Spending time with cousins is such a special thing. Jessica always adored spending time with her cousins Ebony and Erin. She was so excited about them coming to visit in the Easter holidays. We had some discount entry vouchers for Chessington World of Adventures that we’d been given at the annual pass weekend and the girls were looking forward to going to Chessington together for the first time. Sadly, it also turned out to be Jessica’s last day out as she passed away suddenly four days later. It was lovely though that she did get to enjoy that day out with her cousins that she had been looking forward to.
Parking on arrival at Chessington that day was a rather interesting experience. The car park fields were very boggy thanks to all the rain we’d had in the preceding weeks and we ended up having to park along the road leading to the exit. Trying to make our way along the rows of parked cars, and those still trying to park, with Jessica’s buggy was somewhat challenging! On the plus side, we didn’t have to pay for parking that day because of it.
As usual, the Gruffalo River Ride Adventure was our first port of call. We posed for a photo at the entrance to the ride as it was a good opportunity to get a photo of the six of us together. As the boats only hold five people, we had to split into two groups of three for the ride itself.
My nieces were keen to go on the Vampire ride afterwards. Jessica was quite tired from having been unwell on and off for several weeks so was quite happy to sit in her buggy, watching and waiting with me and Sophie while Auntie Fizz, Ebony and Erin went on the Vampire ride.
Having my sister there was great as far as Sophie was concerned. While Jessica was quite content to be out and about enjoying a day with her cousins, she just wanted to stay in her buggy rather than go on any rides. I was quite happy to stay with Jessica and take photos while Auntie Fizz took Sophie on all the rides.
Thankfully, other than the Vampire ride, the queues for most of the rides were fairly reasonable. I think our longest queue was about 25 minutes. Naturally Ebony and Erin were keen to go on some of the bigger rides but they were also happy to alternate these with the rides that were suitable for Sophie too.
On our family days out at Chessington with just the four of us, we tended to stick to the rides that we knew both the girls enjoyed. Being with her older cousins meant that Sophie got to try out quite a few rides that she hadn’t been on before and she loved them. She loved bumping into her cousins on Tuk Tuk Turmoil and getting a taste for rollercoaster rides on the Scorpion Express.
While Auntie Fizz and the older girls went off to enjoy some of the bigger rides, we took a break to watch the new Gruffalo Groove show. Both Jessica and Sophie really enjoyed this, and Sophie loved dancing along. It’s a lovely dance-themed show, taking the audience on a journey through the deep dark wood, meeting various animals from the Gruffalo story along the way. Each of the animals encountered has their own music and dance style. Of course, no journey through the deep dark wood would be complete without encountering the Gruffalo, who joins in the dancing fun at the end of the show.
I did manage to persuade Jessica to go on one last ride at the end of the day. She, Sophie, Auntie Fizz and I finished off the day with a ride on Tiny Truckers while their cousins opted for a much wilder trip on Dragon’s Fury. We had quite a good view of Dragon’s Fury from the Tiny Truckers queue and managed to spot the older girls on their first go on the ride. They loved it so much, that they got back in the queue as soon as they got off again and managed to squeeze in one more ride before the park closed for the day.
I’m so glad that the girls did get to enjoy that last day out together. We’ve had so many fun days out at Chessington over the last year and made so many happy memories. Being able to enjoy a day out somewhere that we love as a family with my sister and nieces was special. The days that followed have made the memories of it even more so.
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