UK Theme Parks
A day out at the theme park is guaranteed to put a smile on your kids’ faces! Modern theme parks have a huge variety of family friendly rides and activities to get involved in. Here at What to do with the Kids, we work hard to find you the best discounts and offers for UK theme parks so you can have a fun day out at a reduced price. We’ve compiled an alphabetical list of theme parks here, so you can start planning your next visit.
For your info, we consider a theme park one with a number of traditional rides such as rollercoasters and enough attractions to fill up a day out.
Adventure Island can be found right on the seafront in Southend on Sea, Essex. The park has a whole host of rides – from thrilling rollercoasters through to gentle carousals. Adventure Island operates on a ‘band’ system, whereby you can buy tickets for varying prices based on the height of your children and therefore which rides they can go on. As well as the traditional theme park rides, you’ll also find Indoor Softplay, dodgems, go-karts, adventure golf and a small Sealife Centre.
Red bands (kids under 1m) from £15, Green bands (1m-1.2m) from £18.75, Blue bands (over 1.2m) from £22.50
Adventure Wonderland is a small theme park in Dorset, aimed at children up to 12 years old. There are a variety of rides including rollercoasters, log flumes and teacups. There’s also a massive indoor play centre, pony and donkey rides, a small farm and plenty of children’s entertainment.
Adults from £4.99, Children 3+ from £9.99, 2 year olds from £7.99, 1 year olds from £6.99, under 1’s free. 10% online discount.
Alton Towers is the UK’s biggest theme park, located in Staffordshire. With so much to see and do, it’s more of a ‘resort’ complete with a large selection of hotels, lodges and even treehouses to stay in overnight. You could certainly spend a few days exploring everything! It’s obviously most well known for its dramatic rollercoasters, such as Nemesis and Oblivion, but that’s only one aspect. You’ll also find CBeebies Land for younger visitors, a spa for the adults, a thrilling waterpark and mini golf. The park is set in beautiful gardens and there’s even a gentle sky ride to view the whole park from above.
1 day pass from £33 online, Waterpark from £18, Fastrack from £20, under 3’s go free.
Blackgang Chine, on the Isle of Wight, is the UK’s oldest theme park. Best of all, once you’ve got a ticket you automatically receive 7 days of free re-entry, making it ideal for holidaymakers to the island. The park has the usual array of rides for all ages, but is also divided into different areas such as Restricted Area 5 (full of dinosaurs!) and Fairyland. There are a host of characters roaming the park and in the holidays you’ll find extra activities like gold panning.
Tickets from £20 off peak and £25 peak, under 4’s go free.
Set against the iconic backdrop of the Blackpool Tower and right on the seafront, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a mix of old fashioned charm and exciting new rides. It’s probably most famous for the ‘Big One’ rollercoaster, which is the UK’s highest at 213ft. There are also a lot of family friendly rides as well as ice skating, shows and entertainment, and Nickolodean Land with characters from kids’ favourite TV shows.
Adults from £23, Children under 12 from £21 online.
Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey is home to a huge theme park with over 40 rides and attractions, divided into 10 themed lands. There are rides to suit all ages groups, from the thrills of the Vampire rollercoaster through to the gentle Gruffalo river ride. Chessington is also home to a wonderful zoo with over 1000 animals, a Sea Life Centre and plenty of live shows and events.
Tickets from £29.50 online
Codonas Amusement Park is near Aberdeen, Scotland and has a host of indoor and outdoor activities to keep the family happy whatever the weather. You’ll find rollercoasters, pirate ships, waltzers and carousels to suit all ages along with a daring ‘Vertigo’ aerial assault course and adventure golf. Indoors there are play areas, games arcades, ten-pin bowling and pool as well as a host of other activities.
Amusement Park from £11.99, Indoor Park from £10, Adventure Golf from £5.99 online
With over 60 rides and attractions, Crealy Theme Park in Devon is a great family day out. You’ll find a wide selection of outdoor rides and attractions including rollercoasters, log flumes, pirate ships and a splash zone. There’s also a huge indoor soft play area and over 200 cute and cuddly farm and zoo animals.
Tickets from £6.95
Drayton Manor in Staffordshire is home to over 100 rides and attractions, as well as a 15-acre zoo with over 100 animals. There are a number of exciting rollercoasters, along with plenty of other rides for thrillseekers. Younger children will love Thomas Land, with attractions dedicated to Thomas the Tank Engine. And there are a host of other attractions including crazy golf, a dino trail and an indoor play area.
