Make a Bucket List bring you the top 10 theme parks in the Uk, for those thrill seekers out there. The Uk has a number of amazing theme parks, with water parks, zoos and shows…enough to challenge any abroad. Here are our top 10……
1. Legoland, Berkshire
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is a theme park dedicated to children aged 3-12 years old. For those who want to stay over you can stay at the new LEGOLAND Windsor Resort Hotel right in the middle of the park!
With over 55 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is a unique family theme park. New attractions include Duplo Valley Splash & Play and the Legends of Chima 4D Movie. Also look out for the brand new Hero Factory, allowing children to build their own LEGO characters.
Prepare for a soaking on the wet and wild water rides, and follow a pirate trail that’ll leave you wetter than walking the plank or join a Viking fleet where you’ll battle sea monsters and rough waters. Tiny feet will also love making a splash in DUPLO® Valley, new in 2013.
Young and old alike will be fascinated by the incredible LEGO models throughout the park. From comical camels to fearsome fire-breathing dragons, world landmarks to musical pirates, it’s amazing what can be built with LEGO bricks – nearly 55 million of them!
2. Alton Towers, Staffordshire
Alton Towers Resort is the UK’s leading short break resort, offering as it does an unrivalled selection of theme parks and attractions for the whole family to enjoy together.
The Smiler is the new ride to watch out for, although there are 50 others to choose from, along with two on-site hotels. The £18m ride is the world’s first 14-loop rollercoaster, with added psychological effects including optical illusions and blinding lights.
The origins of the Towers themselves date back to the 8th century, although the theme park and hotels are slightly less historic!
Alton Towers Theme Park is open for the 2014 season from 22nd March to 9th November – that’s 225 action packed days! There is something for all thrillseekers and families, with tons of terrific rides, blockbusting attractions, amazing live shows, and weird and wonderful costume characters.
3. Thorpe Park, Surrey
The Swarm is Thorpe Park’s newest ride – a rollercoaster where riders are dragged into a blind 127ft drop and which is definitely not for the fainthearted. Too far to travel? Stay at the all-new Crash Pad, with a sleepover, from £64 per person.
Thrill seekers of all ages can experience a non-stop adrenaline rush at one of 25 of THORPE PARKs Resort, home to some of Europe’s most exhilarating rides and attractions, with fun and thrills for the whole family.
4. Flambards Experience, Cornwall
Flambards theme park is the perfect family day out in Cornwall with a large selection of rides and attractions in Cornwall to suit everyone. From the thrill seekers to those who prefer a gentler pace. Experience the fun as a child or adult from the high clutches of The Shuttle space craft to a a dizzying spin on the Hornet Rollercoaster. Be sure to check out the amazing view at the top of the only drop, twisting ride The SkyRaker001 before plummeting back down to earth.
For those who fancy a gentler pace, they have a number of exhibtions including the blitz, which re-inacts Britain during World War 2.
5. Flamingo Land, Yorkshire
With seven unique themed areas, including Children’s Planet, their latest active play zone for younger guests, you’ll find just one day is never enough.
Journey through The Lost Kingdom’s vast African plains, the clear blue skies of Swoosh! and the wet and wacky world of Splosh! and we’re sure you’ll discover Flamingo Land has something for all ages to enjoy. If you’re looking for adrenaline-fuelled thrills, then eight extreme rides are waiting just for you, including the record-breaking Mumbo Jumbo, featuring the world’s steepest drop!
There are also over a dozen family attractions, from The Lost River Ride to Zooom!, the latest aeroplane coaster. Alternatively, you can add a whole new dimension to your viewing pleasure by joining Happy Feet’s Mumble and friends in Flamingo Land’s 4D Cinema.
A captivating programme of regular free shows, including the breathtaking acrobatic skills of our Bongo Warriors, guarantees that the fun never stops. Excitement and adventure for youngest guests is also assured by a fantastic collection of junior coasters, carousels and fun slides, plus indoor and outdoor soft play areas too!
6. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire
Pleasure Beach is bursting with action packed thrills from one of Europe’s tallest rollercoasters, The Pepsi Max Big One to the classic wooden Grand National.Pleasure Beach is a 42 acre site packed with pure family fun! Join Alice in her whimsical Wonderland or take to the classic Flying Machines for the ultimate flying experience!! Plus 12 fantastic rides in the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land.
New for this year is Wallace & Gromit’s Thrill-O-Matic, a £5.25m four-minute ride and the Hot Ice Show, as well as Poppy Cat in Nickelodeon Land. Nickelodeon Land is a six acre site loaded with 12 fantastic rides designed to thrill and entertain the whole family.
With its colourful, park-like atmosphere, Nickelodeon Land is the perfect place to hang out and meet popular Nick characters. You can also grab a bite to eat in the Big Pizza Kitchen or find your favourite trendy Nick clothes and souvenirs at the Nick Shop.
What gets your blood pumping? Is it wild rides or wild animals? At Chessington you and your own little animals can travel through themed lands, come face to face with great beasts, and walk beneath the wave.
Zufari: Ride into Africa is new for this year, involving a journey on an off-road truck which features encounters with flamingos, giraffes, antelope and rhino. Each land offers its unique theme, rides, attractions and places to rest and shop before you journey on.
NEW for 2014 is the Scorpion Express ride, but overall there are 10 themed lands and over 40 rides and attractions. Daily shows, shops, cafes and restaurants.
In Chessington Zoo meet over 1,000 animals from the exotic and endangered to the just plain cute.
In Chessington SEA LIFE Centre, walk beneath the waves in our underwater tunnel and meet sharks, rays, jellyfish and more.
8. Oakwood Theme Park, Pembrokeshire
Oakwood is the only theme park in Wales and is home to Megafobia, voted the best ride in the UK and third best ride in the world by the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain. New for this year is Neverland, a £4m family-themed area with 10 attractions.
9. Paultons Park, Hampshire
Paultons Family Theme Park, is home to Peppa Pig World has over 60 wonderful rides and attractions included in the price. Paultons has been voted as the number 1 UK theme park for families by readers of Netmums, Which?, Mumsnet and by reviewers on Trip Advisor. The Park is set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the New Forest National Park.
Paultons has a wide variety of children’s rides, family rides and thrill rides to enjoy including roller coasters, water rides, a 4D Cinema and many more. Peppa Pig’s very own theme park, with 7 fun rides and attractions, an indoor playzone, muddy puddles water splash Park and more – a must for all Peppa fans. See a whole host of beautiful birds and friendly animals at the Park. Favourites include their Penguins and Meerkats and a large collection of exotic birds to see.
10. Drayton Manor, Staffordshire
Drayton Manor Park is home to over 100 sensational rides and attractions with some of the biggest wettest and scariest rides around, in 2011 they introduced Ben 10 Ultimate Mission the ride, the first themed attraction of its type in Europe.
The park offers an abundance of rides to suit the entire family, a 4D cinema, zoo and well as a range of restaurants and shops including Cartoon Network Café & store, Humble Pies & the Grill Inn.