Theme parks have reopened their doors, and the good news is that thrill-seekers won’t need to break the bank for an action-packed day out.
There are plenty of deals for the likes of Legoland, Alton Towers, Chessington and Thorpe Park, whether you’re looking for discounted day tickets or want to make a short break out of it with the kids.
Then of course there’s plenty to get excited about when you visit, from new lands at Alton Towers and Legoland, to a terrifying drop ride that’s opened at Chessington. (We’ve rounded up our top pick of the best new theme park lands and rides to get you started).
To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a guide to the best theme park deals you can currently bag – check out the list below…
There’s a lot to get excited about at Legoland, as the park is opening a brand new Mythica land complete with a flying theatre ride and two other attractions on May 29.
If you pre-book tickets online at least seven days in advance, you can get discounted day tickets from £29 instead of £53 down for on-the-day tickets.
You can also make use of Kellogg’s free adult ticket deal; keep an eye out for packs of Corn Flakes, Coco Pops or Rice Krispies with the offer which allows you to claim a free adult ticket when you buy a full price adult or child ticket.
If you’re planning multiple visits it’s worth looking into a Legoland season pass from £119pp – you’d need to only go a handful of times to get value for your money.
Thinking of an overnight break? Legoland has short breaks from £51pp which includes an overnight stay at one of the resort’s partner hotels , which includes breakfast and one-day entry to the theme park.
Or, for something extra special, you can also bag stays at the Legoland Resort Hotel or the Legoland Castle Hotel which include extra perks such as free LEGO gifts, free parking and dinners with character meet and greets.
Alton Towers Resort is opening a brand new land inspired by David Walliams’ children books, complete with a new Gangsta Granny ride .
If it’s cheap tickets you’re after, you’ll want to pre-book online at least seven days in advance as you can enjoy discounted day tickets for £34 instead of £53 (on the day price).
Kellogg’s and Merlin’s free adult ticket deal also applies to Alton Towers – so keep an eye out for packs with the offer which lets you claim a free adult ticket when you buy a full price adult or child ticket.
If you’re planning multiple visits, then you may want to consider an Alton Towers annual pass .
Short breaks can be ideal if you’re planning to stay in the area, as they include a number of perks including a hotel stay, breakfast, early theme park access to selected rides, a 9-hole round of mini golf, and free parking. You can check out some of the deals on altontowers.com .
If you’re on a budget you may want to consider a stay at one of the resort’s Stargazing Pods where you can find glamping stays from £168 for a family of four (£42pp).
Kellogg’s and Merlin currently have a free adult ticket deal – keep an eye out for packs of Kellogg’s cereals which include a voucher for a free adult ticket (when you buy a full price adult or child ticket).
For short breaks, the resort offers stays in its Shark Cabins which includes an overnight stay, two-day theme park entry, free car parking and free Wi-Fi.
Tripadvisor can also be a good source for cheap hotels near Thorpe Park with prices from £35 a night.
Chessington Wor ld of Adventures
If you’re after cheap day tickets, it’s worth pre-booking online where you can get discounted tickets from £32 down from £48.
The Kellogg’s and Merlin ‘free adult ticket’ deal also applies to Chessington. Keep an eye out for packs of Corn Flakes, Coco Pops or Rice Krispies with the voucher which allows you to claim a free adult ticket when you buy a full price adult or child ticket.
As for short breaks, Chessington has overnight stays from £45pp which includes entry to both the theme park and zoo, as well as perks like early ride access and breakfast.
Where to find more theme park deals
- Websites such as Groupon and Wowcher sometimes have discounted tickets or special deals for theme park breaks, and it’s also worth keeping an eye on the likes of Attractiontix which has previously offered discounted theme park tickets.
- Kellogg’s and Merlin currently offer free adult ticket vouchers on cereal packs such as Corn Flakes, Coco Pops and Rice Krispies. A group of four could save over £100 on a visit to theme parks – and other Merlin attractions such as SEA LIFE Aquariums. Simply buy a pack of the participating cereals with the voucher to claim a free adult ticket when buying a full price adult or child ticket. You can find out more on merlinfun.com .
- If you’re planning multiple visits to a theme park, it’s worth looking into a season pass – you only need to visit around 3-4 times to get your money’s worth. Merlin has annual passes from £89pp which include entry to multiple theme parks as well as heaps more of its attractions across the UK.
Which theme park is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.
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