Tuesday, February 14, 2017

8 New Attractions Fit for All the Family

Visit Britain this summer for a wealth of new family attractions, from a back-in-time dinosaur theme park to a 'catapult blob' that will send you and your kids four metres in the air, before you plunge into a waiting pool.


Catapult Blob!

Surf Snowdonia, in north Wales, has a new addition to the Crash & Splash obstacle course - the Catapult Blob, which will launch you up to 13 ft up into the air, before you descend into the waiting water.


The assault course, set adjacent to the world's first inland surf lagoon, also features monkey bars, rope bridges, spinning balls and a slippery-when-wet climbing wall. https://surfsnowdonia.co.uk
Location: In Dolgarrog, north Wales, around 90 minutes by car from Liverpool.

Paultons Theme Park: The Lost Kingdom

Paultons Theme Park’s new attraction ‘The Lost Kingdom’ takes the whole family back millions of years. Expect thrilling rides and attractions set around a tropical landscape where dinosaurs roam. 


Watch out for the ‘live' walking T-Rex! While the small kids search for fossils in the sandpit, the older children and adults can take on the rollercoasters! https://paultonspark.co.uk
Location: In Hampshire, south England, around 90 minutes by car from London.

‘Command of the Oceans' at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Command of the Oceans tells the amazing story of Chatham Historic Dockyard's role in British naval supremacy from the 16th century through the ‘Golden Age of Sail' from 1700 - 1820. On display is the Royal Navy’s magnificent warship Namur, preserved where she was discovered and still lies. 


There are several historic warships to explore, a railway workshop and much more. www.thedockyard.co.uk
Location: In Kent, south-east England, around one hour by car or train from central London.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide

Ride the ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide - the world's tallest and longest slide. It wraps around Britain's tallest public artwork, taking 40 seconds to encircle the sculpture 12 times, travelling 584 ft in total! 


It was created by British-Indian artist Sir Anish Kapoor, and the slide is the creation of Belgian artist Carsten Höller. http://arcelormittalorbit.com/whats-on/the-slide
Location: In east London; the nearest train stations are Stratford and Hackney Wick.

British Airways i360

The British Airways i360, in the seaside city of Brighton, is the world's first vertical cable car, transporting passengers 450ft high for amazing views over the Sussex countryside. 


Later, take in the buzzing Brighton Pier with its many rides, doughnut-eating opportunities and fish and chippies! http://britishairwaysi360.com
Location: In Sussex, south-east England, one hour by train from central London.

The Knights’ Village, Warwick Castle

Families on a quest for fun and adventure should book the Knights' Village at Warwick Castle. Twenty eight lodges are set in the wooded idyll of the attraction's 64-acre estate. 


Wake up to a hearty breakfast in the banqueting hall and enjoy two days entrance to Warwick Castle as part of your stay. The Castle will take you hundreds of years back in time with costumed characters and live events, including jousting! Kids can enjoy putting their parents in the stocks, while the whole family can try to find their way out of the new Horrible Histories maze. www.warwick-castle.com
Location: In central England, around two hours' drive from London, or just 40 minutes from Birmingham.

The National Museum of Flight

The National Museum of Flight, located on the UK's best preserved Second World War airfield, is an awe-inspiring, fun and educational place to visit. 


See amazing aircraft like Scotland's Concorde and discover fascinating stories in the newly transformed hangars, with interactive exhibitions, supersonic experiences and plenty of outdoor space to run around in.  www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-flight
Location: In East Lothian, around 40 minutes by car from Edinburgh.

LEGOLAND Windsor's 4D films

Guests to the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort are in for seriously awesome film fun with the ‘The LEGO Movie 4D - A New Adventure'. 


There's also the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS 4D Movie: The Book of Creativity! For Star Wars fans, catch the 500,000 brick Death Star, the recreation of Darth Vader's superweapon in the popular LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display.  www.legoland.co.uk
Location: In Berkshire, south-east England, around one hour from central London.