School Holidays Begin Today! Let’s Head to these Amusement Parks!
Let’s have fun & get excited – UK’s theme parks
Alton Towers, Staffordshire
Grabbing all the theme park headlines this year (not least because of its late opening, and ensuing technical problems), Alton Towers’ new ride, The Smiler, fulfils its dubious promise to “marmalise” riders through its world-record 14 loops. For those open to the idea of being mentally beaten up by a theme park ride, it also comes with “mind manipulations” to disorientate riders. For those less keen on being terrified, the park has more than 50 other rides for all ages, including the charming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory boat-ride.
• altontowers.com. Adults £46.20, under-12s £39
Lightwater Valley, North Yorkshire
Home to Europe’s longest rollercoaster, the six-minute Ultimate, this theme park close to the cathedral city of Ripon and a 30-minute drive from Harrogate, has recently unveiled an Angry Birds activity park, bringing the smartphone and video game to life in the form of slides, tunnels, slingshots and nesting towers. Also new in 2013 is the Eagles Creek petting farm, with tractor rides. Tickets include entry to the Lightwater Valley Falconry, with its raptor displays.
• lightwatervalley.co.uk. Adults and kids over 1.3m £28, over 1m £23, under 1m £5
Paultons Park, Hampshire
Attracting toddlers in droves with its Peppa Pig World, this park on the edge of the New Forest has just opened a sensory cinema screening the award-winning Curse of Skull Rock. State-of-the-art 4D technology, including moving seats and water effects, means viewers feel like they’re riding the waves, getting blasted by sea-spray, peering through spooky mist and navigating the ocean bed. Other attractions include a menagerie housing meerkats, penguins, wallabies and other tot-pleasers, the garden-themed Trekking Tractors, Land of the Dinosaurs and a handful of daring rides, including a volcano-themed drop-and-twist tower called Magma.
• paultonspark.co.uk. From £22.50pp (children under a metre tall free)
Get the full story at : guardian.co.uk
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