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, 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. Aimed fairly and squarely at the family
Large adventure park with rides, outdoor and indoor play and animals,
and its own resort.
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. Now owned by the
Looping Group, this
Tamworth-based park has benefited from a continuous programme of investment over the past
few years. 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.
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 continually invested in new themed
The website includes information about staying at the adjoining Holiday Village.
Theme Parks. This chain of theme parks aimed at younger children now
comprises five theme parks in Matlock Bath, Warrington, Milton
Keynes and Rother Valley. There are also adjoining attractions and
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.
Valley. This rural park, in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside near Ripon,
combines a beautiful location with a great selection of family rides.
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, which
was the first major wooden
roller coaster to be built in Britain for decades in 1995, and it is a highly-rated ride. The park
has also invested in other attractions since then.
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, and includes Peppa Pig World.
Roarr! Dinosaur Park. This Norfolk based family attraction has
now added themed areas and rides.
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, Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Stealth,
the Swarm 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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