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Theme park heavyweights set to clash as UK Theme Park Award nominees announced for 2024

A collection of 38 UK theme parks will battle it out in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards, with Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Blackpool Pleasure Beach among the heavyweights set to go head-to-head for the title of the UK’s best theme park




The UK Theme Parks Awards are entering their fifth year   Credit: UK Theme Park Awards

The nominees for this year’s UK Theme Park Awards 2024 have been announced, with Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Blackpool Pleasure beach among the contenders for Theme Park of the Year.

Joined by the likes of Paultons Park, Drayton Manor, and last year’s Theme Park of the Year, Chessington World of Adventures, for the fifth year, the British public will be able to vote for their favourite theme parks in the prestigious national awards.

Determined by combining thousands of public votes with scores from an expert judging panel, this year’s awards feature 22 different voting categories. Across these categories, 28,652 nominations were received, with a total of 38 theme parks nominated for awards in 2024.

The 2023 edition of the UK Theme Park Awards proved to be wildly popular, with last year’s edition seeing 229,427 public votes cast.

From July 22 until September 1, nominations for the 2024 awards are open, with the public able to vote at ukthemeparkawards.com

The full list of nominees includes:

Theme Park of the Year presented by ADIPS
• Alton Towers
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Drayton Manor
• Fantasy Island
• Gulliver's Theme Parks
• LEGOLAND Windsor
• Paultons Park
• Thorpe Park
• West Midlands Safari Park

Best New Attraction presented by LEAPS
• Ghost Ship (Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach)
• Gold Rush (Drayton Manor)
• Hyperia (Thorpe Park)
• Jeep Safari (Lightwater Valley Family Adventure Park)
• Jolly Jockeys (Wicksteed Park)
• Jungle Jeeps (West Midlands Safari Park)
• Minifigure Speedway (LEGOLAND Windsor)
• Space (Ocean Beach Pleasure Park)
• Splash Lagoon (Paultons Park)
• Vertigo (Adventure Island)

Best Reimagined Attraction presented by The Experiences Group
• Alice in Wonderland (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
• Big Easy Boulevard (Thorpe Park)
• Frontier Falls (Drayton Manor)
• Ghost Train (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
• Nemesis Reborn (Alton Towers)
• Safari Kingdom (Gulliver's Kingdom)
• Terence's Driving School (Drayton Manor)
• The Jolly Robin (Blackgang Chine)
• The Wave (Drayton Manor)
• Tiny Truckers (Chessington World of Adventures)

Best Theme Park for Families presented by Vennersys
• Adventure Island
• Alton Towers
• BeWILDerwood
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Crealy
• Drayton Manor
• Fantasy Island
• Flamingo Land
• Gulliver's Theme Parks
• LEGOLAND Windsor
• Paultons Park
• ROARR!
• Thorpe Park

Best Theme Park for Toddlers
• Alton Towers (Cbeebies Land)
• BeWILDerwood
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Nickelodeon Land)
• Camel Creek Family Adventure Park
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Crealy (Sooty Land)
• Drayton Manor (Thomas Land)
• Gulliver's Theme Parks
• LEGOLAND Windsor (DUPLO Valley)
• Paultons Park (Peppa Pig World)
• Pettitts Animal Adventure Park
• ROARR!
• Sundown Adventureland
• Twinlakes

Best Theme Park for Thrills
• Adventure Island
• Alton Towers
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Drayton Manor
• Fantasy Island
• Flamingo Land
• Oakwood Theme Park
• Thorpe Park

Best Theme Park with Animals
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Drayton Manor
• Drusillas Park
• Flamingo Land
• Folly Farm
• Paultons Park
• The Big Sheep
• West Midlands Safari Park

Best Seaside Park
• Adventure Island
• Barry Island Pleasure Park
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Brean Theme Park
• Clacton Pier
• Clarence Pier
• Codona's
• Dreamland Margate
• Fantasy Island
• Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
• Harbour Park
• Ocean Beach Pleasure Park
• Pleasurewood Hills
• Southport Pleasureland

