Guide to Thorpe Park for parents

Thorpe Park aerial shot

Thorpe Park, in Surrey, offers a great range of rides for all ages. The park is in Chertsey and, if you don’t drive there, you can get there by train and bus. Take the train to Staines station and then walk five minutes to the bus station, where you can hop on a bus to the Thorpe Park.

The park offers plenty of family friendly facilities including buggies and baby change.

Thorpe Park aerial shot

Thorpe Park Rides

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Maze

New for 2015. Walk on the island’s wild side as you navigate the maze and visit some of the memorable scenes from the show, including the King/Queen of the Jungle chair and the Catacombs of Doom.

Stealth

One of Europe’s fastest rollercoasters – propelling you from 0-80mph and up to 250ft in under 2 seconds. It’s an absolute thrill.

Stealth ride at Thorpe Park

The Swarm

Travel backwards at 100km with G forces of up to 4.5 sitting either side of the track with nothing above or below you.

Swarm ride

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Saw – The Ride

The world’s first horror movie rollercoaster giving you a ‘beyond vertical’ drop of 100 degrees from a height of 100ft.

Saw - The Ride

Colossus

Ten exhilarating inversions including a vertical loop, cobra rolle, double corkscrew and the UK’s only quadruple barrel roll.

Colossus ride at Thorpe Park

Nemesis Inferno

Spin, dive and swoop over 750 metres of twisting track at speeds of up to 50mph.

Tidal Wave

Brace yourself for a tsunami of thrills on one of the UK’s longest log flumes. Expect a super soaking as you plunge 85ft into a tidal wave.

Tidal Wave at Thorpe Park

Angry Birds 4D Experience

Enjoy the high tech movie theatre surrounding and be part of the action as rumbling chairs catapult you through a fasat-paced adventure as the Angry Birds attempt to get their precious eggs back from the dastardly King Pig.

Angry Birds 4D experience

Also try King Pigs Wild Hog Dodgems

Detonator Bomb’s Away

Get a bird’s eyye view of the park at the top of the 100ft drop tower before plunging back to earth at 50mph in a free fall.

Detonator - Bombs Away ride

Logger’s Leap

Feel the rush of this family favourite as you speed down a 16m double drop flume.

Rush

Swing high into the air to 75ft at speeds of up to 50mph and experience the feeling of up to 4Gs as you swoop back towards the ground.

Samurai

Strap in and you will be spun through 360 degrees, creating forces of up to 5G while spinning 60ft above the ground.

Slammer

Face a 360 degree freefall from 105ft.

Vortex

Experience 15 high speed rotations per minute on a giant pendulum.

X

Ride on a wave of light and sound as you experience the evolution of this indoor junior rollercoaster.

Storm Surge

Climb aboard a life raft and spin through the rapids.

Quantum

Swoop and soar on this magic carpet.

Zodiac

A gravity defying spinning ride that pins you to your seat.

Flying Fish

Ideal first-time rollercoaster for young thrill-seekers.

Depth Charge

Ride down the water slide in a slippery dinghy.

Mr Monkey’s Banana Ride

Swing through a 180 degree ride on a big banana. Simple as that.

Rumba Rapids

Plunge down the rapids at the mercy of the churning water in a round raft. Try not to get splashed.

Rocky Express

A dizzy train ride for all ages with variable speeds to make it unpredictable and fun.

Storm In A Teacup

The classic spinning cups ride.

What can you ride on?

The rides all have various height restrictions. Some of them also have maximum height and width restrictions, so check before you queue. Here’s a list of rides by height restriction, to help you see what the kids can experience.

  • Minimum height 1.4m: Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Samurai, Slammer, Stealth, Vortex, SAW – The Ride, The Swarm
  • Height 1.3m: Detonator, Rush
  • Height 1.2m: Tidal Wave, Logger’s Leap, Quantum
  • Height 1.1m: Zodiac, Storm Surge
  • Height 1.0m: X
  • Height 0.9m: Rumba Rapids, Flying Fish, Depth Charge, Mr Monkey’s Banana Ride, Storm in a Teacup, Rocky Express

Where to eat in Thorpe Park

Most of the food outlets in Thorpe Park get busy between 11am and 1pm. If you don’t take a picnic and you want to eat in a restaurant, think about a brunch meal or a mid afternoon lunch.

Fish and Chips in Amity Cove

You can find vegetarian and healthy options and, of course, everywhere is family friendly.  Try Burger King at Canada Creek and Calypso Quay, or KFC at Amity Cove. Also in Amity Cove, try the Fish and Chip bar.

There’s also Fin’s Bar & Grill in The Dome, Inferno’s Pizza & Pasta, the Mexican Cantina in Calypso Quay and Bush BBQ in Ranger County.

Thorpe Park tips for parents

Unattended kids: If you buy tickets on a credit card for your children, who will be going to Thorpe Park on their own, print out and sign an authorisation letter containing the last four digits of your card. That will allow them to collect the tickets when they arrive.

Buying souvenirs: Each ride-specific shop closes when its ride closes but the main souvenir shops stay open 30 minutes longer than the park.

Hiring buggies: You can hire a buggy from Sweets and Souvenirs located in the Dome for a cost of £6 single £9 double and both have a £20 refundable deposit.

Children’s wristbands: Wristbands are available from Guest Services and the Medical Centre. Place your phone number inside special wristbands so the park can contact you if your group gets separated.

Parent swap: Don’t miss out on the big rides if you are with toddlers. One parent can enjoy a ride and then swap with the other parent. The second rider gains entry to the ride via the ride exit. A voucher is required to use this service, pop in and collect one from Guest Services.

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