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Alton Towers, Flamingo Land and Drayton Manor pick up top accolades in UK Theme Park Awards 2022

More than 200,000 people have voted in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards 2022 with Alton Towers, Flamingo Land, Drayton Manor and more coming out with some of the top accolades




Hosts Drayton Manor picked up six awards, including a gold award for Best Value   Credit: UK Theme Park Awards

Alton Towers has been named the UK’s best theme park for 2022 with more than 200,000 people voting in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards.

Organised by ThemeParks-UK.com and hosted by Drayton Manor, the third annual UK Theme Park Awards saw the British public vote over 22 different categories, with 204,501 votes cast alongside scores from an expert judging panel to determine the winners in each category.

Alton Towers picked up the gold award for Theme Park of the Year, with Paultons Park and Drayton Manor finishing in second and third place respectively.

Elsewhere, Flamingo Land’s new world-record equalling 10 inversion coaster Sik was named the best new attraction, with Drayton Manor’s Vikings land and Crealy’s new Sooty Land coming in second and third place with the silver and bronze awards.

When it comes to value for money, Drayton Manor is the UK’s favourite theme park, wth the attraction picking up the gold award for Best Value, followed by Paultons Park with the silver award and Adventure Island with bronze.

For the first time, the awards also recognised content creators, with awards for Blogger of the Year, YouTuber of the Year and Instagrammer of the Year being picked up by Theme Park Guide, Theme Park Worldwide and Thrill Riders respectively.

All in all, 18 different theme parks across the UK took home awards, with more than 100 representatives from the UK theme park industry in attendance for the special event.

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

“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.

“Here at Drayton Manor Resort, we work incredibly hard to ensure our guests enjoy a fun-filled day out each time they visit, and to see this recognised by the public vote, allowing us to take home six awards this year, really is fantastic.”

This year’s winners are as follows

Best New Attraction presented by Convious

GOLD: Sik (Flamingo Land)

SILVER: Vikings (Drayton Manor)

BRONZE: Sooty Land (Crealy)

Best Theme Park for Families (Large) presented by Vennersys

GOLD: Alton Towers

SILVER: Chessington World of Adventures

BRONZE: Paultons Park

Best Theme Park for Families (Small) presented by BoldMove Nation

GOLD: Gulliver’s Theme Parks

SILVER: Adventure Island

BRONZE: Crealy

Best Theme Park for Toddlers presented by BALPPA

GOLD: Paultons Park

SILVER: Legoland Windsor

BRONZE: Alton Towers

Best Theme Park for Thrills presented by Guinness World Records

GOLD: Thorpe Park

SILVER: Alton Towers

BRONZE: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Best Seaside Park presented by Semnox

GOLD: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

SILVER: Fantasy Island

BRONZE: Adventure Island

Best Mascot

GOLD: Ollie the Dragon (Legoland Windsor)

SILVER: Rory the Lion (Drayton Manor)

BRONZE: Woody Bear (Pleasurewood Hills)

Best Steel Coaster presented by the European Coaster Club

GOLD: Nemesis (Alton Towers)

SILVER: Icon (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

BRONZE: The Swarm (Thorpe Park)

Best Wooden Coaster presented by the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain

GOLD: Wicker Man (Alton Towers)

SILVER: Grand National (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

BRONZE: Megafobia (Oakwood Theme Park)

Best Live Entertainment presented by TAG Live

GOLD: Hot Ice (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

SILVER: Return to Skeleton Bay (Legoland Windsor)

BRONZE: The Sooty Show (Crealy)

Best Play Experience presented by Be.EV

GOLD: Duplo Valley (Legoland Windsor)

SILVER: Hey Duggee’s Big Adventure Badge (Alton Towers)

BRONZE: Angry Birds Activity Park (Sundown Adventureland)

Best Dark Ride presented by Katapult

GOLD: Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

SILVER: Flight of the Sky Lion (Legoland Windsor)

BRONZE: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure (Chessington World of Adventures)