Best Ride Storytelling presented by The Business Creative
• Flight of the Sky Lion (LEGOLAND Windsor)
• Gangsta Granny: The Ride (Alton Towers)
• Nemesis Reborn (Alton Towers)
• The Curse at Alton Manor (Alton Towers)
• The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure (Chessington World of Adventures)
• The Haunting (Drayton Manor)
• The Walking Dead: The Ride (Thorpe Park)
• Valhalla (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
• Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
• Wicker Man (Alton Towers)

Best Accessibility Initiative presented by Katapult
• Accessibility Day Planner (Thorpe Park)
• Cbeebies Land Sensory Space (Alton Towers)
• Changing Places Facility (Camel Creek Family Adventure Park)
• Magic On Tour (Merlin Entertainments)
• ROARR! Inclusivity Video (ROARR!)
• Sensory Guide (LEGOLAND Windsor)
• Sensory Guide (Thorpe Park)
• SignLive (Merlin Entertainments)
• SPARK SEND-Only Sessions (Drusillas Park)
• Total Sensory Space (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Best Sustainability Initiative presented by Taylor Made Designs
• Beach Cleans (Adventure Island)
• Beach Cleans (Fantasy Island)
• Going Green (GreenWood)
• Green by Nature (The Big Sheep)
• Green Dragon Roller Coaster (GreenWood)
• Paultons Promise (Paultons Park)
• RAW Charging (Merlin Entertainments)
• Reusable Cups (Drayton Manor)
• Reverse Vending Machines (Merlin Entertainments)
• SolarSplash (GreenWood)

Best New Event presented by Pure Entertainment Group
• Alton After Dark (Alton Towers)
• Bing's Sleepover (Gulliver's Land)
• Cbeebies Land 10 Years Celebration (Alton Towers)
• Fiesta of the Dead (Blackgang Chine)
• Ibiza Sunset Party (Flamingo Land)
• Land of Lights (Gulliver's World)
• Nemesis Reborn VIP Event (Alton Towers)
• Ninjas Unite (LEGOLAND Windsor)
• Vampire Behind the Scenes Tour (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Vikings Festival (Drayton Manor)

Best New Entertainment presented by TAG Live
• Blast Off – A Space Rocket Adventure (Paultons Park)
• Bluey Live in Cbeebies Land (Alton Towers)
• BMX Extreme Stunt Show (Crealy)
• Captain Redbeard and the Legend of the Golden Cutlass (LEGOLAND Windsor)
• Enchanted Hollow (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Legend of Hyperia - Flight to Fearless (Thorpe Park)
• Playtime with Bing & Flop (Gulliver's Land)
• Seatopia (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Stitches (Thorpe Park)
• The Phalanx (Alton Towers)

Best Theme Park Map
• Alton Towers
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Drayton Manor
• Flamingo Land
• LEGOLAND Windsor
• Pleasurewood Hills
• Thorpe Park
• Wicksteed Park

Best New Food or Retail Outlet
• Boulevard Bites (Thorpe Park)
• Bunker '94 (Alton Towers)
• Cloud Nine Treats (Thorpe Park)
• Garden Café (Wicksteed Park)
• Generator Refuelling Company (Alton Towers)
• Grande Central (Paultons Park)
• Hyporium (Thorpe Park)
• Juiced Up (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
• Mexi-Co Kitchen (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Spice Kitchen (Thorpe Park)

Best Theme Park Lodges or Glamping
• Crealy Lodges (Crealy)
• Enchanted Village (Alton Towers)
• Explorer Glamping (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Glamping Pods (Twinlakes)
• Gulliver's Lodgings (Gulliver's World)
• Holiday Homes (Fantasy Island)
• Safari Lodges (West Midlands Safari Park)
• Stargazing Pods (Alton Towers)
• Wild Acre Village (Sundown Adventureland)
• Woodland Village (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Most Missed Attraction From The Past presented by Brave New Beast
• Apocalypse (Drayton Manor)
• Black Hole (Alton Towers)
• Bubbleworks (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Corkscrew (Alton Towers)
• Loggers Leap (Thorpe Park)
• Pirate Adventure (Drayton Manor)
• Rameses Revenge (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Ripsaw (Alton Towers)
• The Ultimate (Lightwater Valley Family Adventure Park)
• Thunder Looper (Alton Towers)

