Looking for a fun-filled theme park adventure, but don’t fancy yet another trip to Alton Towers or Disneyland? Then spring into action with our alternative guide to theme parks around the UK and Europe and prepare for thrills, spills and rollercoasters galore.
Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park
There’s more to Robin Hood than Sherwood Forest and a bow and arrow. In fact, the iconic outlaw has his very own all-weather theme park located next to the legendary woods he calls home. Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park boasts the UK’s largest outdoor water park, complete with five water slides, paddling pools and climbing frames. And if you fancy putting your physical prowess to the test, the Outlaws commando course will certainly separate the Merry Men from the boys. There’s also a 20,000 square foot indoor play centre, pony rides and a host of other attractions which will appeal to thrill seekers of all ages.
Book a car hire in Nottingham, pack up the family and make the half hour drive north to Wheelgate Park in comfort.
If you’re seeking a theme park that will appeal to fairytale obsessed kids of all ages, then a trip to the Netherlands could be just the ticket.
Efteling Park first opened the gates to its magical kingdom back in 1952, making it one of the world’s oldest theme parks. Spread out across acres of luscious parkland and less than an hour’s drive from Rotterdam, Efteling Park offers old-style carousels and rollercoasters alongside modern attractions. Above all else, this is a place in which to release your inner child and embrace everything fairytale related.
Be sure to hang around for nightfall; the evening Aquanura brings the experience to a close with Europe’s largest water show which pays tribute to The Frog Prince fairytale. There’s also plenty more magic to be had throughout the park, from the talking Fairytale Tree to haunted castles and The Fairytale Forest, home to a host of well-known characters including Snow White and Cinderella.
Ah, Denmark; the home of irresistible pastries, a Little Mermaid and…Lego. It’s little wonder the Danes frequently rank amongst the happiest people on earth. Although Legoland parks have popped up in various locations around the globe in recent years, you can’t beat a visit to the original in Lego’s home town of Billund.
A trip to Legoland can evoke many a childhood memory, whilst the sheer scale, design and impeccable detail of the Lego structures on display will blow away people of all ages. At the heart of the park lies Miniland; a miniature world of cities, airports, boats and rivers made out of over 20 million Lego bricks. Elsewhere, hop on a boat for a rip-roaring cruise through Pirate Land or embark on a thrilling rollercoaster ride through The Temple in Adventure Land.
Hire a car from Billund Airport, pop your luggage in the boot and make the short drive to Legoland where a world of over 60 million Lego bricks awaits.
Blair Drummond Safari Park
How does a safari adventure featuring lions, tigers and giraffes in the heart of Scotland sound? No, really. Blair Drummond Safari Park is less than an hour’s drive north of Edinburgh and offers you the chance to get up close to some of the world’s most fascinating (and dangerous) animals – all from the comfort of your vehicle.
This drive-thru Safari enables you to cruise through the animal reserves, where rhinos, lions, tigers and a range of other exotic creatures roam freely. You’ll be required to keep all your windows and doors firmly shut, however, as the curious animals often come right up to the vehicles. After your tour, park the car and visit Chimpanzee Island, take in a Sea Lion show or pop outside to see the Meerkat, Otter and Penguin enclosures.
Angry Birds Land
Chances are you’ve either played the highly addictive Angry Birds mobile game yourself, or know someone who frequently finds themselves playing it whenever they have a few minutes to spare. The Finnish creators of the record breaking game, however, refused to limit themselves to virtual reality. Instead they brought the characters to life in the form of the fabulous Angry Birds Land.
Located within the Sarkanniemi Adventure Park in the city of Tampere, Angry Birds Land features family friendly rides, adventure courses and amusement park games. You can also check out the aquariums, speed boats and a wide range of other rides which make up the remainder of the park; ideal for a family day out.
Holidays made easy
If you’re flying to Europe for some theme park fun this year, why not take advantage of our Airport Connect one-way car hire deals? Simply pick up a hire car at your nearest depot and drop it off at the airport for an easy, hassle-free start to your holiday.
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