Dinosaur spotting was on the agenda and I was quickly put to shame as the Little Shires named – and got right! – more than me!
As we stepped through the Shop to get into the Park, we were surrounded by dinosaurs, with moving jaws and a rumbling, low roar from the Daddy of all Dinosaurs, the T-Rex! It’s a trembling first sight of the Park!
First stop, the Look Out Tower for a birds-eye view of the park. This is when you realise the park isn’t very big, and the vegetation & trees around make it look so much bigger than it is.
But in between the trees we would spot a Velociraptor or a Spinosaurs’ – there is always a reason to stop and ogle at something! Having little plaques next to the dinosaurs certainly helped me when I had to answer the question “Mum, what’s that?”
Up close and personal some of the dinosaurs did look a wee bit plastic, but that really doesn’t matter when you’re five years old, just over 1 metre tall, and you’re looking into the eyes of a Diplodocus!
The main attraction for us was the boat ride, which meanders through the different Jurassic ages, from the Saber Tooth Tiger in the Pleistocene era (10,000 years ago) to the Triceratops and more.
However there’s only one boat which seats 25 people, and each trip takes 15 minutes, so we did have to queue for a long time! (25 mins)There’s a little play area nearby which the children played in whilst I queued, which helped. But I think the Boat was worth the wait. It was a slow trip with a steward on board, but we weren’t given any life jackets. Am I being over cautious?!
This was closely followed by a ride on a Dinosaur! Mademoiselle was given the Diplodocus, which was like riding a bike with square wheels! Very funny and super entertaining, even for an eight year old! Little Mister got the slow Stegasaurus.
Dadtired thought the park was a little ‘tired’ and in need of modernisation – but the things that bugged him (the long wait for the boat, the speakers on view, the rather archaic, squeaky look out tower) didn’t deter me or the kids.
Sometimes I think you have to look at life through the eyes of a metre tall child and see what they see – which is a park full of Dinosaurs with the imagination to bring them all to life!
We eeked out our time at the Dinosaur Park because the weather was so lovely and warm & we all wanted to spend time outside. However, we could’ve been done within a couple of hours. Next time I’ll take swimming cossies & check out the Splash Park, or even venture into the Adventurers Village whilst on the complex.
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.