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UK Tourist & Leisure Attractions - Thorpe Park

Belinda and Mike - follow our tourist travels in the UK

Thorpe Park Theme Park, the Thrill Rides and Farm - August 2006

On a day trip visit to Thorpe Park, near Chertsey in Surrey, we tried many of the fast and scary rides including Colossus, Pirates 4D, Rumba Rapids, Loggers Leap, Slammer, Tidal Wave, Nemesis Inferno, Detonator and Stealth.  Oh, and Storm in a Teacup.  We also took the Canada Creek railway to Thorpe Farm... phew!

Thorpe Park entrance, Chertsey, Surrey
We arrived at Thorpe Park bright and early, paid our £28.50 entrance fee (look out for 2 for 1 deals) and, guide pamphlet in hand, headed for the...

Pondering the rides in the main cafe at Thorpe Park
...café to plan which scary and thrilling rides to do first.  There were many new rides since our last visit to Thorpe Park in 2001 and one of these was...

Colossus in the Lost City area at Thorpe Park
...Colossus, which not only had several large drops, but corkscrewed upside down about five times!  After being scared senseless we wanted to go on it again afterwards, but the queue by then was an hour's wait and the Fastrack time was way into the afternoon.

The Pirates 4D show in Ranger County
After Colossus we tried something a bit tamer with the Pirates 4D show in Ranger County, complete with large 4D glasses as modelled here by Belinda.  The 4D effects included getting squirted and vibrated plus loads of stuff coming at you out of the screen!  Eeek!

Thorpe Park's Rumba Rapids at Calypso Quay
Next up was the Rumba Rapids at Calypso Quay, a wild ride round a fast flowing river where you frequently get sloshed and squirted with water!  As by now we were a little wet, we headed off to Canada Creek...

Splashdown on Loggers Leap at Canada Creek, Thorpe Park
...and Loggers Leap and got even wetter!

Arrgghh - mouth wide open in mid-scream on Loggers Leap!
Here's us on Loggers Leap.  Thorpe Park try to sell you your picture on the ride exit, but we took this from the TV screen and saved £4.99, he he.

Drenched after Loggers Leap at Thorpe Park
As you can see, Mike got pretty drenched on Thorpe Park's Loggers Leap.  The down side were the long queues; the Fastrack system does allow you to get an allocated time to ride, but we found you often miss your time slot as you're the other side of the park when your time comes up.  Bummer!

General view inside Thorpe Park in Surrey
There's many catering outlets within Thorpe Park, and we stopped by Kentucky (watch out for the higher Thorpe Park prices) in Amity Cove.  This shot's looking towards the Rumba Rapids near the Detonator ride.

Slammer ride at Thorpe Park
Here's Slammer, a 105ft rotary thrill ride that flips over to slam you towards the ground at 30mph!  Another upside down experience, just what you really don't need straight after lunch!

The Tidal Wave ride at Amity Cove
Well by now we were just starting to dry off so we went to top up on what's probably the wettest ride ever - Tidal Wave.  After climbing to a great height (85ft), Tidal Wave thunders down and throws up a huge wall of water above you which then...

Thorpe Park's Tidal Wave to the right and Stealth on the left
...crashes down on top of you!  You can see the water surge created here, with the Tidal Wave track in the background.  To the left is the large arch of Thorpe Park's new-for-2006 Stealth ride which unfortunately we didn't get to go on as Stealth kept breaking down whenever we went back for our ride (got away with that one then, phew!).  It rises 205ft in the air and does 0 to 80 in 2.3 seconds - a bit faster than the car then!

Nemesis Inferno at Calypso Quay area in Thorpe Park
And this is Nemesis Inferno, a scary ride in Thorpe Park's Calypso Quay that involves your feet dangling down most of the time except for when you're upside down when they're flying furiously through the sky, and there are a number of upside down loops on this ride!  A real stomach churning scary ride was this one!  Ooo, is that my lunch again?

Thorpe Park: Detonator at Calypso Quay
Now Detonator, which rises slowly to 100ft then plummets rapidly, causing you to think you're going to fly out of the seat and head skywards!

Canada Creek railway to Thorpe Farm
After getting soaked and having our stomachs ripped out on all the thrill rides at Thorpe Park we thought we'd try something a little more gentle so headed to Thorpe Farm on the Canada Creek railway.

Thorpe Farm, part of Thorpe Park at Chertsey in Surrey
Thorpe Farm has many animals including sheep, pigs, goats and rabbits and was rather relaxing after all those Thorpe Park thrill rides earlier.  Also here was a café and, of course, a gift shop.

Looking around all the animals at Thorpe Farm
Here's Belinda exploring the barn at Thorpe Farm.  Well, we had a thoroughly good time at Thorpe Park, check the theme park out in our UK tourist resources.  Home now to dry off then!
Note: Thorpe Farm is no longer operating.

Mind my finger! An animal at Thorpe Farm
Aww!  A cute little, er, what is it?

Other theme parks we've visited: Alton Towers, Chessington WOA and Legoland.