Yesterday, we went to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. This is an interesting experience – there are loads of rides and kids love it but nearly all the good rides require you to be at least 1.2 metres tall; my son is 1.1 metres so he kept getting turned away.
It is amazingly expensive – my husband made the point that we were paying central London prices for, essentially, a fairground. Rides were 6 tokens each (each token was £1 so that is £6 a ride for the good ones) and a bag of sugared doughnuts were £5.50.
The best thing was the Magical Ice Kingdom – it is full of ice sculptures and looks fantastic – perhaps the reason I was so into it was that it is so damn warm in London this winter. However, this is also extraordinarily expensive – the cheapest price for two adults, a four year old and a two year old was £28.
It is -8C (17.6F) so I was glad that I brought the kids’ hats. Although it looks super, it isn’t huge and didn’t feel like great value for money. The dude letting people onto the ice slide was actually sort of rude, which would usually have floated past me but is rather galling when you’re doing something REALLY expensive. Perhaps I just wasn’t in a terribly good mood yesterday.
There are lots of other rides and things to look at.
My husband’s old work used to have their Christmas do in the Bavarian Beer Hall – it’s basically a giant tent with a load of German beer and some bands on in the evening. I went last year and it was a lot of fun.
One thing I did notice was that there were loads of groups of adults wandering around. I can understand adults coming in the evening – that is fun – but I can’t really see the pleasure in the daytime. Perhaps I’m just an old ragbag though. Plus I absolutely HATE fairground rides so spent a lot of time trying to amuse my daughter while my husband and son went on rides.