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The Best Theme Parks for Kids in Yorkshire

Weather you’re looking for a great day out with teens, or if you have thrill seeking tots, there is a great variety of Yorkshire theme parks to choose from! We’ve asked Yorkshire bloggers and the parents at the Yorkshire Tots Facebook Page for their top picks for theme park fun in Yorkshire.

Diggerland, Castleford

Where: Willowbridge Ln, Castleford WF10 5NW

Cost:  Adults to age 65 & children 90cm or over £23.95pp, Children under 90cm Free

Top things to do & see: Diggerland allows visitors to can ride, drive and operate real diggers and ride on digger themed rides. Read our Diggerland review.

Parents say: “Diggerland was totally unexpected in the sense that it was so ‘hands on’ for children of all ages. Being able to drive and operate a real digger is something us adults wished we could have done at age 8! The children come away high on adrenaline as they discover a new skill they never knew they had,” says Tracey Killford of Pack the Pjs.

“Digger land is great fun. I don’t think it’s worth full price but we’ve either gone at the start/end of the season when they’ve put an offer on the tickets or used our Blue Peter badges for the kids to get in free,” says Lisa Spillane.

Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire, Malton

Children on a ride at Flamingo Land Yorkshire theme park
Image courtesy of Louise Hodkinson

Where: Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX

Cost: Family ticket (2 adults & 2 kids) £115 if purchased online. There are ticket offers off season!

Top things to see & do: Flamingo Land is a theme park, zoo, and resort so there is plenty of variety for families!

Parents say: “Flamingo Land is my favourite, even in school holidays it didn’t feel overly busy and there’s things all the way round for the little ones. Whether that’s age appropriate rides, sand pits or play areas. We didn’t even get chance to see the animals,” says Tilly Sargent.

“We loveee flamingo land. Its been going for so long that I went as a child too. We even stayed there in a caravan when the wacky wave was new. Great memories, great park. Love that it has a zoo too!” says Lisa Hoad of The Family Ticket.

Jennifer Gladwin “We love Flamingo Land. We’ve been a few times and it’s the perfect place for all three of our kids. There are so many rides suitable for my youngest but there’s still exciting thrill rides my elder two enjoy. It’s always a fantastic day out,” says Jennifer Gladwin of  Mighty Mamma Bear.

York Maze, York – Opening Summer 2021

Family at York Maze
Photo courtesy of Colette of goingonanadventure.co.uk

Where: York maze, Elvington Ln, York YO19 5LT

Cost: Family ticket (2 adults & 2 kids) £55 if purchased online.

Top things to see & do: The York Maze is open in the summer months and is suitable for all ages with over 20 rides, shows and attractions 

Parents say : “We loved York maze last year, there’s enough to keep even the sulkiest teenager entertained and a gran aged 74!! We were there until closing time,” says Tracey Swales.

“York Maze is great because the actual maze changes ever single year so it never becomes boring. There is so much more than the maze to do they have things such as pig racing, smaller mazes, animals. It’s for sure a place we may visit again this summer,” says Charlotte Zealey of Cups of Charlotte.

Lightwater Valley, Ripon

COVID UPDATE – “We will be focusing on running the rides which are more suited to a younger family audience. While most of the rides will be open we are keeping the Ultimate, Raptor Attack and Apollo ride closed. The indoor play areas will also be closed at this time. Don’t forget to pre-book your tickets online in advance for just £14.50pp.”

Where: Water Ln, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT

Cost: Adults £19, children 4-13, £15 and children under 4 free if purchased online. There are ticket offers off season!

Top things to see & do: Lightwater Valley has over 35 rides and attractions for all the family to enjoy. From Europe’s longest rollercoaster, and the thrilling Eagle’s Claw, to Wet N Wild Water Rapids and The Flying Cutlass there are adventures for Teens and Tweens alike!

Parents say: “We’ve only been once while visiting relatives. Its so cheap in comparison to the bigger parks and there’s enough to do inside as well as outside. My boys loved it and always ask to go back,” says Lisa Hoad who blogs at The Family Ticket.

“We love ligtwater valley because there is so something for everyone, from ladybird rides to one of the highest coasters in the UK. Theres a lot to see and do if you dont like rides too,” says Joanne Brady of Kids Days Out Reviews.

“Lightwater Valley is the perfect combination of toddler rides and rides for older kids, all in a manageable size site. You can walk easily from one side to the other with the kids or catch the mini train which my 2 year old loved. The grounds are really well maintained and perfect for picnicking by the lake when the weather is good,” says Sarah Potter of The Penniless Parent.

Gulliver’s Valley Theme park, Rotherham

Gullivers Kingdom
Image courtesy of Kayleigh Medlam of andthentherewerethree958142112.wordpress.com

COVID UPDATE – Tickets must be pre-booked as capacity is reduced.

