Scaling the heights at top European theme park
August 3rd, 2017. \\ Culture.

Looking for inspiration for a short break this summer? If so, look no further than the south east of England which is very easily accessible from Belgium.

With a favourable exchange rate there’s every reason to pop over to the UK for a short (or longer) break.

If you find yourself on the other side of the Channel why not make the most of your weekend or summer holiday and have a day out to some of the fantastic attractions throughout the area?

Come rain or shine the south east has great attractions and events happening that are idea for the entire family.

One such place is Thorpe Park, once a gravel pit which was built back in the 1970s and is situated effectively on an island, hence its slogan, “island like no other.”

It boasts some of the most extreme and exciting rides in the whole of Europe - and represents a thrilling day out for adrenaline junkies.

These include Loggers Leap - the UK’s tallest log flume, and Stealth (Europe’s highest and fastest launch rollercoaster, accelerating from 0 to 80mph in under 2 seconds), just two of the many unique attractions at this ever-popular theme park.

There’s also Saw (remember to duck as you hurtle past the giant blades) and the UK’s only winged rollercoaster, The Swarm. Colossus, meantime, will take you on twists and turns at breakneck speed.

There is also Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon – another not-to-be missed attraction.

Brand new for 2017 is the park’s interactive app which allows visitors to take on their own challenge in each of the seven Island “territories” - and earn themselves a free ticket to return in the bargain.

Thorpe Park, which was opened by the late Lord Mountbatten in 1979, has more than its share of iconic rides, perfect for those who are looking for their dose of adrenaline, but there’s plenty for smaller children too - Angry Birdsland features a fantastic 4-D experience and families can race on Depth Charge - a 4 lane super slide.

You also get the chance to experience possibly the best water ride of your life with Tidal Wave where thrill seekers get hit with a wall of water at the base of the ride.Brilliant fun and the perfect way to cool off on a hot day!

With even its own beach, over 30 rides, various attractions and live shows and 5 of the UK’s favourite roller coasters, there’s something a bit special about Thorpe Park.

It boasts the wettest, fastest and scariest rides in the UK and makes for a great day out. For those able to stay over, it also has its own on-site hotel, Thorpe Shark.

Situated near Chertsey in Surrey, the resort is open until 1 November and further details, including admission prices, are available via


Martin Banks is a highly experienced accredited journalist with many years experience of working with the EU institutions. He is an occasional contributor to EU today, writing on a wide variety of issues.

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