Thursday, 30 April 2015

Birthday trip to Legoland Windsor

As a huge fan of Lego, I've wanted to go to Legoland Windsor for a long time. I went with my family when I was about twelve and just about young enough still to go on the driving school. What better occasion to go to Legoland with my friends, than to celebrate my 27th birthday!

legoland windsor

I carefully checked the local council school calendar to plan to go after the Easter holidays, so it would be nice and quietly. It turns out that schools in the Southwest, London and some private schools were still on the Easter break, so it wasn't as quiet as I had hoped. We did get a few funny looks, as we must have been the only group there without kids, but we had a lot of fun being big kids for the day!

legoland windsor

One of our first stops of the day was a ride on the rapids. My sister and her husband recently became Mr and Mrs Dragon, so we were all pretty delighted to get this well timed photo of them on the ride with the dragon, as it span past! 

legoland windsor

We went expecting to have fun in a kind of ironic way, but it was actually a really fun day, with loads to do and see, without having to make our own fun. We stopped for many a photo opportunity and thankfully, despite me getting the school term dates wrong, didn't have to queue for very long for any of the rides. 

legoland windsor

We enjoyed wandering around Miniland, which is a display of different countries and cities from around the world, of course made from Lego. It did look great, although perhaps a little old and faded, so maybe it could do with a revamp. I'm sure it was the same as when I last visited 15 years ago, so perhaps it would be good to get a few modern buildings added in to the display. I did of course still love it though; how could I not, it's Lego!

legoland windsor

legoland windsor

We did wonder what this little man was supposed to be doing in the Miniland display. Someone had beaten us to putting little stones under his bum, but we'd love to know what he was supposed to be doing!

legoland windsor

No day at Legoland is complete with panning for gold in the Pirate Kingdom. It got surprisingly competitive, all trying to pan for the most gold and we wore our medals with pride for the rest of the day, after cashing in our haul.

legoland windsor

Our final stop of the day was the HUGE Lego shop, which was filled with exciting Lego sets of all shapes and sizes. There was so much cool stuff in there, with loads of stuff I hadn't seen before. It was great to see the Simpson's Lego House in real life, which looks amazing, but is a bit much to splash out on. 

We spent a full day at Legoland, but still didn't manage to see everything. I'm looking forward to visiting again, although next time I would love to visit Legoland Denmark, the home of those awesome little Lego bricks.

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