It’s been a fairly quiet summer for us this year as we waited for baby Eric to arrive, but we wanted to make sure the boys had a few fun days out at least. We took a bunch of kids over to The Blackpool Tower in early August, which they really enjoyed, and on a canalside walk in the rain, as well as taking them over to Applejacks Adventure Park in Warrington.
There are often great deals for Applejacks on various voucher sites and we picked up a voucher that gave us entry for 2 adults and 2 children for just £24.00. On the gate price is £11 per person so we saved £20. The quad bikes are payable separatley and are £1 a go, as is the tractor ride though we didn’t go on that.
Applejacks is not a fancy theme park. There are no rollercoasters or merry-go-rounds. It’s good, old fashioned, outdoor fun for young children and my boys loved it. I knew it would be a hit with them when I read that the boys would be able to shoot foam balls at one another, fire a cannon, jump on a giant bouncy pillow and get (almost) lost in a maize maze. Plus, I don’t know anywhere else I can watch a pig race!
We spent around four hours at Applejacks and would say it’s definitely worth the money if you can find a discount online. There is plenty of open space to sit with a picnic and some undercover seating too for less-than-ideal weather. If you don’t fancy a picnic there are food outlets but be aware that the meat all seems to be pork (on account of Applejacks being a working farm, I expect) so if you’re not keen on that then take some butties. We did only buy from one of the outlets though so there may be more choice in the others.
Under 3’s go free but there are still provisions for them in the form of a ball pool and smaller bouncy castle.
The gift shop on site looked like it had been burgled the shelves were so bare, but it is the end of the season so I assume that would be restocked for reopening.
Applejacks actually run a very popular ‘Spooky World’ attraction in October, where the farm is turned into a far scarier place than I would choose to visit! Read about Spooky World on their website.
One thing we didn’t see while at Applejacks was the performance which was on in the afternoon. We did, however, try all the other attractions and the children particularly liked the zip wires and anything related to shooting!
We’d go back to Applejacks Adventure Park on a dry day, though I should imagine that weekends can get fairly busy. There were plenty of people there at the same time as us but it wasn’t what you could class as very busy; there was next to no queuing which makes a huge difference when going anywhere with young children.
To find out more about Applejacks Adventure Park, have a look at their website.