Making memories at Chessington World of Adventures

The summer holidays for us are going to be very much focused on making memories before Jessica has to go into hospital for her next open-heart surgery. We decided to surprise the girls with a day out at Chessington World of Adventures as we are Chessington Blogger Ambassadors this year.


Jessica and Sophie giving the Gruffalo a hug - "Making memories at Chessington World of Adventures"


We made it all the way to the car park without Jessica and Sophie realising where we were going. On our last visit, we’d parked in the hotels car park. This time we parked in a field near Go Ape so the girls didn’t recognise where we were until we were at the ticket kiosks.


Naturally their first request was to go on the Gruffalo River Ride Adventure. We’d been lucky enough to be one of the first to try this ride out when it first opened. The girls were eager to go on again. I did have to explain to Jessica though that this time we wouldn’t be able to stay on the ride and go around as many times as we wanted!


Sophie playing with the Gruffalo themed tic-tac-toe while waiting in the queue for the Gruffalo ride


This was our longest queue of the day at around 30 minutes. There were various activities for the children to do while they were queuing so it didn’t feel too long. We all enjoyed revisiting one of our favourite stories on our boat ride through the deep dark wood. They remembered the little drop towards the end of the ride and were much less nervous than they had been before when we reached that point.


We then headed to the Smokehouse BBQ and Grill for an early lunch to try and beat any lunchtime queues. We timed it perfectly. It was quiet when we arrived but had started to fill up by the time we’d finished our yummy beef brisket, ribs, chicken and chips.


After lunch, we headed for the Adventure Tree carousel ride. This hadn’t yet opened on our previous visit. The girls loved the different jungle animals on the ride. They spent the brief time in the queue discussing which one they were going to ride on. Sophie opted for a giraffe and Jessica rode on a tiger.


Me, Sophie and Jessica riding on jungle animals on the Adventure Tree carousel


Sophie was keen to go on Seastorm next. The boats riding on the choppy “sea” were a little too bouncy for my liking but the girls loved it!


Jessica and Sophie driving one of Toadie's Crazy Cars at Chessington World of Adventures


We had a little wait at Toadie’s Crazy Cars as there was a technical problem with the ride. On the plus side, we moved rapidly up the queue as those in front of us decided to leave and come back later. We didn’t have to wait too long before the ride was back up and working though. Jessica and Sophie loved “driving” around in this ride and again on the Tiny Truckers ride which was our next stop.


Me being "driven" by the girls in one of the trucks on the Tiny Truckers ride at Chessington World of Adventures


We passed the Gruffalo Arena at just the right moment. The Gruffalo himself was there for a meet and greet and the girls were very excited to see him again. They gave him a big cuddle and posed for a photo.


Jessica and Sophie giving the Gruffalo a hug


Hubby explored the rope walkways on Canopy Capers with the girls while I was content to watch from ground level. Although this is high level, it doesn’t feel scary. There are a couple of different routes to go through which keeps it interesting. The two exit points are also next to each other so if the girls decided to make their way down without hubby, they would have to pass me on the ground. Unfortunately the slide was closed off on our visit but the girls loved exploring.


Jessica walking across one of the rope walkways on Canopy Capers


Next up was the Sea Dragon ride which is a nice gentle roundabout ride in little Viking boats. We finished up our day out at the Jungle Bus. The girls loved this ride so much we had to go on it twice in a row.


Me, Jessica and Sophie on the Sea Dragons ride at Chessington World of Adventures


We had two tired but happy little girls by the time we left. Jessica fell asleep in the buggy on the way back to the car.


There’s so much to do at Chessington, even with little ones. Although we fitted a lot into our day, there was still plenty we didn’t manage to do. Next time we visit, I’d like to try and see more of the zoos and catch one of the shows.


I am a Chessington Blogger Ambassador, I was given a Chessington Annual Pass to do this review with my family and I was not paid to do this post. If anyone would like to confirm any details in the post, please email




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22 thoughts on “Making memories at Chessington World of Adventures

  1. I can’t believe I used to live so close and never visited. I’m sure my older children, back then just 4 and 2, would have loved it. The rides look varied and there looks to be plenty there suitable for younger children. Actually I think they would still love it now, I get there are a few wild rides that would appeal to them. Personally I’m always far more happy with two feet on the floor taking photos!
    This looks a lovely start to the holidays and a great way to make some fun summer memories for Jessica.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    1. I’m with you on often being happier taking the photos! I’ve been quite surprised at how much there is for little ones 🙂

  2. I’ve not been to Chessington in about 2 years but absolutely love it there and really must go back. Looks like your girls had a lovely day and it’s so sweet you managed to surprise them. I hope all goes well with the surgery. #Countrykids x

    1. Thank you Emma. I can’t remember the last time I went before this year. Was quite pleasantly surprised at how much there was for little ones 🙂

  3. We haven’t been to Chessington for a very long time but some of your pictures were taking me back and beef brisket for lunch some awesome. Focusing on creating memories before the next surgery sounds like a superb idea. Mich x #CountryKids

    1. Thanks Mich. We hadn’t been for ages until this year. It is lovely to have the passes and be able to make those memories 🙂

  4. This looks like such a great day out. We have never been to Chessington but the girls often see adverts for the Gruffalo ride and they are keen to go. I love the photo of you on the truck!!

    1. Thanks Karen. The Gruffalo ride is great fun. I quite enjoyed having the children drive me around in a truck 🙂

  5. It sounds like there’s lots of things for the girls to enjoy at Chessington. I think I can recall cavemen being there when I visited as a child. #CountryKids

    1. I think my last visit before this year was as a child – I really only remember the Vampire Ride and Professor Bubbleworks though

  6. Ah this looks like a wonderful day and filled with memories 🙂 we’ve never been to Chessington but it looks like a fab amusement park for the kids and would love to visit there one day 🙂 #countrykids

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