The Lapland debacle aside, the UK is just teeming with great theme parks

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Posted by Sarah

The recent palaver surrounding the Lapland New Forest attraction has got me thinking about the enviable range of theme parks we have here in the UK. If you haven’t heard about it already, the park on the Hampshire-Dorset border has come under fire from angry consumers over false advertising; instead of the “winter wonderland” promised in marketing material, the real scene was reportedly nothing of the kind.

Organisers might still be denying any wrongdoing, but it’s important not to let this unfortunate incident give the rest of the UK’s spectacular theme parks a bad name. When I was growing up, there were only three places I wanted to go at weekends: Surrey’s Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures in London and – last but definitely not least – Alton Towers. Days filled with towering rollercoasters, tutti-frutti ice cream and candy floss certainly feature prominently among my childhood memories!

These days, families can draw from a wider – and constantly growing – selection of theme parks. Legoland Windsor is one of my favourites from the new breed, while further north you’ll find Camelot in Lancashire and Birmingham’s Cadbury World – ideal for chocolate lovers of any age! Better still, the advances made in shortening the Eurostar journey time between London and the French capital means that we can even count Disneyland Paris among our nearby theme park attractions – isn’t technological development great?

So if you’re one of those people that’s been left feeling disappointed by Lapland New Forest, don’t forget how many more great theme parks there are in Britain just waiting to be discovered by you. Or maybe you know of a few theme parks that are off the beaten track – if so, tell us! We’re always eager to hear about new attractions, and you might just give someone the holiday tip of a lifetime.

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