*We were gifted entry tickets in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are our own.
We were invited to visit Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure for their February Fantasy event for Half-Term. Reuben loves this place and so we were more than happy to head over and spend the day with them. We decided not to tell the children we were going, instead we would see if they could guess. Jessica was excited about going on a picnic. Reuben was trying to guess, the beach, the woods, the one thing he knew was that he had been there before. And he was right. It wasn’t until we were going up the driveway to the car park and he spotted the first dinosaur that he realised exactly where we were. His head could have exploded!
Parking is free at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure and there is plenty. I’ve been a few times and never seen any issues with parking. We arrived at about 10.30am, the park opens at 9.30am. Given that it was half term and glorious sunshine I was expecting queues. Whilst there was a few people queuing it only took about 10 minutes to get through, even with only a couple of cashiers open.
I was already aware of the craft sessions that were planned. There were “Make a Butterfly” and “Make Bug Bling” workshops. I booked the children in on both given that it was £1 per child per session. The sessions ran every 15 minutes so we decided to one on the way in and one on the out.
Once through the gates you are then invited to have your photo taken on a green screen. There’s no pressure, but the option is there.
The park is huge. Everything about the park is huge. Huge space, huge dinosaurs it is no wonder kids love it. Wide open spaces. Spaces to run and jump, to just be kids.
It is loud. Very loud. Younger children may feel scared with how loud it was. Both of ours did. Reuben when he was 3 cried with how loud it was, it took us quite a while to get him in through the park. He was fine once in and when he knew how it worked. This time, Jessica was upset by the noises. Again, once we told her that it was speakers she was fine. Something to be mindful of if you have little ones with sensitive hearing.
As you walk around the park there are lots of things that you can do. In an attempt to help you not miss areas you are given stamp sheets for your little ones to search and collect stamps. If they get all the stamps they earn medal. We missed one, I walked back round some of it to find the missing one, still couldn’t. Don’t panic, the staff still give out the medals.
One thing to consider is the park is on a steep hill. You start at the top and work your way down. You then work your way back up the hill the other side. At the bottom of the hill you will find lots of activities to break up your day as well as a big picnic area.
There are a lot of activities available on the day, most are included in the admission price and some are at an extra cost.
- Dippy’s Splash Zone
- Indoor Play Area
- Dinosaur Trail
- Dino Dig
- Secret Animal Garden
- Outside Play Areas
- Raptor Races
- Crazy Golf (I believe this is an extra charge)
- Stone Age Road Race
- Face Painting (extra charge)
- Deer Safari (extra charge)
- Seasonal Craft Session (extra charge)
- High Ropes
In our day we fit in one of the craft sessions, dinosaur trail, animal garden, some of the play areas, Road Race and the deer safari. We left the park at about 3.30pm, just before it closed at 4pm. (It’s open longer in the peak seasons)
The kids really enjoyed making their butterflies. They were able to pick what they wanted to make and given everything they needed to make them with our help. Then with the help of the ladies from The Fairyland Trust they were able to glue on the coloured sand. It was a great way for us to get Jessica used to the noises of the park.
Dinosaur / Neanderthal Walk
This was the first time we had been since the relaunch to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure. It was nice to see that it had changed a little since the last time we had been. Most of the walk is exactly the same as it has always been with a few bits added here and there but still a little change can make a big difference.
For me the Neanderthal Walk is looking a little tired and from the kids point of view, they weren’t really all that bothered by that section. However, it is a small section and would probably be more interesting to slightly older children than what I have (5 and 2) It could do with a little love though.
The dinosaur section never disappoints for the kids. Sure, some of the dinosaurs are looking a little tired, some need a touch up here and there but the kids do not care. They are not looking at the condition of the dinosaurs, purely the size (and whether they can climb onto it) For me that is more important. Look at it from their point of view. The wonder and amazement of the sheer size.
Secret Animal Garden
Here you can meet the animals if you check out the times. If not you’re able to walk around and look at the animals. It’s mostly goats, guinea pigs, chickens. Small farm animals really but who doesn’t love looking around them?
This is an extra cost, it was £1.95 per adult and £1.50 per child, under 3’s go free. We loved it. You go on a tractor and trailer out into the deer fields and because they know they are going to be fed, they come right up to the tractor. It’s brilliant to see them so close. What was nice was the team that took you out knew lots about them and shared the information but also clearly love looking after them. The lady was able to hand feed the stag, who hadn’t long come out of rutting season. Fascinating to watch. I’m not sure if the kids loved the tractor ride more than seeing the deer but for me the deer were the favourite part of my day.
Outside Play Areas
There are a few. There’s a small area with swings and rocking toys near the picnic benches. This is where both of ours played whilst we waited for the deer safari. It was enough to keep them occupied for a short time but the variety is limited.
The main play areas are at the entrance where there are lots to choose from. By this point Jessica was asleep and so Reuben had about a billion goes on the slide before we said we needed to think about going home. But not before…
…Stone Age Road Race
We cannot leave anywhere without Reuben having a go on the cars (he takes after his Dad!)
The pricing structure is set to change beginning 1 April which includes season tickets and discounted rates. For ‘peak’ season the prices at the gate will be*;
Under 90cm – no charge
Over 90cm – £16.95
There is a discount if you book online.
*correct at time of writing
Unfortunately there are no family tickets like some attractions and so for a family of 4 if there are no discounts available (Fantasy February was 50% off for children who went in fancy dress) you would be looking close to £70.
Now there is a lot included in that price and the upkeep of the park and staffing to consider but I do wonder if they’ve missed a trick without offering a discounted rate for a family ticket.
We had a great day out. There is plenty to do and as you can see we spent the whole day here and still had so much more we could have done. The kids had the best day. They were completely exhausted by the time we got home and struggled to keep their eyes open!
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure has always been a favourite. I think this is because of the space to run and be free as well as being dinosaur fans! It is somewhere that we will return to again and keep returning whilst the children are of an age that they enjoy it. If I’m honest, I would say that this is likely to be somewhere around 7-9 years old.
For us we always picnic when we go out so the kids can graze as they go round so I cannot comment on the food prices or quality. I did spot a sign for a family meal deal for £20 for burgers and chips which I didn’t think was bad.
As with anywhere there are attractions that are available that have an additional cost and so if you were to pay for a family of 4 to get in, some activities, the photo, ice creams, food, toys at the gift shop it really could stack up quite quickly. But that said they are optional.
Our day out would have cost us in total £80 in total with the tickets (Jessica is under 90cm) and we had ice creams, the deer safari and the photo from the entrance (£10).
Do I think this was reasonable?
Considering the parking is free of charge and there was so much to do, I would be happy enough to pay that, even though it is probably toward the top end of what we pay for a day out like this.
We had a great day and made some great memories. When Jessica is over 90cm we are still likely to go but less likely to pay for extras because of the cost of the entrance.
Have you been to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure? What did you think? Favourite things to do? Let me know in the comments below…