Theme parks don’t do it for me. I’m a wuss, see. Prone to dizziness and screaming. Not a good look for a man approaching his 50th year. The last time I took my kids on an ‘adventure park’ ride was when the fair came to town. I went on the Spinning Teacups with my youngest son – and promptly begged the sadistic ride owner to stop before I threw up. Oh, how proud my children were.
But my 11-year-old stepdaughter Daisy is made of different stuff. The
wrong right stuff. The higher the better, the faster the better, the more perilous the better, the more terror-inducing the better. If there was a rocket blasting off for Mars any time soon, she’d be at the front of the queue.
Thankfully for her, her dad’s side of the family feel the same excitement when presented with the opportunity to seek thrills – which they do on a regular basis. And Thorpe Park near Chertsey, in Surrey, is one of their favourite destinations. As Daisy said to me the other evening: ‘I’d live there if I could.’
Which brings me to the subject of this (non-sponsored) post. The very lovely fellow blogger Helen aka Actually Mummy got in touch to tell me about a 2-for-1 offer going at Thorpe Park and wondered if my readers would be interested.
Well, even if you’re not, I certainly know a girl who is. And her name begins with D.
But first, here’s what she thinks of the place…
“Thorpe Park is not just like any other theme park. It stands out because of its amazing rides and attractions. In this review I will be sharing with you a few of the rides and the ones to go for.
We arrived at Thorpe Park at around ten o’clock, it was not too busy. We went and queued for the rides. The waiting time was not too long and soon we were whizzing around and upside down. The rides were super fun and I enjoyed all of it!
Tidal Wave- The ultimate log flume.
Is one of the wettest rides ever but one of the best. You go up and up and up and just when you think you can’t go up any more you turn and shoot straight down into water, lots of water. For a few seconds, everything around you looks like a water kingdom as it pours down on you. You will get wet! This one was awesome!
Detonator- Countdown to terror.
This isn’t a lookout tower so you’d better savour the jaw dropping views before you plummet at 45mph back to the ground!
Zodiac- Are you ready to go for a spin with a difference?
This ride is one of my personal favourites as it makes you feel a disorientated sensation like no other as you spin into the air, upside down, and then plummet to the ground! Which way is up and which way is down?
Rush- Think swings are for kids? Think again!
A massive swing swoops in to action as all you playground nightmares take control. When you talk about extreme rides, Rush is as thrilling as it gets!
Storm Surge-Spin into action.
I love this ride and highly recommend it. You don’t get too wet but you will get quite soggy. You go quite high in a big rubber ring and then spiral out of control! (Getting a little wet along the way!)
All of these rides are spectacular and great thrills especially rush but the rollercoasters are even more popular so lets see………………….(unfortunately, I have hardly been on any of these fantastic thrills, but I hope to soon!)
• The Swarm- The UK’s first winged rollercoaster.
• Stealth- Personally I believe this is the scariest ride, and even though I have not been on it you can tell by just by looking. 0-80mph to 205ft in under 2 seconds. Wow!
• Nemesis Inferno- A red hot, fiery ride. Upside down!!
• Slammer- Get slammed on a human sky swat!
• Vortex- Lose your mind on a crazy psycho swing!
Convinced? Personally, I would rather hide in my local pub, but if Thorpe Park sounds like your children’s idea of Heaven, there’s no need to pay full-price. Here’s how you can get some discounts…
- Pick up a Frijj to take advantage of a 2-for-1 coupon offer when booking tickets. Check out more information on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/frijj
- Book tickets 7 days or more in advance to save 30% – adults from £30.24, children from £23.52 (under 12)
- Head to the http://bit.ly/17J8sYd to get 2-for-1 tickets courtesy of Coke
- If travelling by train, head to South West Trains to get online discounts on entry: http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/thorpe-park-summer.aspx
For more information visit thorpepark.com.