Gulliver’s World is a family theme park aimed at children up to the age of 12. It’s smaller than a lot of UK theme parks. It is also quieter and it is ASD friendly, so we decided to pay a visit.
I have visited this theme park with children of all ages. On this occasion I took a 13 year old, an 11 year old and a 9 year old. Yes the 13 year old is probably almost too old for the Gulliver’s Parks but it turned out to be a great day enjoyed by all.
We avoided a lot of the very small rides aimed at much younger children, but embraced our inner child and went on a few of them anyway. we also tried out all the bigger rides.
A couple of the rides have changed since our last visit. Two of the smaller roller coasters have been replaced with water rides. One is a water slide that you go down on an inflatable and the other is an unusual water rollercoaster/rapids ride that you go round in a raft. We loved this one! The kids went on it three times and even the adults enjoyed it. You did get a bit wet but not completely soaked.
There was a small cooking room where the kids could decorate cakes at no extra cost and a craft stand where they could make sock puppets. I was told this was because it was school holidays but that they do have the free extra activities at different times throughout the year.
There were a lot of rides suitable for much younger children and the park is pushchair friendly. There are also many play areas for younger children and reasonably priced food available to purchase, although you are able to take your own picnic into the park.
We had a lot of fun on rides big and small and very much enjoyed our visit.
Taking a child with an ASD to Gulliver’s World?
One free carer is admitted to the park.
If you go to the shop on the way into the park, they will give you a wristband and ride pass. The pass has ten tear off numbers and enables you to enter at the exit of ten rides to skip the queue. The lady explained to me that generally the queues did not get very busy so to plan which rides we used the pass for. We only really needed it for the big roller coaster and the new raft ride. Apart from that queues were very short.
The child does not have to be the one wearing the wristband and I wore it instead. This was great as my son does not like wearing wristbands at all.
On busy days, there may be other ride pass holders, so expect to wait at least 1 ride cycle.
The park has a lot of quieter areas, rest areas and open space to run around in.
Book tickets online before you go to avoid queueing for tickets at the park entrance and proceed straight to the bag check and entrance gate.
I found discount tickets online at https://tickets.picniq.co.uk which worked fine but I had to purchase the concessionary ticket on the Gulliver’s website to get the free carer ticket. Tickets are cheaper bought in advance online than on the gate. The Gulliver’s website is: http://www.gulliversfun.co.uk.