Best Customer Service presented by Rose Events
• Adventure Island
• Alton Towers
• BeWILDerwood
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Crealy
• Drayton Manor
• Gulliver’s Theme Parks
• Paultons Park

Best Value Theme Park presented by Semnox
• Adventure Island
• Alton Towers
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Crealy
• Drayton Manor
• Fantasy Island
• Gulliver’s Theme Parks
• Paultons Park
• Pleasurewood Hills

Best Social Media Content presented by Rubber Cheese
• Adventure Island
• Alton Towers
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Drayton Manor
• LEGOLAND Windsor
• Paultons Park
• Thorpe Park
West Midlands Safari Park

Best Marketing Campaign presented by Agility
• Alton Towers 2024 TV Advert
• Big Easy Boulevard (Thorpe Park)
• Frontier Falls (Drayton Manor)
• Hyperia (Thorpe Park)
• LEGOLAND Windsor 2024 TV Advert
• Minifigure Speedway (LEGOLAND Windsor)
• Nemesis Reborn (Alton Towers)
• Soopa Sock Party (BeWILDerwood)
• Spook-Fest (Crealy)
• The Wave (Drayton Manor)

Content Creator of the Year
• Amy and Mel
• Chessington Buzz
• Coaster Crazy
• Coastertog
• Cupcakes & Coasters
• Diary of a RollerCoaster Girl
• DigitalDan
• Dominic Gardner
• Emmerlie Louisa
• Lift Hills and Thrills
• Off The Tracks
• Sam Costello
• SophiaParkAdventures
• TheJackSilkstone
• Theme Park Insanity
• Theme Park Worldwide
• Thrill Pix
• Thrill Riders
• UK Theme Parks
• Your Experience Guide


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Theme park heavyweights set to clash as UK Theme Park Award nominees announced for 2024

A collection of 38 UK theme parks will battle it out in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards, with Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Blackpool Pleasure Beach among the heavyweights set to go head-to-head for the title of the UK’s best theme park




The UK Theme Parks Awards are entering their fifth year   Credit: UK Theme Park Awards

The nominees for this year’s UK Theme Park Awards 2024 have been announced, with Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Blackpool Pleasure beach among the contenders for Theme Park of the Year.

Joined by the likes of Paultons Park, Drayton Manor, and last year’s Theme Park of the Year, Chessington World of Adventures, for the fifth year, the British public will be able to vote for their favourite theme parks in the prestigious national awards.

Determined by combining thousands of public votes with scores from an expert judging panel, this year’s awards feature 22 different voting categories. Across these categories, 28,652 nominations were received, with a total of 38 theme parks nominated for awards in 2024.

The 2023 edition of the UK Theme Park Awards proved to be wildly popular, with last year’s edition seeing 229,427 public votes cast.

From July 22 until September 1, nominations for the 2024 awards are open, with the public able to vote at ukthemeparkawards.com

The full list of nominees includes:

Theme Park of the Year presented by ADIPS
• Alton Towers
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Drayton Manor
• Fantasy Island
• Gulliver's Theme Parks
• LEGOLAND Windsor
• Paultons Park
• Thorpe Park
• West Midlands Safari Park

Best New Attraction presented by LEAPS
• Ghost Ship (Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach)
• Gold Rush (Drayton Manor)
• Hyperia (Thorpe Park)
• Jeep Safari (Lightwater Valley Family Adventure Park)
• Jolly Jockeys (Wicksteed Park)
• Jungle Jeeps (West Midlands Safari Park)
• Minifigure Speedway (LEGOLAND Windsor)
• Space (Ocean Beach Pleasure Park)
• Splash Lagoon (Paultons Park)
• Vertigo (Adventure Island)