Best Historic Ride presented by Rubber Cheese

GOLD: Water Chute (Wicksteed Park)

SILVER: Ghost Train (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

BRONZE: Snails (Joyland)

Best Halloween Event presented by The Business Creative

GOLD: Fright Nights (Thorpe Park)

SILVER: Scarefest (Alton Towers)

BRONZE: Xtreme Scream Park (Twinlakes)

Best Christmas Event presented by Blachere Illumination

GOLD: Lightopia (Alton Towers)

SILVER: Legoland at Christmas (Legoland Windsor)

BRONZE: Magical Christmas (Drayton Manor)

Best Value presented by Rollover

GOLD: Drayton Manor

SILVER: Gulliver’s Theme Parks

BRONZE: Adventure Island

Best Customer Service presented by Attractions.io

GOLD: Alton Towers

SILVER: Paultons Park

BRONZE: Thorpe Park

Best Social Media Engagement presented by Convious

GOLD: Alton Towers

SILVER: Drayton Manor

BRONZE: Thorpe Park

Blogger of the Year

GOLD: Theme Park Guide

SILVER: Cupcakes & Coasters

BRONZE: Thrill Nation

YouTuber of the Year

GOLD: Theme Park Worldwide

SILVER: TheJackSilkstone

BRONZE: DigitalDan

Instagrammer of the Year

GOLD: Thrill Riders

SILVER: Roller Coaster Rachel

BRONZE: Cupcakes & Coasters

Theme Park of the Year presented by ADIPS

GOLD: Alton Towers

SILVER: Paultons Park

BRONZE: Drayton Manor

Juding Panel

Andy Hine MBE (Chairman - Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain)

Dawn Foote (Co-Founder & CEO - Katapult)

Justin Garvanovic (Editor - First Drop)

Lawrence Roots (Editor - ThemeParks-UK.com)

Mark Locker (Founder & CEO - Attractions.io)

Paul Kelly (Chief Executive - British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions)



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Alton Towers, Flamingo Land and Drayton Manor pick up top accolades in UK Theme Park Awards 2022

More than 200,000 people have voted in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards 2022 with Alton Towers, Flamingo Land, Drayton Manor and more coming out with some of the top accolades




Hosts Drayton Manor picked up six awards, including a gold award for Best Value   Credit: UK Theme Park Awards

Alton Towers has been named the UK’s best theme park for 2022 with more than 200,000 people voting in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards.

Organised by ThemeParks-UK.com and hosted by Drayton Manor, the third annual UK Theme Park Awards saw the British public vote over 22 different categories, with 204,501 votes cast alongside scores from an expert judging panel to determine the winners in each category.

Alton Towers picked up the gold award for Theme Park of the Year, with Paultons Park and Drayton Manor finishing in second and third place respectively.

Elsewhere, Flamingo Land’s new world-record equalling 10 inversion coaster Sik was named the best new attraction, with Drayton Manor’s Vikings land and Crealy’s new Sooty Land coming in second and third place with the silver and bronze awards.

When it comes to value for money, Drayton Manor is the UK’s favourite theme park, wth the attraction picking up the gold award for Best Value, followed by Paultons Park with the silver award and Adventure Island with bronze.

For the first time, the awards also recognised content creators, with awards for Blogger of the Year, YouTuber of the Year and Instagrammer of the Year being picked up by Theme Park Guide, Theme Park Worldwide and Thrill Riders respectively.

All in all, 18 different theme parks across the UK took home awards, with more than 100 representatives from the UK theme park industry in attendance for the special event.

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

“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.

“Here at Drayton Manor Resort, we work incredibly hard to ensure our guests enjoy a fun-filled day out each time they visit, and to see this recognised by the public vote, allowing us to take home six awards this year, really is fantastic.”

