PREVIEW: Flamingo Land theme park, zoo and holiday resort reveals fun packed 2018

Families can meet Peter Rabbit and pals twice a day at Flamingo Land
Families can meet Peter Rabbit and pals twice a day at Flamingo Land
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Yorkshire's Flamingo Land is fully open from this weekend - Saturday, March 24 - and today revealed a family fun packed 2018 for its theme park, zoo and holiday resort

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For full details of events, things to do and usual booking prices visit flamingoland.co.uk or call 0800 40 888 40.

Top new attractions include a new Peter Rabbit Adventure playground - with twice daily character appearances - Flamingo 1 racing cars and the arrival last yer of a female Sumatran tiger cub, Menya.

Flamingo Land Resort, at Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, is one of the country's most popular family destinations for days out and holidays, situated between York and the East coast.

All areas of the park are open daily between March 24 and November 4 - the Winter Zoo opens daily during November to March.

Four Party in the Park concerts are planned this year with headliners including former JLS star Aston Merrygold on Saturday, June 2 and S Club 3, as part of a 90’s weekend, on Saturday, July 28.

Two other celebrity chart-topping headline acts have also just been announced with Pixie Lott on Saturday, August 18 and another 90’s weekend, featuring Vengaboys, on Saturday, September 1.

White knuckle thrills are also on the bill, with a sensational collection of eight extreme rides, including the latest roller coaster Hero - putting visitors in a superhero flying position before swooping them around a track.

There is also the Guinness World Record Breaking Mumbo Jumbo, with the steepest drop.

Flamingo 1 is where guests, young and old, can enjoy driving two seater family racing cars

Flamingo 1 is where guests, young and old, can enjoy driving two seater family racing cars

In addition families can enjoy a big choice of junior and family rides

All the attractions in Dino-Stone Park have a dinosaur theme. Soar 45 metres into the air on the Pterodactyl swing, spin on the family coaster Twistosaurus and pedal on Cyclosaur. See animatronic dinosaurs, life-size Dino skeletons and search for dinosaur bones in the Dino Dig sand.

Pirates of Zanziba, an outdoor show on the Black Heart galleon ship, features singing, dancing, special effects and acrobatics.

Easter will be celebrated with some cracking, eggs-tra special fun.

Join in the Easter Egg Hunt in Dino Dig, between Good Friday, March 30, and Sunday, April 15.

When a child finds an egg in the sand pit with a bucket and spade, it can be redeemed in the Dino-Stone Park Shop for a free egg-themed tasty treat.

Across every day of the Easter school holidays families can join in the Zoo Trail and complete an educational sheet while walking around the award-winning animal collection.

Those who complete the trail will receive a free mini-bag of Haribo sweets and be entered into a prize draw to win a Family Annual Pass.

Based on the Cbeebies animated series is the new Peter Rabbit Adventure playground.

Explore the Secret Tree House and hop along to Jeremy Fisher’s musical pond to explore giant instruments and learn about sounds from the giant lily pads.

Fans of all ages will love exploring Lily Bobtail’s Nature Discovery where children can climb on tunnels and find creepy crawly creatures in Bug Log.

Youngsters can even meet Peter Rabbit himself, located by the Mansion House and Tea Rooms, with appearances at 12.30pm and 3pm.

Benjamin Bunny also stars in the Sail Away farewell show, weather permitting, at the exit of the theme park at 5pm. Brand new for 2018 is a Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail Story Time, costing £5 per person.

Other favourite children' characters are on show - at no additional cost - see Peppa Pig and George, on March 31 and June 16; Ben and Holly, May 26; Catboy and Owlette from PJ Masks - Super Hero Day, on July 21; The Gruffalo, on August 11.

Tot’s party celebrations include singing, dancing and face-painting.

Flamingo 1 is where guests, young and old, can enjoy driving two seater family racing cars over a 380-metre circuit.

Featuring a figure-of-eight format, guests enjoy side-by-side racing over three individual lanes. Most of the circuit is outdoors but it also passes through a Hub building where spectators can watch the action from a dedicated elevated viewing area, while enjoying champion fish and chips.

Visitors can create their own best friend at Teddy Mountain, where after selecting your chosen bear, you can add stuffing to it yourself and select its outfit.

Flamingo Land's rainbow lorikeet walk-in aviary is also proving popular, where visitors can buy a pot of nectar to feed the brightly coloured birds.

Party in the Park is part of general admission to the theme park for that day for both day and staying guests, including those staying in the campsite. Alternatively, it is £10 for post 5pm admission for an hour of theme park and zoo then the concert - book on the Flamingo Land website.

Flamingo Land is one of the UK’s most visited zoos, with 140 species of reptiles, mammals and birds.

A variety of Keeper Talks and a sea lion and bird show are included in the admission price.

For unrestricted views, meander through the lemur, wallaby and rainbow lorikeet walkways. You can book yourself into a choice of Animal Experiences in advance to enjoy during your visit.

The venue is a popular base for short breaks or longer holidays, located at the edge of the North York Moors National Park.

The Flamingo Land Holiday Village is situated next to the theme park, and offers luxury accommodation from holiday homes to premium lodges. For guests wantug to be at the heart of the action, four self-catering cottages are available.

Featuring two and three bedroom options with hot tubs, Riverside Cottages are located alongside Riverside One. There is also the premium venue, The Gate House, available for hire, which is within the local village Kirby Misperton.

Visitors can take their own touring caravans, motorhomes or tents, or buy their own holiday home.

Staying guests have exclusive use of the swimming pool with flume slides and water jets, plus newly refurbished leisure facilities including a gym, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room and cafe.

There is also a nine hole golf course. The Club is a premium entertainment venue for Holiday Village guests.

The Mansion House and Tea Rooms was renovated a couple of years ago and allows guests to step back in time and enjoy traditional English refreshments, served in elegant surroundings.

Evening dining is also available on selected dates for non-residents and resort guests and is also available to hire for parties and corporate events.

Flamingo Land have been granted a licence for civil wedding ceremonies in the Mansion House, which is also situated adjacent to the local village church.

A wedding could also incorporate animal interaction, such as a lemur experience or being married on the wooden decking located within the zoo. Christenings and private parties are also catered for.

* For more information visit flamingoland.co.uk or call 0800 40 888 40