Theme parks are adored by children of all ages, and need not always prove too costly or stressful for adults. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or more of a bag-holder, our Local editors have rounded up the best of the bunch in their areas.
Greenwood Forest Park Bangor
Voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales for 2011, 2012 and 2013, days out don't get much better than at GreenWood Forest Park. You can board the world's only people-powered roller coaster, master the Jungle Boats, build a den or whoosh down the huge Green Great Run.
- Gwynedd theme parks
This adventure park is dedicated to that object of deep fascination for many children - the humble digger. Enthusiasts young and old can drive real diggers and more.
- Wakefield theme parks
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool
Whether it's white-knuckle roller coasters, Nickelodeon Land or a good show, there's something for everyone at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The seaside location boasts Infusion, the UK's only suspended coaster completely over water.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Trafford
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre is an indoor attraction ideal for children aged between three and 12, located within the Trafford Centre. Enjoy 4D cinema, small rides, a Master Model Builder workshop, LEGO® MINILAND, a soft play area, multiple LEGO-building areas, a cafe and a shop.
Wheelgate Park Nottingham
Robin Hood's Wheelgate Family Theme Park is an all-weather park set in 30 acres of beautiful countryside near Sherwood Forest. Packed full of attractions, there's something for everyone whatever the weather.
BeWILDerwood is a magical world where you can take lazy boat rides across the Scaaary Lake, cross jungle bridges, visit treehouses, whizz down the Wobbly Wires, get befuddled in the marvellous Mudddle Maze, build dens with bracken and sticks and dress up and join in with the enchanting daily storytelling.
Adventure Island Southend on Sea
Adventure Island on Southend seafront boasts more than 60 rides and attractions. Scream through the loops and twists of Rage – with its 75ft drop and 360 degree barrel roll it's the only ride of its kind in England, and was voted the most thrilling rollercoaster in the UK by Blue Peter.
- Colchester & Harwich theme parks
- Essex theme parks
- Norfolk theme parks
- Southend on Sea theme parks
- Suffolk theme parks
Chessington World of Adventures Kingston
From wild rides like KOBRA set among mystical ruined kingdoms to swashbuckling escapades in Pirate Cove, Chessington is a real land of adventure. Nature lovers can get up close to animals on expeditions through themed enclosures, and there is even a sea-life centre.
Paulton's Park Romsey
Paulton's Park boasts more than 60 rides and attractions, including Peppa Pig World, and has been voted the UK's best theme park for families by Mumsnetters. The Park is set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the New Forest National Park. As well as roller coasters and water rides there's a 4D cinema, adventure golf and a land train.
Dickens World Chatham
The new Grand Tour of Dickens World is an interactive guided experience that will take you back in time. Following a revamp, visitors must now book slots to go on a journey of discovery, bringing to life the most affecting and colourful characters of Dickens' work.
Clarence Pier Southsea
Clarence Pier is one of the largest amusement parks on the south coast and boasts all manner of amusements, rides and activities. The arcades and Pirate Pete's Indoor Adventure Playground are open all year, with plenty of food and drink outlets to choose from.
The Pleasure Park Southampton
This popular park open all year features more than 20 attractions including trampolines, swing boats, chair'o'planes, a Helter Skelter, miniature train, bumpy slide and more.
Thorpe Park Chertsey
Adrenaline junkies can enjy five top-knotch roller coasters here, along with five water rides great for families. If you want to extend your visit, you can stay on-site in the Crash Pad hotel.
- Hampshire theme parks
- Kent theme parks
- Portsmouth theme parks
- Southampton theme parks
- Surrey theme parks
Crealy Great Adventure Park Cornwall
Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park welcomes visitors all year round, uniquely interpreting the legends of this culturally rich area, with annual activities reflecting the seasons.
Adventure Wonderland Christchurch
Adventure Wonderland is an award winning theme park with 30 rides and attractions aimed primarily at families with young children. Enjoy meet-and-greets, live shows and more.
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