Where: Mansfield Rd, Sheffield S26 5QW

Cost: Child & Adult £21

Top things to see & do – Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park is newly opened in Rotherham with rides, attractions and loads of adventure! Gulliver’s theme parks as designed for children aged 2 – 13.

Shel O’Connor who blogs at The Willow Tree is looking forward to the new Gulliver’s! She says, “Any theme park, we love! So the arrival of Gullivers Valley is going to be one we immediately visit. A fresh theme park without any wear and tear is beautiful to look out, and this one looks exciting fun and perfect for all three of my children aged 2,5 and 9!”

While these theme parks aren’t in Yorkshire, they’re close enough for a day out for Yorkshire families!

Robin Hoods Wheelgate Family Theme Park, Newark – REOPENING ON MONDAY 12 APRIL

COVID Update- Everyone wanting to visit the park including annual pass holders will need to pre-book through the website.

Where: Mansfield Rd, Farnsfield, Newark NG22 8HX

Cost: Adults & children over 108 cm £14.95, toddlers 95-108 cm £11.95, children under 95 cm free if purchased online in high season. Discounts for off season tickets.

Top things to see & do: Our guest reviewer Rachel Smith says, “We spent the full day there and could have easily spent longer. There was a variety of things to do including farm, birds of prey display, soft play, rides, water park and lots more. Once you pay to enter to don’t have to spend anything else. There are some extras you can pay for, but due to the amount of offer you don’t need to.”

Parents say: “We visited Wheelgate for the first time in the summer and it was brilliant….perfect for kids aged under 11. We loved the splash bit….adults need to take a swimming costume to be allowed on this,” says Lisa Spillane.

Gullivers World Theme Park, Warrington & Matlock Bath

Image courtesy of Jo Boyne

Where: Shackleton Cl, Old Hall, Warrington WA5 9YZ and Temple Walk, Matlock Bath DE4 3PG

Cost: Child & Adult £24, Under 90cm Free. Discounts for off season tickets.

Top things to see & do: Aimed at ages 2-13, Gulliver’s World has over 80 rides and themed shows!

Parents say: We’ve been going to Gulliver’s since Charlie was 3. Amy was never a big ride fan but they’re just the right size/speed to build confidence. We’ve found Matlock Bath is a lot better & quieter than Warrington. Even in the summer holidays we’ve never had to queue long for anything (unlike Warrington where we seemed to spend all day queuing). The park is cleverly designed so even if 1 child doesn’t want to do the ‘big’ ride, there’s something next to it for them to do – no one spends the day hanging around waiting for others then. Living Social usually have a deal on for a family ticket, which makes it a reasonable day out. Just take your own food because there’s is the usual overpriced fried crap!, ” Says Leigh Edmondson.

“Gulliver’s at Warrington is a favourite….affordable, lots to do and the queues are never massive,” says Lisa Spillane.

Sundown Adventureland, Retford

Image courtesy of Sarah Potter of The Penniless Parent

Where: Treswell Rd, Rampton, Retford DN22 0HX

Cost: Family ticket (2 adults & 2 kids) £62 if purchased online

Top things to see & do: Sundown is an adventure park that is perfect for under-10s who can enjoy soft play and rides as well as an Angry Birds activity area.

Parents say: “We love Sundown and Wheelgate , both fantastic for younger children. I think Sundown is meant to be for under tens but my daughter is nine and not showing any signs of wanting to stop going! The Santa experience is fantastic there as well. We go every year,” says Melanie Daniels.

“Sundown adventure land is very good only a couple of rides though so depends on if you are wanting lots of rides or not. Sundown is more of an adventure type place with things to look at buildings to go in play grounds etc.” says Louise Ellis.

You can read Sarah Potter’s 2019 review here.

Midlands Safari PArk, Kidderminster

Image courtesy of Emma of bubbablueandme.com

Where: Spring Grove Rd, Bewdley, Kidderminster DY12 1LF

Cost: Adults over 16 £38.50, children 3-15 £32.50. Discounts for off season tickets.

Top things to see & do: West Midland Safari Park has both exotic animals and a small theme park.

Parents say: “My favourite is west midlands Safari park. You pay for wristbands and you can go on as many rides as you like or don’t like. They have smaller rides for the little ones and bigger rides for adults and big kids. There is also reptile shows, sea lion shows and a very good drive round safari bit which you can do as much as you like too. It’s easily an all day fun day. They have a bat cave and also a bird centre with birds. a warning the birds go absolutely crazy for nectar so if you buy some I suggest you hold it for little ones. You end up covered in them  they land on you and in seconds the nectar has gone. A great experience but I would warn all children what is going to happen so the birds don’t scare them I had one on my head the whole time. We usually go round the animals first then have picnic food while watching a show. We then move onto the rides and save the safari til we go home. Safari seems busiest at the morning when we have been,” says Maria Messruther.


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