Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled day out in Yorkshire, centred around rollercoasters, candy floss and tea-cup rides or you’re looking for something a little more low-key, Yorkshire has it all.
In this round-up, we’re taking a look at some of the best theme parks in Yorkshire. Although a “theme park” is often thought of as a large rollercoaster park – a theme park can be anything from water parks to various other locations based around entertainment. With that in mind, we’re including an eclectic bunch of locations, which shows how much is on offer in the region!
As well as the below theme parks, there are many regular fairs and fairgrounds in Yorkshire, and there are companies like Eddy Leisure which can help you create your own!
Flamingo Land is a theme park which also contains a zoo. It was first opened in 1959 and was initially intended to be a zoo, where some of the first animals to be kept there were Flamingos. Over the years, it’s developed into the amusement park which many people in Yorkshire visit regularly. Among the attractions, you’ll find the likes of “Hero,” a suspended Flying Coaster, Pterodactyl – a Vertical Swing and Mumbo Jumbo – which held the record for the roller coaster with the steepest drop in the world. It’s open to the public 7 days a week, from 10am – 4pm.
Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX
The Forbidden Corner is a wonderfully unique attraction found in North Yorkshire. It’s a labyrinth of follies, chambers and surprises all designed to add a hint of wonderment to your day! It feels like something straight out of Alice in Wonderland, the Forbidden Corner was built by Mr C.R.Armstrong for his own personal use, although was opened to the public because people were so intrigued! It’s a great place for children, but is equally successful in bringing the child out in many adults.
Forbidden Corner, Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Leyburn DL8 4TJ
Found within the grounds of the spectacular country house, Stockeld Park opened its gates to the public and has been one of the county’s best loved destinations for families all over Yorkshire. Stockeld Park is surrounded by no less than 2,000 acres of stunning grounds. There’s lots going on here, with adventure playgrounds, laser tag and an exciting calendar of special events which take place during the school holidays and on big public holidays.
Stockeld Park, Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN
Lightwater Valley is found in North Stanley in Ripon, North Yorkshire. It’s a wonderful theme park with more than 30 attractions of varying description. The attractions on offer includes “The Ultimate” which holds the record as the longest rollercoaster in Europe at 1.5 miles long. It’s the perfect destination for thrill seekers with whole host of things on offer including water rides, outdoor and indoor play areas, an adventure playground and a farm where you can enjoy a tractor ride.
Lightwater Valley, Water Ln, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT
Diggerland describes itself as “the ultimate adventure UK Theme Park experience where children and adults alike can ride, drive and operate REAL diggers, dumpers and other full-size construction machinery.”
One of the most unique offerings for families in Yorkshire, there are 20 different rides and lots of other attractions to enjoy.
Diggerland, Willowbridge Ln, Castleford WF10 5NW
York Maze often grabs headlines across Yorkshire for their creative maze, which is most recently Jurassic Park themed and has appeared in varying different forms over the years. As well as the Maze, there are over 20 different rides and attractions to enjoy, so this place promises visitors a wonderful, fun-filled family day out! The Maze is closed throughout the winter months and re-opens in July, remaining open until 2nd September. They put a real focus on their guests, offering a packed calendar of events for children to enjoy throughout the summer holidays.
York maze, Elvington Ln, York YO19 5LT