On safari at Chessington

Ooh what fun we had this weekend. Our gang of usual suspects hit the hotel at Chessington World of Adventures for an overnight bonanza to end our Easter holibobs…

We arrived on Saturday afternoon, spent half a day in the theme park, then enjoyed a swim, dinner and an overnight stay in the resort hotel.

It’s all completely geared up for families so everyone had a great time (read: cocktails and an African-inspired menu for the grown-ups; a kids menu, movie corner and oceans of slush for the smaller people).

From the resort hotel there’s a lovely view of the zebras – and you might even catch a glimpse of a giraffe over breakfast

Hotel guests are allowed access to the park earlier than anyone else, so some of our group were riding the Kobra (fabulous ride!) straight after breakfast.

We had a more relaxed start and – thanks to the sudden burst of spring – got to prowl around Chessington for a second day in lovely, light clothes and not a shiver in sight; at last!

Not the most flattering angle (or circumstances!), but just to prove that I gave my spring Uniqlo floral print leggings an airing

It’s not an inexpensive endeavour (we paid £219 for a family of three including bed & breakfast, use of all the leisure facilities at the hotel and a two day pass into the theme park), but if you’re looking for a treat and you’re a theme park lover, I’d thoroughly receommend it.

We caught sight of some impressive (ahem) animals on the new “Zufari” ride

We must go back and do an action replay in the summer…

…because best of all, after a temporary loss of bottle on our last couple of theme park adventures, El got right back on the rollercoaster horse.

He managed not only a spin on the Kobra, but also the front seat of the Vampire: if that’s not a stonkingly good way to close out the Easter hols, I don’t know what is.

Happy customers: El was wearing the perfect spring outerwear – a Baker by Ted Baker padded denim gilet

Written by Johanna Payton