The other weekend, The Fredster and I were invited to spend an afternoon at the FABULOUS ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not!’ in the heart of Piccadilly, central London. Using it as an opportunity to leave zone 5 and spend some rare one-to-one time with my little chap, I was excited to visit, knowing that there would be a huge amount (over 700!) exhibits, galleries and interactive experiences to check out.
Freddie really enjoys looking at all manner of weird and wonderful things- and this is where ‘Ripley’s’ really fits the bill. As a vehicle-loving kind of man, he was particularly keen to see their latest exhibit, which involves 4 wheels and a touch of bling. Enter: an incredible Mini-Cooper with over a million handcrafted Swarovski crystals and worth a cool half a million quid (yikes!). The iconic car depicts American icons including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and The Bald Eagle. The crystals were 50 different shades (no, not like that you filthy beast 😉 ) representing the 50 states, and each stone was meticulously placed over a period of 6 months.
‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not!’ celebrates the weird and wonderful in all its forms, and I can vouch that there is something for everyone there. As well as the car, F was super-keen on the shark attack section (weirdo), whilst I loved hearing about some of the (thankfully) outlawed body mutilation practices in different cultures (you can see where he gets it from…). Gory stuff aside, there is so much more to see and appreciate- the Marvellous Mirror Maze was a hit with both of us, and I had new-found respect for artists that created pieces that required a crazy-amount of detail (hello, the huge Tower Bridge replica made entirely of matchsticks).
The man behind the attraction, Robert Ripley, was an intrepid world traveller, cartoonist, reporter, adventurer and seeker of the most bizarre and unusual. Many of the artifacts at Ripley’s were collected by the man himself.
So… step inside a world where the bizarre and the unbelievable come to life, and amazement is waiting around every corner- from unusual art to underwater wonders, an upside down room to even a dungeon, at Ripley’s there are mind-boggling experiences for even the wildest imagination!
Ripley’s Believe it or Not!’ London is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 10am until midnight. Tickets to this world of wonders are usually £26.95 per adult and £19.95 per child. (please visit www.ripleyslondon.com for more info).
I have a family ticket to ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not!’ London up for grabs, based on 2 adults and 2 children visiting.
To enter, just leave a comment below, and tell me what has been your favourite trip out so far this summer?
You can have an extra entry by liking The Spirited Puddle Jumper Facebook page (if you haven’t already), and leaving a comment below the ‘Ripley’s’ post on the page.
Competition closes at midnight on Friday 5th September. Winner will be picked by random and notified by Monday 8th September 2014.
All terms and conditions at the bottom of this page.
*This is in partnership with ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not!’, but all views and thoughts are my own.
Competition entrants must be 18 years or over at time of entry.
The voucher will be exchanged for one family Ultimate Explorer entry ticket to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! London at the admissions desk.
A family is classed as two adults (aged 16-60 years) and two children (aged 4-15 years). All members of the party must visit together when the voucher is redeemed.