We have had some great times at this attraction and each time we go, we do something different as the options change depending on the time of year and the weather will usually determine the best way to spend the day.
Our most recent visit was during the Christmas holidays and while it was cold and a bit damp, we were lucky to get a dry day.
Thanks to the dry weather, our kids spent a lot of time walking round the enchanted forest and playing in the parks and fun stops on the way around. Jessica wore an all in one snow suit which was perfect as she could jump about and roll around in the forest parks without worrying about getting muddy or wet.
We also enjoyed the maze, which is really tricky and we always need to check our photo of the map to finally find our way out. There are different stations to look out for as you go round, including a couple of Doctor Who police boxes with linked up speakers, a noughts and crosses game and some drum seats. There is also a central globe which includes buttons to press revealing various facts.
My six year old loved the ice skating and we did this three times throughout the day. She was a little too big for the penguins that you can borrow for little ones. Previously she used one of these which made it a lot easier for her to get around. There were some snowmen for children with special needs. From a very slippy, scary start she improved significantly and grew in confidence. By the end we were skating together as I held her hand. The boots were a bit uncomfortable and I personally found the orange boots to be more comfortable.
Now I’ll be honest, whenever I have seen the cross country skiing at Stockeld Park, I have thought that it did not look like any fun to me. However our six year old decided she wanted to try it. I was not very hopeful and expected some serious moaning with me carrying her and/or the skis around the forest and back to the hut.
However, I was totally wrong. She loved the Nordic Ski Trail and she did really well. She followed the ski path round with her dad and I pushed the buggy round the main path. We were always within sight of each other, although she managed to go a bit quicker than us as we stopped to look at a couple of the displays, including the Mermaid in the Lake. She fell a couple of times, but got straight back up again and continued without any complaining.
There is a hut where the boots and skis are given out. They have boots from a junior size 10 up to an adult size 13. Skiers have to remove their shoes to wear the boots and then they place their boots into the skis. There are different sizes available and the staff help with putting on the skis and have a quick chat to explain how to get about. David and Abigail quickly got the hang of it and made their way
We ate our lunch in the cafe/restaurant and we also had a warming up drink and snack in there later in the afternoon. I feel that the food is excellent and a lot better than many of the children’s attractions we have visited. It is not an extensive menu, but the usual favourites are there for the kids including picnic boxes with sandwich, drink and snacks and hot meals including chicken pieces and chips or fish fingers. For adults there are jacket potatoes and paninis with wedges as well as a few larger hot meals.
Overall, we had a great family day out at Stockeld Park and I am sure we will be back for another fun-filled day.
You can pay for individual activities or get a band for everything for the whole day. We have always paid for us all to do everything and the price of entry is quite expensive, however you do get to fill a whole day with non stop fun once you are in. By the time we leave, I have always felt the price was well worth the day out. Children aged 2 and above are charged full price, which I think seems a bit unfair. Our little one cannot join in with skating or skiing, but we bought a family ticket to cover everything as that seemed to be the best option. You can get a discount if you order tickets online in advance, but we generally prefer to check on the weather and how we’re feeling before committing to buying tickets.
The park is only open during school holidays so it is best to check the website before you go.
Click on the website below for more details: