Shrek’s Adventure is somewhere we’ve always wanted to visit with our kids, who are both massive Shrek fans. We jumped at the chance to take our first ever trip to London as a family, even though it meant braving Southern trains!
Luckily for us, Shrek’s Adventure is only 5 mins walk from London Waterloo so it meant that we didn’t need to get the Tube. It’s located on the South Bank, right next to the London Eye, London Dungeons and Sea Life Centre, so there’s loads to do for a family day out.
My kids (aged four and six) were particularly excited about seeing the characters from How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World, and they were both enthralled to learn what kind of dragons they were on the magical wheel!
Shrek’s Adventure itself was really brilliant, right from when you approach the building, everything is Shrek and Far Far Away themed! Just like the films, there are plenty of jokes for parents to get but it’s all very family oriented. My four year old loved it just as much as my six year old, especially with the audience participation!
The experience consists of a series of themed sections which you walk through and stop in to meet different characters, including Cinderella and The Muffin Man. There are a couple of slightly scary moments so it’s best for over 3s, and you can’t take buggies in with you.
At the end of the ‘story’ there’s a chance to meet Shrek for photos (and do a group floss like we did!), plus there are photo opps and games with some of the characters from the Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda films.
It was all really good fun, I think I enjoyed it just as much as the kids did. It’s something a bit different from your usual rides or theme parks, and having the all of the familiar faces there made the children instantly relaxed.
Top tip – Jubilee Gardens is located next to the London Eye and has a brilliant adventure playground! We found it a great option to stretch legs after the train journey, and to use a bit of time after Shrek too. It’s aimed at 5+ but there is equipment for smaller children too.