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Brand New Attraction: Little Town Adventures – A Family Review

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Review by @bristolfamilyblog

Families all over, listen up there’s a brand new attraction in town – Little Town Adventures! An immersive theatrical roleplay experience for ages 0-10 in Weston-super-Mare! Let’s dive into the adventures of Rose from Bristol Family Blog and her day out with the kids!

What is Little Town Adventures?

Little Town Adventures is a brand new immersive experience for your little ones to get stuck into. It’s simply a world like no other. Combining children’s play and theatre together, the mini village is a stage where every child can create their own storylines!

With stage lighting, special effects and scripts, your child’s imagination will be ignited as they take centre-stage in a pretend mini village alongside the deputy mayor to help save the day in Weston-super-Mare. It features a 5-metre tall Town Hall, Grand Pier, Cinema, Vets, Police Station, Fire Station, Supermarket, Café, Ice Cream Parlour and more!

Little Town Adventures is also brought to you by the partners behind Ocean Adventurers and Space Adventurers soft plays based in Cheddar and Taunton. We are a big fan of Ocean Adventurers, as it has so many different areas including role play areas, and it is very clean!

Shape Location Get directions

Beach Rd,
Weston-super-Mare,
BS23 1AY

Opening Times

Term Time Weekdays:
09:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 13:00 & 13:30 - 15:00

Weekends, School Holidays & Bank Holidays
09:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 15:00 & 15:30 - 17:00

Pricing

Adult (11+) £3.95-£4.95
Child (1-10 years) £9.95-£14.95
Babies (Under 1) Free

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Our Little Town Adventure Day Out

Each session lasts 90 minutes. It starts with an interactive theatre show led by an actor who plays the Deputy Mayor!

The performance combines storytelling and singing about the play town. You will see one of a number of different stories and scenarios in which the children are encouraged to help the Mayor save the town, so you might get a different story each time you go. There are interactive parts to the performance where the children get to be a part of the story and questions, encouraging creative thinking to solve whatever problem the Mayor is having that day! On the day that we went, the children were invited to get dressed up as firefighters to put out a fire together.

After the initial theatrical performance which lasted around 15 minutes, you are then free to explore the multi-level roleplay town. There are lots of different themed play spaces for children to act out a variety of roles, such as a Town Hall, Supermarket, Hairdressers, Fire Station, Police Station, Cinema, Café, Ice Cream Parlour, and even a Grand Pier just like the real thing outside!

The areas are full of dressing-up clothes and various props to get into the different characters fully. The Deputy Mayor and other staff are around to play and interact with the children throughout. The free play roleplay lasts for around an hour, and you can order food and drinks during this time.

After tidy-up time, around 10 minutes before the end, you will sit back down together for a conclusion to the theatrical story – usually involving a song and talking about what everyone did in the town that day!

The set-up and layout with tiered seating to watch the show, the multi-level role-play spaces, the decorations and the lighting all look fantastic. There is an upstairs and downstairs, and it feels spacious and not overcrowded. If you want a quieter experience, head upstairs right at the start of the free play time and then come downstairs afterwards, as most children play downstairs first before heading upstairs.

The theatrical element of this makes it a really unique experience and brings the town to life. The production is professional and engaging. The actors are experienced in performance e.g. some have worked at Lapland UK and in the West End! Lots of the children were interacting with our Deputy Mayor and she was very enthusiastic. My nearly three year old was a little hesitant to join in to start with, but he enjoyed the songs and got very into the role play and sword fighting with the Deputy Mayor later on!

the mayor at little town adventures

Benefits of Imaginative Play

We love role-play experiences! Research shows pretend play forms an essential part of a child’s development. At Little Town Adventures, storytelling, role play and make-believe play are combined for a fun adventure! The children get to take on characters in different scenarios in the town. Children learn by observing, imagining and doing. This form of play helps to build confidence, develop communication and language social skills, and problem-solving. It helps children to empathise with others, encourages friendships, develops leadership skills and sparks creativity and imagination. Imaginary play is supported within the Early Years Curriculum and has many benefits for developing minds.

The combination of free play roleplay and interactive theatre to bring the town to life is a really wonderful idea to spark the children’s imaginations and have fun playing pretend. My children adore watching shows, so I have no doubt that the theatrical element of this will create a memorable experience for them. We visited on a weekday, so I took my three-year-old, but I would love to go back to take my five-year-old as I think she would be more engaged with the storyline. However, even if you take younger children they will no doubt love the performances and role play even if they do not fully register the storyline.

Food & Drink

There is a café with hot and cold drinks, cakes (including some GF/vegan), kids’ lunch boxes, sandwiches, toastie and paninis. Staff come around and you can order from them within the roleplay area, and they will give you a buzzer that lets you know when your order is ready!

There are benches to sit and eat at the front of the venue, or you can sit on the tiered seating.

Tips & Tricks

Little Town Adventures is right in front of Weston-super-Mare beach which has a large sandy beach, perfect for building sandcastles!

Be sure to pack your bucket and spade, and plan in time to visit the beach and maybe even The Grand Pier! Donkey rides are often available at the beach, there is a ferris wheel and adventure golf. There are plenty of options for ice cream and fish and chips along the beachfront!

How To Get There

It is around a 12-minute walk from Weston-super-Mare train station.

If you are coming by car, Carlton Street Car Park is 5 minutes walk. Alternatively, there is some on-street parking on the seafront but check the maximum time periods. If you do not mind a longer walk, there is some free parking on residential roads further south of Ellenborough Park.

When driving it is approximately 50 minutes from Bristol, 1 hr 10 from Gloucester, 40 minutes from Taunton, and 1 hr 10 from Exeter.

Final Thoughts

This is a one-of-a-kind imaginative theatrical roleplay experience! It is a bit more pricey than other roleplay cafés, but the theatrical element makes it unique.

Roleplay, storytelling and songs make for a memorable experience which I know many children will really enjoy. I would recommend it, especially as a special treat day out, combined with a visit to the beach!

If you want to know more about Rose and her family’s adventure, pop on over to her blog!

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Now you know all about Little Town Adventures from our fab family, we bet you’re itching to go!

If you’re looking for more things to do, head to our recommendations page for all reviews on fab family attractions! From Fonmon Castle, Hobbledown and Stockeld Park to the National Space Centre in Leicester and the Knights Village at Warwick Castle!