Thrilling Family Adventure at CBeebies Land – UK Family Days Out Review

Looking for a fun-filled day out that your little ones will never forget? Look no further than CBeebies Land, the award-winning children’s theme park located within Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire, UK. With rides, interactive experiences, and character meet-and-greets, CBeebies Land offers a magical adventure for children and adults alike. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know to plan the perfect day out at CBeebies Land with your kids. Let’s get started!

Best ages for CBeebies Land

Cbeebies Land is a theme park aimed at a younger audience. The most ideal ages to visit would be between 1 1/2 – 10. We went with our 4-year-old and 18-month-old and it was perfect for both of them. As it’s also attached to Alton Towers it is still the perfect day out for everyone as you can switch between the two all day.

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How much does Alton Towers CBeebies Land cost?

Tickets on the day will cost anyone aged 3 and over a staggering £68. To avoid this I recommend booking in advance. For adults and children aged 3 and over online prices start from £36pp. Children under 3 years of age are FREE!

Are discounts or cheap tickets available for Alton Towers?

Discounts – Lots of companies such as Kellogg’s and The Sun offer 2-for-1 vouchers or adults go free so always check beforehand.

Midweek adult and pre-schooler tickets – If you are attending with a child who isn’t in full-time school it’s £25 Monday – Friday for 1 adult and 1 child aged 4 and under.

Children under 3 are free

Car Parking at Alton Towers

£7 for standard parking. This can be booked in advance or from the machines on the day (it’s the same price either way) The parking is a 10-25 minute walk depending on which car park you are put in though so be prepared for this.

£19 for priority parking. This is a 1-3 minute walk directly at the gates. this must be pre-booked online, you cannot pay at the gate.

How to save money on Alton Towers tickets

CBeebies as a family day out can be an expensive day out. The good news is you can find ways to save money.

  • Visit off-peak if you can, you can get tickets such as the £25 toddler and adult combined tickets
  • Alton Towers Annual Passes, If you plan on returning you may want to buy an Alton Towers Annual Pass. Silver passes start from £99 and the gold £129
  • Merlin Annual Pass, Merlin owns 30 UK attractions including Sea Life, Chessington, Madame Tussauds and Alton Towers. Passes aren’t cheap, however, If you plan on visiting multiple attractions within the year then they are worth the money. Prices start from £89 per person for a Discovery Pass to £299 per person for a Platinum Pass each with different perks and discounts.
  • Kellogg’s ticket offers, at different times of the year Kelloggs offer 2 for 1 or free adult tickets on selected products. Most of them will cost you a couple of pounds so the saving is significant.
  • Sun Savers, keep an eye out for the Sun newspaper. They often do these deals where you collect codes in their newspapers and once you have a certain amount, you can apply for free tickets.

How long do I need at CBeebies Land?

You will need a full day. We arrived at opening and left at closing our day hours were 10 am-5 pm and we still didn’t get to do everything. As with most theme parks, lots of time is wasted queuing for certain popular rides. There are also many things with no queues or very small queues. I would recommend downloading the Alton Towers App before arriving as this gives you updates on queue times and distances.

We live 3 hours away and booked a hotel for the night before to break up the journey.

Alton Towers Hotels

You can choose from four on-site hotels; these can be extremely pricey. The hotels include park tickets as well as special treats, such as Lego gifts for the kids. There are also hotels in surrounding areas that can either be booked through the Alton Towers website as a package or directly.

Onsite hotels –

Woodland Lodges

Fairy-tale woodland lodges. Make a short break truly spellbinding by experiencing our enchanting Woodland Lodges. Whether you’re with friends or small children, you’ll never forget sleeping in the trees!

Alton Towers Hotel

Add extra wows and wonders to your Alton Towers Resort experience as you stay at the Alton Towers Hotel. Its extraordinary combination of splendiferous accommodation, quirky class and fantabulous eccentricity guarantees rocket-loads of giggles and glee for the whole family!

