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"You deserve a treat for working hard all year, fancy a theme park?'
Do you visit at least one theme park attraction a year? If not, you really should. As adults we might not love them, but the kids really do.
The UK has been promised a new one in Kent, for years. Currently, its title is The London Resort and will cater for 50,000 guests a day. But we have to wait until at least 2024 for that.
Meantime, these parks are recommended by our community. The Big Ones you'll have heard of – although many tried & tested app entries come with insider information, so it's worth logging on to see what they say.
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The 10th most popular theme park in Europe is recommended by several parents and carers on the app. The park requires comfy shoes and good weather, it's huge. A Haunted House Monster Party attraction was opened this year. If you can get there before 5pm on off-peak days then their Annual Pass at £59 including 2 free passes is a good buy.
Recommended by a mum who likes the small size of the park, less walking between the 40 rides, 1,000 animals and Sea Life Centre. The park is designed using world cultures: an English Market Square, America's Wild West, a Bavarian street, with Egypt, Arabia, the orient, Asia and India all getting a visual look in.
Good at Christmas, says this tipper, but we like it in the summer, when you can go on all the rides at Peppa Pig World with your youngest. Celebrate a birthday here, the more friends you have to help pass the time in those long queues, the better. Older kids will enjoy the wider park offerings.
A dozen rides, meet 'n' greets with Nickolodean characters (Dora the Explorer, SongeBob, Rugrats) compliments the Blackpool Pleasure Beach – you can buy wristbands to cover both parks or just a day pass then pay-as-you-go on the rides. If the weather's nice, have a paddle in the Irish Sea, finished off with chips on the beach, of course.
"Thrilling" rides, more for older kids, count the UK's fastest rollercoaster, Stealth, among them (pictured). This beast launches riders to 205ft at 80mph in just 2.5 seconds. Not for everyone! (Height req is 1.4m, so for ages 10+). Get there during term to experience less queues, including ones leaving the car park. Recommended by a dad of 1.
Make the most of special price £15 tickets on Sat June 15th... This tipper probably would, her youngest didn't stop talking about his visit for months, she says. Little visitors step inside the TV show by meeting a life-size Thomas the Tank Engine then piling onto various rides built and named in homage to the series characters.
Recommended by a mum of 4, this traditional park has lined up various live tribute acts these next few months. If you're visiting Yorkshire, stop by to dance along to top of faux pops guests such as Little Mix, Bruno Mars, Olly Murs... Young ones love the Lightwater Express train ride around the park and the indoor play area.
A mum of 2 has written a lengthy review about this small, family park with a blow-by account of many of the rides (but not all, there are more than 60 of them after all) so log on and read all about it there.
Recommended by a mum of 2. More an outdoorsy, animal-focussed park that offers a nice day out for holidaymakers in Cornwall. Tractor rides, milking cows and pony rides. A great day out with younger children.