This year’s winners are as follows

Best New Attraction presented by Convious

GOLD: Sik (Flamingo Land)

SILVER: Vikings (Drayton Manor)

BRONZE: Sooty Land (Crealy)

Best Theme Park for Families (Large) presented by Vennersys

GOLD: Alton Towers

SILVER: Chessington World of Adventures

BRONZE: Paultons Park

Best Theme Park for Families (Small) presented by BoldMove Nation

GOLD: Gulliver’s Theme Parks

SILVER: Adventure Island

BRONZE: Crealy

Best Theme Park for Toddlers presented by BALPPA

GOLD: Paultons Park

SILVER: Legoland Windsor

BRONZE: Alton Towers

Best Theme Park for Thrills presented by Guinness World Records

GOLD: Thorpe Park

SILVER: Alton Towers

BRONZE: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Best Seaside Park presented by Semnox

GOLD: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

SILVER: Fantasy Island

BRONZE: Adventure Island

Best Mascot

GOLD: Ollie the Dragon (Legoland Windsor)

SILVER: Rory the Lion (Drayton Manor)

BRONZE: Woody Bear (Pleasurewood Hills)

Best Steel Coaster presented by the European Coaster Club

GOLD: Nemesis (Alton Towers)

SILVER: Icon (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

BRONZE: The Swarm (Thorpe Park)

Best Wooden Coaster presented by the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain

GOLD: Wicker Man (Alton Towers)

SILVER: Grand National (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

BRONZE: Megafobia (Oakwood Theme Park)

Best Live Entertainment presented by TAG Live

GOLD: Hot Ice (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

SILVER: Return to Skeleton Bay (Legoland Windsor)

BRONZE: The Sooty Show (Crealy)

Best Play Experience presented by Be.EV

GOLD: Duplo Valley (Legoland Windsor)

SILVER: Hey Duggee’s Big Adventure Badge (Alton Towers)

BRONZE: Angry Birds Activity Park (Sundown Adventureland)

Best Dark Ride presented by Katapult

GOLD: Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

SILVER: Flight of the Sky Lion (Legoland Windsor)

BRONZE: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure (Chessington World of Adventures)

Best Historic Ride presented by Rubber Cheese

GOLD: Water Chute (Wicksteed Park)

SILVER: Ghost Train (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

BRONZE: Snails (Joyland)

Best Halloween Event presented by The Business Creative

GOLD: Fright Nights (Thorpe Park)

SILVER: Scarefest (Alton Towers)

BRONZE: Xtreme Scream Park (Twinlakes)

Best Christmas Event presented by Blachere Illumination

GOLD: Lightopia (Alton Towers)

SILVER: Legoland at Christmas (Legoland Windsor)

BRONZE: Magical Christmas (Drayton Manor)

Best Value presented by Rollover

GOLD: Drayton Manor

SILVER: Gulliver’s Theme Parks

BRONZE: Adventure Island

Best Customer Service presented by Attractions.io

GOLD: Alton Towers

SILVER: Paultons Park

BRONZE: Thorpe Park

Best Social Media Engagement presented by Convious

GOLD: Alton Towers

SILVER: Drayton Manor

BRONZE: Thorpe Park

Blogger of the Year

GOLD: Theme Park Guide

SILVER: Cupcakes & Coasters

BRONZE: Thrill Nation

YouTuber of the Year

GOLD: Theme Park Worldwide

SILVER: TheJackSilkstone

BRONZE: DigitalDan

Instagrammer of the Year

GOLD: Thrill Riders

SILVER: Roller Coaster Rachel

BRONZE: Cupcakes & Coasters

Theme Park of the Year presented by ADIPS

GOLD: Alton Towers

SILVER: Paultons Park

BRONZE: Drayton Manor

Juding Panel

Andy Hine MBE (Chairman - Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain)

Dawn Foote (Co-Founder & CEO - Katapult)

Justin Garvanovic (Editor - First Drop)

Lawrence Roots (Editor - ThemeParks-UK.com)

Mark Locker (Founder & CEO - Attractions.io)

Paul Kelly (Chief Executive - British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions)



 



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