Oakwood Theme Park is home to the ‘best ride in the UK’ – the mighty Megafobia. This colossal wooden rollercoaster towers over the park, hurtling thrill seekers into the air at mindboggling speeds and angles. New this year is Neverland, Oakwood’s new family area, complete with state of the art rides for all the family to enjoy.
Don’t let the name deceive you; there is much more to Flamingo Land Theme Park than just pink birds. As well as a large zoo and holiday resort, Flamingo Land plays host to the harrowing ‘Hero’ ride; designed internationally renowned coaster guru, Werner Stengel, ‘Hero’ puts riders in the front seat, throwing them through the air in specially designed suspended seats.
We are pleased that this lesser known theme park has made the list – and so it should! Flambards Theme Park boasts one of the most dizzying rides in the country - The Thunderbolt Ride - an insane mix of spin and speed that will put even the most rehearsed thrill seeker on the edge. For the more grounded visitor, Flambards also has a state of the art laser quest; players must dodge the ninja style lasers in order to beat their opponent and top the competitor tables.
One of Britain’s most famous theme parks, Blackpool Pleasure Beach does not disappoint. The notorious Big Dipper has thrilled families for generations, and is celebrating its 90th birthday this year. Newer rides include the Thrill-O-Matic, an aptly named Wallace and Gromit ride, and Avalanche, the white rollercoaster that hurtles riders through at a whopping 45mph to recreate the feeling of being caught up in a snow blizzard.
Nestled in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, Paultons Park offers beautiful yet thrilling day out for all of the family. The world famous Peppa Pig World will have the little ones in a spin with seven rides especially designed with young children in mind. For the thrill seeker, Paultons Park offers several high impact rides, including Magma, the volcando themed drop and twist ride exclusive to the park.
One of the world’s most famous childhood toys, Legoland combines nostalgia with excitement and electrifying rides to create a day out not to be forgotten. As well as having an award winning holiday resort, Legoland plays host to Duplo Valley, complete with Drench Tower, a village designed to soak even the most nimble of visitors. Look out for the new Hero Factory, where visitors can create their own Lego character.
Home to the ‘UKs Scariest Ride’, Drayton Manor Theme Parkhas much more to offer than just a family day out. Apocalypse pushes riders to G Force 4 as it drops at breath-taking speeds, ensuring that even the hardest thrill seeker is left white as a sheet. If you’re looking to get wet, Drayton Manor has it covered with their reverse chute water coaster, the whirlwind StormForce10.
With 10 themed lands and over 40 rides and attractions, it’s not hard to see why Chessington World of Adventures has made our top three. Dragon Falls is a firm favourite with resort-goers, whilst the new Scorpion Express allows young riders to experience their first rollercoaster in the safety of a train carriage. For the more adventurous visitor, Chessington offers a Zufari, allowing riders to go off road in the zoo in specially made trucks and experience the wild animals of Africa up close.
Alton Towershas exceeded all expectations this year with the opening of it’s new £18 million coaster The Smiler. The world’s first 14 loop rollercoaster comes complete with 5 mind manipulations, as well as 30 metre drops that will scare even the most hardened thrill seeker. Alton Towers also offers hair-raising multi media experiences, including Hex, a rousing ride through haunted woods – great for young children wanting to experience the thrills of a theme park.
Without doubt, Thorpe Park is the UK’s most well known and internationally renowned theme parks – but never fear, its reputation does not disappoint. With new rides opening every year, Thorpe Park aims to give thrill seekers an experience like no other. This year’s new offering is The Swarm, the UK’s first winged rollercoaster… and it rides backwards. Other thrilling rides include Stealth, where riders are plummeted 0-80mph in less than two seconds, and are fired 205 ft in the air, and the world famous Rumba Rapids, a firm family favourite with all visitors.