Alton Towers, Staffordshire (review published 2015)

Alton Towers opens its Enchanted Village to the public tomorrow (April 18) and the fairies have allowed the Birmingham Mail a sneaky peak.
The huge new development, adjacent to the Staffordshire theme park’s two hotels, includes 125 magical lodges (including five luxury treehouses) a themed restaurant, children’s play areas and a high ropes course.
Here’s what we learned about this land of forest spirits and little fable folk…
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The lodges
The 120 Hobbit-style, two-bedroom Woodland Lodges have wonky roofs and crooked chimneys. Inside these rustic buildings are little doors and windows for the ‘’little folk’’. They are semi-detached, sleep five people and have 32-inch TVs, drinks making facilities, a mini outdoor decking area and free wifi.
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The treehouses
The five individually-designed treehouses sleep for up to eight people in four bedrooms. They feature 50-inch plasma TVs, a games console and a private hot tub on a sheltered outdoor decking area. They also come equipped with a dishwasher and full self-catering facilities.
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The play areas
These are dotted around the village so young guests are only ever a hop, skip and jump from a slide, seesaw, swing or climbing frame.
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High ropes course 
The Tree Top Quest, due to open May 22, will  feature two courses for different age groups. Children will be able to swing from trees  as they navigate the forest  before hurtling back to the ground on the 85m zip wire.
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After dark
At night the village takes on a whole new level of enchantment, as its wildlife lights up whilst the faint sound of  whispering ‘’little folk’’ fills the air! The Great Oak illuminates with hundreds of fairy lights and a  glowing mushroom trail leads guests to The Crooked Spoon for dinner.
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The restaurant
The Enchanted Village is home to its own quirky restaurant, the Crooked Spoon, which serves breakfast and dinner.  A 10z rump steak is £14.95 and and ale-battered cod and chips is £11.95. There’s evening entertainment.
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The cost
Prices for Woodland Lodges start at £117 for two adults and £157.50 for five adults, which works out at £31.25 per person per night when booked in advance at altontowers.com, representing some of the cheapest accommodation at the resort. Despite Treehouse prices starting at £650 per night they are already proving extremely popular. All prices include car parking and continental breakfast at The Crooked Spoon restaurant. The Tree Top Quest will cost an additional £16 for the low ropes course and £20 for the high ropes when booked as part of a hotel package.
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