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With the warmer weather and school holidays upon us, it’s the perfect time to organise a group trip to one of the UK’s best theme parks. Private coach hire is a great option to keep group travel costs to a minimum, plan hassle-free pickups and drop-offs, as well as the enjoyment of travelling in comfortable, clean and air-conditioned vehicles. Here are some of the top theme parks you can visit by coach.

Younger Children

Most theme parks will cater for younger kids, but sometimes it’s great to visit somewhere where you’re not having to navigate between giant rides for adults, teenagers and older children, trying to find ones suitable. For family coach trips, Pepper Pig World at Paultons Park in Hampshire is a great choice, and you can pre-book coach group visits, which may even include a special Coach Operator Group rate if there’s 15 or more of you. Legoland in Windsor is also a firm favourite with young children, dedicated to those aged 3 to 12 years old.

Free Entry

The admission price of theme parks is something which puts some people off planning a visit, especially if there are members of your group who won’t be going on any rides. For a fun day out in which only those who want to go on rides have to pay, choose Dreamland in Margate, Kent. You can just pay for the attractions you want to try once you’re there, and there’s even a retro roller disco room, indoor children’s playroom and music to enjoy at their outdoor stage area.


If you’re looking for somewhere which isn’t just about the rides, Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey is perfect. Rather than just offering theme park fun, they also have a zoo, sea life centre and Go Ape adventures to enjoy. You can even book a short break there with themed hotels and glamping available. Moreover, coach parking is completely free.

Easy to Reach

How quick and easy it is to get to each destination will depend on a few factors, including how close you live to the theme park and the traffic conditions on the day. However, it’s always handy when the park is based close to a major road to limit travel within each town or city. Thorpe Park near Chertsey and Staines is a great choice if you want a simple journey, as it’s just 20 miles from London, reaching the park shortly after leaving the M25 at junctions 11 or 13. There is plenty of parking for coaches and minibuses, and if you’re planning a school trip, your coach driver may even get complimentary admission if they present their daily job sheet. Of course, if choosing private coach hire, it’s such a stress-free option that most find they can sit back and relax, however long or complex the journey.

Big Rides

For those thrill seekers among your group, finding the biggest and best rides is a must when planning a theme park visit. Parks notorious for the scariest, most exciting rides which get the adrenaline pumping are Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Plan your theme park trip now with Mayday Travel. We provide private minibus and coach hire to customers in London and the South East, including Crystal Palace, Islington and Wimbledon. Call 020 8680 5111 now to plan your coach trip.