The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions is the trade organisation
representing the UK amusement park industry.
- Roller Coaster
Club of Great Britain. A club for thrill seekers. Membership includes,
amongst other things, discounts to amusement parks, discounts on club trips and a
quarterly magazine called Airtime.
Coaster Club. Another UK-based club for white knuckle
addicts. Offers a very similar package to the above club but the magazine,
First Drop, offers more in-depth coverage with articles and news.
The UK Parks: A to
Z of Official Web sites
Formerly the Alice in Wonderland Family park, Adventure Wonderland
seven acres of themed parkland near Bournemouth Airport, with children's
rides, activities and a huge maze.
Towers. The UK's most famous theme park includes well-known attractions such
as Nemesis, Oblivion and Air, with a whole host of rides for all the family. One of the
first modern theme parks,
and still the best.
Chine. This long-established Isle of Wight theme park has now installed
rides - including a roller coaster - but its fantasy walk-throughs are the highlight. This enchanting theme park is
located on a landslip, and this is part of its charm. It has slowly retreated up the
hillside over the years as the old parts of the park disappear into the sea.
World of Adventures. Formerly a zoo, this was developed into "London's
theme park" by the Tussauds Group in the late 1980s. It is now packed full of
well-themed areas, although the park's development has been somewhat constrained by its
location in the Green Belt. Aimed fairly and squarely at the family
Website for the original Crealy theme park near Exeter, Devon, and the
new Crealy Great Adventure Park near Newquay, Cornwall.
Manor Park. One of the few theme parks in Britain to dare to take on the
might of Alton Towers, and it is doing a great job. This independent, family-owned,
Tamworth-based park has benefited from a continuous programme of investment over the past
few years, which has seen rides like Shockwave (stand-up roller coaster) and Apocalypse
(tower ride) added. Also features a zoo.
Diggerland. An adventure
park where children and adults can drive real diggers and so much more.
Features Diggerland versions of famous theme park rides. Now at four
locations: Devon (Cullompton), Durham (Langley Park), Kent (Medway
Valley), Yorkshire (Castleford).
Experience. Established nearly 30 years ago as the Cornwall
Aircraft Park the Flambards Experience is one of the most popular days
out in Cornwall. Not only does the Theme Park host a range of thrill
rides, there is also the Flambards Victorian Village and Britain in the
Blitz indoor attractions.
Land. Located at Malton in North Yorkshire, this popular park developed from
a zoo. The park has a huge
collection of rides, and has recently invested in new themed
attractions, including the Lost River Ride and Velocity.
The website includes information about staying at the adjoining Holiday Village.
Theme Parks. This chain of theme parks aimed at younger children now
comprises three theme parks in Matlock Bath, Warrington and Milton
Keynes. Also at Milton Keynes is Eco Park and at Warrington is the
indoor Splash Zone.
play centre at Telford with children's rides and climbing equipment.
Operated by Wonderland
On the site of the former Windsor Safari Park, Legoland is a great day out for children.
The Web site has all the basic information that is required, and links to other Legoland
Valley. Home of the Ultimate, formerly the world's longest roller coaster (and a very
unique ride). This rural park, in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside near Ripon,
combines a beautiful location with a great selection of family rides.
Castle. Scottish theme park in fantastic location, set
around the ruins of an imposing castle. The park sadly closed in 2010.
M&D's is billed as "Scotland's Theme Park" and has a huge selection of
rides, most of which are travelling rides.
Although somewhat distant from the UK's main population centres (it is in South West
Wales), this park is well worth a visit. It is home to Megafobia, the first major wooden
roller coaster to be built in Britain for decades, and it is a highly-rated ride. The park
has also invested in other attractions since then, including the
spectacular Hydro water ride.
Park. The South's Family Theme Park includes roller coasters,
log flume and
a range of family and children's rides. The park has expanded rapidly
over recent years, most recently with the launch of Peppa Pig World.
Island. Located at the seaside resort of Cleethorpes on the site of an old
zoo, Pleasure Island is a first-rate theme park, and was previously owned by Flamingo Land. This
little-known park, which has no 'claim to fame', does have a huge range of theme park
attractions that should keep the family happy.
Pleasurewood Hills. Opened in 1983, this 71-acre 'American' theme park has
over 50 rides and attractions, aimed mainly at the family market.
This Isle of Wight theme park has been
established since the late 1960s. Under the same ownership
as Blackgang Chine, it is a mixture of rides, attractions and beautiful
Adventureland. Children's theme park near Rampton, aimed fairly and squarely
at the under-10s. The best rides are the Boozy Barrel Boat Ride and the new Tractor Ride.
Thorpe Park. One of the UK's first purpose-built theme parks, on the site of an old quarry just inside the
M25, Thorpe Park is now part of the Merlin Entertainments Group. Major rides include Tidal Wave, a huge
water ride, and four spectacular roller coasters: Collossus (the world's first 10-inversion roller
coaster), Nemesis Inferno, Stealth and Saw.
Twinlakes Park. Now
owned by Woodlands Leisure Park, this small children's park at Melton
Mowbray features numerous attractions including Shark Bite drop tower
and bumper boats.
Castle and Family Theme Park. Located near Ilfracombe, this
historic Castle features a fantasy theme park, with rides and
Enchanting fantasy theme park based in Telford, with fairytale
characters, dinosaurs, rides and a maze, amongst the many attractions.
Wheelgate Adventure Park. 30-acre fun park in Nottinghamshire features
children's roller coaster, miniature railway, maze and other
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