- Thorpe Park is a leading British theme park that opened in 1979, based in Chertsey, Surrey. It has undergone multiple expansions which have turned it into one of the most popular theme parks in Europe.
- Thorpe Park boasts record-breaking roller coasters and some seriously unique rides, including the UK’s fastest coaster, Stealth, the UK’s only winged roller coaster THE SWARM and the movie-themed coaster SAW-The Ride that plunges you 100ft beyond vertical drop!
- It is also the UK’s wettest theme park thanks to Tidal Wave, where you can plunge down the super-soaking 85ft drop, get drenched on the 64ft spiralling Storm Surge, and get rushed down a rapid river on Rumba Rapid playing splash roulette.
- Take the adventure even further by staying a night in a hotel like no other. With up to 40% off throughout all of 2020, it’s a no-brainer. The Thorpe Park Shark Cabins give you unlimited fast track until 11am on your second day with a jawsome number of exclusive benefits. There are also a number of budget-friendly partner hotels located nearby.
Thorpe Park is the UK’s most thrilling theme park, home to over thirty exhilarating rides from death-defying drops to soaking wet water rides. Always ahead of the curve, it's the site of the UK’s first ever VR dark ride, Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon, which blends virtual reality with thrilling physical effects. Thorpe Park is also the king of themed events and rides, like the relentless rollercoaster escape for survival on The Walking Dead: The Ride and the infamous SAW rollercoaster and SAW Alive experience - a live action horror maze like no other. By weaving narrative into the rides and letting the story lead the way, you’re in for an immersive experience full of adrenaline, imagination and fun at this expansive Surrey theme park.
The question is, will you brave Stealth, Thorpe Park's most notorious ride? This hydraulic Accelerated Coaster is the UK's fastest rollercoaster, launching you from 0-80 miles per hour in less than two seconds, not to mention the 62m near-vertical drop!
It's not just for the bravest adrenaline junkies, though; there’s something for everyone at Thorpe Park with a huge variety of family attractions. The Angry Birds 4D experience is perfect for a young thrill-seekers - an action-packed cinema experience to catapult you into the animated world of angry birds. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous after the cinema experience, the iconic Flying Fish junior coaster, gravity-defying whirling ride Zodiac and magic carpet ride Quantum are sure to make use of the surplus energy the kids have acquired over lockdown.
With a fabulous variety of food, from pizza to vegan coleslaw and Coca-Cola freestyle (where you can personalise your own, bubbly creation), the fun never stops at Thorpe Park - even when you’re having a break from all the rides.
What to know before you go
- There are three baby-changing facilities within the theme park.
- Bear in mind that Thorpe Park is mostly aimed at slightly older children and teens so you may find limited rides for under 5s.
- It is advised that you bring a ziplock bag for your phone as well as flip flops (and maybe a change of underwear!) if you plan to use Tidal Wave.
- Thorpe Park really has it covered when it comes to food - from the new Infinity Bar and Kitchen serving up a range of gastro-pub favourites, to pizza at Inferno’s Pizza, to yet another new restaurant, The Carina, infusing bespoke authentic recipes with street food favourites. If you fancy something a bit spicier, head to Sombrero’s Street food for burritos and loaded nachos or Calamity Kebabs for all your Mediterranean needs (with halal and veggie options too!).
- Thorpe Park also knows that some of us just love a classic KFC or Burger King, which you will also find within the park.
- Feeling peckish? From a coffee shack, to beer, hotdogs, warm doughnuts and even waffles, you’ll be sure to satisfy all your hunger-related needs throughout the day (hopefully after plunging your body high into the air).
- There is also a variety of shops for Thorpe Park merchandise, pick 'n' mix, and those unmissable photo collections from the rides.
- Thorpe Park Resort is in between the towns of Staines-upon-Thames and Chertsey in Surrey. It can be easily accessed from London using junctions 11 or 13 of the M25 (bear in mind you can't access the park using junction 12). From there you'll take the A320 to Thorpe Park.
- If you book online in advance, the standard car park is £7, with £8 for a closer spot and £10 if you don't book in advance.
- Disabled parking bays are available close to the entrance gates.
- If you're coming by public transport, Southwestern Railway trains run frequently from London Waterloo to Staines station.
- You can also travel direct from Eton Riverside, Reading, Weybridge and Windsor, but you'll need to plan your journey ahead of time as these trains don't run as frequently.