had several recommendations from our camping buddies to visit Watermouth Castle. I was told it was a rather quirky and twee adventure park, great for younger primary school age children. I’m happy with quirky, so on our final full day, a group of us with younger children headed off to Watermouth.
Watermouth Castle is like a miniature theme park for kids, complete with purpose built castle, activities, rides, gnomes and historical museum pieces. All set in some beautiful gardens.
The entry cost is around £13 for adults and children over 92cm (under this height go free), but they do have seasonal offers. Look out for discount vouchers in tourist leaflets too.
To get into the park, you enter through the castle itself. In each room there are themed collections of items. From an Abba singing robot group to a kitchen with old working equipment.
There’s also a ‘turret’ of vacuum cleaners, and a room with a model railway and lots of other fairground style games All of them are available for visitors to play on, from old fashioned grabbers, to horse racing, to spooky twin dolls drinking their milk. You just need to keep feeding in 2ps and 10ps.
We skipped past the dungeons after N and N decided against going in, and whizzed through the castle and straight out to the courtyard. It was perfect timing because we were able to head straight into the water fountain light show. The show is every half hour for around 20 minutes. Ok, it’s not Las Vegas but it’s a lovely little show and certainly kept all of us entertained. It’s a fun light and music show complete with added patriotic flavour.
While waiting for our friends we stopped at the cafe for drinks and cake. I had a delicious scone and toppings, before both of us adults struggled to stay on the very slippy benches while the children played on the miniature carousel.
Every way you turn at Watermouth Castle you spot something new to see. A button to press, a display that pops out. At intervals in the courtyard a door opens and an animal band starts to play and sing. N loved spotting out the quirky displays hidden around the site.
Then it was onto the rides. They’re all great for pre-schoolers and upwards. N was in his element and they rushed from one ride to the next before stopping for a lunchtime picnic. All of the rides clearly state what height child can ride on their own, with an adult, or not ride at all. The 2 year olds in our group didn’t get to go on much at all which is a shame, but at least they didn’t have to pay.
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Alongside the rides, the activites are never ending. We had fun on the toboggan ride – I wasn’t sure N would do it, but he did. Although I should have held on to the GoPro* myself because he managed to turn it off!
The cannon ball room was a big hit. Us adults didn’t get near the cannons, our job was to pick up balls.
Then there’s water games, musical ditties, fairground grabber games, mini golf and more. And despite how hot it was, the park was never full (and we didn’t have to queue for the toilets either).
With the hot weather ice creams were order of the day as were multiple slides down the ‘world’s longest tube slide’. A grand claim, and the children would agree how good it was.
We also enjoyed walking and exploring through the gardens. There’s plenty of water play areas within the gardens, perfect for summer days to keep children cool.
Our final stop off was a walk through Gnomeland. Yes, I said quirky and eccentric and gnomes tick the odd box. But the children loved seeing them, and the gnome village. It just seems to fit well with the style of the park.
The day out at Watermouth Castle was great fun, perfect for young children with just as much there to amuse the adults.
- The toboggan ride
- The water fountain show
- It’s hilly so be prepared for hard walking especially if you have a pushchair or very young child with you
- Give the children a certain pot of money on going in so they can change it and use it as they want to on the games. Otherwise you’ll be pestered throughout for more money.
Have you ever been to Watermouth Castle or anything like it?
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