Ribby Hall Village: Baby and Toddler Breaks At A 5* Holiday Village In Lancashire

Baby and toddler breaks at Ribby Hall

Ribby Hall Village is a 5* holiday village near Blackpool in Lancashire, which offers short breaks and family holidays.

There is a wide range of accommodation including holiday cottages, pine lodges and even larger cottages which are suitable for larger groups or 3G holidays.

There are fantastic facilities for babies and toddlers at Ribby Hall Village, including a brand new leisure complex with a splash park and waterslides, 2 outdoor playgrounds and indoor soft play areas. Pirate Ship - Baby and Toddler Breaks At Ribby Hall

There are also loads of activities for babies and toddlers such as Messy Play, Baby Ballet and Balance Bikes. And if all that isn’t enough, Ribby Hall Village is just a 10 minute drive from Blackpool – one of the most famous seaside resorts in the UK!

We spent a fun packed weekend at Ribby Hall Village, and in this article, I’m going to tell you all about Baby and Toddler Breaks at Ribby Hall.

Where Is Ribby Hall Village?

Ribby Hall Village is set in 100 acres of countryside in the North West, and is about 7 miles (10 min drive) from Blackpool and a 20 minute drive from the beach at Lytham St Annes.
Within an hour you can also get to the Lake District and Manchester.

Holiday Cottages At Ribby Hall Village

Ribby Hall Village has cottages sleeping up to 6 people, and then larger cottages for group holidays. We stayed in a Poppy Cottage which had 1 double bedroom and 2 twin bedrooms. A travel cot and highchair was provided, and the bedrooms were very spacious so there was plenty of room to fit a travel cot in.Poppy Cottage at Ribby Hall Village

There were 2 bathrooms; one of which had a bath with a non slip bath mat. Complimentary toiletries were provided along with fluffy towels and luxury bedding.

There was a large living / dining area with comfy sofas, a large flat screen TV and all the kitchen essentials you’d expect such as a dishwasher, microwave, toaster etc. Living area in Poppy Cottage at Ribby HallKitchen area in a Poppy Cottage at Ribby Hall Village

Most importantly, the cottage was furnished with families in mind – it was spacious, well equipped and had everything a family might need, but there weren’t any low level fancy ornaments or glass tables or anything which would have taken the fancy of a curious toddler.

Our Poppy Cottage overlooked the Wild Discovery Centre (more on this later), but this is essentially the Ribby Hall petting zoo. It meant that our nearest neighbour was Pringles the Reindeer who lived just outside our cottage, and we often heard the owls from the Wild Discovery Centre hooting on a night!

View from Poppy Cottage at Ribby Hall Village

This is a little video I made of our Poppy Cottage

The Ribby Hall Village Leisure Complex

Ribby Hall Village have just spent £1.6m renovating their swimming pool with amazing results. This was undoubtedly the highlight of our stay, as entrance to the swimming pool was included in the price of the holiday. Swimming pool at Ribby Hall Village

We loved the splash park (with loads of water sprays, tipping buckets and little waterslides), and at only aprox 30cm deep this area was perfect for little ones. There is also a swimming pool with inflatables and another 2 water slides.

One slide was nice and tame with 2 slides next to each other so parents can go down next to their toddler, but the other one was longer and more exciting for older children!

Take a look at this video of the Ribby Hall Village leisure complex

There was also a hot tub, sauna, salt steam room and an adults only 25m swimming pool. Running around after 2 young children meant I didn’t get to use any of these, but they did look very relaxingJ

Ribby Hall Village has a fast track booking session for the swimming pool, which means you can ring up and book in busy times. This helps to make sure the pool doesn’t get too busy, which is an important consideration with small children in tow.

Activities For Babies And Toddlers At Ribby Hall Village

Another amazing thing about Ribby Hall is the sheer volume and range of activities on offer for children of all ages – not just babies and toddlers.What's on at Ribby Hall Village

When you arrive, you are given an Activity Timetable which you can use to plan what activities you want to do during your stay. These are payable extra, but are actually very reasonably priced. These are just some of the activities for babies and toddlers:

  • Messy Play
  • Little Green Fingers
  • Art Attack
  • Sensory Adventure
  • Storyland
  • Baby Ballet
  • Music Maker
  • Bounce and Rhyme
  • Wake Up and Shake Up
  • Balance Bikes
  • Ready Steady Decorate
  • My boys love arts and crafts, so we went to Art Attack. This was a 45 minute long activity where the boys completed 4 different activities. Everything they needed for the activities was ready and waiting for them, and with 4 activities to do in 45 minutes it was a really fast moving session so there was no time for them to become distracted!Art Attack at Ribby Hall Village

