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Frosts Wild West Review

Frosts Wild WestVisiting the Wild West just outside Milton Keynes is not a trip we were exactly expecting to make this summer…but let’s face it, you’ll do anything to amuse the kids during the long summer holidays, right?

Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands (around a 10 minute drive from MK city centre) has offered their undercover beach for a number of years now but this is the first time it has had a theme and it’s much the better for it. The sessions are timed – three per day, each two hours long. The price is £6.99 per child and that includes all activities plus unlimited juice and fruit…a very good start. Plus everything is undercover so no drama if the weather is bad.

The team at Frosts know how to theme an area; entering the separate Wild West area you go through a saloon-style door and each child is given a sheriff sticker. The sandpit is pretty big, probably about 5m x 5m, so it gives all the children plenty of space to runaround or build the obligatory sandcastle. The walls have cartoon-style Wild West images and tin cans hang from the vast roof.

The activities start with a few games led by the ‘Wild West Helpers’ who were really engaging and got the majority of the kids to join in with musical statues, bumps and the old fashioned classic ‘What’s the time, Mr Wolf?’. Then they explained the other activities on offer and let the kids run free.

They can practice their throwing in Tin Pan Alley, pan for ‘gold’, create a postcard of their trip to the Wild West, dress up in Cowboy and Indian gear, or just play in the sand with some of the many spades, buckets and other useful beach type implements all provided.

We took two six year olds who loved it but there were much younger ones there and the oldest was probably about nine. The panning for gold was a big hit, searching for pebbles painted gold in a separate sand pit area with sieves, find 20 and you get a gold chocolate coin!

Then came story time in the giant teepee, not compulsory, some of the younger ones enjoyed it but our two stayed outside for an impromptu game of beach rugby, whilst it was quiet ? And to finish off more games on the sand with a hugely entertaining session of ‘The Floor is Lava’ using giant bean bags.

Whilst the kids were entertained we enjoyed a coffee from the amazing restaurant which is just outside the main Wild West area, and you can bring food and drink in from the restaurant to enjoy whilst you watch the children.

Overall, we thought it was excellent value for money, the entertainment and facilities had been well thought through and planned. No overcrowding, so plenty of space and no queuing for anything. The Wild West theme definitely worked really well, maybe a different theme every year, pirates or a safari for 2018? We’d definitely be back!