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Days out from London: Thorpe Park Resort

Thorpe Park Resort, also known as Thorpe Park, is a theme park located near the town of Staines-upon-Thames in Surrey. The Thorpe Park Estate was  demolished the 1930s and the site was neglected until the 1970s. Thorpe Park Resort was officially opened to the public in 1979 and since then has grown into one of the major theme parks in the UK.
In the 21st century, the resort attracts around 1.5 million each year and targets teenagers and young adults with a series of attractions like the large water ride Tidal Wave, rollercoasters including Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Stealth, Saw – The Ride, The Swarm, The Walking Dead: The Ride and  Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon.
Thorpe Park is zoned into eight zones or territories called Port and Basecamp, Amity, The Jungle, Angry Birds Land, Old Town, Lost City, Swarm Island and The Dock Yard.
Port and Basecamp
The ‘Port’ or ‘Basecamp’ area is the entrance area where visitors enter the park. Inside the entrance is the Dome which houses an arcade area, food and beverage outlets, toilets, lockers and Gift Shop.
Amity
Amity is set up as a 1950s-era American fishing village hit by a tidal wave and opened with Tidal Wave in 2000.  The area was expanded in 2006 with Stealth, set at ‘Amity Speedway’ racetrack. Other attractions include Depth Charge, Wet Wet Wet, Amity Beach outdoor water park, Flying Fish, Storm In A Teacup and raft water ride Storm Surge.
The Jungle
The area’s main attractions are Nemesis Inferno, Rumba Rapids, Mr Monkey’s Banana Ride and Detonator:Bombs Away.
Angry Birds Land
Angry Birds Land attractions include Dodgems.
The Dock Yard
This area is known for Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon and also contains The Walking Dead: The Ride.
Lost City
The Lost City attractions include Colossus roller coaster, Vortex, Zodiac, Quantum and Rush.
Old Town
The main rides in this area is Saw – The Ride, Samurai, Timber Tug Boat, Lumber Jump and Rocky Express.
Swarm Island
Swarm Island is the location for The Swarm rollercoaster which is themed as the scene of an apocalyptic disaster with crashed plane and destroyed church.
The park has a number of events throughout the year including a special Halloween event which often has a horror movie theme.
Thorpe Park is popular with teenagers and young adults, it is less geared to families with young children although there are a few rides for this age group. If you have younger children, the nearby Legoland Windsor offers much more variety and rides for their enjoyment.
A shuttle bus service runs from Staines Bus and Railway station to Thorpe Park but can get very busy with long queues at peak times.
For more information or book tickets, visit the Thorpe Park website here

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Days Out from London : Windsor

One of the most popular days out from London is Windsor which is a historic market town in Berkshire and is known as the site of Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of the British Royal Family.

The town is situated 21 miles (34 km) west of the centre of London and is easily reached by train, car or coach. Windsor has two railway stations, Windsor & Eton Central railway station connecting which connects via Slough to express trains to London Paddington and to Reading and Windsor & Eton Riverside station provides a service to London Waterloo. Windsor has frequent bus services to/from London Heathrow Airport and Victoria Coach Station in central London.

Because Windsor has been a popular tourist attraction for a long time there is a well-developed tourist infrastructure with a several hotels, bars and restaurants. Various boat trips operate on the River Thames which winds its way through creating attractive riverside walks.  Windsor is linked to the town of Eton which is on the opposite bank of the River Thames by Windsor Bridge.

Windsor Castle has been an important site for centuries, it was William the Conqueror who chose the site for Windsor Castle around 1070. The Castle was originally constructed to guard the approach to London. In the late 12th century, Henry II began rebuild the castle and Edward III in the 1350s spent a fortune to transform the castle into a palace

Charles II, who reclaimed his throne in 1660, modernised the royal apartments with expensive textiles and magnificent tapestries. Queen Victoria was especially fond of Windsor Castle and added a new private chapel in the 1840s.

One of the most dramatic events at the castle was more recent, when in 1992 a fire broke out in Queen Victoria’s private chapel destroying a number of areas in the building. The long process of repair and restoration began immediately and was completed within five years.  

Although Windsor Castle is the main attraction, Windsor does also boast another major attraction with Legoland Windsor. The attraction is the only Legoland park in the United Kingdom and is one of the largest Legoland park in the world.  

Like many tourist towns, there are plenty of gift shops and shops, one of the main shopping areas is the Windsor Royal Shopping arcade which is  inside Windsor & Eton Central railway station.

Windsor attracts crowds of tourists who just stay for the day, however it has plenty of attractions and provides a good base to explore the surrounding area if you would to stay for a few days.

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