We visited 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park for a birthday party. The kids had a blast, of course, and loved every minute of it. I, on the other hand, am 50-50 on this one. I can not even pinpoint a big reason, which is sad, really, because it has all the right ingredients to make everyone happy. Soft play area, massive Outdoor frame, Dinosaur Kingdom, Go Karts, Miniature train ride, Tractor Ride, Peddle Karts, Dolphin Boats, to name a few. Sometimes its about the small little things that leaves a niggling doubt in your mind and thats probably what’s happened here.
Firstly, I dont know which category to place 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park in. Is it a farm park? it says so but the farm part isn’t much of a farm to be honest. There is a medium sized barn with pens of lambs/sheep, some rabbits and a few goats, but the variety leaves a lot to be desired for. Its not really a theme park? They do have a few rides but not a lot more than what bigger farm parks like Hogshaw Farm offer. It also looked tired and a bit run down in places, not everywhere though, some parts seem to have been freshly painted, others were in need of it. There were signs of refurbishment and a water pool and sandy play was in the process of completion, so I bet kids would love it here once that is up and running!
The frame of the soft play is quite big, but children were really experiencing the ultimate rush of adrenaline in the three side-by- side colossal drop slides. Ay wouldn’t try the drop slides (thanks to the scare from the slippery slopes in Bedazzled in Norfolk) and again I felt so sad about it. There is also a laser tag arena which is included in the price of the ticket and was awesome.
The main outdoor play frame is massive, with long vertical slides. To go down, you need to wear the foot sacks, which I would definitely recommend. My son, Ay, got a friction burn on the exposed part of his hand when he went down without them. There are a few other play areas as well, but it wasn’t easy to find them. There were a lack of signs, so we just wandered around trying to find everything. I have included a picture of the map in the gallery below
It was a very hot day, and most of us were hiding inside the soft play area because there was not much shade outside. There was no air conditioning inside, so it also got really so it got really hot and stuffy inside after a while too. 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park is a predominantly outdoor place, so it may seem wrong of me to think so, but some shelter outside would have been welcome. The parents just sitting there without any shade were sweating profusely. The children were happy playing, not bothered at all by the heat, apart from asking for water every 8-10 minutes. Some water points outside to fill in water bottles would have been good. I probably wouldn’t have noticed (or written about) all of this if it wasn’t such a hot day. The review would have been much happier I think..lol
Moving to the rest of the park, the dino part was awesome. The kids get to drive a miniature safari jeep around a track with the dinosaurs and even get to go through a mini stream. It was perhaps the most fun part of our adventure. There was also a medium sized sandpit next to the dino part, which had dinosaur bones and. fossils hidden in it. Ay really wanted to go into it but as soon as he took off his shoes, and put his foot on the sand, he came running out saying “lava lava, its burning lava!!”
Ay also really enjoyed the dolphin boats. These boats move when you pedalled the lever on the side using your hands. He loved racing the boats with his friends. There were some older boys in the group, who started jumping into the water for fun but the staff just laughed it off. I don’t blame the boys; it was very hot (I wished I could do the same), but how about having some ground rules and ensuring they are followed. Another area which could have been better supervised was the doughnut slides, as some children were not queuing and would go up and down multiple times in a row, not letting others have a turn.
Jumping pillows are always a hit with us and having two big ones ensured everyone had enough space without falling over each other. The Tractor Ride was fun. The cart was under cover, and the tractor was moving, so it was the coolest part of the day for us 😀 We only got to see a few alpacas and a bull enroute but the driver and the commentary kept the children amused (and vice versa). The driver was very patient with the boys who were literally high on sugar by this point.
There are also miniature trains, electric go karts, pedal go karts (on a gravel track which weren’t easy to maneouvre around), a toddler train, and a basketball court. The huge Beach with a sand pit and water pool was under construction, and it looks like it will be a great addition to the park . I hear they also have Pedalos in the lake in the summer holidays, which would definitely add to the value of the place.
As I was writing my review, it dawned on me how much there actually was to do at 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park. Despite my rant, it is good value for money for 15£ pp. Overall, I think 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park has the potential to be a great day out. The rides and attractions are fun, but the park could be better organised and maintained and the staff could also be more proactive in enforcing safety rules
Address: Newbury Road, Headley, Thatcham RG19 8JY
ENTRANCE FEE APPLIES. Prices 2023 online from £15.00 Adults and Children over 1, 1 year olds £4.95 Under 1 Free on the door adult £18.50 child £18.50 Children 1 year olds £4.95
Different activities continue throughout the season (please see website for more details)
Free Parking on site
There are toilets in the main building and one unisex toilet near the mini golf.
Refreshments available on site.
Picnic are allowed in designated areas
Most of the Park is accessible for wheelchairs, buggies and mobility scooters, though the terrain can be bumpy.
Dogs not allowed.