What’s Happening at Thorpe Park in 2016?

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.

Vortex Thorpe

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.

Saw Thorpe Park

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.

Lunch at Finn's Bar & Grill Thorpe Park

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!

Nemesis Thorpe Park

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?

Derren Brown's Ghost Train Thorpe park

Disclosure: We are 2016 Ambassadors for Thorpe Park so were gifted our annual passes as well as lunch out at Finn’s Bar & Grill. 

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9 Comments on What’s Happening at Thorpe Park in 2016?

  1. Michelle Twin Mum
    March 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm (11 months ago)

    I’m sure you will all have so much fun. I had to run a giveaway to give my tickets away as sadly me and the kids are all big wosses! lol Mich x

  2. Verily Victoria Vocalises
    March 24, 2016 at 3:01 pm (11 months ago)

    We won passes to Thorpe Park last year and had a great time but I did find we were quite restricted on rides for Grace at the time. This place is perfect for teens. Have an amazing time x
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    • Suzanne W
      April 11, 2016 at 8:13 pm (10 months ago)

      Yes it’s not great for anyone under 10. Wait til she’s a bit older :)

  3. An imperfect mum (Catie)
    March 24, 2016 at 9:40 pm (11 months ago)

    You are such a cool mum. Congrats on the Thorpe Park Ambassador role that is huge!!! Since hitting 40 I’ve found that my exciting ride legs have totally buckled and I just can’t do it. I love a traditional roller coaster but those spinning and upside down things, erm, no thanks. TY for linking up with #FamilyFun

    • Suzanne W
      April 11, 2016 at 8:13 pm (10 months ago)

      I was exactly the same as you but about 3 years ago (our first family trip to Thorpe Park) I made myself go on the rides – just shut my eyes and screamed the whole way round! Now I know what to expect, they don’t seem so bad :)

  4. Sarah
    March 24, 2016 at 11:54 pm (11 months ago)

    You’re far braver than me. I’m rubbish with anything scarier than a spinning teacup! Honestly, I think my 5yo has more guts. I bet it’s the perfect day out for teenagers though. The weather looked fab! #FamilyFun
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    • Suzanne W
      April 11, 2016 at 8:14 pm (10 months ago)

      Well I hate the spinning teacups so you win on that score! Anything that goes round, makes me feel sick.

  5. Tracey Williams
    March 28, 2016 at 2:26 pm (11 months ago)

    We are definitely at the stage where I have to think long and hard about days out where we are all going to enjoy. Just wish we lived closer to Thorpe as we have been a few times and the kids love it. You are far braver than me as I am always the bag holder. You definitely chose a good day to go, not much queuing AND blue skies x
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    • Suzanne W
      April 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm (10 months ago)

      I have to force myself Tracey but it would be pretty boring if I didn’t! I think the kids will get a lot of use out of our passes though. I’ve heard that the hotel is pretty good :)


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