Children 12+ and adults from £28, Children 4-11 £24, Children 2-3 £8, Children under 2 Free online
Dreamland Margate is a proper seaside amusement park! Traditional fairground rides such as waltzers, carousels and a big wheel sit alongside rollercoasters and drops, along with a mix of other rides. There’s a fantastic indoor play area, complete with climbing frames, sand pits, a circus tent and a potting shed for arts and crafts. If all this hasn’t worn out the kids, there’s also a roller room so they can try out some skating.
Peak – Under 1.25m Standard Ticket £12, Access all Areas £15, Over 1.25m Standard Ticket £15, Access all areas £18. Off Peak – Under 1.25m Standard Ticket £8.25, Access all Areas £11.25, Over 1.25m Standard Ticket £12, Access all Areas £14.25. Under 90cms free. All online.
Fantasy Island in Skegness has rides to appeal to all ages. You’ll find five exciting rollercoasters for thrillseekers all the way through to mini planes and cars for the little ones to ride on. Alongside the rides you will also find ten-pin bowling, adventure golf, a soft play area, games stalls and an island beach.
Buy an i-Card online with credit and receive a 10% discount.
Flambards Theme Park in Cornwall is a great family day out with lots of things to do. Brave the sky-high thrill rides or log flume, or send the kids off to explore the undercover soft play area. Children will love the ‘Dino Express’, pirate ship and go karts, or why not dig for fossils and find out more about dinosaurs at the Jurassic Journey. You can also visit the Victorian village, or find out more about Britain in the Blitz.
Adults from £19.76, Children 110cm-15years from £14.36, Children 95cm-110cm from £9.95 online
You’ll want to arrive early at Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire, as there’s so much to pack in! There are rides to suit the whole family from the extreme experiences such as the Hero and Pterodactyl rollercoasters through to the Dino-Stone Park where the whole family can enjoy the cliff top walkway and the ideal first-time coaster, the Dino Roller. Once you’ve explored the theme park there’s also a fantastic zoo on site, with a huge variety of animals, birds and farm animals.
Adults and Children 4+ £35, Children under 4 free online
Situated along the blue flag beach of Hayling Island, Hampshire Funland has something for all the family. Experience the thrill of the rollercoasters, log flume or classic ‘Cyclone’ ride, or send the kids off on the Jurassic Safari ride and classic dodgems. There’s a fantastic crazy golf course, indoor play centre, arcades and traditional seaside games along with a seaside train to take in the lovely coastline.
Tickets from £10 online
Situated at the South End of Great Yarmouth’s famous Golden Mile, the pleasure beach is Norfolk’s nine-acre amusement park. The park is full of classic rides, such as a wooden rollercoaster, log flume, pirate ship, haunted hotel and a fun factory. Take a ride through the Jurassic Gardens, complete with an enormous T-Rex or see if you can run or walk on water in the Gyrospheres.
Adults and Children 7+ Peak £21.50, Off peak £18.50, Children 4-6 Peak £16.50, Off peak £14.50
Gulliver’s Kingdom in Derbyshire is a unique theme park aimed at families with children aged between 2 and 13. You’ll find traditional theme park rides such as log flumes, drops, river rapids and pirate ships, alongside a host of attractions such as an animal barn, play areas, adventure golf, interactive play and a host of dinosaur themed adventures.
Tickets from £15 online
The second park in the Gulliver’s family, Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire is also aimed at kids aged 2-13. From the runaway train to the river ride and dodgems, you will find plenty of exciting rides that the whole family will enjoy. There are also a number of rides specially aimed at the under 5s. Kids will be kept entertained with the large number of indoor and outdoor play areas and there’s even a fantastic land maze for them to get lost in.
Tickets from £18
The final park in the Gulliver’s family is Gulliver’s World in Cheshire. With over 80 rides, attractions and shows to enjoy the park is also aimed at children aged between 2 and 13. Older kids will love the wooden rollercoaster, log flumes and treetop swings, whilst the little ones can play around at Clown School or join the Fairytale Academy. There’s a spooky ghost house, climbing walls and a lots of play areas, all guaranteeing a great day out!
