My first experience of Chessington occurred during the summer of 2008 when I was, unbeknownst to me, three months pregnant with Miss J. I have always wondered if this is why she is such an adrenaline junkie! We returned last August, when she was just under 1.2 metres tall and so couldn’t ride all that she wanted to. On Monday, we visited again, and Miss J was delighted to discover that she was now tall enough for the log flume!
Her other stand out highlight was the Vampire, which she rode for the second year in a row. The queue was, predicably, over an hour long (the joys of theme parks during school holiday season!), but the excitement on her face made it just about worth it!
For the boy, who is less brave when it comes to rollercoasters, he was very happy to explore the zoo and sea life centre, particularly seeing gorillas, lions and tigers, which are his very favourite animals.
Ride wise, he very much enjoyed the pirate boats, Bubbleworks and, despite protesting at the thought of it, the Scorpian.
Whilst Miss J and I queued for the Vampire, Daddy and the boy found some more smaller rides to occupy him.
We took plenty of food and water to keep us going throughout the day, but couldn’t resist stopping for dinner onsite. The pulled pork from the smokehouse was amazing, though food for four came to £32 and the veggie options were thin on the ground.
Finally, James took the boy to an indoor play activity full of canons and foam balls, which he absolutely loved.
Our top tips for visiting Chessington over the summer holidays are as follows:
Remember plenty of water and sun cream – particularly important for those rides with long queues.
Pack waterproofs for little ones – these were handy for when Miss J started whining that she didn’t want to actually get wet on the water rides!
Take a picnic – food onsite is always going to be expensive. Also, pack a few sweets as the nagging for overpriced treats can be unbearable after the first few times!
If at all possible, buy queue jump passes – if you are only able to visit during school holidays, this will save you so much time in queues! Without them, you are limited as to how much you can really do in one day.
We received complimentary family entry for the purposes of this review; all words and images are my own.