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The BEST Theme Park for Toddlers in the Midlands

Updated: Mar 11



If you've got an extra small little one, I'm sure you'll know all too well the disappointment of finding out they are just too small for all the rides at a theme

park.


We are so lucky in Notts to have a massive choice of theme parks do-able in a day trip.


So here are the details of all the local theme parks and how many rides they have for little ones!


I am specifically noting rides that are suitable for children under 1m tall. Please see individual websites for each attraction for more information on all the rides.


PLEASE NOTE: MOST OF THESE WOULD REQUIRE A 1:1 ADULT RATIO FOR SMALLER CHILDREN TO RIDE






Alton Towers is home to the UKs only Cbeebies Land where there are a whole host of activities and rides for younger ones. There are also a few rides suitable for smaller children dotted around the main park.


There are 5 rides with no height restriction


There are 8 additional rides for children at 0.9m


As well as rides...

  • Playgrounds and activities including Hey Duggee's Adventure Badge Play Park, JoJo and Gran Gran at Home

  • Cbeebies Character meets and shows daily

  • Sensory Garden

  • Sealife centre




Sundown is designed for under 10s and was the winner of 'best theme park for toddlers' at the 2023 UK theme park awards!


There are 7 rides with no height restriction 

At Christmas there is 1 additional ride.


There is 1 additional ride for children at 0.85m


As well as rides...

  • Two massive indoor soft play areas

  • Loads of large outdoor play areas including sand area and Angry Birds themed area

  • Tons of interactive attractions including Storybook Village and Lollipoppet Castle




The home of Thomas Land! There is loads to do for all ages at Drayton Manor.


There are 16 rides with no height restriction (Most rides specify that children must be able to sit independently)


There are 2 additional rides for children at 0.9m 


As well as rides...

  • A zoo

  • Crazy golf

  • Dinosaur Trail




The home of Gully and Gilly Mouse, as well as a whole host of attractions for younger children. Their map specifically notes areas suitable for under 90cm children (who can visit the park free!)


There are 9 rides with no height restriction 


There are 8 additional rides for children at 0.9m 


As well as rides...

  • Animal Barn

  • Outdoor Play areas

  • Under 5s area

  • Crazy golf

  • Dinosaur area

  • JCB Digger area





A newer Gulliver's with an amazing indoor play space for rainy days. They have loads for younger children here.


There are 12 rides with no height restriction 


There are 10 additional rides for children at 0.9m 


As well as rides...

  • Large indoor area with soft play, role play area, toddler rides

  • Inflatable kingdom (90cm+)and climbing wall (1m+)

  • Farm

  • Dinosaur, western and pirate themed areas with playgrounds

  • JCB Digger area

  • Character meet and greets





There are 1 rides with no height restriction 


There are 5 additional rides for children at 0.8m 


There are  4 additional rides for children at 0.9m 


As well as rides...

  • Indoor play area with smaller rides

  • Animal farm




There are 0 rides with no height restriction :(


There are  7 additional rides for children at 0.8m 


There are 7 additional rides for children at 0.9m (little ones would need to be with an adult)


As well as rides...

  • Water Park

  • Boats and Pedalos

  • Animal farm

  • Soft Play

  • Mirror Maze

  • Birds of Prey Centre



So there you have it! Drayton Manor tops the charts with 16 rides with no height restriction - although your little one does need to be able to sit independently for most of these.


The theme park with the most rides for children who reach the 90cm mark is Gulliver's Valley with 22 rides!





Further Afield:

If you are looking further afield then Chessington World of Adventures* is also designed with younger children in mind - we visited on my daughter's 3rd birthday and there was lots for her to go on!


We have also heard amazing things about Paulton's Park aka Peppa Pig World. It is supposed to be absolutely brilliant for toddlers!







*denotes affiliate links. I will earn a small commission if you buy tickets through my link. This does not affect the price you pay and helps keep Off Out running!

- Isabelle x

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