Many of you will know that we were lucky enough to be chosen as Thorpe Park Ambassadors this year. If you are a mother of teenagers, you will not be surprised to learn that this caused great delight in our household. Both The Teenager and The Drama Queen are regular frequenters of Thorpe Park and The Boy has (fanfare please) finally reached the magic 1.4 metres!
With growing children, who are becoming increasingly less enthusiastic about spending the day with their parents, we have to be a little creative about finding acceptable venues. Thorpe Park is right up there with the best of them and although I’ve never been a mad fan of big, fast rides, I’m having to put my nerves to one side.
Our first trip as Ambassadors took place last weekend, the preview weekend for Season Ticket Holders. A limited number of tickets were available, meaning that there were no real queues on any of the rides. Result!
I’ll admit to chickening out of Vortex – fast spinning as well as up and down? No thanks! The rest of my brood threw themselves in wholeheartedly.
There’s no way on this earth I will ever do Slammer. Have you seen how high that thing goes? Not to mention how long you’re left hanging upside down. Watch the video to see it in motion. That loudest scream you can hear? It’s my youngest daughter’s.
Before you have me down for a total wuss, I DID put my big girl pants on to experience Saw for the first time and yes, it was just as terrifying as I thought it would be. However, it was also totally exhilarating!
Due to my track record of backing out at the last minute, The Drama Queen omitted to mention that there would be 4 sudden death drops. Seriously folks, it was a 60 second whirlwind that I only got through by closing my eyes and screaming the entire way round! Having said that, now I know what to expect, I would probably do it again. Brownie points for this mumma.
We managed a quick stop off at Fin’s Bar and Grill for lunch which provided just the kind of sustenance we needed for the afternoon ahead. We fed all 5 of us with a main meal and soft drinks, for under £65.
It might have been great food but probably not ideal to jump straight on Nemesis within 2 minutes of paying our bill! This has to be my favourite ride at Thorpe Park though so I made an exception. If you zoom in on this one, you’ll see The Teenager and The Drama Queen in front row seats – they queued an extra 10 minutes for this torture!
If you’re thinking of a trip to Thorpe Park this year, then do your level best to get online over the Easter weekend. Thorpe Park is celebrating the opening of its new ride – Derren Brown’s Ghost Train – by selling one day entrance tickets for 1 shilling (that’s 12p for the likes of you and me). But…here’s the catch…there are only 1871 tickets available, so you’ll need to be quick! Get on the website from 10am on Good Friday and you could bag yourself up to 4 tickets to be used between now and October 2016.
Thorpe Park will be opening its new ride, Derren Brown’s Ghost Train on Friday 6th May 2016 This ride is ‘Thorpe Park’s biggest and most ambitious investment to date’. The ghost train will involve a 10-15 minute spooky train ride, with live action sequences, 4D special effects and grand-scale illusions. Sounds terrifying! My children are taking bets as to whether I’m going to chicken out. What do you think?
Disclosure: We are 2016 Ambassadors for Thorpe Park so were gifted our annual passes as well as lunch out at Finn’s Bar & Grill.