Tickets from £18
Legoland in Windsor, Berkshire is fun for lego fans both old and young. Divided into themed areas, the park is full of rides for all ages – from the gentle Duplo trains and Dragon’s Apprentice mini coaster to the swinging Jolly Rocker ship and Ninjago rollercoaster. There’s an amazing and gigantic splash park, a lego games zone and plenty of opportunities to build fantastic lego creations. Legoland is the 10thmost popular theme park in Europe
Tickets from £29
There’s something for the whole family at Lightwater Park in Yorkshire, from the littlest to the oldest members! Teenagers will love Europe’s longest rollercoaster, ‘The Ultimate’ or try Splash Falls or the Flying Cutlass for the junior thrill seekers. Younger children will love Eagles Creek Farm, the indoor and outdoor play areas and the Lightwater Express train ride around the park.
Adults and Children over 1.3m £22.50, Children 1m-1.3m £15, Children under 1m £8, Children under 3 free online
M&Ds in Motherwell, Scotland has a great range of rides for all ages from the upside down thrills of the Tornado rollercoaster and the stomach churning Drop Tower, through to the Flying Dumbos and dodgems for those looking for gentler rides. You’ll also find bowling, adventure golf, an indoor play centre and Amazonia – an indoor tropical rainforest full of exotic animals.
Adults and Children over 1.3m £17.95, Children under 1.3m £13.65 online
In beautiful Pembrokeshire, Oakwood is Wales’ biggest theme park. Get your adrenaline pumping on the original wooden rollercoaster, make a splash on the log flume or brave the near vertical rollercoaster, Speed. There are lots of fantastic rides for the little ones too, with mini coasters, teacups and driveable mini London taxis! There’s a fantastic indoor play area or try mini golf and gold panning!
Adults and Children aged 13 and over £30.95, Children 2-12 £20.25 online
Paultons Park is set in 140 acres of stunning countryside on the edge of the New Forest, Hampshire. With over 70 rides and attractions to enjoy, the park is divided into themed areas. Peppa Pig World has 9 fun themed rides, a large indoor play centre and even muddy puddles to jump in. Or why not explore Jurassic Land with the Flight of the Pterosaur and Velociraptor rollercoasters, mini Dino Chase coaster and lots of dinosaurs to look out for! There are lots of other attractions to explore, including multiple play areas, tropical birds and beautiful gardens.
Tickets from £30.50
Pleasurewood Hills in East Anglia has a fantastic range of rides for the whole family. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, take a ride on Wipeout, the only Vekoma Boomerang in the UK, enjoy the views from the 60ft high Jolly Roger or try and stay dry on Timber Falls. There are classic rollercoasters for the kids, pirate ships, gentle trains as well as the Heart’s Kid’s Zone with dedicated rides for the little ones. There’s also an indoor and outdoor play area or why not check out the amazing Sea Lion and Parrot shows?
Adults and Children over 140cm £20, Children 90cm-139cm £17, Children under 90cm free online
Thorpe Park in Surrey is one of the UK’s most famous theme parks, with over 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events. Dare to ride some of the world’s most thrilling rollercoasters, such as Stealth which goes 0-80mph in under two seconds or the upside down thrills of Nemesis Inferno. There are classic teacup rides, fun water slides and the Rumba rapids for younger members of the family, as well as the interactive Walking Dead adventure for older teenagers.
Tickets from £33 online
Twinlakes in Leicestershire is a quirky theme park, with various themed areas mixing rides and playtime. For instance, the Labyrinth Venture Zone takes you on a traditional pirate ship ride, to soaring heights on the Icarus Sky Flyer and twists and turns on the Mercury mini coaster. Then enter the labyrinth itself, with every slide, climbing tower and swing you could hope for in an indoor play centre. The park also has a water park, birds of prey centre and a farm.
Adults from £14, Children over 108cm £14, Children 95cm-108cm £7, Children under 95cm free online
On the North Devon coast, close to the Cornish boarder, lies the Milky Way Adventure Park with fun for all the family. Thrillseekers will love the Cosmic Typhoon rollercoaster, the 30ft Gravity Rider donut slide and the Clone Zone dark ride. For little ones there’s the Cosmic Caterpillar mini coaster along with dodgems and giant trampolines. The park has a huge indoor play area, mini golf and even a birds of prey centre.
Adults and Children 3+ Peak - £12.95, Off peak - £9.95, Children 1-3 Peak £6, Off peak £5.50 online