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Thorpe Park is home to some of the UK’s rollercoaster firsts including the country’s first winged rollercoaster, The Swarm as well as Stealth, which travels 0-80 mph in less than two seconds, reaching a height of 205ft. It is also the fastest rollercoaster in the UK, and the second tallest after the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

With it being half-term and the theme park reopening for the first time in months, I was apprehensive about how busy the park would be.

Having never been to Thorpe Park before, it was super easy to find and parking was a breeze.

With a short walk to the entrance, multiple security and bag checks later, I had entered the park with only a five minute wait time.

First on the list, Nemesis Inferno.

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Thorpe Park Resort review: Enjoy stunning views from the UK’s fastest rollercoaster

Thorpe Park Resort review: Enjoy stunning views from the UK’s fastest rollercoaster (Image: Thorpe Park)

Thorpe Park: Saw features a vertical drop of 100 degrees

Thorpe Park: Saw features a vertical drop of 100 degrees (Image: Thorpe Park)

Thorpe Park says the rollercoaster is its “only inverted rollercoaster”.

Scared was an understatement but it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable rides I had ever been on.

With 750 metres of twisted steel track, the rollercoaster spins, dives and swoops you in multiple directions. It turned out to be my favourite ride at the theme park. 

I especially liked the part where my feet stood straight up into the sky; I’m glad I remembered to tie my hair back for this one.

Next, I headed for Colossus, the world’s first ten-loop rollercoaster.

This ride was by far one of the scariest I had been on due to the vertical loop, cobra roll, double corkscrew and barrel roll!

Nonetheless it was super fun and I enjoyed the hidden surprises around each corner of the ride, it also seemed to be one of the longer rides, providing enough time to enjoy the stunning birds eye view of the park.

I headed straight for Saw next, the world’s first horror movie themed rollercoaster.

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With giant rotating blades, a floor of spikes and swimming pendulum blades, this was one of the scariest rides at the theme park.

Not to mention the vertical drop of 100 degrees, plummeting from a 100ft height – this ride is definitely for brave thrill seekers. 

Now I had done all the smaller rides at the theme park (I use that term incredibly loosely), I felt ready to take on The Swarm.

It proved to be a super popular ride at Thorpe Park, with the queue a little longer than the rest. 

The rollercoaster reaches speeds of 100kmh as you ride on the wings of The Swarm.

From start to finish my heart was pounding as I swooped through the park, with multiple twists and turns as well as loops.

The ride began with a 127ft chain lift hill before rotating 180 degrees, inverting my body so that it was facing the huge drop.

Leaving Stealth until last was the best decision as I had a taste from the other rollercoasters on what was to come.

Thorpe Park's Black Mirror Labyrinth is opening on May 21

Thorpe Park’s Black Mirror Labyrinth is opening on May 21 (Image: Thorpe Park)

The rollercoaster ride lasts just 29 seconds, providing just enough time for me to capture stunning views over the park and beyond.

Queues for the rides were also surprisingly quick, and socially distanced markings on the floor made me feel extra safe, not to mention even more safe when I realised masks on the rollercoasters were required.

I was gutted to see that the Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of The Demon was closed but due to social distancing guidelines, the ride is unable to open.

It is scheduled to reopen on May 17.

Also opening on May 21 is Thorpe Park’s brand new Black Mirror Labyrinth.

It is the UK’s first Black Mirror experience and you can expect cutting-edge visual technology and sensory-defying environments. 

It’s a walk-through experience that you can experience in groups, dependent on the restrictions at the time of opening.

The park was also super family friendly with a children’s section towards the back of it, boasting rides like Loggers Leap and Storm in a Teacup.

Stealth, the fastest rollercoaster in the UK, lasts for just 29 seconds

Stealth, the fastest rollercoaster in the UK, lasts for just 29 seconds (Image: Thorpe Park)

Spending two days at the theme park meant I also had a really good test of all the amazing food options that Thorpe Park had to offer.

From Italian to Mexican, the food options are vast and the wait times were super short too. 

There is also a Burger King and KFC on site as well as multiple pudding options including a delicious chocolate fountain stand. 

I also couldn’t go to a theme park and not pick up some of the hot sugary doughnuts, they were affordable too, at just £1 each.

Chertsey is a town just around the corner from Thorpe Park with even more food options including Italian restaurants, pubs and bars.

Getting away for a night was also such a treat as like for many people, it had been off the cards for several months.

Thorpe Park’s self-contained accommodation, also known as the Shark Cabins, reopened recently in line with Government guidance which meant I was able to stay overnight with a person in my household.

Thorpe Park’s self-contained accommodation, also known as the Shark Cabins have also reopened

Thorpe Park’s self-contained accommodation, also known as the Shark Cabins have also reopened (Image: Thorpe Park)

The small cabin-like rooms provided a comfortable stay with free Wi-Fi, a tea and coffee making station as well as a compact bathroom with a shower too.

The cabins sleep up to four people with a bunk bed available if needed and the funky mood lighting added a cosy vibe to the room, not to mention the stunning views over Fleet Lake.

Breakfast was also provided in the morning and although there was a long queue to pick up the breakfast box, it did not disappoint.

From croissants to yoghurt to an Innocent smoothie, the takeaway style box provided everything I needed for another day in the park.

I would love to go back and visit again one day, it was so much fun.

Customers are asked to book in advance to visit the park to avoid disappointment due to reducing numbers inside. 

Tickets can be booked online here.

The overnight stay at the Shark Cabins can also be booked online and it also includes two days of park entry as well as free parking.

Overnight stays along with additional safety measures can be booked here.

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