IT'S THE WEEKEND: Family fun - Try a spring day out at Neverland

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IF YOU’RE planning a family day out that has something for everyone this spring, then you should look no further than Oakwood – just be sure to check out their Neverland area.

The pleasure park, which is currently closed until April 11, opened a brand new Neverland area in 2013 at a cost of £4 million which will allow your children to enter the magical world of Peter Pan.

Spread across more than three acres and featuring 10 new rides and attractions, it seems like a completely new theme park yet all the old attractions remain.

Among the new rides is Skull Rock pirate log flume, which has a 12-metre-tall sculpted skull, the Lost Boys Adventure, Neverland Chase, Tink’s Flying School, Crocodile Coaster, Jolly Roger mini galleon. Hook’s House of Havoc soft play and the Sights of London taxi ride featuring Big Ben, the Tower of London and Nelson’s Column.

There is also Journey to Neverland, a stunning, interactive walkthrough area which takes visitors in to the Darling family home and above the streets of London before arriving in ‘Neverland’ itself.

Visitors to the Theme Park were up by 40% last year due to the popularity of the new investments.

But the park, which spans over 88 acres, hasn’t got rid of any old classics to make way for the new rides; it’s just added to them – making the site better value for money than ever.

Megafobia remains, the wooden rollercoaster that was voted the best ride in the UK and the 3rd best ride in the world by the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain – and it’s still as popular as ever.

Reaching high speeds in a very short amount of time, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re on one of America’s most famous rollercoasters.

And as you go down the biggest drop, the moment will be captured by the ride’s camera to give you the opportunity to relive the memories for months to come.

Other mega-rides include Drenched, which is the tallest, steepest and wettest water ride in Europe. Speed and Bounce also remain – with Bounce firing people into the air at speeds of 50 miles an hour.

But if the fast thrill of that isn’t your cup of tea then you can take a relaxing ride on Treetops, a smaller and slower version set in beautiful woodland that is suitable for children of all ages.

There are also a variety of other classic family rides such as Bobsleigh, Snake River Falls and the Pirate Ship so there really is something for everyone.

As well as this, there are numerous things that will entertain younger children with a variety of slides and play areas.

The cost of the day is very reasonable with adults and children over the age of 13 costing £21 whilst it’s £15 for juniors that are 12 and under – with babies under the age of three able to visit for free.

However if you’re planning to take the whole family then you can get a family ticket for four people which is two adults and two juniors for just £66.

Otherwise, a family ticket for five people costs just £79.50, which is for two adults and three children.

With so much to see and do, if you would like to make a weekend of your visit then two day passes can be bought for £31 for over 13s and £25 for juniors.

Parking is also free all day and there are numerous food outlets available to save the stress of taking your own lunch.

So when Easter comes and you’re stuck for something to do, it would be a fantastic day out if you went to Oakwood.

There’s something for everyone and you are almost guaranteed a great day out that will be one to remember. At a cost of £66 for a family of four, the memories it will leave will be superb value for money.

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