When Are The UK’s Biggest Theme Parks Open In 2020?
As we approach the start of the full 2020 season in the UK, here’s our handy guide to the most important dates in this year’s calendar for the biggest theme parks in the country…
From opening days to closing dates, special events to new attractions and especially the famous Halloween celebrations, we’ve got you covered when it comes to finding the key information across the UK’s eight biggest theme parks.
Please be aware that we couldn’t squeeze every detail into this article, so we definitely recommend checking the official website of each park before planning your visit. After all, no park is open every single day throughout the season and opening times can vary wildly from day to day.
We start at Paultons Park, who are the first major UK theme park to kick off their full 2020 season. They will welcome their first guests on the staggeringly early Friday 6th March- just a few days after this article is published! The big news in the industry here in the UK this year is the grand opening of Paultons’ new themed area Tornado Springs on Tuesday 19th May. The last day of the regular season is Sunday 15th November, but they will reopen shortly after for the usual Christmas event which runs until the 23rd of December.
From there, it’s only an hours drive north to Legoland Windsor– they open for the main season as early as Friday 13th March. Later in the year, their annual Brick or Treat Halloween event will run from Thursday 15th October until closing on Sunday 1st November. They also have a Fireworks Spectacular event on the weekend of 6th-8th November, and a Christmas opening schedule to end the season- you can find dates for that on their website.
Nearby sits Chessington World of Adventures, the park that bridges the gap between Merlin’s thrill parks and the family-based Legoland. Thursday 19th of March is not only opening day at Chessington, but it’ll also see the first day of a season of change at the park. While the standard season ends on Sunday 1st November, they are open on various days throughout December and early January, unlike most parks in the UK.
Alton Towers Resort will open for the year on Saturday 21st of March. Their new themed land, The World of David Walliams, will open on the same day, as will headline attraction Gangsta Granny: The Ride. At Alton Towers, the main season will run until November 1st, with Halloween event Scarefest beginning on the 9th of October. Their annual fireworks event will take place on the 6th-8th of November.
Although Drayton Manor are currently running Thomas & Friends Weekends at their park, the full season doesn’t begin until Wednesday 25th March. Their seventieth anniversary weekend takes place on the 4th and 5th of April, immediately followed by the Eggs-ellent Easter event which runs until April 19th. Halloween at Drayton takes place from the 17th-29th of October, before they close for the Winter on Sunday 1st November.
Next, we head to Thorpe Park Resort. They open their gates on Friday 27th March, almost a full week after Alton Towers. Fright Nights, arguably the most popular theme park Halloween festival in the UK, kicks off on Saturday the 3rd of October The season ends on the first day of November. It’s worth noting that more special events are on the cards at Thorpe Park, and we still don’t have an opening date for their new attraction, Black Mirror Labyrinth.
The day after Thorpe Park, Flamingo Land will become the penultimate park on this list to open for the season. They’re open from Saturday 28th March until the usual Sunday 1st November- it’s a big year for the park, as they open their new 10-inversion rollercoaster that has very nearly completed construction…
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is always the first date in the calendar for a lot of UK theme park fans, and it’s already been opening for the now-traditional WOW Weekends throughout late February and all of March. However, the full season doesn’t start until April 1st, before running until the standard 1st of November closing day and reopening for the following Saturday and Sunday. There are also likely to be the usual Late Night Riding dates announced soon.
That brings us to the end of our round-up of dates throughout the UK theme park season in 2020! Of course, we’ve only had time to talk about eight of the biggest parks in this article; there are still plenty more exciting locations to discover across the year. With just a few days to go until the first park gets the full year underway, we can’t wait to see what these incredible places have in store for us this season.