On Thursday evening my family and I were invited to review Cardiff’s Winter Winterland.
We’ve been taking our twin girls ice skating there every year for the past year, so we were very excited to have the chance to go again.
In return for this review we were gifted food, ride tokens and an ice skating session.
The ice skating is usually one of the main attractions for us, but this year the funfair really stood out.
There seemed to be a lot more rides this year, and the big wheel that’s usually there was replaced with an epic 90ft tower ride! Sadly I didn’t get the chance to have a go, but it looked amazing! Check out the video!
Walking up to Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland was a magical sight in itself.
We could see the twinkly lights of the ice skating rink from down the street, as well as the top of the tower ride peeking over Cardiff Museum.
The nearer we got the more we could hear the music of the funfair and smell the delicious food!
As we came in straight from an after school club, we decided it was best to eat first.
The bar area, SUR LA PISTA, is new this year and is spread over two floors. Just outside the bar is a food area where you can buy hot food, crepes, sweets and drinks.
Our children had the kids meals deal which was a ‘happy meal’ style box of chicken nuggets and chips with a fruit shoot. Each kids meal was £5 which I thought was a good price for the quantity and quality of food.
My husband and I had a hot dog each, which I have to admit weren’t the best! I’d probably opt for a chicken burger next time or perhaps just some chips!
After food we headed to the rides. In order to go on the rides you need buy tokens from the token booth. Tokens cost £1 each with most rides costing 2-3 tokens.
The dodgems were expensive at 3 tokens per car making it 6 tokens (£6) for a family of four.
We always knew that the rides would be expensive, so it’s best to perhaps let children know in advance that they won’t be going on them all!
After the fun of the dodgems, our girls opted for a festive Santa train ride which was very fun as pretend snow blew out over the children as they went round!
They then went on a hot air balloon style ride and then their last ride was the ‘Ski Lift’.
Like all funfairs there were also stalls where you can win massive cuddly toys! We didn’t have a go of these, but we did see a few people carrying the massive toys around that they’d won!
Before long it was time for ice skating! We booked the 6.30pm session. Prices are as follows:
- Adults (16+) £10 + booking fee
- Children (3-15) £8 + booking fee*
- Student (with valid ID) £8 + booking fee
- Family (2 adults, 2 children) £30 + booking fee
- Accessibility – Adult (16+) £10 + booking fee
- Accessibility- Child (3-5) £8 + booking fee
*Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult on the ice over the age of 18.
You can also hire a penguin skate aid for £5 + booking fee. These are for children under 4ft.
Our girls started off with the penguin skate aids, but were soon skating without them whilst holding mummy and daddy’s hands.
The skate marshal’s on the ice were great at helping fallen skaters, and were very friendly too.
Each skate session lasts one hour, and we had so much fun on the ice! The only downside for me is that there is no toilet in the area where you get your skates from. With children on the ice this would have been a great facility to have nearby. Instead my daughter and I had to take our skates off, pop our shoes back on and walk over to the bar area for her to use the toilet and then head back, and swap our shoes for skates again. It only took about five minutes, but it was a slight inconvenience.
Overall, we had an amazing time at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland and would definitely recommend going along! It’s a great place to visit as a family, and we can’t wait to go back!