With spring on the horizon, attention may be aimed towards the theme park day trips that you and your family could be planning over the coming months. While many theme parks across the UK close their doors over the winter months, they begin to reopen during February and March so that families far and wide can enjoy the thrills and spills, once again. Whether your favourite theme park has been closed, or you’ve just not bothered to brave the elements to enjoy them, now is a great time to start planning your first trip of 2014 so that you and your kids can have a whale of a time. But, which one do you choose to visit? One that you’re familiar with or a completely new adventure? Here are five of the best theme parks across the country for you to choose from.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Starting on the Lancashire coastline, the Blackpool Pleasure Beach continues to be a firm favourite with families across the country. If you’re not living locally, you can easily book a Travelodge in this super North West town, so that you’re a hop, skip and a jump away from the action. Brave the Big One and Infusion, or stick to the gentle rides if you’ve not got the stomach for it. Nickelodeon Land is well worth a visit too if you’re visiting with youngsters.
A true favourite for most, Alton Towers can be found in the heart of the country, in a rural area of Staffordshire. Set within its own landscaped gardens, miles from any major city, Alton Towers makes you feel like you’re in a whole different world. From the white-knuckle rides including Rita, Nemesis and Oblivion to the onsite waterpark, aquarium, themed hotel and extraordinary golf (crazy, crazy golf), you can easily stretch out your visit to last more than one day.
Chessington World of Adventures
As one of the theme parks near to London, Chessington World of Adventures is a popular choice for many people visiting the area. With ten lands to explore, including Transylvania and the Forbidden Kingdom, Chessington offers up a perfect mix of rides and amusements that will suit all ages.
Sticking with the South, Thorpe Park can be found in Chertsey, Surrey and can often be found vying for the top spot with rival Alton Towers. When it comes to thrilling, jaw-dropping rides, Thorpe Park is often considered to be the winner, with plenty of rides to choose from including Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Saw the Ride and Stealth, which sends you from 0-80mph in under 2 seconds.
Fancy something a little more subdued? Head for Paulton’s Park in the New Forest and your little ones will certainly thank you for it. While you won’t find any monstrous coasters, you will find plenty of family-friendly rides and amusements that have children at the forefront of their demographic. It’s also home to Peppa Pig World, so any fans of the popular cartoon will be in their element here.
There are plenty more theme parks across the country for you to choose from too – take your pick and book a break that incorporates a trip and give yourself, and your family, an adrenaline boost!