Dinosaurs, wildlife and aliens – what it’s like on the Totally Roarsome Trail at Arley Hall


A major new dinosaur trail has opened just in time for the February holidays – though it’s packed with more than just Jurassic beasts.

Totally Roarsome North West has opened in the woods next to Arley Hall near Lymm in Cheshire, around half an hour from Manchester, with a walkable route featuring everything from dinosaurs to cowboys, farm animals and even aliens.

The attraction is aimed at families with school-aged children and under – so I accompanied my six and two year old boys to see what they made of it.

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We were lucky with the weather when we headed out at the weekend, although the first thing parents should note is that it’s quite muddy – so wet suits, wellies and protective clothing spare in the car for the future, I highly recommend it.

George, 6, loved dinosaurs

The trail is all spaced out along a concrete path so you can take your stroller along – although again be aware that you may get very muddy wheels.

How does it look?

At the trailhead, kids are given a map of the trail with a quiz inside to get them to answer a series of questions about the trail.

George, my six year old dinosaur mad boy, really enjoyed this and was thrilled to spot and name all the different dinos along the way.

Meanwhile, two-year-old Freddie was just as excited to shout “dini-saw” at every available opportunity.

George meets a T-Rex at Totally Roarsome

But there’s more than just dinosaurs to keep the kids entertained, as we soon discovered that the trail has a series of different “sections” including those for cowboys, the Arctic, farm animals and to exotic animals.

The farm animals were a particular hit with two-year-old Fred and many other children in that age group who enthusiastically walked around and patted the models of chicken, pig and duck on the head.

Continuing the trail, we were even surprised to discover a strange group of aliens, as well as a section dedicated to Alice in Wonderland and even a candy forest.

How long does it take?

Aliens in the Woods on the Totally Roarsome Trail

The organizers indicate that it takes between one hour and 90 minutes to cover the entire course. For me, with the slow-walking two-year-old, it was definitely at the end of the 90 minutes.

It didn’t seem like too long except we visited one of the last time slots of the day (at 3:30pm) so it started to get very cold when the sun started to set.

What facilities are there?

A large T-Rex signals the way to Totally Roarsome at Arley Hall in Cheshire

There are portaloo toilets at the main entrance (where you have a nice view of Arley Hall) but none inside the trail.

There were no food and drink outlets at the Totally Roarsome attraction, but there is a cafe in the main Arley Hall and Gardens, a five-minute walk away.

At the end of the trail there is a store where you get a free picture of you and your family with a dinosaur (if you want).

There’s also the option of buying a goodie bag for £6, which we did, and which contained a surprising amount for your money – a coloring book, a dinosaur egg, a model paint set of dinosaur and a dinosaur poop toy (yes, yummy I know but George loved it).

How much do the tickets cost ?

Dinosaur models on the Totally Roarsome Trail

Tickets are priced at £8.95 for adults and children, while those under 2 get in free.

You reserve a time and a date online when booking for your visit, but you can rebook the date if you need to change within 48 hours for any reason, for a £1 transfer fee.

When is it open?

Totally Roarsome North West is open daily during mid-term from February 21-27, then will be open every Saturday and Sunday in March.

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