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16 tips for visiting Alton Towers cBeebies Resort and water park with young children

We spent a weekend at Alton Towers water park, theme park and resort. Whilst we had a brilliant time, a few tips could have made our stay even better. We were among the first people to try out the cBeebies hotel. We also put both cBeebies Land within Alton Towers theme park and the Splash Landings waterpark through their paces.

Our children were aged 3 and 5, so the perfect age for the cBeebies experience. I wanted to share the things that would have improved our stay so that others will hopefully have a better time. Here’s a quick video of what you can expect from your stay at Alton Towers and my tips are below!

The Alton Towers cBeebies Hotel

1. Pick the right hotel for the age of your children

The CBeebies Hotel only opened in July 2017, so everything is shiny and new. The whole hotel is geared up towards young children and the girls were incredibly excited to stay there. The rooms are all themed, ours was a CBeebies bug themed room. However, if your children have grown out of CBeebies on the television, they will also be too old for this hotel.

Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark
Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark
Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark
Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark
Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark

2. Check the entertainment plan

The entertainment all involves cBeebies characters and the presenters are incredibly engaging. The characters all make an appearance and children will love having their photo taken with them. My girls adore Swashbuckle and loved the Swashbuckle gameshow. We had originally booked dinner for this time, but were able to have a bit of flexibility on it so that they could watch the show. They also loved meeting some of their other favourites characters including Octonauts and Iggle Piggle.

Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark
Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark

3. The Alton Towers theme park ‘secret’ priority pass

We had to collect theme park tickets from the hotel on arrival as part of our booking. When we arrived, they handed over the park tickets and our lanyards and badges to show we were staying in the hotel. They told us we’d pick up the key later, which was fine.

However, what they neglected to mention was that there were also priority ride tickets for us when we collected the keys. Each of us was able to go on one ride in the Alton Towers theme park without queueing. As they knew we were going to the theme park on our arrival day, it seems ridiculous that they didn’t give the passes to us for that day. Instead, they didn’t mention the priority tickets and gave them to us when we collected our keys. We ended up going back into the theme park after our day at the Alton Towers water park on our second day to use the passes.

4. The food at Alton Towers cBeebies hotel

We were really impressed with some elements of the menu at the cBeebies hotel. In particular, we liked the fact that the children’s menu was exactly the same as the adult menu but with smaller portions. The girls loved the design your own pizza option. This allowed them to put stickers on a picture of a pizza to say what they wanted on it. The picture was then given to the chef to could cook what they’d asked for.

Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark

Another highlight was the help yourself salad bar on a windmill in the centre of the room. This was full of healthy options and you could have it as a side, starter or main. However, the salad bar was definitely the only redeeming feature of the vegetarian menu. The only veggie options were pizza, pasta or sausage and mash. I wasn’t particularly enthused by any of those choices since I am veggie and prefer a healthy option. I didn’t end up ordering from the menu at all and filled up on the salad bar instead.

Alton Towers theme park and cBeebies Land

5. Allow plenty of time for visiting Alton Towers theme park

If you’re visiting at the weekend, the queues in cBeebies land are quite substantial. Some were up to an hour. Then you need to factor in the lunch, snack and toilet breaks and the day starts to ebb away. We didn’t make it out of cBeebies land at all and we spent two afternoons at the Alton Towers theme park. There are actually several rides young children can go on in the rest of the park, including the Runaway Mine Train, Frog Hopper and Gallopers Carousel.

6. Plan for the queues

You do expect to queue at a theme park and no queues were over an hour even on a busy weekend. However, this can be more problematic with young children. There was one occasion when we got to the front of a 40 minute queue and Lia announced that she needed the toilet. Luckily she decided she could wait until after the ride, but it was a lesson learned. Regular toilet stops are a must!

Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark

7. Food and drink in Alton Towers theme park

We took a picnic to the theme park to save a bit of money, although there are plenty of places to buy food at Alton Towers. This ended up being a bit of a godsend with young children though. We got through three big bottles of water between us in a day, mostly in the queues when we were stood in the sunshine. It was also great being able to hand them a snack in the queue when they were getting bored.

