Whatever age you are, you have to admit that enjoying a day out at a theme park is always a memorable activity. Whether you’re queuing up to take on this years’ biggest rollercoaster, chasing the kids around the arcades or watching from a safe distance (and height!) as those braver than you hop on board ridiculously scary looking rides, we all love a good attraction visit. We’re quite lucky here in the UK that, even though we’re not the biggest nation, we have a great variety of themed parks and attractions – from ones filled with wild rides to those that celebrate our favourite TV shows. So as they all reopen for the 2014 season, we take a look at this years’ top 5 theme parks and what they have to offer.
Huge rollercoasters and scary rides like Hex spring to mind, right? Well actually this year sees the UK’s favourite theme park cater for the younger ones amongst us thanks to the introduction of the brand new CBeebies Land! Set to open on May 24th 2014, this new area of the huge resort will feature some of CBeebies’ best-loved characters and shows, including Something Special, In the Night Garden, Tree Fu Tom and Mr Bloom’s Nursery. Now everyone’s looked after you’ve no excuses not to visit!
Warner Bros. – The Making of Harry Potter
This Warner Bros. Tour has taken London by storm since it opened in 2012, and there’s no sign of its popularity slowing down. The ultimate attraction for Potter fans and film buffs alike, this tour has everything from movie sets to costumes, interactive games and even a chance to meet the animal actors of the Harry Potter films! As it’s not located in central London it’s a nice area to stay in too – you’re not surrounded by too much hustle and bustle but you’re still in close proximity to the capitals’ top attractions!
Always a hit with the kids, LEGOLAND Windsor proves each year to be a favourite with families looking for a suitable theme park. This year sees the addition of Castaway Camp, an all-new pirate play area where kids (and big kids) can battle it out for the long lost treasure near Pirate Falls and log flume! I don’t know about you but that all sounds rather exciting. Add that to the incredible displays and zones that the park is famous for – including the amazing Egyptians! – and you’ve got yourself one heck of a family break.
Another of the big ride parks, Thorpe Park is one of the most popular attractions in the south. Offering coasters like The Swarm, the UK’s first winged rollercoaster with a 127ft plunge, the park is now branching out and adding a very exciting Angry Birds 4D animation experience. This unique area will include rides like the Detonator – the resort’s 100ft rapid drop tower ride – while ‘Red Bird’ and the ‘Bad Piggies’ go bumper to bumper on a brand new dodgems attraction. I think I’ll be paying a visit for this addition alone!
West Midlands Safari Park
I’m a massive fan of anywhere offering the chance to see animals – my favourite part of my local theme park, Flamingo Land is the amazing zoo! So the premise of an actual safari park here on our own fair isles is something I’m just dying to experience. West Midlands Safari Park boasts more than 1700 animals and an incredible new Realm of the Lions experience. It’s self-drive too meaning you can take in the park at your own pace and from the comfort of your own car! I’m definitely heading down there in 2014.
Have you got a theme park that you visit each year? Which ones will you be taking the family to in 2014? Let us know!