Families looking for great days out in the UK are spoilt for choice by the country's vast array of theme parks. Whether you're a thrill-seeker, looking for a splash around a waterpark, or simply a relaxing stroll around zoos and gardens, most theme parks have something for all ages and interests - meaning the whole family can be catered for in one fantastic day out.
Here are the top 10 theme parks in the UK.
Just a short hop from Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, Alton Towers Resort is the ultimate in fun family days out. Will you be brave enough to take on Oblivion or Galactica, or one of the parks many other white-knuckle rides? There is also a great range of thrills for younger ones, including Congo River Rapids and Marauder's Mayhem, while CBeebies Land is ideal for little adventurers. For a break from the rides, head to the resort's waterpark, spa or beautiful gardens.
Located in Surrey, Thorpe Park is one of the best days out in the south-east. Packed full of thrill rides for the daring, including Nemesis Inferno, Stealth and The Swarm, plus a whole host of rides and activities for young and old alike, you'll find something for the whole family at Thorpe Park.
Chessington World of Adventures is more than just a theme park, it's a resort which packs in fun for all ages, whether you're a thrill-seeker, adventurous tot or simply looking for a nice stroll around the zoo. With more than 20 rides to enjoy, 1000 animals to meet, plus a Go Ape course on-site, you'll be coming back time and again.
Situated just outside of Birmingham, Drayton Manor Theme Park is the ideal family day out in the Midlands. Home to Thomas Land, little explorers will love what's on offer, from Diesel's Locomotive Mayhem to Terence's Driving School, while bigger kids will enjoy the range of white-knuckle rides too. There's also a 15-acre zoo, crazy golf, Dino Trail and loads more to keep everyone entertained.
As the home of Peppa Pig World, Paultons Park is the ultimate day out for little ones. Situated on the edge of the New Forest, just outside of Southampton, Peppa Pig, playgrounds and penguins are just a few of the attractions on offer. There are also beautiful gardens to explore, the Water Kingdom, a Discovery Trail, plus a whole host of rides for kids of all ages.
With rides, animals, meet and greets, and daily shows, Flamingo Land is the perfect day out for the whole family in North Yorkshire. The park boasts 40 different rides and play areas, including Kumali and Hero for the thrill-seekers, Splash Battle and Zooom for younger kids, and HMS Bouncy and Helitoys for little ones. There are also more than 60 animals to meet in the zoo, plus the Pirates of Zanzibar and Peter Rabbit shows to enjoy.
One of the UK's most visited attractions, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is home to legendary thrill ride the Big Dipper, alongside a host of other family fun, from Wallace and Gromit's Thrill-o-Matic and Eddie Stobart's Convoy Ride to Nickelodeon Land for little ones, Adventure Golf and Ripley's Believe It or Not.
Situated in Warrington and within easy reach of Liverpool, Gulliver's World Resort will be a hit with the whole family, whatever the weather. The Antelope Wooden Coaster, Alpine Log Flume and Dino Safari Tours are just a few of the rides to enjoy outside, while indoors there is plenty of fun to be had in Splash Zone, Roller Zone and the Blast Arena. And don't forget the Big Top Soft Play Tent for little ones!
Crealy Theme Park can be found in Exeter and provides one of the best family days out in the south-west. Rides like Vortex and Maximus Rollercoaster will keep the thrill-seekers happy, while little ones will love Buddy Bear's Kingdom. And that's not all. There are also animals to meet in Meerkat Manor, Croc Creek and Tortoise Town.
Adventure awaits in Skegness' Fantasy Island! Not only does the theme park boast a variety of rides and attractions for all ages, including Jellikins, Firebowl and The Odyssey, but it is also home to Ingoldmells - Europe's largest seven-day market, with more than 320 stores to browse through.