We visited Gulliver's on Wednesday 15th August 2018. We went with the local children's centre on a coach trip.
We arrived around 1020 and the park was just in the process of opening. For those who haven't been to a Gulliver's park before, they do a little pre-opening show before the park official opens for 15 mins. A few characters come out and they do some signing and dancing. During this time, you are kept within the entrance area.
Once the park opened up we headed over the new JCB area which was Toy Land on our previous visit. They have installed a lot of digger themed items for the kids to explore and re-themed a few of the rides. A new drop tower has been installed, which is quite a good addition. That was the ride Rebecca wanted to ride first. This had a minimum height of 1.2m so we weren't sure if Rebecca would be allowed on or not. The ride op measured in 3 places and confirmed she was ok to ride. Rebecca loved it. This drop tower spins as it goes up and spins when it drops so it was something very different. The drops got me a few times.
We decided to have an early lunch at this point as the rest of the park didn't open until 1130. I really like the food options this Gulliver's. There is a food court under the castle where you can buy from quite a range - sandwiches, burgers, jacket potatoes and fish & chips.
Rebecca had a kids Chicken Nugget meal (nuggets, chips and drink) and I had a Cheese burger meal (burger, chips and cup of tea). This came to £11.45, which isn't too bad compared to some places we have been too. I did find it really filling and we didn't have another meal until we got home later that evening.
After that we did a few of the other rides that we had done before. Rebecca really wanted to do Twist and Joust, which is a family spinning coaster which is a lot of fun but the queue was way too long. Another problem was that it was only running with 10 of the 20 seats available so the queue was hardly moving.
Instead we headed back to the top area of the park to do the small wild west themed area (Junior Discovery cove). Whilst on our way there Rebecca found a play park and wanted to go and play. She had a good 15 minute run around before I got the "Can I have an ice cream now?" question.
By this point it getting close to our home time so I told Rebecca to think about what ride she wanted to go on. She chose the Crazy Crane drop tower by the entrance to the park. We headed over only to find the queue was really long and I didn't think we would make the coach if we queued up for it.
We ended up heading in to gift shop for a noisy. There is a lot of Gulliver's stuff - cups, stationary items and cuddly toys mostly but there is a lot of other toys in here so avoid if you don't want lots of "I wants".
Because Rebecca didn't make the last ride I said she could have a Mr. Whippy ice cream which we couldn't find earlier on in the park. These were massive and at £2.50 i was quite surprised. After we had eaten our ice creams we bought a bottle of water each for the coach and headed out of the park.
Overall we enjoyed our day but I feel Gulliver's was way too busy and couldn't cope with the crowd's that were there. We had 5.5 hours in the park and only did 5 rides in that time which is a bit disappointing, however we did go in the height of summer.
We will return but not until next year and most definitely not in the summer holidays.......