Flamingo Land review

Our rating 
4.4 out of 5 star rating 4.4
User rating
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In a nutshell

This zoo-theme park-resort rolled into one is fantastic for kids of all ages – younger children will love the award-winning zoo and junior rides, while it’s worth bringing grandparents to help out so mum and dad can experience the more thrilling rides
Fun for kids
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Fun for parents
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Worth the money
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Facilities
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Family friendliness
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Pros: Lots of rides, suitable for all ages, theme park and zoo in one
Cons: Pricey, long queues on main attractions, maintenance closures

COVID-19 safety update

Some facilities and attractions may be closed or restricted this year, due to COVID-19 – and there may be extra safety rules, pre-booking requirements or one-way systems in place. Please check Flamingo Land Resort’s website before travelling or booking.

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When we visited:

We visited on a hot Sunday in mid-July

What age is Flamingo Land suitable for?

Best for: Children aged 2+ years

Still good fun for: Children aged 1-2 years

How much does it cost?

  • Gate prices: Adults and children 4+ £40, under 4s free
  • Online prices: Adults and children 4+ £34, under 4s free
  • Family saver tickets: Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £125 (gate) or £109 (online)
  • 2 consecutive day tickets will cost £38 online or £54 on the day

Are there discounts or cheap tickets available for Flamingo Land?

It’s worth taking a look on discount and voucher code websites like Picniq, voucherbox.co.uk or hotukdeals.com which sometimes offer two for one tickets, or groupon.co.uk for reduced price tickets.

Any extra charges once I’m there?

  • The gift shop is right by the entrance, so be ready to distract your children if you don’t want to rack up a souvenir splurge
  • You can pay extra for special zoo experiences, such as the Penguin Encounter (£25 per person) where you can throw fish into the water at feeding time
  • There’s also the chance to cut down on queueing time with a Q Buster pass (see below)
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How long will we spend at Flamingo Land?

We arrived at the park at 10am and left at 6pm. We crammed as much as we could into our day but left feeling there was still so much to explore. We crammed as much as we could into the day but there’s so much on offer for my son’s age group to enjoy that he didn’t get to experience half of it.

Flamingo Land is somewhere to be enjoyed over 2 days, if not more. I would definitely consider Flamingo Land’s Holiday Village for a longer stay.

What does Flamingo Land offer for families?

Flamingo Land Resort is a theme park, zoo and holiday park in one, with lots to offer families with young children, from its range of junior rides and the new Peter Rabbit playground to 140 species in the zoo.

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What shouldn’t be missed?

My son had a fantastic day out and highlights for us were:

  • Seeing the park from above on the Cycle Monorail (with my husband and mother-in-law peddling fast up front)
  • My son enjoyed aiming his water cannon and getting soaked on the Splash Battle ride
  • He also screamed himself hoarse on the junior coasters
  • We loved watching a sea lion perform tricks
  • Catching The Pirates of Zanzibar show at the end of the day was also a highlight
  • Flamingo 1, a 380m figure-of-8 race track – my son had great fun as a passenger with my husband taking the driving seat
  • If your child’s a fan of dinosaurs there’s Dino-Stone Park with fun dino-themed rides and life-sized replicas
  • Animal lovers can take a tractor ride around Muddy Duck Farm and meet Shetland ponies, pygmy goats, miniature donkey sows and piglets

What to you need to know before you go to Flamingo Land:

  • Look at the park map to get an overview before your visit so you can plan and make the most of your time there
  • Measure your child at home, or have them officially measured at the front of the park to avoid them being turned away on rides after queuing

Did Flamingo Land cater well for different aged children?

It really is suitable for the whole family. I was impressed by the number of rides my 3 year old could go on. There’s a minimum 0.9m height restriction on many rides but kids below this are able to ride accompanied by an adult so can try out more adventurous rides than the usual cups and saucers roundabout. My son had a whale of a time on some of the junior coasters Flamingo Land has to offer and felt like a little daredevil.

If you have younger kids there are plenty of slow-moving roundabouts, a pirate ship themed soft play area, an interactive water play area and of course the zoo.

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What about teenagers and grown-ups?

