We are huge fans of Lightwater Valley and think it is such a good value day out for families with children of primary school age. A few years ago we enjoyed FrightWater Valley which was so much fun. We would have loved to return this year but were on holiday in Scotland during half term so it wasn't meant to be. Instead, we decided to visit the park for their fireworks extravaganza which is held over 2 days in October/November every year. There are always lots of special offers on the Lightwater Valley website and you could pick up theme park and firework tickets for just £14 online.
Angry Bird Land
We arrived around lunchtime after a much needed lie in and were blessed with fine weather. We had lots of fun playing in the giant outdoor Angry Bird Land and the grown ups even joined in with some of the Angry Bird challenges.
Land TrainNext up was the land train. This departs from near the park entrance every 20 minutes and is a nice way to get from one side of the park to the other - we spotted a few technicians setting up the fireworks for the evening's display in the lake.
Mini RollercoastersJack and Heidi are now both tall enough to go on quite a few rides without an adult (hooray!) and loved riding the mini rollercoasters - I love Jack's cheeky face as he rides the caterpillar!
Smaller RidesWe enjoyed lots of smaller rides too - the good thing about visiting a theme park in the autumn is that there are generally no queues so you can ride time and time again.
We tried to encourage Harry to have a blast on the pirate ship that goes upside down or ride the Ultimate however he was having none of it!
The Ferris Wheel
You can take a short walk through the woods to find the ferris wheel which is always a favourite in our family, especially as 6 people can fit inside one pod together. The views of the lake and park are wonderful.
Eagle Creek FarmOf course we had to visit Eagle Creek Farm too - the younger ones love driving the grown ups around in a tractor around a real farm with real animals. We love the pigs!
Heidi loves a challenge and we were really proud of her when she managed to climb to the top of the climbing wall. The boys had no interest though and preferred burning off their energy in the indoor Angry Birds Space themed soft play next door (which is also a good place to stop for coffee).
The anticipation was building as the sun started to set and the countdown for the fireworks begun. We enjoyed riding on the fairground rides and carousel and eating hot dogs as we waited.
The FireworksWe took our spot on the wall and danced along to the music and before we knew it, it was time.
The fireworks lasted around 10-15 minutes and really were superb. The sky lit up and fireworks danced to hits from Skyfall, Jurassic Park, Thunderbirds and my personal favourite - Frozen.
We bought some doughnuts as we left the theme park and sat on the wall together to eat them as the car park cleared. We all agreed the fireworks had been worth the wait and we will definitely be looking to return next year.