Lego fans are in for a treat at Legoland Windsor this summer, says dad Kieron Dodd, as a exciting new area invites families to step into the colourful world of Heartlake City.

What's new?

Having been to a few theme parks with my kids over the last couple of years, I always feel Legoland suits a slightly younger crowd than, say Chessington World of Adventures. The rides are a little more gentle and the Lego theme gives the place a gentle, friendly feel. Add into the mix the recently launched Lego Friends (five action girls) and now the new Heartlake city area and you get something fun and a little different, which still fits in with the rest of the park.

We watched the five Lego Friends come to life through a 30 minute show on a stage in front of the lake, which is the centerpiece of the new brightly lit habourside. “Friends to the rescue” is a cross between the X-Factor and a girl band concert singalong– a rescue story with plenty of music and song.

Rides to remember

My ten year old, Katie, thought it was a fun way to take a break from the rides but was keener to get onto the new Mia’s horseback adventure ride which she loved. She descibes it as a "wild, high and spinning ride”. Younger kids may prefer a gentler new train ride that meanders through Legoland.

The biggest hit though was the revamped driving school. My seven year old, Oliver, loved driving his own Lego car round the fairly extensive track of Lego city. I couldn’t get him off it. Next door is the improved Coastguard HQ where children get to steer their boats through a river of Lego wildlife.

Heartlake city is a on-trend addition to an already well-designed and hugely enjoyable day out and is much more than just another ride.

Price: Tickets purchased in advance (online) from £36 for adults, from £32.85 for children (free for under threes) and from £137.70 for families (two adults + two children)

Find out more: legoland.co.uk