What To Expect From Your Visit Post Lockdown
[AD-Gifted] We are big fans of Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, and this was the 8th time we have visited the park. Following the re-opening of the park in July, I wasn’t sure how the new rules would affect our day out. However I am pleased to say the restrictions did not alter the enjoyment at all, and we all had a great time. So if you’re wondering what to expect from visiting Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure post lockdown read on.
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure is located near Lanwade between Norwich and Fakenham. We spend a lot of time in the school holidays in North Norfolk, and have visited the park for the last 8 years. This years visit was always going to be a little bit different, and post lockdown I’m not going to lie I was a little nervous about visiting a potentially crowded ‘theme park’.
However I needn’t of worried. The park have put into place several measures to ensure staff and visitor safety. You have to pre-book tickets and are given a time slot to arrive. This staggered entry system along with the park restricting the number of visitors each day, means there was no queue at the entrance and no crowds.
The park is spread over 85 acres and the majority of the attractions are outside, so social distancing is not a problem, and of course there were lots of hand sanitising stations dotted around the park.
Our Day at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
We started our day on the Dinosaur trail. This is now a one way trail, and the only way down to the bottom of the park. They have widened the path as well, which means the kids could still freely run around looking for their favourite dinosaurs.
Are You Scared of Heights?
Once down the bottom of the park, we headed for the Predator High Ropes. This attraction opened 2 years ago and is now one of the kids favourite parts. It is a 34m long high ropes adventure course and parrellel sky rails, with 3 lanes and 2 levels of difficulty to choose from. You can go back and forth as you please as long as there is only one person on each element at a time (excluding parents helping their children). This year it was quite nice, because all 3 children wanted to go on their own and we only queued for 10 minutes. They had fun and I watched from terra firma with a cup of tea!
If you are planning on doing it then you must wear closed in shoes, long hair must be tied back, and not skirts or dresses. Children over 1m can go on the high ropes if accompanied by an adult, and if they are 1.2m they can go on unaccompanied. It looks scary, but is perfectly safe and you are securely strapped into a harness. There are some other restrictions so check on the website if you’re not sure.
Whilst down the bottom of the park we checked out the Secret Animal garden. Sadly the animal encounters aren’t going ahead, but they do have a Secret Animal Garden show on the new Dippy Live stage. There is a one way system around the Secret Animal Garden and they ask you to wear face coverings in the barn, but otherwise it was as it would be normally.
Afterwards we made our way up the Neanderthal walk, which is now one way, back to the main part of the park. Again the path was wide, and the kids love running up the hill spotting the animals as they go.
Plenty of Room to play!
At the top of the park is a very large area of outside play equipment including nets, slides, tunnels and assault courses. Loads of room for the kids to run around, and plenty of shade and picnic tables for adults to rest.
Whilst we were settled we stopped for lunch. The food outlets in the park are open as a takeway service. As a nice surprise we found out that they are participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, so our lunch was very cheap indeed!
To one side of the large play area is the new Dippy Live stage, which has several live shows throughout the day. My children were more inticed by all the play equipment to be honest, but it’s a great addition for little children.
Dippy’s Raceway- New for 2020
Another new attraction this year is Dippy’s Raceway, that only opened a few days before our visit. This was a small race track with electric cars that the kids could ride. Fortunately there wasn’t much of a queue, so the kids had several goes. In fact I couldn’t get them off them!
Dippy’s Splash Zone
Afterwards we headed to another of the kids’ firm favourites, Dippy’s Splash Zone. You have to book a half hour slot, which you do on the day of your visit. My kids love watching the big bucket fill up with water and then stand underneath it when it empties.
The rest of the day was filled with the kids running around the play equipment, the lost world A-mazing Adventure, looking for fossils in X-tinction and having a go on the pedal carts. There so much to do, and so much space for the kids to run around and enjoy.
At the end of the day we headed to the gift shop to buy some souveniers, and then exited the park through the one way system. The kids were pleased to see that even though the stamp trail is no longer there, they still got a souvenier medal on exiting the park. They have quite a collection now!
All in all we had a great day out again. The new restrictions didn’t hamper the kids fun and excitement, and it felt like a very safe environment to be in, even for a nervous nelly like me. It definetly remains one of our highlights of visiting North Norfolk.
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Disclaimer: We were gifted our tickets to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in return for this review, but all words and opinions are my own.
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