On the second day, we didn’t have a picnic so we intended to go to the rollercoaster restaurant just before we went home. Sadly though, the signposts for this were incredibly misleading. From the monorail stop by the car park, there are signposts for the rollercoaster restaurant leading away from the monorail. We therefore got the monorail back to the car park and went to look for the rollercoaster restaurant. Only to be told that we’d have to get the monorail back into the park to go to the restaurant. Needless to say we didn’t bother. We grabbed a sandwich in the cBeebies hotel instead.

8. Dress for the weather

Most of the queues are outside, so it would have been pretty miserable in the rain without a waterproof. The same goes for the sunshine. We covered our two in suncream before going to the park and carried it with us. This, along with hats and sunglasses, gave us peace of mind that we could stay outside in the queues for as long as it took without worrying about the heat or sunshine.

Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark

9. It’s not all about the rides

Maybe it’s just me, but every time I go to Alton Towers, I feel like I should do nothing but go on rides. But the children see it differently. The fact that they can go in a playground anytime is irrelevant to them. The girls loved the Tree Foo Tom play park, Nina’s Science Lab and the Charlie and Lola play area. But most of all, they had a brilliant time in the Justin’s House Pie-O-Matic Factory. There was no queue for this either, so it comes highly recommended!

Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark
Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark

10. Take one adult per young child if you can

Libby has always been a bit braver than Lia when it came to rollercoasters. This meant that they did want to go on different things. Rather than all queueing for the Octonauts rollercoaster when Lia didn’t want to ride it, I took her on a different ride while Libby queued with my husband. It was really useful having one adult to each child.

Having taken both girls around a theme park on my own a couple of times before, it is much easier to take an extra adult with you if you can do it. Some rides only allow two people to sit together and children under 1.1 metres often have to sit with an adult so having two children to one adult can mean they can’t go on everything.

Alton Towers water park

11. Take a buoyancy aid to the Alton Towers water park

Libby is a brilliant swimmer for her age, she’d happily swim a couple of lengths and can tread water for a long time. Despite this, I felt so much better with her wearing a buoyancy aid at the Alton Towers water park. I like to use one that doesn’t restrict their arms, so I would highly recommend the Konfidence swim jacket. There are certain areas of the pool that non-swimmers won’t be able to go in without some sort of buoyancy aid. They will also need one for the water slides.

Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark

12. Ask staff to find out which slides young children can use

I thought that the signs within the water park were rather poor. There were signs for the big slides, which made it clear they weren’t suitable for children under 1.1 metres tall. However, we were totally unaware that there are other slides that young children can ride with you. Luckily, a brilliant member of staff saw us looking lost and showed us around.

Children over the age of 3 can ride on the rush ‘n’ rampage slides in the Alton Towers water park. If they’re under 1.1 metres tall, they must be with an adult. Anybody can ride on the flash floods slides and both of my two went down on our laps. All the slides do tip you out into a pool so non-swimmers couldn’t go on them alone.

13. Check the opening times for the outdoor area of the Alton Towers water park

The outdoor part of Alton Towers water park opens slightly later than the indoor area. The bubbly wubbly pool (a warm pool a bit like a jacuzzi) opens just after the outdoor area. This is only suitable for children aged five years and over. It’s a lovely place to go and warm up as the rest of the outdoor pool is quite chilly!

Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark

14. Grab a rubber ring for the lazy river

There are rubber rings available in the lazy river and they’re a great way to chill out. However, there aren’t that many of them and they’re just floating around in there, rather than being available to take from a particular location. So if you see one free when you get in there, grab it!

15. Keep a close eye on weak and non-swimmers

There are some areas where the currents in the pool are quite strong. In particular, the entrance / exit to the lazy river is quite tough to swim through. I wouldn’t let a child go in there alone unless they were an incredibly competent swimmer.

16. You probably won’t need a whole day in the Alton Towers water park

We had planned to spend a whole day in the Alton Towers water park. However for young children, that’s probably too long. A morning was plenty of time, after which we headed back to the theme park to use the priority passes we’d been unaware of the day before. If you do decide to stay all day, there is a restaurant there so you can get lunch and go back in afterwards.

