Grand Pier Teen Party Review
My sweet little firstborn baby has somehow turned into a tall, technically
obsessed gifted, eleven year old adrenaline junkie. Soft play, children’s entertainers and dressing up parties are dim and distant memories. His birthday comes before most of his friends, so I’m always on the lookout for a different age appropriate party to road test. I don’t know how many more proper birthday parties he’ll be interested in having, so this year I racked my brains to find something special which would appeal to him, his friends and his brothers.
I was pleased when I came across the unlimited rides wristband at the Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, but at £15 per person plus £1 entry to the pier and no food included, I thought it might be a very expensive outing. Our sons get on really well with each other so I have to factor two siblings into any party planning, before we even start inviting friends.
Initially I couldn’t find a party package and having worked out that the wristband and food was going to cost at least £20 per head thought it might be a bit too pricey. Fortunately I phoned the pier to check if they catered for older kids and they told me they did. Even though our children’s ages range from 6 to 11, I would be allowed to book the Teen Party package. This would give them each an unlimited rides wrist band (arcade games not included) plus an adult sized meal and a drink – all for £14.95 per head (minimum of ten children). Compared to most parties for their age, that seemed pretty competitive.
Grand Pier Teen Party Video
The Good Bits
- The party was a huge amount of fun. There were no squabbles. The children loved having the independence to go and do their own thing with minimal adult intervention.
- The children enjoyed all the rides but particularly loved being flung around by the articulated Robot hand. (Doesn’t make me at all nauseous just watching it, honest!)
- The staff were helpful and friendly, both at the rides and in the restaurant where we had lunch.
- The adult portions were very welcome – a kids’ fish fingers and chips just wouldn’t have been enough to keep these ten and eleven year olds going, especially with all the rushing around they were doing!
- Having researched other parties to appeal to their age group, I thought this was good value in comparison.
- It was a surprisingly relaxing and fun experience for us as adults. The children rose to the challenge of taking charge of their own teams so we could enjoy a quiet coffee whilst watching them have fun.
The Bits which could be even better
- Quite often the wristbands wouldn’t scan easily so the children were allowed to climb under the barrier to gain entry. The children found this nod to rebelliousness great fun but I imagine it could become difficult to manage if the rides were busier.
- There seemed to be a lack of info about which rides were included. We spotted different ones by chance but thought some sort of checklist would be helpful as a couple of children were disappointed at the end when they realised they’d missed a ride out.
- There was no vegetable included in the adult meal which came with the package. The quality and quantity of the food was good but although there were vegetables available on display, the children weren’t given any. (I know, I know, it’s a birthday party but just a spoonful of baked beans or a mini corn on the cob would make me feel like a better parent!). Ready access to a jug of tap water at the cafe after all that running around would have been handy too.
To their parents I can only apologise for any children who are now nagging you for their own party on the pier!