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  • Voted Dorset's number one Top Family Attraction, Adventure Wonderland is a wonderful family theme park inspired by Lewis Carroll's beloved Alice in Wonderland story.
  • This family-run attraction has a huge range of rides and attractions perfect for children under twelve, from runaway trains and bouncy castles to ghost rides and water wonders.
  • Adventure Wonderland is also home to the third largest hedge maze in the UK, the Alice in Wonderland Adventure maze, as well as their famed indoor adventure playground, Wild Thing!
  • Don't miss the great seasonal events that take place at Adventure Wonderland throughout the year, such as their spooky Halloween nights, Christmas adventures and  meet and greet Character Days.

Bournemouth's award-winning Adventure Wonderland theme park is expertly tailored to primary school kids aged from three to twelve, with a charming focus on Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale, Alice in Wonderland.  This delightful park features plenty of Alice-themed rides and attractions as well as on-site entertainers to really make the magic of Wonderland come alive.

Adventure Wonderland provides endless family fun from tots to tweens across their expansive theme park, which is split into two awesome areas. In Adventureland, you can soar the skies on the Flying Elephants, brave the Ghostly Galleon, get splashing at the Jungle Falls log flume or see if you can catch the elusive Runaway Train. Things get even more nonsensical in the park's Wonderland, where you'll find the infamous Jabberwocky slide, whizzing Turbo Teacups, Charlie Cool's safari driving school and the family-favourite Curvy Caterpillar ride. Located in Wonderland you'll also discover the Adventure Wonderland Maze, with over 1.75 miles of twisting pathways to lose your head in and plenty of Alice characters to meet along the way. Can you spot the Mad Hatter amongst the high hedge maze walls...?

As well as a ton of thrilling rides for budding adrenaline-junkies to enjoy, Adventure Wonderland also has plenty more wonderful family things to do on-site. Their Happydrome Theatre hosts magical shows, pantomimes and stories throughout the year and their much-loved Wild Thing! play centre is not to be missed. This huge Aztec Adventure Playground offers jungle-themed soft play spaces, tube slides, climbing frames, toddler areas for under 3s and their epic Thunderdome for kids to blow off some steam in whatever the weather.

Let the Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts take you on an exciting trip around this magical Alice in Wonderland park with everything you could want from a family day out, from water rides and Shetland Pony Worlds to magic shows and the best themed cafés. If your kids loved the Jabberwocky, then why not check out Dorset's Dinosaur Museum too whilst you're in the area?

What to know before you go

  • Adventure Wonderland opening times are 10am to 6pm, with last admission at 4pm. Wild Thing Indoor Play ends at 5.50pm.
  • Not all rides and attractions have the same opening and closing times.
  • Please note that some days are designated for Wild Thing indoor play only. Character days also run occasionally throughout the park.
  • Shows at the Happydrome Theatre run seasonally at 12pm and 3pm. Full shows are during weekends and holidays with story time sessions during weekdays.
  • All attractions are included in your admission price other than Pony Palace pony rides and the Happy Tractors Amusements.
  • Adventure Wonderland is aimed at children aged from 3 to 12 years old and only families are admitted into the park.
  • Some height and age restrictions apply to the following attractions - Wild Bills Runaway Train: 1m, Giant Yo Yo’s: 70cms, Ghostly Galleon: 1.1m, Jungle Falls: 0.8m, Battle Boats: 0.8m, Bouncy Castle and Dragons Drop: 3+ years only, max height 1.5m, Bouncy Burrows Trampolines: 1-6 years only, Jabberwocky Slide: 3+ years only and 1m height, Safari Jeeps: 7+ years to drive a car.
  • There are multiple places to eat and drink on-site at Adventure Wonderland. The Wild Thing Café is open from 10am to 5.15pm with a large hot and cold food menu, snacks and drinks. There is also a comfortable mezzanine floor located in the café where you can enjoy some family TV or sports whilst you eat. The Alice Café also serves hot food, sandwiches, salads, cakes and drinks, and there are Snack Shacks located throughout the park during the summer season.
  • You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy anywhere in the park, but restaurant tables should be left for those purchasing food.
  • Adventure Wonderland aims to be as accessible as possible for its visitors. There are level tarmac paths around all main attractions. The restaurants, gift shops and Happydrome Theatre are all accessible via wheelchair or mobility scooter. The Wild Thing! Indoor Play Centre has three low level entry points and low level interactive play equipment. Disabled parking spots are located near to the ticketing booth and there are accessible toilets on-site.
  • Some wheelchairs are available to hire for your visit on a first come, first served basis.
  • Some rides are unsuitable for visitors who use a wheelchair or those with neck, heart or back conditions, as well as pregnant women.
  • Guide dogs are welcome in the park, but no other pets are allowed on-site.
  • Carers can enter for free when visiting with those with a disability.
  • There are First Aiders on-site every day, stationed in the main reception of the Wild Thing Building.
  • As they are designed for younger children, ride lengths are fairly short at Adventure Wonderland and therefore queuing times are shorter too, and there is no queue-jump system in operation.
  • Queues for the rides will be closed when their waiting capacity is reached.
  • To prevent children getting lost within the Wonderland park, wristbands are on offer for all visitors over two years old which have a space to enter your name and telephone number. Should you become separated from your child, you should head to the Wild Thing Building reception.
  • Adventure Wonderland is a no smoking venue, apart from two designated smoking areas on-site.
  • Please note that in the event of wet weather, certain rides may be closed.
  • There is a cash point on-site.
  • Memberships, group visit deals and birthday party packages are on offer at the park.

Getting there

  • Adventure Wonderland Dorset is located just outside of Bournemouth town centre, near to the Bournemouth International Airport.
  • If you are driving,  then Adventure Wonderland is on the B3073 just a ten-minute drive from Bournemouth and Christchurch. There is a large free car park on-site.
  • You can also park nearby at the NCP Bournemouth Airport Car Park 2.
  • The nearest train stations to Adventure Wonderland are Bournemouth and Christchurch Railway Stations. Both are just a short bus ride away via the yellow bus routes, which run regular services to and from the park.
  • The Adventure Wonderland bus stops located on the B3073 service the 737 Jetbus route and the 769.

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