Legoland Windsor Pirate Shores Ahoy!

legoland windsor

LEGOLAND have revamped their very popular Pirate Shores area for 2014 and we were invited along on Sunday to take a look and report back on our findings. If you’re planning a visit soon make sure you read our Top Tips first to make the most of your day

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Pirate Shores

Pirate Shores has two main rides, Pirate Falls: Treasure Quest, you WILL get wet but there are dryers at the entrance to the ride which cost £2 and the Jolly Rocker which the girls enjoyed so much they went on it three times during the day. Check Legoland Windsor for height restrictions

legoland windsor jolly rocker

We weren’t able to check out the Castaway Camp and the Enchanted Forest as the bad weather this winter had delayed work but a peek through the building enclosure revealed an amazing play area that children are going to love, it’s due to open by May 2014 so keep an eye out for it.

legoland windsor pirate falls

For an additional charge the children can pan for gold at the Pirate’s Goldwash.

There are also a couple of restaurants, The Burger Kitchen and The Pirate BBQ all selling hot food and drinks.

Knights’ Kingdom

A short walk from Pirates Shores is Knights Kingdom another favourite LEGOLAND area of the girls. Check the pavements for dragon footprints and horseshoe marks left from the knights.

legoland windsor knights kingdom

 

There are three rides in this area the much loved The Dragon a mini roller coaster parting and arriving from the castle. Knights Quest a kind of runaway train on a very bumpy track and Dragon’s Apprentice a mini roller coaster which runs twice around the track.

The Land of the Vikings

A short walk from the Knights Kingdom and you’re in the Land of the Vikings with Viking Games at additional cost but included in your ticket another 4 rides the amazing Vikings’ River Splash (you will get wet on this one), Loki’s Labyrinth, Longboat Invader and the Spinning Spider 

legoland windsor spinning spider

 

Lego City

This is an area well worth a visit and an ‘appointment’ in your schedule as there is a fantastic Pirates of Skeleton Bay stunt show on throughout the day, it’s very entertaining and the children love it, a top tip would be to arrive early and sit on the top of the auditorium for a better view, also make note of the splash zone if you don’t want to get wet during the fun and games ;) We viewed this at midday and it takes about half an hour after which we ate at the City Walk Pizza and Pasta restaurant.

legoland windsor pirates stunt show

City Walk Pizza and Pasta restaurant

legoland windsor city walk pizza and pasta

Excellent value for money, adults £11.95 and children £5.95 for all you can eat. It’s a buffet and you are taken to your table where the waiter/ess hands over plates, cutlery and all the necessities for your meal then you go and help yourselves to salad, pizzas and pasta (there’s only one pasta and it’s Bolognese) You can refill your cups with fizzy drinks or soft drinks as many times as you want too. Don’t forget the children get a Legoland badge each with their meal and can swop them around the park with others from staff or guests (something of a hit with the kids)

legoland orient expedition

Also in Lego City is the arrival and departure of the Orient Expedition, a short train ride around the grounds with lots of fabulous Lego creations of animals to look at as you go, a good one for calming tired children down, there are a couple of water squirters at the beginning of the ride ;)

Digger Challenge was a bit of a tricky game for us as there are two handles to operate on the diggers and it takes a while to get the hang of by which time your told game over! However the kids love it.

L Traffic

What could possibly be more exciting than driving your own car on proper roads with traffic lights, Stop signs and everything kids see on our roads? The Driving School is for children aged 6 – 12

legoland windsor driving school

Kingdom of the Pharaohs

Laser Raiders is the ride inside the building, four people to a car which follows a track in the darkened caves, each person has a laser gun and as you ride you will find lights to shoot at, if you hit the light your gun makes a noise and your score is recorded, we all loved this ride and got very competitive.

Duplo Valley Splash & Play

We were able to visit Duplo Valley at the opening last year and the girls loved it Brickville is a fantastic play area that if you are tired and need a rest, this is the place to stop, there are plenty of structures to play on and it’s in a cordoned off area.

legoland windsor duplo valley

Also there are some great rides especially for the smaller children including Fairytale Brook, a boat takes you around the brook and you are greeted by your favourite fairy tale characters from the story books, a huge hit with our twins.

legoland windsor fairytale brook

 

There are a lot more areas to discover and before you go make sure you read my LEGOLAND Top Tips post so you’re prepared for the Best Day Out Ever. #Fact

Disclosure: We were invited to spend a day out at LEGOLAND to see the new Pirate Shores area

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

Banana and walnut teabread

banana and walnut teabread

After our recent Butlins long weekend away I returned to find all the bananas in the fruit bowl looking very mottled indeed, husband won’t take them into work if they’ve started to turn as the journey mashes them up too much and the girls don’t like the look of them so I have to come up with ideas to get around this without chucking them in the bin.

When dad passed away my brothers and I went over to his flat to go through his bits and pieces, sort out what we each wanted to keep and get rid of the rest. It was a sad job as any child who has lost a parent knows and it took up the best part of a day. One of the rooms I covered was his kitchen, I couldn’t believe the amount of food he had in his freezer, every shelf stocked to full! That was all split three ways, cheers dad!

Dad also had quite a collection of recipe books which I brought home with me and one of them was a classic Delia cookbook – Complete Cookery Course.

My mum also swears by Delia as do so many other women up and down the country so I give you her Banana and walnut teabread which was so good it was gone in two days.

It’s an all in one recipe and gives a moist loaf ideal for picnics or snacks .

Banana and walnut teabread
An extremely easy cake to make and makes excellent use of bananas that aare turning brown that the family don't want to eat.
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Ingredients
  1. 75g margarine or very soft butter
  2. 100g caster sugar
  3. 1 large egg beaten
  4. 225g plain flour
  5. 2 level tsps baking powder
  6. 4 medium bananas peeled
  7. grated rind of 1 orange
  8. grated rind of 1 lemon
  9. 50g chopped walnuts
  10. 10 x 20 cm loaf tin
  11. greaseproof paper
Instructions
  1. Pre heat the oven to 180C Gas mark 4 350 F
  2. Grease the loaf tin and cover the base with greaseproof paper and grease that too.
  3. Place the butter, sugar and egg in a large bowl (I used the food processor), sift over the flour and baking powder
  4. In a separate bowl mash the bananas to a pulp with a fork
  5. Mix the butter, sugar and egg mix until thoroughly combined, don't worry if it looks a bit dry at this stage.
  6. Add the orange and lemon rinds, mashed bananas and chopped walnuts and mix again thoroughly.
  7. Pop the mixture into the loaf tin, level off and bake in the oven for 50 - 55 minutes until the loaf is golden well risen and springs back when pressed with a finger.
  8. Cool on a wire grid to finish
  9. Can be served spread with butter but just as good on its own
Notes
  1. The walnuts can be substituted with any other nuts
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