Sunday, 15 July 2012

Chessington World of Adventure

It was during the school summer holidays in 2011 that we decided to take Jessica to Chessington World of Adventure. Chessington is a theme park and zoo, similar to Flamingo Land which we had already visited the previous year. It is situated near Kingston upon Thames, South London just off the M25 motorway.

chessington world of adventure

As we lived over three hours from the park we decided it would be better to travel down the night before and book into a Travelodge. The following morning we had a quick breakfast and made our way to the theme park, which was only a few miles from the hotel. We had already purchased our tickets for the park online prior to travelling.

You can go to the Chessington website, pay for them online and then print them off and you are done, its that simple. Chessington, like many theme parks is divided into themed areas, this park has a total of nine different sections, which are named.

  • Market Square
  • Transylvania
  • Mexicana
  • Mystic East
  • Forbidden Kingdom
  • Toy Town
  • Land of the Dragons
  • Wild Asia
  • Pirates Cove
sea lion pool

As well as these themed lands there is also the zoo, which features many types of wild animals including big cats, sea life, gorillas, Zebras, monkeys, snakes and birds.

Chessington is set in acres of lush beautiful woodland and vegetation, which really adds to the experience of this park. The other great thing about Chessington is that there are numerous rides to suit all ages of children, something lacking in other theme parks that we have visited.

As we made our way in we headed to the Mystic East and our first ride of the day was Peeking Heights, a great way to get a birds-eye view of the park. We made our way through most of the sections stopping at various rides, however as Jessica was still quite young we had to choose what was suitable for her. 

One of her favourite rides was the Bubbleworks in the Transylvania section, We ended up going on this ride three times. It was very popular with the younger children and we had to queue for about 20 minutes each time.

We found the best way to see the zoo was to take the Safari Skyway, as it goes over most of the animal enclosures. You also get some great views of the park on this ride. Other sections of the zoo can be explored on foot, such as the Sea Lions, Aquarium, Penquins, Creepy Caves etc.

lorikeet lagoon

Another favourite was Lorikeets Lagoon in Wild Asia. Lorikeets are small colourful birds that are part of the parrot family. When you enter their enclosure, you can buy a tub of bird food and hand feed them. There are also a variety of other birds in the enclosure too.

Food and refreshments were never a problem here, as there are cafes and food stalls scattered all over the place. However as with most parks of this type it can be a little pricey.