Nemesis at Alton Towers

Nemesis at Alton Towers

If you're after an exhilerating ride, then look no further. We're taking a tour of Britain's top theme parks in celebration of the sun's much anticipated appearance.

Whether you're a real thrill seeker, or just looking for some family fun, be sure to take a look as we show you what British theme parks have to offer over your summer break.

Alton Towers

Situated in Staffordshire, this resort and theme park prides itself on being one of Britain's finest. With top rides like Rita: Queen of Speed, and Thi3teen, you're sure to find everything your looking for in a theme park.

Alton Towers was the most visited theme park in 2011, and offers something for all the family, with plenty of white-knuckle rides, aswell as areas for younger children.

Top rides include Oblivion, the world's first vertical drop ride, and Nemesis, the first ever inverted rollercoaster.

Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park is the second most visited theme park in Britian, behind Alton Towers. Situated in Surrey, this theme park boasts various exhilerating rides, perfect for thrill seekers!

Top attractions include the swarm, a winged rollercoaster which has recently been adapted so that it also travels backwards down the blind 127ft drop. Also try Colossus, the backwards travelling, ten looped rollercoaster, guarenteed to make you scream.

Drayton Manor

This Staffordshire theme park descirbes itself as fun for all the family. Found in the grounds of the former Drayton Manor, it is a resort, and zoo, as well as a theme park.

It is also the home of Thomas Land, a multi-million pound attraction based on the popular kids TV show Thomas the Tank Engine.

As far as thrill rides go, Drayton Manor is home to the Apocalypse, which is a drop ride that was named the UK's scariest ride by The Gadget Show.

Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures is a resort, theme park and zoo in South London. Situated close to sister park Thorpe Park, Chessington has a lower demographic and is aimed at children and families.

The zoo is one of the most impressive parts of the park, with over 1,000 animals. There is also a sea life centre as well as rides. This one is fun for all the family!

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Home to the infamous Pepsi Max, this theme park lies along Blackpool's beach front.

This park holds numerous exhilerating rides, as well as Nickelodeon Land for smaller children.

Rides to look out for include The Pepsi Max Big One, The Ice Blast, a 180ft tower which shoot you into the air, and The Avalanche, a bobsled style rollercoaster.

By Emma Cocker

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