It’s been a slow and unusual start to the year for family days out, but now the wait is over. All the major theme parks are now open, and they’re back with a vengeance, bigger, faster and more exciting than ever before.
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We’ll take you on a whistle-stop tour of all the new attractions lined up, plus some of the themed days and nights planned for later in the year. Don’t forget to book your tickets through us for some of the best prices around.
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
LEGOLAND in Windsor have a whole exciting new world opening on 29 May, called Mythica. Mythica is a parallel world where your LEGO creations come to life. Enthralling and captivating builders and audiences on an epic adventure full of mysterious creatures and powerful guardians. Part of the new world is the UK's first flying theatre ride- Flight of the Sky Lion.
Other awesome new rides and experiences include their ‘Fire & Ice Freefall, Hydra’s Challenge, Duplo Dino Coaster, LEGO Friends harbour show and 20 new huge, scale models to celebrate LEGOLAND’s 25th Anniversary. Not to mention the world’s largest LEGO store for kids big and small.
On top of all this, they’ve got some extra special events planned with Brick or Treat for Halloween, Fireworks Spectacular in November and the unmissable Christmas spectacular.
Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Chessington’s newest ride is called ‘Croc Drop’. A hair-raising plunge, 25 metres in to the giant’s jaws, it’s guaranteed to make anyone taller than 1.2m scream in terror.
Rainforest land is their magical experience, where adventurers can go on river rafts and jungle rangers, while learning all about the delicate eco-system and how to maintain it.
For the youngest in your family there’s loads to discover and explore, including: Elmer’s Big Art Parade from 19 April to 31 May. Be Captain for A Day at the Sea Life Centre with The Octonauts from 7 June to 22 July.
Their season savouries include celebrating 20 years of room on the Broom from September to 15 October. Their Wilderfest summer festival and music event from 24 July to 31 August. And Howloween from 16 to 31 October. And a Winters Tail from 27 November- 3 January.
Discover more than just history at Warwick Castle, with their brand new interactive 3D trail.
Follow Zog on his quest for the golden star, fight with Sir Gadabout and learn all the dragon skills from Zog himself at Madam Dragon’s School, from 12 April to 5 September.
Warwick castle is home to the UK’s largest birds of prey show, Falconer’s Quest, which reopens on 1 May. With a new viewing area, allowing for a much more immersive show.
Alton Towers Resort
Opening on 17 May is their Gangster Granny the Ride based on the beloved children’s book by David Walliams. Mixing cutting edge special effects with some good old fashioned hair-raising rides.
But it’s not all about the kids at Alton Towers. As well as their CBeebies land and other awesome attractions, they’ve got a veritable buffet of themed events and celebrations from around the world.
Celebrate Mardi Gras from May to June, with parties and carnival parades across the park and foods from around the world.
From 11 September to 3 October you can experience the thrill of some of the world’s best rollercoasters and rides, after dark in a family friendly atmosphere with a German twist.
For the UK’s biggest Scarefest event, packed full of terrifyingly fantastic spooks, frights and thrills for all ages, visit Alton Towers on selected weekends in October.
Their Fireworks in November and Christmas Markets in December are the perfect way to end the year on a high.
Thorpe Park Resort
With some of the most famous and terrifying rides in the world, including Stealth, The Swarm, Colossus, Saw The Ride, Nemesis Inferno and Samurai, Thorpe Park is a must for the adventurous.
The Black Mirror Labyrinth is opening on 21 May. An immersive multi-route maze using cutting edge technology to disorientate and trap you in your very own Black Mirror experience, based on Charlie Brooker’s spellbinding TV series.
Their Summer Festival kicks off in July and continues through to August. And Oktoberfest is back by popular demand from 3 September to 3 October. Their Fright Nights are sure to leave you terrified as they pray on your darkest fears, from 8-31 October. And this year they’re celebrating 20 years of fear throughout the park.