The sun was shining, it was end of a week of exams for my two boys – so what would be the perfect treat after such a bonkers week? A family day out at Thorpe Park!

Yep, we headed off to the theme park in Surrey and couldn’t wait to test out the rides. I’d never been before but love a rollercoaster…

There are 25 rides including Stealth, pictured above, one of Europe’s fastest rollercoasters, a horror movie ride called Saw – be prepared to start off being turned upside down in the dark – but if you’re not a big fan of rollercoasters try Storm Surge, where you sit in circular inflatable-style boats and, after climbing 64ft, spin and crash through water. Prepare to get wet! Thorpe Park say the core audience is 16-34 year-olds and ‘up-for-it families’. Well we were ready.

My favourite ride? The Swarm. You take your seat which is on the side of the track, meaning your feet dangle in mid air (wear trainers, not flip flops!). You can ride backwards but I wasn’t brave enough to do that, see below. After two rides with my boys I sat underneath the track and watched them, and it was here that I really experienced how brilliant the setting of the ride was. A crashed plane, flaming fire truck, a feeling of destruction with apocolyptic wasteland around and deep base guitar music in the background


Gabriel, 12, says: ‘We had a brilliant day. My favourite ride was
Nemesis Inferno with just the right amount of twists, followed by Colossus with 10 loops…


Getting the most out of your day…

– Parking is easy and close to the park. You buy a £5 ticket at the turnstile to use at the exit barrier

– Plenty of places to eat – we went to Pizza Hut where you pay and eat as much as you want. Pizzas, pasta, salads, drinks

– The rides seemed a bit quieter around lunchtime, so eat early and try and beat the queues

– You’ll find lots of lockers around the park to place you bags. Put valuables in zip pockets for when you go upside down!

Tickets cost from £24.99 and you get the best deal if you book in advance and online, just click here

Jayne Marsden, Deputy Editor