It has actually been a couple of months since we went to Legoland Windsor, and this post is a little overdue, but it’s been giving me dirty looks from the midst of my gigantic to do list, so I thought I’d get on with it! We were on a staycation that included Portsmouth, Legoland and Oxford.
This wasn’t the first time we’d been to Legoland, we went a couple of years ago in the March. Often in March it’s lovely and Spring-like and sunny, but this March was a little bit different. A few days before we drove to Legoland it was snowing there, and we had what I seem to remember was one of the coldest Marches on record.
This did however mean that we were some of the few crazy enough people to actually be there, so we didn’t have to queue for a single ride. Having been there again on a hot sunny day in June, I now appreciate just how brilliant that was.
In the March when we went there, we splashed out on a room in the actual Legoland Hotel with a themed room which was fantastic, the boys had their own area of the room with bunk beds and their own television, there were clues for them to solve when we arrived, which unlocked a safe below a Lego frog, where a Lego treat was waiting for them.
In June we were in a Travel Lodge in Newbury that had really seen better days, so not quite the same! However in June we went with the lovely Lisa from The Love of A Captain, her fiancé Trev – who has been friends with Si since they were about ten, and their lovely little mini man Jack, who the boys love, even Fin who isn’t usually keen on babies.
It was great to catch up with them, and bore the males with some blog talk over the weekend! Jack was so good the whole time we were at Legoland despite it being a seriously hot day and there being a lot of hanging around.
When went in the March, the boys loved every second of it despite the fact that we were absolutely soaked and on most of the rides we had freezing cold rain giving us ‘ice cream’ style headaches as we went around, but we still went on everything there and really got our money’s worth.
This year when we went it was bedlam, ridiculously busy and to be honest considering the price of entry to Legoland Windsor, if we hadn’t already been before I would have been really disappointed as we didn’t get to go on even half the rides and some parts we didn’t get to see, as it took over an hour to get on to a lot of the rides.
I suspect being a Friday, this was a lot to do with school trips, but in future if we decide to go again, it will be on a rainy day or a really out of holiday season time of year. I really don’t recommend going there at such a busy time, unless you love queuing!
Luckily the food places were pretty huge, so despite how busy it was we managed to sit easily and get our food quickly.
One of our favourite rides is the submarine one, which is amazing with glass sides that mean you get to see some fantastic underwater creatures including sharks and stingray, as you go along ‘under the sea’, and luckily we managed to get on this one both times.
Not being able to get on many rides was made slightly less annoying by the fact that Lisa was lovely enough to save tokens from the side of cereal packets for us so that we got two free entries into Legoland, which really helped price wise. If you plan to go to Legoland Windsor, then don’t go paying full price on the day if you can help it!
There are often vouchers on cereal packets and other food items, you can use Tesco clubcard boost to get tickets very cheaply, and there are often offers around online. It’s definitely worth having a look around before you go, as it can save you money.
Taking your own food and drink is another good way to save money, I actually miss the days of having a push chair to take on days out to carry everything, I rarely paid for drinks when I did have one!
Legoland is definitely worth a visit in my opinion though, there’s so much there, that so long as you can actually get on everything it’s worth the money, especially if you’ve used some form of discount.
We had a great time both times that we went, and the boys would happily go again as would we.