Back in April I finally made the announcement that we were Konfidence Swimology ambassadors for 2017 which we were, and still are, really excited about – especially since we got to go to Alton Towers. Having used Konfidence products in the past and being fans of swimming ourselves we were over the moon to have been selected.
With both boys having attended lessons with Water Babies (and Teddy continuing to do so) I knew that we’d really be able to put the Konfidence products to the test and, without a doubt, they have been contributing factors to both boys’ confidence in the water. Toby does have a little wobble every now and again but he always gets straight back into it after five minutes whereas Ted has always been a lover of the water.
Konfidence very kindly sent us away for the weekend to the Splash Landings waterpark at Alton Towers in July where we were able to put some of the products through their paces and show you what they’re made of. I am a massive lover of waterparks; I love the slides, the fountains, the jets and just the overall feel of being at a waterpark. Yep, I’m a big kid at heart and I was probably more excited than the boys to be honest.
Getting To Alton Towers Splash Landings Waterpark
You have to go through the hotel entrance to gain access to the Splash Landings waterpark which is on the very bottom floor. Go through the entrance, and take the stairs on the left hand side – follow them all the way down where you’ll come to a reception area.
Once you’ve gained access via the turnstiles you’ll go straight into the changing rooms. The changing rooms are a fantastic size with cubicles especially for couples and families should you need them.
There are more than enough lockers; these all take 20p to use and this is refunded to you once you’ve opened it again. This is great if you need to go in and out for any reason and from reading previous reviews this is a vast improvement on the ‘£2 usage with a £1 refund’ system they had previously. I had to go back a couple of times to grab various things and then eventually put my camera away.
Inside Alton Towers Splash Landings Waterpark
As we made our way into Splash Landings I was hit by the chlorine filled air and a temperature that could only be described as tropical. I looked around and was really quite impressed with how much they’d managed to fit in to what isn’t really that big a space. Straight in front of you is the main ‘pool’ area with the ‘Wacky Waterworks Tree House’ dominating the air space above and ”The Little Leak’ mini lagoon to the right which awaits the younger ones.
Curling around the perimeter of the waterpark is the ‘Master Blaster’ which opens at 11am. I actually didn’t get to ride one single slide because Toby made me pull a rubber ring all the way to the top only to tell me he didn’t want to do it, after crazing me to go on it at the bottom! Kids, eh?
I loved that there weren’t that many seats around the pools and that you hung your towel up on cargo nets that were attached to the wall. I sometimes feel like people take advantage of the seats so it was refreshing to actually be able to walk around and sit down on what seats they did have without feeling like you were invading someone else’s space.
There is a place to grab some food and drink but we didn’t venture that way as Toby and Teddy were having way too much fun watching the tipping bucket fill up and tip over everywhere – Toby even braved going right underneath!
We had an absolute blast and we knew where the kids were at all times because of their Confidence jackets – they really stood out from everyone especially when it got really, really busy!
Toby has been asking non-stop to go to CBeebies Land and to the big bucket of water and I know that we’ll try and make this an annual thing for the boys for the next couple of years at least.
With all the thanks to Konfidence for the most wonderful weekend experience for the kiddos and for us! Keep tuned for reviews of the products (perhaps a vlog? – who knows?).
*Konfidence sent us on this trip as part of our ambassador programme.