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Theme parks for the whole family

03 May 2019

At this time of year, it seems like the kids are off school every other week, with Easter and Bank Holidays often starting from mid-March and days off here and there until the end of May. Then they’re back for a short term and then off for the long summer holidays.

We’ve previously written about ways to keep the kids entertained, from crafting to days out, and this time we’re talking theme parks. There are dozens of theme parks throughout the UK so we’ve put together a short list of options to suit the whole family.

Peppa Pig World 

Most parents of preschool aged children will be familiar with Peppa Pig and her friends. The bubbly pink character has become a firm favourite among the age group, so a visit to Peppa Pig World is a great starter theme park for little ones.

Peppa Pig WorldImage credit: Paultons Park 

Located within Paultons Park, there are nine rides and attractions themed around Peppa, George and pals. Take flight with Pippa in a hot air balloon or with Miss Rabbit in her helicopter, sail the seas in Grandpa Pig’s Boat and take part in Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club. Daring adventurers can even climb aboard Mr Dinosaur which sounds roarsome!

Thomas Land 

He may have been around much longer than Peppa Pig but Thomas the Tank Engine is as beloved as ever. Drayton Manor plays host to Thomas Land where kids can experience their first thrill ride as the Troublesome Trucks Roller Coaster races along the tracks, twisting and turning as it goes.  Why not check out Terence’s Driving School where drivers can tootle about in their own tractor. Looking for something a bit more adventurous? Hop on Toby’s Tram Express and spin in different directions, leaving you dizzy and delighted!

Chessington World of Adventure

If your kids are a little older, Chessington World of Adventure offers theme park fun combined with animal attractions. The Gruffalo is a main feature here as the star of a river ride adventure, where you may get wet, and popping up at The Gruffalo Arena for meet and greets.  Not quite ready for a white-knuckle ride? The Vampire roller coaster is family-friendly but ups the ante as you soar through the trees, legs dangling below you – it’s frighteningly fun!

Take a little time away from the action to visit the Chessington Zoo. Home to over 1,000 animals, marvel at the huge horns on Ankole cattle, enjoy the antics of the meerkats, or take a trip on the ZUFARI: Ride into Africa! where you’ll see rhinos, giraffes and flamingos!

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort 

LEGO is one of the world’s most popular toys, with fans of the plastic bricks ranging in age from 3 to 103! A guaranteed theme park to keep kids of all ages occupied is LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort  For younger members of the family, there’s DUPLO® Valley Airport and the DUPLO® Train.

LEGO NINJAGO WorldImage credit: LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort 

For the rest of the family, take on the Knight’s Quest, a LEGO® version of a classic carousel, learn to drive at the LEGO® City Driving School or test your Spinjitzu skills on LEGO® NINJAGO® The Ride

Now, hold onto your hats, sunglasses and keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times because we’re heading to the thrillseeker theme parks.

Thorpe Park 

With rides named Vortex, Samurai and Nemesis Inferno, Thorpe Park is not for the fainthearted...which is why it’s so popular! The rollercoasters are fast, the G-force is dialled all the way up to 5 and the drops are colossal! Take all that and add a horror factor – Saw: The Ride, The Walking Dead: The Ride and Derren Brown’s Ghost Train – and you’ve got everything you need for a heart-stopping day out.

Thorpe ParkImage credit: Thorpe Park

Alton Towers 

Yes, Alton Towers is home to CBeebies Land which means all the family can enjoy this theme park but, let’s face it, most people are heading here for the coasters.

Want to hurtle through a wormhole at speeds of 75kph and over 3.5Gs? Galactica’s got you covered. Fancy free-falling into the hunting ground of mysterious creatures? Th13teen ticks that box. How about a vertical-drop into, well, Oblivion? It’s not called that for nothing!

New for 2019 is the first wooden coaster to be built in the UK in 20 years. Wicker Man combines the classic coaster feel with the fear of fire, twists and turns.

Whether you’re a daredevil who lives for thrills or someone who prefers the slower pace of a carousel, we’re sure you’ll find something to suit you.

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