KEEP ON KEEPING THE CHILDREN OCCUPIED
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 16th August 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
As theAugust summer holidays progress and you try to find activities to occupy the children here is a list of 10 +2 theme parks you may care to visit.
If you’re looking for family-friendly activities to try, amusement parks are often a failsafe way to entertain both younger and older kids. And when it comes to deciding where to go, Tripadvisor has just named the UK’s best theme parks, based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings gathered over a 12-month period.
1) Paultons Park – Hampshire
Home to Peppa Pig World and the dinosaur theme park, Lost Kingdom, Paultons Park been named the UK’s number one amusement park for a third year by Tripadvisor. It has over 70 rides and attractions and is set in 140 acres of parkland on the edge of the stunning New Forest National Park.
2) Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Lancashire
One of the UK’s most visited attractions, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is known for its four famous wooden rollercoasters – the Big Dipper, Blue Flyer, Grand National and Nickelodeon Streak. Its newest ride, ICON, is the UK’s first double launch rollercoaster and is the ‘highlight’ of the park, according to reviewers.
3) Alton Towers – Staffordshire
Alton Towers is England’s largest theme park, spread over 500 acres. There are over 50 rides suited to everyone, from CBeebies Land for tiny tots to new rides like Wicker Man for teens. Hotels and woodland lodges provide accommodation on site, and look out for the water park plus a restaurant set below a rollercoaster track.
4) The Milky Way Adventure Park – Devon
If you’re ever stuck with a rainy day in North Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park is loved for its all-weather activities. Along with the rides and attractions, there are daily shows including birds of prey displays and performances from Britain’s Got Talent star Merlin Cadogan, plus The Time Warp, an undercover adventure play area.
5) Crealy Adventure Park & Resort – Devon
As Devon’s largest theme park, Crealy has masses of indoor play areas, live shows and great rides for younger children. It’s also home to over 200 cuddly farm and zoo animals. Don’t miss a out on a visit to Meerkat Manor.
6) Sundown Adventureland – Retford
With its Rodeo Corral Indoor Play Area, Rocky Mountain Railroad, Angry Birds Activity Park and Sundown Adventureland has been described as ‘an amazing place for young children, with SO much to do, to see, to ride on and explore.’ Adults can enjoy the locally-sourced food on offer in the cafes or the shady picnic areas.
7) Landmark Forest Adventure Park – Carrbridge, Scotland
Landmark Forest Adventure Park, located just a few miles north of Aviemore, has been praised for offering play parks for toddlers mixed with bigger rides for teens and adults. Look out for the world’s first Bamboozeleum, featuring puzzles and special effects, the Tarzan Trail and the Wild Water Coaster.
8) Brighton Palace Pier – East Sussex
The Grade II-listed Brighton Palace Pier is said to be one of the finest ever built. It’s also packed with fairground favourites, and as one reviewer noted, ‘The pier has so many rides on it and fun activities, we could easily have spent a whole day on it! I really do recommend coming here, especially if you have older children.’
9) Adventure Island – Essex
Located along Southend-on-Sea’s seafront, Adventure Island has over 40 rides and attractions that can be enjoyed whatever the weather. ‘If it’s too wet, there’s plenty to do in the arcades,’ one reviewer wrote. ‘If not, there’s a great choice of rides to appeal to all ages.’ Best of all, this theme park grants free entry to everyone. However, the rides do require a fee.
10) Drayton Manor Park – Staffordshire
With plenty of rollercoasters, a 15-acre zoo, and Thomas Land – specially designed for younger visitors to play and ride, Drayton Manor Park is one for the whole family. There’s also a 4D cinema and an on-site four-star hotel offering bed and breakfast.
I’ve added an additional two:
Legoland, Windsor and White Post Farm, Nottingham
And of course do not forget the bookstores & libraries which are filled with adventures to keep boredom at bay.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Be someone’s sunshine when their skies are grey
Happiness is…being amazed by the models at Legoland
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Why did the duck cross the road? To prove he wasn’t chicken
Love is…being loved back
TRACK OF THE DAY
What A Wonderful World – Eva Cassidy
Highest Chart Position: No.1 22nd December 2007
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