The summer has officially arrived and the weather has been wonderful! The school summer holidays are finally here and it’s time to spend some quality time together – having fun in the sun as some might say.
If you haven’t already planned a holiday abroad, why not visit some of the UK’s best family attractions where you’re guaranteed a great time for the whole family!
We have put together a list of some great theme parks and attractions that can all be found right here in the UK!
The BIG Sheep
Whatever the weather, visitors never leave disappointed! 12 hilarious shows – all with undercover viewing areas – will have you laughing out loud. If you fancy a bit of outdoor play, you can bounce as high as you can on the giant jumping pillows, experience the thrill of flying through the air on the twister ride, get wet and wild in the splash zone or try your skills at archery tag. Children love travelling on piggy-pull-along and a safari ride around the perimeter of the park. The popular train ride around the lake never ceases to inspire visitors to have a go on the swan pedal boats which glide alongside the train around the lake.
If you love animals, don’t forget to take your camera to capture all the resident animals up-close in the animal barn – puppies, chicks, rabbits, lambs and miniature ponies.
The more adventurous visitor can enjoy battling it out against family and friends in Battlefield Live, a themed combat area. Alternatively attempt to scale the 45ft climbing wall, master the art of mountain boarding and low ropes or enjoy camping and a workout session on our ‘Total Wipe’ at the Extreme Adventure Centre.
Thorpe Park resort is a theme park in Chertsey, Surrey. With over 30 rides and attractions to enjoy across the resort, guests have plenty to explore including Thorpe Park resort’s world-class rollercoasters. The Swarm, the UK’s first winged rollercoaster; Stealth, one of Europe’s fastest and tallest rollercoasters; Colossus, a ten loop rollercoaster and Nemesis Inferno, a feet-free, legs-dangling coaster experience, as well as SAW – The Ride.
Younger thrill seekers can serve their adrenaline apprenticeship as they ride on a wave of light and sound on X, before enjoying rides like the gravity defying Zodiac and the manic carpet ride of Quantum. There are also five water rides to excite the whole family including Tidal Wave, Storm Surge and Logger’s Leap.
Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park
Crealy was created by Angela Wright MBE in 1989, with the aim to build a park that recreates a childhood in the countryside. The park invites guests to come and play in the Adventure Playgrounds, hold and feed the animals, ride the ponies and learn all about farming.
Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park is an award winning family attraction set over 111 acres of stunning Cornish Countryside. It’s a vibrant and welcoming visitor destination which uniquely interprets the legends of the area and is famous for delivering great adventures. The Park opens in February until early November, with annual activities reflecting the seasons.
There is something for the whole family to enjoy at Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park; whether you dare to ride The Beast, venture on the back of Cornwall’s favourite Sea Dragon, Morgawr, get close to the crocodiles in the Croc Corner Reptile House, or explore the magical Swampy and Dina Land, including 3 amazing new rides!
You are invited to let your imagination run wild on an exciting day out with thrill rides, hundreds of animals, as well as 40,000 sq ft of indoor play and 35 acres of outdoor play!
Also, when visiting Cornwall’s Crealy Great adventure Park look out for the local resident characters; Swampy and Dina who can be found wandering around the park and when you see them, don’t be scared to say hello J.
Deep in the heart of the New Forest, Paultons family theme park is home to the world’s first and UK exclusive Peppa Pig World with exciting Peppa Pig themed rides, an outdoor playground and an indoor play centre.
Fly in the clouds on the Windy Castle ride, hitch a ride on Grandpa Pig’s little train and take to the skies in Miss Rabbit’s helicopter ride.
There will be daily appearances from Peppa herself and her brother George, so guests will be able to wish Peppa a happy tenth anniversary of being a TV star in person.
As well as being home to Peppa Pig World, Paultons Park is launching a brand new, hand-crafted Victorian carousel. With visitor numbers reaching more than one million per year, the dramatic new entrance and admissions kiosk area is a sign of how the award-winning Park is gradually expanding and looking forward to the next 30 years.
Paultons Park, named UK number one in the Traveller’s Choice top ten amusement and water parks by TripAdvisor in 2013, is host to more than 60 additional wonderful rides and attractions, including family favourites such as EDGE, Cobra – Paultons’ biggest rollercoaster, Magma, the Raging River Ride and a 4D cinema.
National Space Centre
The National Space Centre is located in the city of Leicester, England and is one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions. The National Space Centre is the UK’s largest attraction dedicated to space exploration and space science.
The building was designed by Nicholas Grimshaw, and it opened to the public in 2001. The centre has six main galleries of exhibitions and visitor activities covering space flight, astronomy and cosmology.
The building also houses experts and a full Space Communications team. While being entertaining and fun, it also offers some educational insights to the exciting world of Astronomy.
It’s a different kind of family fun where the whole family can explore amazing buildings filled with rockets, satellites, Martian surfaces and other amazing artefacts.
The award winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience for the whole family. With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, world unique 3D SIM ride and iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, there really is something for everybody to enjoy.
In 2014 the Centre will be hosting many special weekends including celebrations of Star Wars, LEGO and Daleks (see the website for full details www.spacecentre.co.uk).
Drayton Manor Theme Park
Drayton Manor Theme Park, near Tamworth, Staffordshire, is one of the UK’s leading destinations for days out, offering something for the whole family to enjoy.
For thrill seekers, there’s Shockwave, Europe’s only standing roller coaster, the hair-raising gyro swing Maelstrom, and Apocalypse a 54-metre tower drop which was voted the UK’s scariest ride by Channel 5’s The Gadget Show. There’s also the brand new ride, Air Race, which launched in July this year. The stomach-churning aerial adventure features a series of gravity defying barrel rolls in both directions, which will have you soaring and diving throughout the air. With banks, loops, dives and weightlessness to test even the most experienced thrill seekers, it promises to be the flight of your life.
Drayton Manor is also home to Europe’s only Thomas Land™, which is a firm favourite with both the young and the young at heart. It has 21 rides and attractions that are based on the ever popular Thomas & Friends™ television series, such as the Troublesome Trucks Coaster, Cranky the Crane Drop Tower, Thomas the Tank Engine train ride and Winston’s Whistle-Stop Tour.
There’s also a 15-acre zoo, Ben 10: Ultimate Mission roller coaster and a sensational 4D cinema, guaranteeing a fun day out for the family!