Best Reimagined Attraction presented by The Experiences Group
• Alice in Wonderland (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
• Big Easy Boulevard (Thorpe Park)
• Frontier Falls (Drayton Manor)
• Ghost Train (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
• Nemesis Reborn (Alton Towers)
• Safari Kingdom (Gulliver's Kingdom)
• Terence's Driving School (Drayton Manor)
• The Jolly Robin (Blackgang Chine)
• The Wave (Drayton Manor)
• Tiny Truckers (Chessington World of Adventures)

Best Theme Park for Families presented by Vennersys
• Adventure Island
• Alton Towers
• BeWILDerwood
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Crealy
• Drayton Manor
• Fantasy Island
• Flamingo Land
• Gulliver's Theme Parks
• LEGOLAND Windsor
• Paultons Park
• ROARR!
• Thorpe Park

Best Theme Park for Toddlers
• Alton Towers (Cbeebies Land)
• BeWILDerwood
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Nickelodeon Land)
• Camel Creek Family Adventure Park
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Crealy (Sooty Land)
• Drayton Manor (Thomas Land)
• Gulliver's Theme Parks
• LEGOLAND Windsor (DUPLO Valley)
• Paultons Park (Peppa Pig World)
• Pettitts Animal Adventure Park
• ROARR!
• Sundown Adventureland
• Twinlakes

Best Theme Park for Thrills
• Adventure Island
• Alton Towers
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Drayton Manor
• Fantasy Island
• Flamingo Land
• Oakwood Theme Park
• Thorpe Park

Best Theme Park with Animals
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Drayton Manor
• Drusillas Park
• Flamingo Land
• Folly Farm
• Paultons Park
• The Big Sheep
• West Midlands Safari Park

Best Seaside Park
• Adventure Island
• Barry Island Pleasure Park
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Brean Theme Park
• Clacton Pier
• Clarence Pier
• Codona's
• Dreamland Margate
• Fantasy Island
• Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
• Harbour Park
• Ocean Beach Pleasure Park
• Pleasurewood Hills
• Southport Pleasureland

Best Ride Storytelling presented by The Business Creative
• Flight of the Sky Lion (LEGOLAND Windsor)
• Gangsta Granny: The Ride (Alton Towers)
• Nemesis Reborn (Alton Towers)
• The Curse at Alton Manor (Alton Towers)
• The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure (Chessington World of Adventures)
• The Haunting (Drayton Manor)
• The Walking Dead: The Ride (Thorpe Park)
• Valhalla (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
• Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
• Wicker Man (Alton Towers)

Best Accessibility Initiative presented by Katapult
• Accessibility Day Planner (Thorpe Park)
• Cbeebies Land Sensory Space (Alton Towers)
• Changing Places Facility (Camel Creek Family Adventure Park)
• Magic On Tour (Merlin Entertainments)
• ROARR! Inclusivity Video (ROARR!)
• Sensory Guide (LEGOLAND Windsor)
• Sensory Guide (Thorpe Park)
• SignLive (Merlin Entertainments)
• SPARK SEND-Only Sessions (Drusillas Park)
• Total Sensory Space (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Best Sustainability Initiative presented by Taylor Made Designs
• Beach Cleans (Adventure Island)
• Beach Cleans (Fantasy Island)
• Going Green (GreenWood)
• Green by Nature (The Big Sheep)
• Green Dragon Roller Coaster (GreenWood)
• Paultons Promise (Paultons Park)
• RAW Charging (Merlin Entertainments)
• Reusable Cups (Drayton Manor)
• Reverse Vending Machines (Merlin Entertainments)
• SolarSplash (GreenWood)

Best New Event presented by Pure Entertainment Group
• Alton After Dark (Alton Towers)
• Bing's Sleepover (Gulliver's Land)
• Cbeebies Land 10 Years Celebration (Alton Towers)
• Fiesta of the Dead (Blackgang Chine)
• Ibiza Sunset Party (Flamingo Land)
• Land of Lights (Gulliver's World)
• Nemesis Reborn VIP Event (Alton Towers)
• Ninjas Unite (LEGOLAND Windsor)
• Vampire Behind the Scenes Tour (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Vikings Festival (Drayton Manor)

