15-year-old thrill seeker Ava Gallagher heads to Thorpe Park in Surrey to check out the rollercoasters, attractions and events, and seek out the best ticket deals for families
Thorpe Park, home to five of the UK’s top roller coasters celebrates 40 years of thrilling families. Whether you choose to stay for just a day, or book a few nights in one of their luxury hotels, you are guaranteed the time of your life.
Thorpe Park has a wide selection of rides ranging from thrill rides for people with stomachs of iron including; SAW: The Ride, THE WALKING DEAD: The Ride, Colossus, and Stealth, to family-friendly rides, for those with little ones on board, such as; King Pig’s Wild Dodgems, Rocky Express, Angry Birds 4D Experience, and Mr Monkey’s banana Ride.
Thorpe Park offers many tickets and passes for just one family to groups of more than 10. On their website you can find great deals such as the Season Pass which allows you to pay the price of only one day but come back for a whole season and have access to 30 thrilling rides, attractions and events as well as discounted tickets on certain dates.
When you have this pass you need never have a boring day lying aimlessly at home while the kids slouch in their rooms. Just hop in the car and off you are to an exciting day. The kids can even bring their friends along for only £15 on selected dates.
For 15 years, Thorpe Park has hosted the infamous Fright Night. On the 28 to 29 September, the 3–6, 10–13 and the 17–31 of October and the 1–3 November 2019 the park opens special horror rides and mazes as well as keeping the rides open late into the hours of the night. Be warned, this spooky spectacle is better for older kids, as little children may get scared easily.
Fright Night is very popular among people who are zombie lovers, as they can immerse themselves in two of the exclusive attractions which are themed on ‘The Walking Dead’. Big fans of scary movies, such as ‘SAW’, are also welcome to try and make it through ‘SAW Alive’, one of the parks scariest mazes, throughout the night.
This year Thorpe Park Resort celebrates its 40th anniversary by giving us a year jam-packed full of fun. The park will be hosting unmissable events as well as immersive experiences.Exclusive to 2019, the park has opened its brand new inflatable course, BounceZilla. Families have until 8 September to catch this massive 90m attraction before it closes, so prepare yourself for the most bonkers inflatable course in the UK. Ditch your shoes and get ready to bounce, tumble and slide your way to the finish line with your team. This bouncy adventure is great for kids and the family because whatever age you are, bouncy castles never get old.
Thorpe Park has open the UK’s first jungle-themed escape room, ‘Jungle Escape’. In this new attraction you find yourself in the depths of the undergrowth as you compete against other teams to decide who will leave victorious. This room will challenge your senses, wit and strength as you undergo a series of testing rituals to determine if you get left behind in the jungle forever.
Park tickets start at £33 when booked at least 7 days in advance from the website.
On the day, park tickets cost £55.
Standard Thorpe Park season pass available online for £55 each, includes 20% hotel discount (valid until 3rd November 2019).