Fun overnight theme park trips to take with the kids this summer holidays

School’s out for summer and you find yourself with six weeks of summer to fill with fun. Before you start worrying what on earth you’ll do to fill the time and where to stay – don’t worry, we’ve got it sorted with a couple of theme park ideas for all the family to enjoy.

A theme park trip is an easy win for families after a fun day out this summer. There are thrilling rollercoasters for teens and parents, gentle rides for younger tots, and plenty of attractions for the whole family to enjoy together too.

Thorpe Park in London

Thorpe Park takes around 3 hours to drive to from Manchester and is best known for its extreme roller coasters and adrenaline packed rides for kids, teenagers and adults with some of the fastest and scariest rides in the country.


Thorpe Park has many different attractions and there is truly something for everyone!! With over 30 rides and attractions Thorpe Park is the UK’s most thrilling theme park.  Be brave and look to try the ‘Unholy Trinity’ of: Stealth – one of Europe’s fastest rollercoasters; Colossus – the world’s first ten inversion rollercoaster; and Nemesis Inferno – the 4.5 G-force experience.


Its not all for older kids with a range of rides for the younger children such as the Angry Birds 4D Experience, Rumba Rapids, Mr Monkeys Banana Ride, Flying Fish…..the list goes on.


For the parents that are obsessed with Love Island, you can experience life as a real Islander as Love Island Latesrun until 1st September.  Love Island Lates takes over Amity Beach at 6pm every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 26th July until 1st September and allows you to immerse yourself in the UK’s only Love Island fan experience.

– Unlock exclusive snapchat filters & lenses

– Ride into the sunset; Rides open 10am-10pm

– Enjoy cocktails themed around Love Island quotes*

– Hit the dance floor (or water) with DJ Sets, playing the sickest beats

– Get all glittered up for those instagram worthy selfies with our Glitter Bar

– Take on love Island inspired games and challenges for the chance to win prizes

– SURPRISE visits from this years and past Love Islanders (Keep an eye out on their facebook!)

– Upgrade to VIP and receive an exclusive VIP area complete with your very own Love Island themed beach hut and more – More info HERE

For more information on Thrope Park visit:

Drayton Manor in Birmingham

Drayton Manor is about 2 hours drive from Birmingham and is great for bringing the smiles this summer.

Be ready for smiles this summer as Drayton Manor Park holds its Summer Sensation campaign until Monday 3rd September at the Staffordshire-based attraction.

G-Force courtesy of Sam Bagnall.jpg

In addition to the adrenaline-pumping thrill rides, family-friendly rides and the 15-acre zoo, the attraction has extra events for visitors to enjoy. Make sure that your little ones don’t miss out on a special meet and greet with CatBoy and Owlette, characters from popular children’s TV show, PJ Masks. These fan favourites, guaranteed to bring a smile to your child’s face, will be having fun at the park on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August in the heart of the park near the Carousel.

For the grown-ups, there is scrumptious Food & Craft Festival on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August, consisting of over 30 stands to tantalise the taste buds with locally made treats and delights, including stands run by The Crab Shack, Patty Freaks and Gyro Guys to name a few plus some amazing craft stalls as well.


But don’t worry if you don’t manage to make it to these events as throughout the summer there’s plenty at Drayton Manor Park to keep everyone happy. Both the young and young at heart will be entertained in Europe’s only Thomas Land™, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and is home to more than 25 rides and attractions, such as the Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster, Jeremy Jets’ Flying Academy, and brand new in 2017, James and The Red Balloon.

Thrill seekers can scream to their hearts’ content as they experience a host of adrenaline-pumping rides such as the head-turning gyro swing Maelstrom, the 54-metre drop tower Apocalypse and Shockwave, one of only two stand-up coasters in Europe. Visitors looking for a quick refresh from the occasional ‘heat wave’ we have been experiencing to date can enjoy the white-knuckle Stormforce 10 water ride!


William Bryan, Managing Director at Drayton Manor Park commented: “As a third-generation family run independent attraction, we understand how long the summer holidays can feel when you have nothing planned, which is why we want to shout about our Summer Sensation campaign.

“With so many events and experiences planned, you may wish to visit us on more than one occasion this summer. So why not avoid additional screen time for children and being stuck indoors this summer and plan a trip to Drayton Manor to create fun family memories that will last a lifetime!”

For more information about the park, visit

Overnight stays at Jurys Inn

If you’re planning to extend your visit into a staycation then we highly recommend a stay at Jurys Inn with the Watford location being perfect when visiting Thorpe Park and the Birmingham location great when visiting Drayton Manor.

Jurys Inn Watford is ideally located on Clarendon Road, the newly-refurbished Jurys Inn Watford is perfectly situated to enjoy all that the city centre has to offer. The hotel is perfectly placed for transport links to, from and beyond London with Watford Junction an easy 7 minute walk from Jurys Inn.


For those wanting more fun after the theme parks you can easily go into Central London for a leisure day as London Euston Station is only an 18 minute journey away.

Prices start from: £59 for a Standard Double Bedroom

Guests of Jurys Inn Watford can enjoy:

  • 216 newly-designed spacious bedrooms each featuring the exclusive DREAM bed by Jurys Inn for ultimate comfort
  • Stylish Bar and Restaurant
  • All Day Costa Coffee Bar
  • Room Service available
  • 8 dedicated Meeting Rooms
  • Complimentary high-speed WiFi throughout the hotel


There are 36 hotels operating under the Jurys Inn brand and they are known for their warm, friendly service and convenient locations within easy reach of top attractions, amenities and transport hubs. Jurys Inn prides itself on the small touches – all of which add up to a great stay- including the welcoming environment and friendly staff who greet you, the plentiful breakfasts and all the little experiences in the guest rooms and throughout the hotel.

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