What’s Happening at the Merlin Worlds…

As an an ambassador for Merlin Annual Pass, I get sent lots of information about all the fun stuff that is happening at the different attractions – and there’s loads going on right now, so I thought I would share some of the exciting news about what’s happening at the Merlin Worlds right now.

Legoland Manchester

At LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester children from Karate Club ‘Sale Dojo’ have been putting their ninja skills to the test to help launch the Ninjago event which started on Saturday 17th September.


The attraction has been transformed into the world of Ninjago to celebrate the brand new LEGO® Ninjago adventure Day of the Departed. Families and children can ignite their imaginations by building their own LEGO® Ninjago Eye Mask, taking part in the LEGO® Ninjago Laser Maze Challenge, and using their Ninja creativity to build a Ninjago vehicle in the LEGO® Racers Build and Test area before challenging their friends and family to a race! Visitors can also join a fun Ninjago build takeover at MINILAND, get involved in an exciting character hunt and even have the chance to meet one of the stars of the Ninjago series, ‘Kai’, the Red Fire Ninja, who will be at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre every day until the 20th October.


LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre has even more fun for all the family with three LEGO® Rides, 11 LEGO® Play Zones and a 4D Cinema.

For more information and to buy tickets, go here.

Legoland Windsor

A new premium Castle themed family hotel will open at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort on 1 July 2017 offering guests a stay bursting with magic and merriment! Booking will open for the 61 room hotel in mid-October and families can choose between two imaginatively themed room types – Knights and Wizards – each with separate sleeping areas for adults and children.

Situated right on the edge of the theme park, the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel will bring to life an enchanted world of brave knights and princesses, wily wizards and jolly jesters. Colourful LEGO® touches and models large and small will feature throughout, from the lobby dominated by a giant LEGO Wizard unleashing LEGO magic from his wand, to the a la carte Tournament Tavern Restaurant, indoor Jester’s Play area and outdoor Playground.


Young fans are being given the exclusive chance to make a unique mark by designing a LEGO model to take a starring place in the new hotel. All they have to do is submit a drawing or photo of a small scale model fit for an enchanted castle and the winning design will be brought to life in a LEGO model up to 6ft in size.  Open to children aged 2-16; the winner will be invited to put the final brick in their model and, with their family, will be one of the first to stay at the new hotel in July.

As well as exclusive access to all the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel has to offer guests can enjoy the leisure and entertainment facilities at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort Hotel plus special benefits including early entry to the park, fast track access on selected rides, free refillable drink vessels, unique LEGO gifts and collectables.

Prices are from £572 for a family room (2 adults /2 children) including breakfast, park tickets for two days plus special exclusive benefits.

Find out more, enter the model making competition and register for booking here.

The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Bubbles on the bank

The National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham is inviting teachers to enjoy an exclusive, free day out at the underwater attraction this October.

Teachers and their guest are invited to visit from 9am on Saturday 1st October, after which they are free to stay for the day.  Or alternatively they can experience the National Sea Life Centre after-hours on Tuesday 9th October from 7pm to 9pm.

Dedicated to inspiring and educating children, the leading city centre attraction offers a host of exciting and informative programmes specifically tailored to support learning and development.  It is the perfect place for pupils of all ages to explore and discover the underwater world and guarantees to excite the senses as children get to see, hear and even touch some of the fascinating marine creatures. With over 2,000 creatures to learn about, including Gentoo penguins, the UK’s only 360º Ocean Tunnel, feeding demonstrations, talks and hand-on experiences there’s lots to discover.

Accredited by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham has passed a robust assessment designed to ensure it exceeds schools’ learning and risk management needs.

The attraction’s experienced team will be on hand during the events to share the perks of booking, including a free lesson plan, risk assessment and age-tailored self-guided tours, all linking in with the curriculum.

Proof of Teacher status and an Eventbrite ticket entitles one person and their guest to attend the exclusive, free events.  For more information and to book tickets see here.

Also at The Birmingham Sea Life Centre:

Helping to Safeguard Native Marine Life

Visitors to The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham are being urged to help win protected status for vital marine habitats around the English coast.

Important sites ranging from the seagrass beds of Studland, Dorset – home to two species of seahorse – to the Solway Firth and its nursery grounds for bass and Pollock, are among 34 proposed new protected zones.

Visitors to the attraction will be encouraged to sign postcards calling for all 34 to be declared Marine Protected Areas.

“We may be a long way from the sea here in Birmingham,” said The National Sea Life Centre’s Senior Aquarist Sarah Fletcher, “but we are a flagship for a coastal Sea Life network that touches many of these proposed new MPAs. Everything we do here is about education, and raising awareness of the need to safeguard our seas, and that begins with looking after those around our own coastline.”

Sea Life has helped the Marine Conservation Society and others persuade the Government to approve 50 coastal MPAs already. MCS believes another 34 are necessary, however, including Studland, if the overall protected area is to succeed in helping safeguard our native marine life for the future.

After seeing all of the underwater life at the Sea Life Centre, visitors can now get involved in helping secure the future of habitats and species, showing the government how much they care about our seas and how vital the proposed new protected areas are.

For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit go here. Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance.

Thorpe Park

Fright Nights

All aboard! NEW FOR 2016, take your turn to walk the Island’s deserted railroad, in the newest live action scare maze to join the FRIGHT NIGHTS line-up, PLATFORM 15. Depart on a one way ticket and trek along the overgrown railway line, the last known route of the vanished locomotive – the notorious Sleeper Express. Don’t lose your tracks and risk disturbing the haunted souls that were once aboard, where you may just experience the same chilling fate. Can you outrun what lies at the end of the line or will your journey terminate here, at PLATFORM 15?

Live action horror mazes return alongside thrilling rides in the dark including THE SWARM, the UK’s first winged rollercoaster, SAW – The Ride’s 100ft ‘beyond vertical’ drop and Stealth, one of Europe’s fastest and tallest rollercoasters.

FRIGHT NIGHTS 2016 are on the following dates: 7th – 9th, 14th – 16th, 21st – 31st October and the FRIGHT NIGHTS attractions open from 3pm.

You can get a great FRIGHT NIGHTS Early Bird offer from just £83pp from now until the 2nd October. The break includes an overnight stay in the THORPE SHARK Hotel, free access to CONTAINMENT, exclusive Maze Fastrack and Campfire Stories – exclusively for hotel guests, and your second day at THORPE PARK free. You can get this great offer here.

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