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The best theme parks in the UK revealed – does your’s make the list?


THE BEST theme parks in the UK have been revealed, with the winners from all around the country.

Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Drayton Manor were among those to emerge triumphant – does your’s make the list?

The UK's best theme parks have been revealed - including Alton Towers (pictured)

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The UK’s best theme parks have been revealed – including Alton Towers (pictured)Credit: Alamy

The 22 categories in the UK Theme Park Awards 2022 were decided by more than 200,000 public votes, combined with scores from expert judges.

Those rewarded at a ceremony held at Drayton Manor on September 22nd included Alton Towers who received the ‘Theme Park of the Year‘ gong.

Meanwhile Drayton Manor was decided as the ‘Best Value Theme Park’, and Sik at Flamingo Land was named ‘Best New Attraction.

This is the third year in which Brits were able to give their verdict on their favourite theme parks – as well as the best rides, attractions and events.

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Some of the more niche categories they could choose between included ‘Best Steel Coaster’, ‘Best Wooden Coaster’ and ‘Best Mascot’.

The biggest winners at the awards included Alton Towers and Drayton Manor – with 11 and six awards respectively.

Others to be well-decorated included Blackpool Pleasure Beach – with seven – and Legoland which took home six prizes.

Other theme parks to be acknowledged multiple times were Paultons Park in Hampshire – home to Peppa Pig World, Chessington World of Adventures, Crealy in Devon and Adventure Island in Essex.

Gongs also went to:

  • Fantasy Island, Lincolnshire
  • Flamingo Land, Yorkshire
  • Joyland, Norfolk
  • Oakwood Theme Park, Pembrokeshire
  • Pleasurewood Hills, Suffolk
  • Sundown Adventureland, Nottinghamshire
  • Twinlakes, Leicestershire
  • Wicksteed Park, Northamptonshire

Victoria Lynn, managing director of Drayton Manor Resort, said: “We’re thrilled to have hosted the UK Theme Park Awards this year, and equally delighted to have been shortlisted for 13 awards ourselves!

“The UK Theme Park Awards are a fantastic opportunity for parks and attractions across the country to come together to celebrate, learn and champion one another, while also recognising the efforts of the teams working hard behind the scenes to ensure the UK’s theme parks are some of the top destinations for a day out.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us, and to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the entire Drayton Manor team, who work incredibly hard to make the resort a brilliant UK attraction.”

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It comes as we told you the best Halloween fright nights at theme parks this October.

We also revealed how a theme park manager keeps kids happy when queuing for rides.

Drayton Manor (pictured) also received a number of top prizes

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Drayton Manor (pictured) also received a number of top prizesCredit: Alamy





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