    The first thing they did was making sand drawings, and then as it was Fathers Day the next day they got stuck into decorating a Fathers Day mug, card and fridge magnet – lucky Daddy! As just £7 per child, this activity was well worth it – especially as they had a handful of homemade things to take home and remind us of our weekend at Ribby Hall.
    Activities at Ribby Hall Village

    The Island

    The Island is another area at Ribby Hall with activities. We loved hiring a pedalo boat and doing a lap of the boating lake (£5), which took about 20 minutes. This is where the Bike Hire was also located, and also a 9m climbing wall. This is only suitable for children aged 4 and above, but cost £3 for 5 minutes and £4 for 10 minutes. The Island at Ribby Hall Village
    Boat hire at Ribby Hall Village

    Playgrounds and Soft Play At Ribby Hall Village

    Outside there is a specific Toddler Play Area in a nice grassy area, away from the play area for children aged over 6. There was also a fantastic pirate ship in a giant sandpit – don’t forget to bring your bucket and spade!Toddler Play Area At Ribby Hall Village

    Inside, there is a soft play area which is open all day. The weather was good when we visited, so we didn’t use them but I would imagine these would be a godsend if it was raining.

    Wild Discovery Centre

    This is a new addition to Ribby Hall Village, and is described as an ‘interactive animal experience’. This is payable extra but is like a mini petting zoo with farmyard animals, birds, reptiles and of course Pringles the reindeer. Wild Discovery Centre

    My boys loved stroking the baby lambs, watching the pigs have a bath in their ‘paddling pool’ and exploring the Bat House.Wild Discovery Centre At Ribby Hall Village

    Eating And Drinking At Ribby Hall Village

    There are loads of restaurants, cafes, and tea rooms onsite at Ribby Hall Village catering for different needs and budgets. On the first night, whilst still recovering from a trip across the M62, we headed for the family friendly Bar and Grill. If you get there between 5pm and 6pm, one child eats free when 2 adults dine.

    This serves up-market pub food such as burgers, lasagne and fish and chips. The childrens menu has a very popular ‘Build Your Own Menu’ where children can choose a main course and then 2 accompaniments. This costs £5.95 and deserts cost £2.95. The Bar and Grill was full of families so it was a chilled out place for us to eat.

    On the 2nd night, we had come back late from the beach so we grabbed some takeaway pizzas from Papa John’s the onsite pizza restaurant.

    There is also a Starbucks at Ribby Hall Village (which I caught my husband sneaking off to whilst I was at Art Attack with the boys) and a Tea Room which serves light bites, cakes and the most delicious homemade lemonade.
    Tea Room at Ribby Hall VillageTapas Restaurant at Ribby Hall Village

    Things To Do Near To Ribby Hall Village

    Ribby Hall Village is a short drive away from Blackpool with its award winning beach, Pleasure Beach, Zoo and of course the Blackpool Illuminations from September to November.

    We headed to Lytham St Annes which has a massive sandy beach, sand dunes and a paddling pool to splash in.

    St Annes Gardens

    St Annes Gardens

    Paddling Pool at St Annes

    Paddling Pool at St Annes

    Cleveleys is another seaside town further up the coast with a new prom and big beach.
    If you fancy a bit of cycling you can head to the Ribble Valley. The Forest of Bowland is also close by for woodland walks and activities.

    Further afield, Ribby Hall Village is just over an hour to the Lake District or 40 minutes to Manchester.

    Lake at Ribby Hall Village

    Lake at Ribby Hall Village

    Baby and Toddler Breaks At Ribby Hall Village

    Ribby Hall Village has breaks specifically for families with babies and toddlers. These are either 3 night stays (Fri – Mon), 4 night mid-week stays or full week stays.

    Baby and Toddler Breaks start from £319 for 2 adults and 1 baby in an Orchid Cottage, and this includes;

  • 4 nights accommodation in a 1 bedroom Orchid Cottage
  • Access to the new swimming pool with water slides and splash lagoon
  • Unlimited access to the Adults Only swimming pool with hot tubs, steam room and sauna
  • Family evening entertainment
  • Unlimited access to the outdoor toddler adventure playground and sandy pirate ship
  • The Woodland Trail which runs around the perimeter of the holiday village.
  • Indoor soft play areas
  • For more info and to book click here

    Ribby Hall Village – Know Before You Go

  • Free WIFI is included
  • Parking for 1 car is allowed outside each cottage.
  • Travel cot and highchair is included free of charge.
  • Pre booking is advised for activities and the restaurants
  • Click here to book Ribby Hall Village

    Ribby Hall Village Baby and Toddler Breaks

    About Jo Addison

    Mother of 2 little boys. Passionate about holidays and days out with babies and toddlers.

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    1. This looks and sounds perfect for a family break. My other half keeps wanting to visit Blackpool and we were not sure where to stay as I don’t want to be somewhere noisy with the little ones, this looks ideal. Your photos are really lovely xx
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