Chessington World of Adventures – Review and £250 Giveaway

Yet again, we struck gold! The Sun are running a fab campaign at the moment, whereby if you sign up to their Sun+ membership (digital entertainment bundle) you can grab yourself two adult tickets to one of the UK’s top family attractions. We were fortunate enough to be offered free tickets to Chessington World of Adventures and with it being the Easter holidays, couldn’t wait to get there!

Chessington – Fun for all the family.

Living fairly near to Chessington, we have already been a handful of times but not for a few years. The Boy has grown considerably since our last visit so it was lovely for all of us to enjoy every ride without fear of someone being under the height requirement. Having said that, there really are a lot of rides for children under 1.1m. It’s definitely an attraction for all the family.
Despite it being the school holidays (meaning horrendously long queues), we managed to get on almost all of the rides on our ‘wanted’ list. A few of them had a 90 minute waiting time all day, from 11 am onwards. Our advice would be to get there before the gates open and head straight for Dragons Fury, followed by Vampire – the two biggest (and most popular) roller coasters. I would also advise taking some snacks. They do their best but there isn’t much to look at in those queues and when the kids get cranky, a few handy snacks work wonders!
The food on site are varied and very reasonably priced so there’s no real need to take a picnic in with you. We opted for the sit down pizza/pasta buffet which cost us £25 for 1 adult and 3 children with unlimited food and soft drinks.

Here’s a little snapshot of our day:

Unlike other theme parks, Chessington is very manageable in one day and there is plenty to keep all ages amused.  I would suggest taking a change of clothes as you do get wet on quite a few rides, in particular the giant swings. I would also recommend that you stay as long as the park is open. We opted to avoid the traffic, but I understand from a friend that the queues quietened down a lot, during the hour before the park closed. 
We had a fabulous day out: lots of laughter, plenty of screaming (mostly from me) and oodles of fun. Thank you Chessington and The Sun for providing us with a whole day of entertainment during the school holidays.

Win £250 to spend at Chessington.

If you want to grab yourself some free tickets to Chessington then head over to Sun+ where you can pay just£1 for the first month’s trial.  In addition to this great deal, The Sun are running a #Sunfessions competition. This is just a little bit of fun and a chance for you parents to get all of those confessions off your chest! The good news is that I have £250 to give away to one of you lovely readers, to spend at Chessington.

Here’s what you need to do: 

  • Share your confession – a time when perhaps you didn’t tell your child(ren) the absolute truth in order to get yourself out of a hole or to make your life easier! 
  • Write your confession in a comment below and then share it on Twitter or Instagram, making sure you use the two hashtags: #Sunfession and #3childrenandit. 
  • Complete the Rafflecopter below.
  • Head over to the Sun’s site to see your ‘Sunfession’ appear.
    I just added my confession:
    “When my children were younger, on a particularly bad day I would set the clocks back an hour to make them think it was bedtime, when in fact it was only 6pm.” Sorry kids! 

    Please make sure that you follow all of the steps in order to quality. Good luck! 
    The competition will close on Friday 2nd May 2014 when a winner will be selected via the Rafflecopter and notified in due course.

    If you would like another chance to win £250 then head over to the following blogs: VevivosIn the Playroom

    Disclosure: The Sun gave us 4 tickets to Chessington plus spending money, for the purpose of this review.

    Update: The winner of this competition was Emma Garratt – congratulations!



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    37 Comments

    1. I’m blogging right now instead of playing with my toddler… lol :)

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    2. The ice cream van only plays music when it is sold out!

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    3. My phone is on charge in the kitchen when I’m home – I’m not always ‘checking on dinner’ ;)

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    4. I put my son in his fisher price chair with a snack and CBeebies on the TV when my magazine subscription comes through !

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    5. If my kids forget to brush their teeth at bed time I let them off!

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    6. i get very guilty after shouting and always end up giving in

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    7. I say they’ve had enough chocolate, they hide and eat more myself!

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    8. I’ve pretended to be getting dressed and scoffed chocolate in peace for five mins! x

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    9. I eat all the cake before I give one slice to the kids.

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    10. i am useless at portion control

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    11. #sunfession My brother told my daughter that coleslaw is shredded gremlins and that a fairy dies if she eats a marshmallow!

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    12. I told my son his tongue would turn blue if he turned a lie, I always new he when he told a lie – he’d run straight to the mirror and look at his tongue!

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    13. If you play with (unscrew) your belly button your bum would fall off!! #Sunfession #3childrenandit

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    14. I told big man his hair was going green and he was turning into a pumpkin to get him to go to bed

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    15. Told my son that if he eats chocolate before dinner then his teeth will fall out :-/

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    16. I tell my daughter that if she goes to sleep her hair will grow as long as (her idol) rapunzel! Every morning we have to admire how much her (very short) hair has grown :)

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    17. I’m a shouty mum. I then tell the kids to stop shouting!

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    18. I threatened to twerk at the school disco (pta helper) if they didn’t behave

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    19. Hmm which one to choose :) I used to tell my children that if they put some of their drawings/painting in the bin, the dustbin lorry would take them to people that didn’t have children :)

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    20. Doing comping as a hobby I always used to get my son to do loads of pictures and colouring so I could enter them in competitions, sometimes pressing him into doing it within a time limit. Now he’s nearly 15 it’s a little more difficult! However his interests are art, design and computing so I’m sure this must have helped him.

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    21. My boys think there are no fun places to go on a Sunday because they’re all closed. We always do something fun and family-orientated on a Saturday. By the time Sunday arrives we’re usually too knackered and/or skint to take them anywhere else!

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    22. My boys think there are no fun places to go on a Sunday because they’re all closed. We always do something fun and family-orientated on a Saturday. By the time Sunday arrives we’re usually too knackered and/or skint to take them anywhere else!

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    23. My boys think there are no fun places to go on a Sunday because they’re all closed. We always do something fun and family-orientated on a Saturday. By the time Sunday arrives we’re usually too knackered and/or skint to take them anywhere else!

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    24. i hate my children getting messy

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    25. I knock on the wall when my kids ain’t looking and say its their granddad knocking at the door they soon behave as he just has to look at them and they go quiet

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    26. son1 won’t eat ham and son2 bacon, so I tell either of them it is the other, to make meals simpler #Sunfession #3childrenandit

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    27. I once told my little boy the tv had run out of batteries! (tweeted as @leila_jo_mummy)

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    28. I kept a surprise trip secret from Spud ahead of his operation because I couldn’t deal with the constant countdown! I even laid out homework on the day of our break, making him think it was any other normal day! I felt so guilty when his DS wasn’t charged and he had just a few minutes to collect a few small toys and DVD’s to take away with us! It was worth the secrecy though as it took his little mind away from things! x

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    29. I don’t make them eat all their dinner if its one I like and I can finish it ;0)

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    30. I don’t make them finish dinner if its one I like and I can finosh ;0)

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    31. Me and my daughter play the cinderella game. It involves wellies, a cloth and a dirty bath ;) I am the wicked stepmum haha she loves it!

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    32. My son (and now my daughter too) is terrified of dogs..even the little tiny ones! So I sometimes use this to my advantage if I don’t want him to do something or go somewhere – I tell him there’s a dog coming or there and he instantly stops wanting to do it/go there!

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