A Trip To Thorpe Park…Child Free!

A Trip To Thorpe Park…Child Free!

At the end of the Easter holidays, the girls were spending the day with my parents which gave Andy and I a rare day together. Normally we would spend it doing jobs around the house or going shopping and having some lunch. But this time Andy had a great idea.

To go to Thorpe Park with our Merlin Annual Passes and do all the rides that we used to love pre-children. The ones that we won’t get a chance to go on when we take the girls.

With the girls safely dropped off at my parents, all ready and excited for their own fun day out with their favourite people. We set off for Thorpe Park.

Once we had parked the car, got through security, we were in. We headed straight to my favourite ride Nemesis and we couldn’t believe the queue was only 15 minutes long. The park was quite quiet when we first arrived and it gradually got busier throughout the day.

By this time the sun was out and I beginning to regret my decision to wear a jumper. The Nemesis was just as I remember it and I loved it.

We could see from the Nemesis queue that the Rumba Rapids queue was really small and we headed straight over. We got on one within minutes. We had our coats on just to keep dry and I only got a little bit wet right at the end.

At this point I decide that my limit for rollercoasters is the Nemesis and whilst before I’ve been on Stealth, when I looked at it I just couldn’t bring myself to go on it. It appears that becoming a mum and maybe also getting older, as made me loose my fearlessness. I mean, look at how high Stealth is? I can’t actually believe I’ve been on it before.

Andy then talked me into going on Tidal Wave, telling me we won’t get that wet. I’m not convinced, but we head to the queue anyway. As we get closer to the front, we can see people who’ve just been on it and they are drenched. But there was no turning back now.

Thankfully I could leave my bag at the side and I was now slightly jealous of all the people who had ponchos on. Thorpe Park are missing a trick not selling these just before you get on the ride, I would have paid any amount of money for one at that moment in time.

We get on and we are in the back row, I’m wasn’t sure if this was going to be better or worse. As soon as we start to make our way up to the top of the rollercoaster, the water in the boat from the previous ride gushes down and our feet are drenched. Today was the day, that Andy had decided to wear his new trainers!!

They don’t call this ride Tidal Wave for a no reason, it is literally a Tidal Wave that goes right over you and we were drenched. Andy took a photo of me immediately afterwards and you can just about see the only dry part of my jeans. I’ve never been so wet!

Thankfully the sun was shining and it was good fun!

We stopped for lunch and I had a lovely Tandoori chicken pitta and chips. It was lovely sat out in the sun, even with my wet jeans.

After lunch and because we were already wet, we decided to go on Storm Surge. This is like going down a giant water flume in a boat.

This was a lot gentler than I was expecting and good fun. We also didn’t get wet or wetter in our case. The only frustrating part was it seemed to take ages to get off the boat once you finished.

We wandered around the park, looking at all the other rollercoasters. Like The Swarm which is the UK’s first winged rollercoaster. Andy and I did not fancy this one, I just can’t imagine what it must be like out there on the wing.

In the summer there is a beach that is open and a small water park area with water flumes. This will be great for when we come back with the girls in the summer.

We also found the ride that both Andy and I remember as a child, The Teacups. I can’t wait to take the girls on these, we loved it as children.

We then headed to Depth Charge, which looked great fun. You are sat in a dingy boat, they tip the boat up, release you and down the slide you go. It was great fun and we didn’t get wet, bonus!

Next to here was The Flying Fish and the queue was really short and we were on it in no time. I think the girls would love this, when we come back.

What we found really useful during the day was the Thorpe Park App, it had queue times for all the rides which made it easier for us to navigate the park and decide which ones to head to next.

Andy and I had a great day at Thorpe Park, not only was it lovely to spend time together just us. It was also really lovely to do something that we used to love doing pre-children and whilst I might not be as brave as I once was, there was still lots of rides we loved going on.

It also gave us a chance to see what rides there were for the girls and we were really pleased to see there are lots of rides for under 5 year olds. We will be bringing the girls back in the summer and I can’t wait.


Disclosure: We are working with Merlin Annual Pass this year as ambassadors. Thank you Merlin for providing us with a year of fun.


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  1. 24/04/2018 / 11:35

    What a brilliant idea. I know what you mean about being more scared since becoming mum. It used to be the biggest and best rollercoaster for me but now I spend the whole 30 seconds thinking I’m going to die!

  2. 24/04/2018 / 13:24

    Ah this looks fab and like you had great weather too. Thorpe Park is a sore subject for us as we were meant to go on a date there when we got together 7 years ago but I cried off with the excuse that I was painting my kitchen. He’s never let me forget it…and we still haven;t been!

  3. 25/04/2018 / 00:52

    I’ve never been to Thorpe Park! Whenever we get a rare kid free day I think I’ll have to go

  4. 26/04/2018 / 19:47

    HAHA that photo of you soaked is hilarious, thank god it was sunny or it would have been game over for me!! Looks amazing though, I have never been before!

  5. 27/04/2018 / 08:30

    What a fab day out! I’d love to go to a theme park with no kids. Love the sound of the app x

  6. 27/04/2018 / 13:26

    You wouldn’t have got me on any of it – possibly the tidal wave ride but the others? Nope! I’m such a chicken when it comes to theme parks.

  7. 27/04/2018 / 13:36

    Oh wow, I didn’t realise Thorpe Park had such fab rollercoasters, I definitely need to sneak off with my partner. At alton Towers last week my eldest and I went on Spinball whizzer which was great fun and made me realise I haven’t been on proper fast rollercoasters in years