Lollipoppet Castle at Sundown Adventureland


Children’s theme park Sundown Adventureland, created especially for under 10s, is celebrating after scooping a prestigious Gold award for its attractions and experiences. 


The long-established, family-owned attraction near Retford has been crowned Best Theme Park for Toddlers (Small) in the 2023 UK Theme Park Awards. Its toddler-friendly attractions – including the Monkey Mayhem driving school, Lollipoppet Castle, the Angry Birds Activity Park and its massive indoor soft play area, Crash Landings – were recognised as being some of the best in the UK. 


Debs Griffin, director at Sundown Adventureland, said “We’re absolutely thrilled to be named as one of the best attractions for toddlers in the country. The whole team always works so hard to provide great memory-making days for all the family and now that this has been recognised, we’re delighted to be up there rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in the theme park industry.” 


The awards were organised by ThemeParks, an independent consumer guide to UK theme parks, which invited the British public to vote for their favourites where they cast over 229,000 votes in total. Some of the biggest names in the theme parks industry – including LEGOLAND Windsor, Alton Towers and Thorpe Park – were also winners. 


Sundown Adventureland is designed especially for under 10s and was set up over five decades ago by the current owners’ late mother, Audrey Rhodes, specifically to enable young children to experience all the excitement of a theme park in a child-friendly, age-specific environment. The park is home to more than 30 indoor and outdoor rides and attractions including the Ostrich Safari, Rocky Mountain Railroad and Storybook Village. 


The award-winning Sundown Adventureland is currently preparing for its Christmas Spectacular which once again sees the park transformed into a winter wonderland with the opportunity to experience the iconic ‘Night Before Christmas’ ride. Simply climb aboard one of Santa’s sleighs for a magical journey through the enchanted forest toa Magical Grotto to meet Santa himself.     


At The Four Seasons Arena, an undercover, purpose-built food, drink and entertainment venue, guests can enjoy homemade packed lunches, have a sit down after exploring or meet their favourite Sundown characters. The park’s cafés also offer hot food, sandwiches and snacks throughout the day. 


General admission tickets are £22 for adults or children over 90cm, with children under 90cm going free. Discounts are available for disabled guests, carers, wheelchair users, over 65s and blue light card holders. Family tickets are also available, starting from £58.50.  


Sundown Adventureland is open from 10am to 5pm. 


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Posted on 18 October 2023

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