Karen Koren - Gilding the Balloon

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THE autumn school holidays are upon us and the question of what to do with the children. I am lucky that my children are all grown up. However, I have three adorable grandchildren who desperately need to fulfil their creative urges during the school holidays.

That’s why we decided to go to Legoland, which I am reliably informed was once the Windsor Safari Park, but has now opened its doors as a giant theme park.

I have to say I was very impressed. There was a bit of traffic getting there, but once inside we were surprised how much room there was, it didn’t feel overly busy.

Of all the ‘Lands’, Miniland, which boasts miniature models of countries and cities, was voted our favourite. There was London, of course, with Big Ben, the London Eye, the Gherkin, Downing Street, the River Thames with working boats.

The most impressive city, however, was Edinburgh, with the Castle and the lone piper playing the pipes on the battlements, Ramsey Gardens, The Bridges, Princes Street and the Princes Street Gardens fountain.

All made of lego, naturally.

Then it was time to visit the water rides. They were great fun and I have to say the idea of having a family drying booth was a triumph.

What a lovely weekend it was, with the sun shining and temperatures around 18 to 20 degrees. Another big adventure for the whole family was the maze, which we all ran around. My grandson Finn climbed a tree house to figure out how to get out, shouting, “This way, this way everyone”, feeling very proud of himself that he had discovered the exit.

The last land on the way out of Legoland was Viking Land (the land of my fathers of course) – where there was a fantastic water ride which was more like a roller coaster on water and there was no way you weren’t getting wet. A great laugh was had by all!