Reviewer Laura Mason and her family share their experience of the new Enchanted Village at the Alton Towers Resort – the home of mystical fairie folk and forest spirits.
The Enchanted Village Woodland is the newest accommodation option to join the Alton Towers hotel and Splash Landings hotel. It opened last year and is a blend of Center Parcs meets hotel.
The hubby, kids and I excitedly took a visit to the theme park a few weeks ago as an overnight break.
Following something of a tough year, Alton Towers is still a fantastic location for creating some fabulous family memories, particularly with little ones. CBeebies Land added a new rollercoaster, Octonauts, which my little ones adored, and all the classics – In the Night Garden/Postman Pat, etc., are rides that put the greatest smiles on toddler faces.
The Enchanted Village at Alton Towers
I could go on about the amazing line up of CBeebies entertainment, immaculate baby change facilities and roaming characters that bring the magical land to life… however I want to focus on the new Enchanted Village.
So after, an exhausting day at the theme park we checked into our lodge. The lodges are all nestled around some mini parks providing quite a community feel that makes parents immediately feel at ease.
Stomping up a little balcony we all rushed into the room, a cosy simple decked out two-room wooden lodge that can sleep up to five (2 adults and 3 children). Greeted by a big comfy bed, a curtain separates a small room featuring a bunk bed and pull out truckle bed. A separate bathroom features all your toiletry needs and that’s pretty much it.
The absence of living space means that the balcony is a nice addition. We dumped our things and then flung the door open to sit on our bench while the children happily played with other kids on the climbing frame in front of us.
In the theme of an enchanted village, from the interior décor to the play areas, there’s a lot of attention to detail. You will definitely see a few brightly coloured toad stalls and the inclusion of little extras such as the fairy doors give it the excitement that make it a break with a difference.
For some excellent added value, there’s a full line up of entertainment for all visitors that is back to back throughout the afternoon and evening. Guests can enjoy on site entertainment and activities – my three and four year olds loved the circus workshop where they learnt how to spin a plate and walk on stilts, and the magic show. Then in the evening the three hotels all have a comprehensive line up of entertainment. After a delicious steak dinner at Emperor’s Grill in the neighbouring Alton Towers hotel, we enjoyed our second magic show of the day followed by a really fun female singing duet.
Dragging my kids home (honestly!) we all slept incredibly well, which was a good job as Day 2 at the theme park meant a filling up at the inclusive buffet breakfast at the Crooked Spoon before taking advantage of the early bird offer, where selected areas of the park are open an hour earlier for hotel guests – including CBeebies Land.
Need to Know
A Woodland Lodge in the Enchanted Village starts from just £150 per night based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing and includes breakfast and entertainment.
Theme Park tickets start from £36.12 for adults and £31.92 for children. Waterpark tickets start from £15 when booked in advance online at www.altontowers.com. Children under 3 go free.