CBeebies Land Hotel

The fun and giggles never stop at the CBeebies Land Hotel! Let loose your tots for live shows and special CBeebies games, plus exciting meet and greets with some of CBeebies’ best-loved characters. 

Splash Landing Hotel

Step inside Splash Landings Hotel and experience all the sunny joys of the Caribbean, right here at home! A short break at Splash Landings Hotel means awesomely-themed rooms, delicious food in exotic family-friendly restaurants and fabulous entertainment. Whatever your age, you’ll find endless delights for all the family to enjoy!

Opening dates and times

Alton Towers Theme Park is open from March until November every year. Check the Alton Towers website for the latest opening times.

Our favourite rides and attractions

We rode as much as we could during our time there. There were also a couple of rides in which the queues were too long for our kid’s patience so we skipped.

  • Iggle Piggle Boat Ride – This was our favourite, we hopped onto our very own boat through the night garden! You can see all the characters and listen to a story on your ride.
  • Postman Pat  – take the wheel of Postman Pat’s van and deliver the parcels for him.
  • Bugby Go-round – We jumped on here as there was no queue and the boys loved it, it’s an independent merry-go-round ride where grownups sit on a bench whilst the kids hop on their own motorbikes.
  • Furchester Hotel – Become a guest at the furchester hotel during a 15-minute interactive show involving some of the muppets and a fun dance.
  • Andy’s Dino Dig – Kids can become palaeontologists with a fun fossil dig and learn about some creatures. Andy appears on a screen talking to the children and they can meet a ‘real life’ dinosaur.

What are the queues like at CBeebies Land?

Depending on the day that you visit and the time of day it varies. During the busier times; school holidays or weekends the queues are long even in CBeebies Land. By lunch, the Iggle Piggle boat ride has a 60-minute queue.

Be prepared to wait for the busier, more popular rides. We visited on an inset day so the park was hectic rides on our day had queues of 30-40 minutes. As a result, we were aiming for only 5-10 minute wait times for the rides. Downloading the Alton Towers app is a must as it gives you the live queue times for each ride.

You can enter the park 1 hour before rides open so I would head to linger around the higher queue areas to jump on before the queues build up.

You can’t queue up with a buggy for most rides but they do have designated buggy parks at most of the rides.

Is it worth buying Fast Track at Alton Towers?

Fastrack tickets are your priority pass to access our most popular rides and rollercoasters. A FastTrack pass gains you access to a dedicated ride entrance.

The Fastrack priority line means that you can maximise your time at Alton Towers


If you are going to CBeebies Land, Fast Track doesn’t include the CBeebies Land Park unfortunately so would be pointless unless you intend on going on some of the bigger main park rides.

Food and drink at Alton Towers

As you would probably imagine there are lots of choices when it comes to food and drink at Alton Towers.

Sit-down lunch spots –

  • Woodcutter’s Bar & Grill
  • Explorer’s Pizza Pasta Buffet
  • Rollercoaster Restaurant
  • The Windmill Restaurant (inside CBeebies Land Hotel)

Grab and go food and drink –

  • Little Explorers Lunchbox (in CBeebies Land)
  • Costa Coffee is dotted everywhere
  • Doughnut Factory
  • The Burger Kitchen
  • Courtyard hot dogs, waffles and doughnuts
  • Coach house confectionery (sells black icecream)

There are also lots of picnic spots dotted around the park so you can bring your own picnic for a cheaper day out.

What to bring to CBeebies Land

Lightweight pushchair – There is a lot of walking in a day at Alton Towers. The park is spread out and a pram comes in handy for little legs. By the end of our day, we actually took a buggy board for our 4-year-old as well as the walk to and from the carpark was 20 minutes! There is plenty of buggy parking outside rides and in sections of the park for you to leave whilst you explore.

Clothing – Check the forecast before you set off, You will be outside most of the day so pack your suncream and hats for warm days and waterproofs for the rain. Don’t forget your most comfy shoes as you’ll definitely get your steps in.

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