As summer approaches, the days become longer and the weather improves, Brits begin to have more options for an enjoyable day out.
With weekends, bank holidays and school holidays during the coming sunny months, there’s plenty of time in which to explore one of the nation’s many theme parks.
Most UK parks have something for everyone, from 205ft high-speed rollercoasters to interactive learning areas for kids. Whether going on a thrill-seeking trip to Thorpe Park or taking the kids to the Peppa Pig World during the holidays, there’s a big enough choice of attractions to cater to different tastes and ages.
We’ve rounded up the best theme parks in the UK, from the big names you’ll likely have heard of to lesser-known ones that nevertheless offer a fun-packed excursion.
See below for all the latest information on attractions, ticket prices and opening times too, so that you can plan the ideal day out to experience some thrills and spills.
Thorpe Park, Surrey
One of the UK’s most famous theme parks, Thorpe Park recently re-opened in March after the winter closing period.
The Chertsey park welcomed 1.7 million visitors in 2021 and is opening two new rides in the near future, hoping to keep visitor numbers steady after the pandemic.
The next generation Ghost Train is opening this spring, while Project Exodus – an £18m investment that will be the park’s tallest ride – opens in 2024.
For now though, the main attraction is still Stealth. Standing at over 200ft tall and reaching maximum speeds of 80mph, this is one for the thrill-seekers.
Open from 10am to 5pm on weekdays and 10am to 6pm on weekends. Watch out for extended opening hours on special dates, as well as closure dates on Wednesdays in May and Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September.
Prices start at £34 for advanced tickets bought online. Under-threes go free. thorpepark.com
Alton Towers, Staffordshire
Crowned Theme Park of the Year at the 2022 annual UK Theme Park Awards, Alton Towers is also opening a ghost-themed ride in 2023.
Launched in March, the Curse takes riders on “a hair-raising journey” and will join long-term favourites such as Nemesis and Oblivion.
The park also contains several child-friendly attractions, such as Heave Ho and Postman Pat’s Parcel Post. These contributed to…
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