Best New Entertainment presented by TAG Live
• Blast Off – A Space Rocket Adventure (Paultons Park)
• Bluey Live in Cbeebies Land (Alton Towers)
• BMX Extreme Stunt Show (Crealy)
• Captain Redbeard and the Legend of the Golden Cutlass (LEGOLAND Windsor)
• Enchanted Hollow (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Legend of Hyperia - Flight to Fearless (Thorpe Park)
• Playtime with Bing & Flop (Gulliver's Land)
• Seatopia (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Stitches (Thorpe Park)
• The Phalanx (Alton Towers)

Best Theme Park Map
• Alton Towers
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Drayton Manor
• Flamingo Land
• LEGOLAND Windsor
• Pleasurewood Hills
• Thorpe Park
• Wicksteed Park

Best New Food or Retail Outlet
• Boulevard Bites (Thorpe Park)
• Bunker '94 (Alton Towers)
• Cloud Nine Treats (Thorpe Park)
• Garden Café (Wicksteed Park)
• Generator Refuelling Company (Alton Towers)
• Grande Central (Paultons Park)
• Hyporium (Thorpe Park)
• Juiced Up (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
• Mexi-Co Kitchen (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Spice Kitchen (Thorpe Park)

Best Theme Park Lodges or Glamping
• Crealy Lodges (Crealy)
• Enchanted Village (Alton Towers)
• Explorer Glamping (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Glamping Pods (Twinlakes)
• Gulliver's Lodgings (Gulliver's World)
• Holiday Homes (Fantasy Island)
• Safari Lodges (West Midlands Safari Park)
• Stargazing Pods (Alton Towers)
• Wild Acre Village (Sundown Adventureland)
• Woodland Village (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Most Missed Attraction From The Past presented by Brave New Beast
• Apocalypse (Drayton Manor)
• Black Hole (Alton Towers)
• Bubbleworks (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Corkscrew (Alton Towers)
• Loggers Leap (Thorpe Park)
• Pirate Adventure (Drayton Manor)
• Rameses Revenge (Chessington World of Adventures)
• Ripsaw (Alton Towers)
• The Ultimate (Lightwater Valley Family Adventure Park)
• Thunder Looper (Alton Towers)

Best Customer Service presented by Rose Events
• Adventure Island
• Alton Towers
• BeWILDerwood
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Crealy
• Drayton Manor
• Gulliver’s Theme Parks
• Paultons Park

Best Value Theme Park presented by Semnox
• Adventure Island
• Alton Towers
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Crealy
• Drayton Manor
• Fantasy Island
• Gulliver’s Theme Parks
• Paultons Park
• Pleasurewood Hills

Best Social Media Content presented by Rubber Cheese
• Adventure Island
• Alton Towers
• Blackgang Chine
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• Chessington World of Adventures
• Drayton Manor
• LEGOLAND Windsor
• Paultons Park
• Thorpe Park
West Midlands Safari Park

Best Marketing Campaign presented by Agility
• Alton Towers 2024 TV Advert
• Big Easy Boulevard (Thorpe Park)
• Frontier Falls (Drayton Manor)
• Hyperia (Thorpe Park)
• LEGOLAND Windsor 2024 TV Advert
• Minifigure Speedway (LEGOLAND Windsor)
• Nemesis Reborn (Alton Towers)
• Soopa Sock Party (BeWILDerwood)
• Spook-Fest (Crealy)
• The Wave (Drayton Manor)

Content Creator of the Year
• Amy and Mel
• Chessington Buzz
• Coaster Crazy
• Coastertog
• Cupcakes & Coasters
• Diary of a RollerCoaster Girl
• DigitalDan
• Dominic Gardner
• Emmerlie Louisa
• Lift Hills and Thrills
• Off The Tracks
• Sam Costello
• SophiaParkAdventures
• TheJackSilkstone
• Theme Park Insanity
• Theme Park Worldwide
• Thrill Pix
• Thrill Riders
• UK Theme Parks
• Your Experience Guide


 



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