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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Fun In The Sun at Alton Towers

Today we had a wonderful day at Alton Towers.  I had used a year's worth of accumulated Tesco Clubcard Points to exchange for six Merlin Annual Passes that will give us access to all the Merlin attractions for 12 months.  It also gave each of us a drinks capsule that comes with unlimited refills. So we were all set to kick off our year of fun with a day out in the sun!

cuddles

It was blissfully hot meaning we could go on the water rides without worrying about getting wet.  Always a bonus!  I did get my Fitflops a bit soggy which is a hideous experience.  Slipping around inside wet shoes, garroting my big toe with the leather thong is grim whatever the weather!

Alton Towers

Although there were lots of people in the park, the queues were not too bad meaning that we all got to go on the rides we wanted to.  Freddy enjoyed the kiddies' rides which we literally walked straight onto.  The girls went off to have their first experience of The Smiler, which had a 90 minute queue time.  (It had been 3 hours earlier on in the day...in 30 degree temperatures!!) They said it was well worth the wait!

alton towers

Alton Towers is my favourite theme park because it is just such a lovely place.  The big old stately home, the beautiful gardens, the open green spaces and the magnificent lake complete with a mini menagerie of feathered friends are all an attraction in their own right.  Add to that some world class roller coasters and some fun rides for little ones and you've got a place that it perfect for a family day out.

mum

I was very pleased that Alton Towers have now got their own burger restaurant in the park, and it has a pretty decent bean burger on the menu.  As a season ticket holder we got 20% of the price making a burger, fries and 16 oz drink meal deal just £4.80.  Not bad at all for some convenient fast food on site.  Plus it was efficient and friendly too.

family

Ian, Freddy and I went to the Sea Life Centre and enjoyed watching the multi-coloured fish swimming around in their tanks.  Freddy loved finding out the names of the fish.  He loved the Soldier Fish, the Lion Fish and the Puffer Fish!

We all met Sid from Ice Age for a photo op!  We also saw the Ice Age 4D film, which was actually a bit scary for Freddy and very loud.  He spent the entire time sat on my lap with his ears covered!

ice age, alton towers

Freddy loved the Dung Heap playground and enjoyed climbing on the rope climbing frame. 

alton towers

Alton Towers

Now we have our annual passes we fully intend on making the most out of our weekends and school holidays by visiting as many of the attractions as we can.  I love the excellent value that the Merlin Annual Pass represents, especially when bought with Tesco Clubcard Vouchers.  Just £52 buys the pass and unlimited drinks for a year.  I won't have to think about the cost of days out or the added expense of buying drinks for a while!

7 comments:

  1. whoa 6 merlin passes you must have shopped a lottttt at tesco! i thought i had a lot of clubcard points! that must be amazing to have though! i cant believe i have never been to alton towers - i grew up not toooo far from it but somehow have never yet been!

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  2. We have a Tesco Credit card and put all our monthly spending on it! It soon adds up!! We love Alton Towers :) x

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  3. Coombe Mill (Fiona)13 July 2013 at 22:53

    Tesco's clubpoint exchanges are a great way for families to enjoy so many attractions in the UK, well done for saving them all. Alton Towers is a fun day out for all the family and I can see from your photos that you all had a fab day, thanks for sharing with Country Kids.

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  4. sabrina montagnoli14 July 2013 at 00:32

    Glad you had a great family day out! Something I am going to have to face in the future I think!

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  5. Lucy's mad house14 July 2013 at 08:17

    Haven't been to Alton towers for years so maybe I should save our club card vouchers as we are a family of 6 and it would be expensive without

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  6. oh really might have to look into tesco credit card myself!

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  7. Jill Stan Jones15 July 2013 at 16:54

    Well, you all look as though you had a wonderful time at Alton Towers - Freddy looks so confident on the rope climbing frame and obviously enjoyed himself. It all looks amazing and I am so glad that you had a fantastic time. By the way, the pictures are great. xxx

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