Escape to fantastical lands right here in Britain with some of the world’s best theme parks. Plan your family’s next adventure with one of these popular parks that suit every age and interest
There is a park for almost every interest, from fulfilling your teen’s need for speed to letting your toddler’s imagination run wild. Britain’s theme parks have everything you need for a fun-filled family day out or a weekend staycation.
Larger-than-life brick creations with millions of pieces will leave them in awe as you explore this wonderland with more than 55 rides and attractions. A portal to LEGO Mythica, an alternate universe and the newest area of the theme park, has recently been discovered. Every time a child builds a LEGO creature, it comes to life in this fantastical parallel world. Soar through the sky in the UK’s first flying theatre ride, Flight of the Sky Lion. After enjoying all of the rides and attractions the park has to offer, be sure to check out the store – it’s the largest in the UK. You’ll have access to exclusive products, a Minifigure Factory to create custom figures and the Mosaic Maker, which will create a custom LEGO portrait of your child with all the bricks required to build it yourself! Find out more.
This is the ultimate park for high speeds, loops, twists and sudden drops. Hop on the UK’s fastest rollercoaster, Stealth, and reach 80mph in under 2 seconds, launching up to 205ft high! Continue riding your adrenaline high and head over to The Swarm, the UK’s first winged rollercoaster with speeds of almost 60mph. For a psychological thrill, try the park’s latest addition, the Black Mirror Labyrinth. The creators behind the Netflix series invite you to playtest the first real-life experience for the hit TV show. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into the plotline of one of their mind-bending episodes. Don’t want the fun to end? Spend the night in the Thorpe Shark Hotel. Crash for the night in a personal cabin after a day packed full of thrills. These bite-sized cabins have everything you need to recover and prepare for your next adventure. Find out more.
Chessington World of Adventures
Embrace your family’s wild side at Chessington World of Adventures, a hybrid theme park and zoo. It’s home to more than 40 rides and attractions, and more than 1000 animals in the Zoo and SEA LIFE Centre. Embark on an adventure to Africa on Zufari, an off-road truck journey through the savanna where you’ll come face to face with magnificent animals, including giraffes, zebras and white rhinos. Animal lovers must try the VIP animal experiences, like the giraffe feed, Junior Zoo Keeper Experience and penguin encounter. Then, head over to Vampire for the chance to fly through the treetops with your feet dangling beneath you. The park’s newest arrival, Croc Drop, is a 25m tower – will you dare to take it on? Find out more.
Alton Towers is a family favourite offering the perfect balance between rollercoasters with crazy drops and fun rides for younger children too. Pull off the greatest jewel heist in history on Gangsta Granny, the carriage ride full of spins and special effects. This family-friendly ride is great fun, as long as you don’t get caught! Face your fears on Oblivion, the world’s first vertical drop coaster. You’ll have a moment to question your decision to board this crazy coaster before launching straight into oblivion. The whole family will love the Runaway Mine Train. Embark on a wild mine train ride that has been delighting visitors for decades. Little ones will be happy to hear about the latest additions to CBeebies Land for 2022 – join your favourite CBeebies friends for three new themed attractions where your children can learn, play and let their imaginations run free. Find out more.
Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World
Peppa Pig invites you and your family to Paultons Park to visit her very own theme park! Meet Peppa and enjoy nine colourful rides perfect for young children and toddlers at Peppa Pig World. Peppa, George and all of your favourite characters will be available for adorable photo opportunities with your children. You can also sail across sparkling waters on Grumpy Rabbits Sailing Club, the gentle spinning boat ride. Or glide through the skies with Peppa’s Big Balloon ride for spectacular views. Afterwards, enjoy four other themed worlds at Paultons, including Tornado Springs, Lost Kingdom, Little Africa and Critter Creek. Find out more.
ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure
Embark on a prehistoric adventure at ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure park. This is the UK’s largest dinosaur-themed adventure park, based in Norfolk. Prepare for adventure around every corner, with 85 acres of beautiful woodland filled with various trails and dinosaurs. You’ll find raptors rummaging through the undergrowth and be sure to greet the gentle giant, the Brachiosaurus. Try to find them all on this leisurely walk through dinosaur territory. Sit back and relax in Dippy’s Theatre after finishing your stroll through the woodlands. Be sure to grab a snack before enjoying a movie, meet Dippy and Friends or watch a live show. Afterwards, end your day at the Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf course for some friendly competition. Find out more.
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