There’s just as much on offer for teenagers and adults, and we made the wise decision to bring the grandparents along so we could take it in turns to go on rides

  • My husband and I braved Mumbo Jumbo’s 112° vertical drop and felt like pilots free falling in an aircraft that had been shot down on the park’s Hero ride
  • We really wanted to experience the thrill of accelerating from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds and taking hairpin turns on the Velocity ride but this was closed for maintenance when we arrived at the park and by the time it reopened later in the day our stomachs weren’t able for any more excitement
  • My favourite ride of the day was the Lost River Ride. My father-in-law, husband and I set off on this gentle riverboat safari where we enjoyed seeing the lions, zebra and giraffes
  • However, just as were beginning to feel relaxed we found ourselves teetering on the edge of a sixty-foot drop. We got saturated as we hit the plunge pool below, but as temperatures that day were hitting close to 30 degrees we weren’t complaining. I’d never been on a log flume before and absolutely loved it

What’s the new Peter Rabbit Adventure like?

The new Peter Rabbit Adventure includes a playground, and a Peter Rabbit costume character makes live appearances – there’s no extra cost for this. However, if you want to take your child along to Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail Story Time that will cost you an extra £5 per child (1 adult per paying child goes free).

Is it worth going on the Dakar Express?

Yes. We travelled on the Dakar Express (a 19th century steam locomotive replica) later in the day. But I wished we’d done it earlier as it takes you right around the park so you can get your bearings more easily than you can by following the map. Seeing everything that’s on offer helps you to decide which areas you want to visit and which rides you want to go on.

Are there any educational elements?

Yes, apart from all the fun rides on offer, there’s also a chance for your child to learn. Flamingo Land is focused on conservation and educating visitors about the threats to wild populations of flamingo species due to habitat loss, mining, egg collection, water extraction and pollution.

There’s also Children’s Planet, which is a play area designed using natural and recycled materials to allow kids to mimic the climbing, tunnelling and balancing skills of meerkat, coati and mongoose.

The meerkat enclosure also includes a viewing doom so children can get face-to-face with these creatures. Regular talks and animal handling sessions are delivered by Flamingo Land’s Zoo Education Team.

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How busy does Flamingo Land get?

We visited on a hot Sunday in mid-July and were pleasantly surprised to find the park wasn’t too busy. There were very small queues or no queues at all on the rides my 3-year-old son wanted to go on.

It was the adult rides that had queues and I’ve read reviews online where people have complained that on extremely busy days they had to queue for 2.5 hours to go on some of the main attractions.

We went to a restaurant for pizza and the service was slow. This didn’t bother us as we still had plenty of time to enjoy the day. But on a very busy day I imagine the service would be even slower and if you were also queuing a long time for rides the day would pass you by too quickly.

What is the Q Buster, and is it worth it?

This is a system that allows you to show up at a ride at the time indicated on your ticket and ride without joining the regular queue. You’ll enter the ride via the exit point.

It’s available on the main attractions – Mumbo Jumbo, Kumali, Velocity, Cliff Hanger, Hero, Lost River Ride and Pterodactyl. The Q Buster costs from £2 per person, per ride, so it does make the overall cost of your tickets for Flamingo Land even pricier. But queues can get ridiculously long so you might you’ll find it worth getting the Q Buster for one of your must-experience rides.

Alternatively, you can plan your day strategically to beat the crowds – arrive at the park as soon as it opens at 9.30am. The rides won’t open until 10am but arriving early will allow you to get a head start in the queue. Head to one of the rides at the back of the park as other visitors are most likely to begin with first big ride they see. You could also queue for the big rides during the lunchtime when other people will be busy queuing for food.

What to bring:

  • You’ll cover a lot of ground so bring a buggy for tired little legs
  • We visited on a hot day and even though we brought juice and water with us, we ended up buying more, so maybe pack a cooler bag filled with drinks or a flask of tea or coffee
  • A towel and a change of clothes to keep little kids comfortable, as a lot of the attractions involve getting wet

Animal encounters are they worth it?

