There are plenty of UK theme parks that are suitable for toddlers and small children making them ideal for your next family day out. There’s nothing like a trip to a theme park for a fun-filled family day out. There are thrilling rollercoasters sure to be a hit with kids and parents alike, not to mention plenty of eye-catching attractions for the more faint-hearted.
However when you’ve got little ones, the terrifying rides and height restrictions can quickly turn a fun day out into a logistical nightmare. Luckily, nowadays there are plenty of theme parks offering up toddler-friendly zones and rides tailored to little ones, so they can join in the fun no matter what their age. To give you a helping hand, we’ve searched out the best UK theme parks for families with small children, from toddler-friendly rides to dedicated lands and areas for a magical trip.
1. Paultons Park , Hampshire
Three magical words for parents: Peppa Pig World.
Paultons Park has an entire land dedicated to the beloved children’s character complete with seven themed rides including Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight and George’s Dinosaur Adventure Ride.
Not to mention they recently sdded two new rides – check out our review here.
Of course, there are also plenty of meet and greet opportunities so little ones can spend time with their favourite characters – and there’s even an on-site toy shop if you want to treat them to an extra memento of the day.
Peppa Pig World is included in the theme park entry fee, and the rest of the park is also tailored to younger kids so there’s plenty to see and do, from the roaring dinosaurs in The Lost Kingdom to kid-friendly rollercoasters.
How much? Children under 1 metre go free. Book online to get cheaper tickets – individual prices start from £29.25.
2. Legoland Windsor Resort , Berkshire
Tailored for children under 12, Legoland offers a relaxed family day out with plenty of adventures to be had for the whole family.
Pretend to be a giant as you wander through the Minilands, relive your favourite stories at the Fairy Tale Brook, or for the brave, there are dragon-themed rollercoasters and rides on offer too!
For something extra special, you can also opt for an overnight stay at the themed Legoland Resort Hotel or Castle Hotel where there are plenty of extras including live entertainment, themed rooms and perks including early entry to the park.
For mums and dads with babies, there’s a dedicated Baby Care Centre where you can breast/bottle feed or change nappies, or buy baby food. Restaurants also offer facilities to help reheat baby food.
Legoland doesn’t always come cheap – but there are plenty of deals and discounts that can make it a bargain.
How much? Tickets start from £32 when booked in advance, from £47 at gate price.
3. Alton Towers Resort , Staffordshire
There are 14 rides and attractions, all tailored to little ones; go on a drive with Postman Pat, watch a show at the Furchester Hotel, take a magical In the Night Garden themed boat ride – and budding thrill-seekers are sure to love the Go Vroomster ride.
Meanwhile for parents there are private feeding rooms and buggy parks throughout CBeebies Land, while the restaurants offer high chairs and bottle warming facilities.
It’s an ideal compromise if you’ve got small children and teenagers, as there’s something to suit everyone.
How much? Kids under 3 go free. Book online to snap up discounts – individual tickets from £33pp (£55 gate price).
4. Gulliver’s Theme Parks
Gulliver’s theme parks are designed especially for families, so all of the rides and attractions are tailored to smaller children. (In fact, groups of adults or single adults with no accompanying children aren’t allowed in the park).
oddlers still too young for the rides? There are plenty of play areas both indoor and outdoor they can also enjoy. Oh, and for animal lovers there’s a Dinosaur and Farm Park in Milton Keynescomplete with petting zoos and a Lost Kingdom.
It’s worth noting that although you can’t hire pushchairs, the park does have ‘funbuggies’ available, that are little cars you can push your child around in.
How much? Children under 90cm go for free. Gate price tickets from £19.95, but you can get discounts online.
5. Drayton Manor, Staffordshire
Home to Europe’s only Thomas the Tank Engine themed land, Drayton Manor has a plethora of themed rides, attractions and the chance to meet all of your favourite characters including Thomas himself! Fly up high on James and the Red Balloon ride, a Thomas & Friends barge, or even Terence’s Driving School where youngsters can drive their very own tractor. As for facilities, there are baby changing facilities in all of the toilet blocks, as well as baby feeding areas in Thomas Land which has a private cubicle for nursing mothers.