Alton Towers Theme Park and cBeebies Land Hotel | Alton Towers is one of the leading theme parks in the United Kingdom. It is located in Staffordshire in the Midlands. Find out my top tips for making the most of your visit with young children. Characters to meet from In the Night Garden to Bing. Includes a look at the Alton Towers Waterpark, cBeebies Land, cBeebies Land hotel and a video. #AltonTowers #ThemePark #WestMidlands #Kids #Children #Toddlers #DaysOut

Please note, we attended Alton Towers resort, theme park and water park courtesy of Konfidence. I was not asked to produce this post and it was not written in association with Alton Towers.


  1. Alyssa Stokes
    July 12, 2017 / 7:07 am

    Great post. I’d been debating taking J but I think the waiting in ques would ruin it.

    • July 12, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Ahh that’s a shame, you could try going on a weekday?

  2. July 12, 2017 / 7:19 am

    Great tips! Good to know what the queues are like and how good the water park is. My two would love the water park. The priority passes sound brilliant too, great for when there is a really long queue! 🙂 x

    • July 12, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Thanks Jenny, I’m sure your two would love it!

  3. Bec Webb
    July 12, 2017 / 8:31 am

    Sounds great! Me and hubby are looking t having a few days break somewhere in the UK which has day trips suitable for our two. May check this out! Great to have some tips! Thanks!

    • July 12, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Thanks Bec, you’d all have a brilliant time, we’ll definitely go back.

  4. July 12, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Hi Nat, it looks like you had a good weekend away, it’s a shame there were a few hiccups, but that’s to be expected when something is new.

    You’ve shared some great tips that I am sure will help other parents. The hotel looks fab and I’m sure any child would be tickled pink to stay there.


    • July 12, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      Thank you Debbie. It was a lovely weekend and the hiccups definitely didn’t spoil it, we’d go again in a heartbeat.

  5. July 13, 2017 / 9:13 am

    The hotel looks amazing! Great tips! It’s interesting to hear that even somewhere like Alton Towers doesn’t get everything quite right – like the ride passes with the keys! The lack of healthy food (both vegetarian and meat) at theme parks is a big bugbear of mine. We’ve been to the water park too and we were probably in there for about three hours – that was plenty!

    • July 25, 2017 / 8:24 am

      Oh I totally agree about theme park food. Especially as you go to something like a little music festival and they always manage to have healthy options available.x

  6. July 13, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    The CBeebies hotel looks amazing, I bet the girls loved it! My girls are the perfect age for Cbeebies and I thinking about taking them to Cbeebiesland for their birthday’s this summer x

    • July 25, 2017 / 8:20 am

      Oh they’d really love it Laura, you definitely should go.x

  7. July 17, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    We’ve been thinking about going to CBeebies land for ages so this post is completely perfect timing for me. I’m wondering now whether my toddler will freak out at every queue 🙂

    • July 25, 2017 / 8:11 am

      Perhaps try going on a weekday when it’s not school holidays? We definitely went at a busy time.x

  8. July 25, 2017 / 10:37 am

    This looks magical for young kids! I know my boys would absolutely love it (aged 2 and 3). Next time we’re home in the UK I’m going to try and fit this in somehow. I particularly love how the kids get to order their pizza – genius! #familytraveltips

  9. July 25, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    I have a horrible feeling that my daughter would love this – not so sure about Daddy though! #familytraveltips

  10. July 26, 2017 / 10:57 am

    Some great tips and looks like you had a nice time – we had a fab time at the hotel, CBeebies Land and Splash Landings – probably could have done with more time in the water park as L enjoyed it so much.

  11. July 31, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    We havent been to Alton Towers in years. Last time our eldest was a baby! Would love to go again. Great tips #familytraveltips

    • August 6, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      Thank you, it was a lovely weekend.

  12. August 3, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Great post with brilliant tips, we went to cbeebies land a couple of years ago and she loved meeting the characters. We didn’t stay over though. I love the menu idea of designing your pizza x

    • August 6, 2017 / 10:31 pm

      Thank you, it was a lovely weekend.

  13. Joanne Graves
    August 16, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    Some great tips. Another very handy tip is to get the free Parent Queue Share pass from Guest Services especially if you have a young child. This helped us greatly.

    • August 17, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you Joanne, that’s a brilliant tip. We’ll have to look into that next time we go.

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