Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park in London is a festive MUST DO. There is loads to do for all ages, children and parents alike, perfect for your most amazing day out. It is more or less the same like last year, so you can have a very good idea of what it is like if you went in 2021. You will either love it or hate it; there is no in-between I think!
Before I begin, here are my top tips!
TIP #1- budget yourself. Its NOT a cheap day out. I always wondered if the theme park tickets should be as expensive as they are, but after spending money on little rides (5-8£ pp per ride, 3-7£ for younger children), I actually think they are worth every penny you spent. At least you pay once and that’s it. Here you’ll find it hard to keep tabs on how much you are spending and you could spend A LOT here. List of Prices for the major attractions (Ice rink, Giant wheel, ice Kingdom, circus) : HERE
Tip#2: Pre book most of your rides/ game tokens at the time of booking. That way you can spread the cost but most importantly, if you spend over £25 pp then entry to the attraction is free even for peak times – you can save 5-7.5£ pp this way. Check out the rides available for pre-purchase here. Alternatively, you can use your contactless card at some rides or purchase ride tokens from the token booths on site at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.
Tip#3: Arrive earlier in the day if possible. Off peak entry on some days is free and there are fewer crowds and queues for the rides. We arrived at around 12 PM and did all we needed to do. It got quite dark at 4.30- 5ish, so enjoyed all the lights and hustle and bustle etc and then headed back home. There were certainly more adults at this time then younger families and the queues were pretty bad!
Tip#4: if your child is adventurous like mine, and wants to go on “big boy rides”, be prepared for tears. Most of the rides (except for the kiddo ones in Santa land) had a height restriction of 1.2-1.4m, which is perfectly understandable given some of them do look scary, but try telling that to a four year old!
Tip #5: Food is NOT cheap!! Be prepared to spend on average 10£ for anything you want . There are plenty of options but its best if you can bring something with you and may be have little nibbles while here, if you are spending the whole day.
Tip #6: The Winter Wonderland map is split into zones to help you easily find your way around. Pick your entry gate to get you closer to your chosen rides and attractions, then get ready to dive into festive fun. See details on the gates below
Tip #7: If you’re bringing children, pick up a wristband at the entrance and complete your emergency contact details for your child to wear. If you become separated, a wristband is the easiest and safest way to reunite you as quickly as possible.
I can not possibly review everything but will just single out a few bits we loved:
The Magic Ice Kingdom was stunning with 500 tonnes of sculptured ice including secret passageways, the snow-tunnelled ice slide and the crystal carriage of the Ice Palace.The temperatures are sub zero, which is an experience in itself but the attention to detail on the sculptures was just WOW. I have never seen anything like it. Please wrap up warm and dress appropriately!
There is an ice slide in there (free with the ticket)! You have to slide down your bottom on this one through, so be prepared to freeze your butt. There is another longer ice slide outside which is 5£pp, where you sit in one of those rubber rings and wear a helmet. It is bigger and better for 2022 with 6 lanes. Be prepared for long queues especially if you arrive later
The Giant wheel is the tallest transportable wheel in the world. The ride was just the “right length” and you can not only see the attractions from the top but also enjoy London’s epic skyline. Be prepared for long queues especially if you arrive later; its best to pre-book this
We did not go to the circus because I did not think we would be able to fit it all in one go. However, I hear that Circus Megadome is the UK’s largest circus tent. Zippos Christmas Circus is aimed at young families with performances at 13:00, 14:30 and 16:00. Cirque Berserk is aimed at families with older children, and is on at 18:00, 19:30 and 21:00. At 45 minutes, the fun-packed show is the perfect length for the family, leaving plenty of time to enjoy with your family. Most of the reviews I have read are actually good and if you are going on a rainy day, it will offer some shelter.
Santa Land has family oriented rides; you can enjoy 4 Santaland rides for just £10 but please check the ride restrictions beforehand if you need to sit in with your kids in the ride or not. Also look out for the symbol on-site to show which rides are available on this offer as not all are taking part.
There is also the ice rink if anyone is interested. We still cant skate 🙁
🗺 Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London W2 2UH
🎟 Entry fee applies- please check prices HERE
🚘 No dedicated parking available and drive into central London only if you dare! The nearest tube stations are: Victoria, Bond Street, Knightsbridge, Green Park, Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner.
The map to find which gate suits you best is HERE and HERE
For full details on public transport, walking and cycling routes to Hyde Park, visit www.tfl.gov.uk.
🚻 Porta-Loos on site
🍕 Refreshments available on site
🧺 Picnics possible
🦽Buggy accessible but terrain could be slippery/ muddy especially after rain. There is a buggy park dedicated to Circus ticket holders for use during the performance only. Due to fire regulations, pushchairs and prams cannot be taken into the Circus Megadome auditorium under any circumstances. There are no other buggy parks at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Pushchairs and prams cannot be taken onto The Giant Wheel.
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