All the fun of the fair – Harbour Park review


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Last weekend, we were invited to Harbour Park for the day. Situated right by the sea in Littlehampton, and a ten minute walk from the station, there is plenty to do in and around the park. We were given two Go Unlimited wristbands (one for each child) and let loose amongst the rides, golf and soft play.

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As the children are both under 1.2 metres, James and I were given an “Accompanying Adult” stamp on our wrists, which meant that we could Go Unlimited with the children at no extra cost. We certainly made the most of it!

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The children had an absolute whale of a time all day; Miss J was fearless and went on every single ride available. Well, almost – she refused the log flume as I had forgotten to bring a puddle suit and she detests getting wet.

The boy was slightly more reticent at times but even he tried things he had never been on before, including the giant bumpy slide, log flume and bumper cars.

Included in the cost of the wristbands (which are £18 per person) were powered boats, golf and soft play. The children loved all three! The boats were utilised at least three times during the day. Miss J said that they reminded her of the bumper cars; I think she preferred the boats though because she was in control! The two of them drove around the large inflatable paddling pool with big smiles on their faces.

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The 9 holes of Sharksville Adventure golf went down a treat, despite the children never really grasping the correct way to hold their clubs. Their style was more reminiscent of hockey at times, but they enjoyed themselves, which is the main thing.

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The soft play was a lovely way for us parents to have a rest whilst the children let off steam (where they find their boundless energy is beyond me!). It is situated within the Harbour Kitchen where you can enjoy big breakfasts, hearty lunches and light snacks, or just grab a tea or coffee whilst you take advantage of the free WiFi or leaf through a paper. The soft play itself is spread over three levels, with a separate area for under 2s. The children had a great time climbing and jumping, running and generally being energetic. They were there for over half an hour before deciding that it was time to head back outdoors.

James and the boy braved the log flume shortly after our pit stop; look at the boy’s little face!

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Suffice to say, he didn’t go back on! He spent the next half an hour or so wrapped up in a blanket:

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Meanwhile, Miss J took on the giant slide; again and again and again…

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Afterwards, we headed to the trampolines, which both children adored. They spent a happy few minutes bouncing and twirling and falling on to their bottoms!

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They also had a go in the bouncy castle; we all braved the flying animals and the children spun themselves silly in the barrels before heading back to one of their all-time favourites – the formula circuit.

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The carousel was also popular, with both Miss J and the boy insisting upon riding three times in succession.

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Alongside the bumper cars, I think our family favourite was the Crazy Caterpillar – a great introductory coaster for younger children. I lost count of the number of times we rode all together. The boy loved it, but not quite as much as Miss J who spent the last 15 minutes of our day riding it alone (with the biggest of smiles on her face)!

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Harbour Park is a brilliant way to spend a day. We arrived just after they opened at 11:30 and left as they began to close and still the children were keen for more. They would have happily stayed all evening too! The Go Unlimited wristbands are an absolute steal, particularly when it is not too busy and queues are pretty much non-existent. There are two lovely places to eat at the park as well as many, many picnic benches, one of which we fully utilised during our day. As well as the heaps of rides on offer, there are amusements and coin-operated attractions to help kill the time too. Also, in warmer weather, it is possible to head off to the beach during (or indeed after) your visit and return afterwards as the park is not closed off so re-entry is possible.

Overall, the four of us had an absolute blast and highly recommend Harbour Park as a perfect day-trip destination whether you live in Sussex or are just visiting.

Thank you for a wonderful day, Harbour Park. See you again soon!

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We received two Go Unlimited wristbands worth a total of £36 for the purposes of this review; all views are our own.

 

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