Stay Play Explore Short Break; Tried and Tested

May 1st, 2017 / Uncategorized / No Comments »

Stay Play Explore Short Break

The Stay Play Explore Short Break combines hotel accommodation with family entry to 3 top visitor attractions for just £149 per family, (£159 bank holiday weekends).  We’d been hearing good things about this offer for some time so we thought we’d give it a whirl and you can find out our thoughts below.  The great advantage with this deal is that you can combine a budget break away with activities that suit all the family PLUS a bit of luxury on the side!

Find more information available at Stay Play Explore Short Break – accommodation + 3 attractions for £149 per family!


leiecester marriott leisure facilities

Stay Play Explore Break includes hotel leisure facilities & entry to 3 visitor attractions


Stay Play Explore Family Fun; Tried & Tested

One of the main advantages of the Stay Play Explore break is the flexibility to choose both the hotel you wish to stay in as well as the attractions you wish to visit.  By providing such a bespoke package, you can then arrange a break that suits the needs of your family without spending a fortune and remember the break includes buffet breakfast and use of the hotel leisure facilities too!  You can find more information about the range of attractions & hotels included within this offer over at Stay Play Explore Short Break Package.

For our first day, we opted for Conkers & simply presented our Stay Play Explore ticket at the reception.   Whilst the children headed straight over to the 18-stage assault course, we took a more leisurely route enjoying a marked trail through the grounds before joining the young ones on the assault equipment, (yup, it’s not just for the children!)  Course completed we headed indoors to enjoy our picnic, (great to find a large indoor picnic area available), before venturing off to the adventure playground, via a free miniature train, and a ramble though the woods.

Follow our Top Tips for Conkers to help you get the most from your visit to this active discovery centre.


assault course at Conkers

Conkers Assault Course


Stay Play Explore Break; The Hotel

Heartily worn out, it’s time to head off to our 4 star Leicester Marriott Hotel for a bit of luxury.  Set on the outskirts of Leicester City Centre, this modern Marriott Hotel has everything you need to relax & enjoy after a full day out.  Leisure facilities are included within your stay so we took full advantage of the family sized swimming pool, steam room & sauna on both days of our stay.  For those with extra energy there is also a good sized gym available for those age 16 years & over.

Our family sized room was a perfect fit, complete with all mod cons, that allowed one & all to report a great night’s sleep.  For added value for money, worth noting that the buffet breakfast is included within the price & works a treat for all the family.  With range of cereals, cooked breakfast options, fresh fruits, pastries & breads, you can can eat as much or as little as you like.

For the full range of hotels to choose from go to Stay Play Explore Short Break Hotel Options.


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National Space Centre; Stay Play Explore Break


Stay Play Explore; National Space Centre

After another dip in the pool, we made our way over to the National Space Centre for our second day out.  Parking charges are in addition to your Stay Play Explore ticket, (small charges in place at select attractions), but again picnics are welcome so it’s easy to keep the costs down.  The great advantage with the National Space Centre is it works for children and adults alike.  Packed with interactive exhibits to help younger guests explore & discover, it also retains interesting displays that engage older visitors too.  Good to see that your ticket includes a visit to the Planetarium plus the space simulator ride.

Once you begin to consider the individual costs for the component parts of the Stay Play Explore deal such as the hotel accommodation, buffet breakfast, leisure facilities & entrance costs to the visitor attractions, you begin to appreciate the savings that can be made with this offer.

Follow our Guide to the National Space Centre packed with top tips to help you get the most from your visit.


Twycross Zoo Meerkat

Enjoy the Meerkats at Twycross Zoo with a Stay Play Explore Short Break


Stay Play Explore; Our 3rd Attraction?

Another benefit of this Stay Play Explore package is that you don’t have to undertake all 3 attractions in one weekend!  If you prefer, you can opt to return another day within the same calendar year, (just check for any excluded dates), that offers you a free day out later in the year.  As we live within commuter distance, we opted to use our third attraction ticket and returned to Twycross Zoo a couple of months later.  You can see how we got on over at Twycross Zoo; Tried & Tested.

The Stay Play Explore short break allows to pick up significant savings on accommodation & entry charges.  By loading your expenditure up front whilst retaining flexibility on both where you stay and what you choose to do, you can all relax & enjoy some quality time away with the family.

Find out more information below or go to Stay Play Explore Family Fun Break.


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The Marriott Hotel; Stay Play Explore Break


Stay Play Explore Break; What’s Included?

This short break package includes a night in a luxury hotel PLUS family entry to 3 visitor attractions in & around Leicestershire.  Your overnight stay includes breakfast, use of all the leisure facilities plus family entry to 3 attractions/activities from a wide range of options for just £149 per family of 4, (larger families accommodated for a small additional charge).  Attractions included within this package are;

  • Twycross Zoo.
  • National Space Centre.
  • Conkers, (active discovery centre).
  • Twinlakes Park, (family theme park).
  • Swadlincote Ski Centre, (tobogganing & tubing).
  • Bosworth, (crazy golf & pedalos).
  • King Richard III Visitor Centre, (become a forensic scientist).
  • Stonehurst Family Farm.
  • Leicester Outdoor Pursuits.

1. The standard Short Break Fun Package relates to 2 adults & 2 children, (up to the age of 16 years) & offers an overnight stay, breakfast plus entrance to 3 out of 5 visitor attractions from £149/£159 bank holiday weekends.

2. This package is also available for 1 adult & 3 children, (up to the age of 16 years) for the same price.

3. You can add a further child to this package for an additional charge with a maximum of 5 people staying within 1 hotel room.

4. Larger sized families can also take advantage of this deal but will need to purchase a further room, (maximum 5 people per room).

5. If you prefer to visit only one or two of the attractions during your overnight stay, you can return later in the year for subsequent visit(s). Worth just taking note of the expiry date on your ticket & any exclusion dates.

More details available at Stay Play Explore Family Fun Short Breaks.


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Stay Play Explore Break; Twinlakes Theme Park


Which Visitor Attraction Should I Opt For?

Conkers; an active adventure visitor attraction that includes an assault course for teenagers, children’s adventure playground & maze, barefoot walk & miniature train all set within 120 acres of woodlands, lakes & play areas.

National Space Centre; an interactive indoor experience that will delight children & adults alike with an interest in anything space related.

Twinlakes Park; offers a family theme park experience with a good selection of family rides, farmyard experiences plus the added bonus of fewer queues.

Twycross Zoo; enjoy a family visit to the zoo with an array of animals, an outdoor playground & indoor soft play area, (additional charge for soft play).

Stonehurst Family Farm; this latest addition to the short break package includes access to the farm & animals, play areas, nature trail and FREE tractor/trailer rides.

Additional Activities; this break has now includes a choice of activities running at the Swadlincote Ski Centre, Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre & more.

We did receive a complementary short break package to review this offer although my findings were my own.








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