My son was too young to take part any of the animal encounters, as participants must be a minimum of 8 years old. But in time, I would love to take him back to enjoy one of the encounters Flamingo Land has on offer. These include the opportunity to feed lemurs, meerkats, giraffes or a sea lion. Or there’s the opportunity to go behind the scenes in the penguin enclosure to learn more about these creatures and throw some fish for them to catch. Each experience costs £25-30 per person – perhaps a wonderful birthday treat.

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What are the food and drink facilities like at Flamingo Land?

From Italian to fish and chips, pub grub and Chinese, Flamingo Land has something to suit all taste buds. We visited an Italian restaurant in the park and bought vegetarian pizza to share, which cost around £8.

What about drinks and snacks?

There are plenty of kiosks to purchase sweet treats, teas and coffees and there are vending machines scattered around so you don’t have to queue for a soft drink.

We brought bottles of water and snacks for my toddler but as it was a hot day we still ended up buying soft drinks and ice lollies. A twister ice lolly will cost you £1.60 and cans of soft drink from one of the vending machines scattered around the park will cost you £1.20. A tea from one of the stands in the park cost me £1.90, while my husband’s coffee cost £2.20.

MFM tip:

Avoid the Starbucks by the entrance if you don’t want your children begging to visit the gift shop next door – pick up your hot drinks from one of the stands inside the park instead

Can you take a picnic?

Yes, there is plenty of seating throughout the park if you want to save some money (and time queuing) and bring a picnic.

What are the toilets like?

We didn’t experience any queuing at all in the toilets and I had no problem finding a baby change whenever I needed one. But there was a shortage of toilet paper in the loos so bring some in your bag just in case.

How well does Flamingo Land cater for disabled visitors?

  • There are designated parking spaces at the entrance to the park reserved for disabled badge holders
  • A free direct access pass is on offer for guests who due to disability are unable to use the park’s normal queue lines
  • All food outlets and bars are fully accessible to wheelchair users
  • For more information see Flamingo Land’s accessibility guide

Opening dates and times:

Flamingo Land is open from 24 March to 4 November 2018. You can enter from 9.30am every day but the rides don’t open until 10am. Closing times are seasonal and are either 5pm, 6pm or 7pm. These are advertised at the admissions area on arrival.

Best time to visit:

Flamingo Land is busy all day on weekends, and quietest on Mondays

How to get to Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land is situated in Kirby Misperton, a small village between Malton and Pickering in North Yorkshire

  • If you’re driving, it’s off the A169 Malton to Pickering road
  • The postcode for your SatNav is YO17 6UX
  • The nearest train station is Malton
  • You can catch the Yorkshire Coastliner from York railway station, which drops off at Flamingo Land

Do you have to pay for parking?

No – the car parks are all free, and within a 5-minute walk from the main entrance

Worth a long car journey?

Flamingo Land was definitely worth our journey up from London. I would recommend booking a night or two nearby or booking a stay at Flamingo Land’s resort to make a proper holiday of it.

Is it worth an overnight stay?

Yes. Even on a quiet day, 10am to 6pm is not long enough to experience everything. We found ourselves rushing around the zoo and passing by many rides we would have liked to have gone on but didn’t have the time to. Originally, we had planned to travel back to London after our day out. But thankfully we’d reconsidered and stayed with friends in York. I don’t know what we were thinking when we imagined we might be able to drive all the way back after such a long day out.

We’ll definitely be making a repeat visit but next time I think we’ll consider a longer stay at Flamingo Land’s Holiday Village.

Which hotels or holiday accommodation are near Flamingo Land?

Family friendly accommodation options nearby include:

Nearby attractions for a longer day out:

For a 2nd day of fun, head to Lightwater Valley theme park, just over an hour’s drive away. Closer to Flamingo Land is Piglets Adventure Farm or the Beck Isle Museum.

MFM verdict:

My 3-year-old son, my husband, my mother and father-in-law and I all agreed that Flamingo Land was a terrific day out. I can see how on busier days queuing might ruin the experience for some people but we didn’t experience queues and unfortunately it is to be expected when visiting any theme park. Flamingo Land has plenty to offer all ages and we loved that there was so much more on offer than just rides.

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Intro to me:

My husband, 3-year-old-son and 6-week-old baby visited along with my mother and father-in-law.