Mother and daughter on one of the rides at Sundown Adventureland


The rain hasn’t stopped play at Nottinghamshire attraction Sundown Adventureland as the first weeks of the children’s summer holidays has seen thousands of visitors.

Despite the weather feeling more autumnal than summery, the nostalgic theme park for under 10s near Retford, is still celebrating summer with all its versatile attractions, rides and play-parks, offering families the perfect day out come rain or shine.

Recently shortlisted UK Theme Park Awards ‘Best Theme Park for Toddlers’ and ‘Best Customer Service’, the 50-year-old park is encouraging its guests to put the mobile phones to one side and spend quality time together.

Debs Griffin, director at Sundown Adventureland, said:

“My grandmother opened the park for families because she loved bringing everyone together to make special memories and that legacy lives on. Summer is one of my favourite times of year, because everyone feels more relaxed, and there’s lots of laughter around the park – even in the rain.”

With outdoor rides including Jolly Pirate Boat Ride, Monkey Mayhem Driving School and Rocky Mountain Road, as well as indoor favourites Crash Landings and Rodeo Corral Indoor Play, plus the newest addition, the Four Seasons Arena, providing warm shelter from the showers, it’s the perfect place to unwind with the family.

“No matter the weather, we’ve seen lots of guests enjoying themselves this week and making the most of all the many rides, play parks and attractions we have here. Whether your little one is a thrill seeker, an explorer or prefers to use their imagination, there’s something for all under 10s at Sundown and we pride ourselves on the park’s ability to bring together families for a day or weekend of quality time.”

The park’s overnight accommodation, Wild Acre Village, is also celebrating its one-year anniversary since opening, giving the guests who have stayed in the last year, a way to extend their fun and make the most of their visit.

The popularity of the lodges has continued this summer, with Wild Acre Village nearly fully booked for August, featuring two-night stays, long weekends and week-long holidays for visitors, who also receive tickets for the entirety of their visit at no extra cost.

“Whilst we were confident that Wild Acre Village was the next logical step for the business, we couldn’t believe the response we had when it opened in summer 2022. It was booked out for months and this summer has nearly sold out, so it’s had plenty of interest from families looking to create magical memories and enjoy a good value staycation,”

added Debs.

Shaun Malvern, also a director at Sundown Adventureland, said:

“We’re always so grateful to our visitors for leaving fantastic Trip Advisor reviews, buying annual passes and continuing to return year after year. Being nominated for awards and seeing sold out accommodation is the icing on the cake.”

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Posted on 04 August 2023

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