For almost 20 years my sister has been raving about a mystical place called Pet’s Corner. A place so wonderful it enchants and exhausts young children and blesses parents with an easy day and often an easy night to follow. Apparently this nirvana was near Lincolnshire so I’ve been googling it since we came to live here but I drew a blank so I thought it had gone to theme park heaven.
Anyway, I told my nephew we were planning to go Sundown Adventureland (my nephew is the son of my Pet’s Corner obsessed sister, who now has a child of his own). ”That’s it!” he cried. That’s what? “Pet’s corner!”. So the sneaky park changed its name on the hush hush.
We arrived there at around lunchtime and were only 4 parking rows from the entrance. Ooh, it seemed awfully quiet. Too close to the entrance and no-one wants to visit. Too far away and it will be too cramped to enjoy it. So we breezed in and headed straight to Honey’s Pumpkin Pie Cafe. (There is a definite theme to my blogs – parking and food!). Very basic food and small portions but perfect for a cheap carb induced energy shot.
Our first attraction was the Under Five’s Play Area.
This was an animal themed play park with monkey swings an arc climbing frame and snail slides. I think that Tod could have stayed here for the whole afternoon but we persuaded him to move on to more exciting things. We headed over to the wild west area which has another play park based on a cowboy fort. This was a little run down with some cordoned off rides and even a couple of workmen fixing a slide. They could have at least put on some leather chaps and a 10 gallon hat!
There was a lot of different things to do in this section – a boat ride (prepare to get a little wet); a train ride an indoor play area and lots of photo opps. One clever feature of this park is that there are lots of buttons for the kids to press that trigger guitar playing bears or singing pirates or dancing mice or any other kind of performing creature you could imagine.
We still had so much to do and Tod was having so much fun but as with every good tale there was a tragedy about to unfold.
When we arrived at the park there were numerous signs telling us that lots of wasps were about. So we were observant and when we were pestered by a couple of the persistent little buggers we shooed them off and carried on our way. Except one of them took a particular liking to Tod’s young blood and stung him on the neck. The huge scream and look of pure pain was truly awful but after some serious snuggles and a few layers of rescue remedy he was ready to carry on.
Our next stop was Lollipoppet Castle which is a sweet (candy) themed castle. Not a great deal to do here so we were quickly on to toy town. Be aware that although this appears to be individual shops the 1st floor actually runs the perimeter of the “town”. I only realised this when Tod disappeared up some stairs and didn’t re-emerge for 5 minutes. Great for older kids to explore though.
There was still so much to do but Tod’s stamina was slowly waning so we chose to miss Crash Landings indoor play area and Captain’s Sandy Play cove and gave Sunny Down farm just a brief visit. In our final hour we went on the Robin Hood and Tractor rides; very, very low thrill but again the kids loved them. We saw a resurgence from him at the Angry Birds play area which is large scale play park.
However, this was his last stand. The park had worn him out. And we still have rides and attractions that are unexplored so we will definitely be returning. The park has a Christmas Spectacular, from 9th November to Christmas Eve, with extra stalls, decorations and a Christmas themed ride (kids between 2-10 will get a free gift from Santa but they advise that you book for this ride). Tickets are usually £11.95 for adults and children over 2 and £13.95 for the Christmas spectacular. I can’t think of anywhere more likely to get yourself and young kids in the mood for Christmas.