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Five of the best: new British theme park rides and attractions

Friday 21 Apr, 2017


Last week the famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach in north-west England announced the name of its new rollercoaster. Icon will use brand new double launch technology, which means extra power during the ride, and is expected to reach speeds of up to 80 miles-per-hour (129 kilometres-per-hour) when it opens in spring 2018. Can't wait that long? Here's five great new rides and attractions to experience in 2017.


Derren Brown's Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon - Thorpe Park

Just opened is Thorpe Park's Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon by world-famous illusionist Derren Brown. The master of ‘mind trickery' has devised the brand new ride aboard a suspended 20 tonne Victorian train carriage. You can experience the scariest of sights through a virtual reality headset on a 15-minute terror trail in the dark, but how long can you stand the fear? Thorpe Park in Surrey, south-east England, is an hour's train journey from London.


Gruffalo River Ride - Chessington World of Adventures

The Gruffalo is loved by children across the world. To celebrate everyone's favourite made-up monster, Chessington World of Adventures has opened its Gruffalo River Ride, taking you around the deep, dark wood in a floating tub. Look out for the mouse, the fox, the owl and the snake along the way. There's even some Gruffalo-themed hotel rooms to tuck up in at night. Chessington in Surrey, south-east England, is a 35-minute train journey from London.


CBeebies Land - Alton Towers

If you've got little ones, you'll undoubtedly be familiar with BBC favourite CBeebies, and Alton Towers' CBeebies Land, which has just opened its doors, is the place to live and breathe it. Children will get to meet everyone from Postman Pat to Charlie and Lola, then hop on latest new rides, such as the Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom ride to find the Grandmaster Glitch. The addition of a CBeebies hotel will be open for check-in from early July. Alton Towers in central England is an hour and a half's train journey from London. Stoke-on-Trent is the closest train station and a bus runs twice a day from the train station to the theme park.


Ninjago - Legoland

Over at Legoland, a brand new ride is on the horizon at the Lego Ninjago World, which opens in May. The ride is set to be the Britain's first ever ‘4D hand gesture enabled ride'. You'll be able to virtually throw fireballs while literally feeling the heat, testing your ninja skills to the max. Legoland in Windsor, south-east England, is an hour's train journey from London.


Sky-Force - Flambards

Flambards in Cornwall is soon to be home to south-west England's first white-knuckle ride. Named Sky-Force, the ride is shaped like a Frisbee and is suspended on four towering 18 metre legs and holds up to 40 people. The ride will be open in the summer. Cornwall in south-west England is around a five train journey from London. Flambards is a 30-minute bus journey from Penzance train station.


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  • VisitBritain Media Team

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