We decided that having last been there nearly 30 years ago- it was time for another trip and we took our grandchildren 18 months and 5 years. My husband refused to take my advice that it was near Ormskirk and insisted on going along the M^ where he had seen a sign to Martin Mere. Unless you live off the M6 or a travelling a distance DO NOT APPROACH THIS WAY. It took us aged to find it.
By the time we got there we were hungry and as it was lunch time there were queues at the cafe. Two children's sausage and chips- with only beans on offer with them- no peas, and a bowl of watery vegetable soup with a very small bread roll, two coffees and a child's drink cost nearly £18. I looked at the prices and decided that I would rather not eat! The children enjoyed their meal but as they seem to claim locally produced and health food I was surprised that the only "veg" available was baked beans.
As Seniors we got a reduced entrance rate and whilst we had to pay for the 5 years old- under 4s are free. An unruly 18 month old- just learning about independence was awkward to control so after our long wait for food and the time spent looking for the site we were left with only a couple of hours to enjoy the attractions.
We saw the family of otters fed. we bought (overpriced) bird food to feed the ducks and we saw the beavers' lodge and a beaver appeared on the web cam.
There is a magnificent children's playground where both children had a great time. It would however be helpful if there were some staff around to stop adults using the zip wire whilst children are left waiting!
The children really enjoyed themselves with the 5 year old asking when he is going again?
Next time? Go via Burscough, take a packed lunch- there is a room set aside for this, and make sure you have enough time to enjoy the full site!
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