Earlier this week we were invited to spend the day at Lightwater Valley theme park in Ripon, North Yorkshire. It’s somewhere we’ve never been before but as it’s only around an hours drive away we were excited to check it out.
Lightwater Valley has over 35 rides and attractions, there really is something for everyone. It’s home to The Ultimate rollercoaster which is Europes longest rollercoaster with a ride time of almost six minutes. But personally, I am not into big rides and rollercoasters and of course we were there with the children so I was pleased to see that there was plenty for them to do.
Our favourite rides were Skyrider (Max absolutely loved this – he’s a total thrill seeker), Eagle Creek Farm and the of course the Carousel.
On the day that we visited Lightwater Valley it was really overcast and cold so unfortunately we didn’t get to go on the water rides. Splash Falls and Wild Water Rapids looked brilliant and we would love to go back in the summer to experience both of these.
Not only are there lots of rides for kids, there’s also a few play areas too. Max and Evie particularly enjoyed the outdoor playground and could have happily spent hours playing in there. As well as the outdoor playground, you’ll also find an adventure playground, indoor soft play, sand diggers and more.
We really enjoyed the Riggmoor petting farm, it wasn’t something we’d expected to see at a theme park so it was a pleasant surprise. The children got to see rabbits, calves (so cute!), a pig and even an alpaca. If you followed along with my Instagram Stories on the day you will have seen the calf that tried to eat my dress! I honestly thought I was going to have to walk out of the park with a huge hole in my dress! It made the kids laugh at least…
The kids got to meet Jester and Jasmine, Lightwater Valley’s all-new cuddly dinosaur mascots. They were so excited and couldn’t wait to have their photo taken with them. Just look at those happy faces…
We also caught the ‘Outer Space’ themed Magic Lights Puppet Show in the Show Barn which was great. And also a good way to warm up on a cold day!
Prices at Lightwater Valley are based on height rather than age, as they believe this is the fairest way to set their payment structure. I agree that this seems a good way to set prices and compared to other theme parks we’ve been to, their prices are very reasonable.
Example ticket prices (more information can be found here)…
- Online ticket over 1.3m in height – £22.50
- Online ticket 1.0m – 1.3m in height – £15
- Online ticket under 1.0m in height – £8
- Online ticket under 3 years – Free
We thoroughly enjoyed our day out at Lightwater Valley and would definitely go back again. I liked that there were plenty of rides for young children, which is something that is sometimes lacking in theme parks. But the highlight for me was that there’s more to the park than just the rides. The animals, playgrounds, mascots and show all made for a fantastic family day out.
Lightwater Valley are having a pirate themed treasure trail egg hunt around the park over the Easter weekend (Friday 19th – Monday 22nd April). You can find out more here.
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*AD – We were kindly gifted tickets in exchange for this review, however all opinions are my own*