There are brand new rides and attractions coming to many of the UK's most popular theme parks in 2018.

Additions are coming to Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, LEGOLAND Windsor, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Paultons Park.

If you are planning any days out at theme parks in the UK this year then these are the new rides and attractions that should be at the top of your list...

Alton Towers has confirmed that Secret Weapon 8 will be a new wooden roller coaster called WICKER MAN and is set to open in Spring 2018.

The ground-breaking new ride development is a world class wooden roller coaster built by Great Coasters International.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has demolished the classic Wild Mouse roller coaster that opened in 1958.

Wild Mouse was an iconic wooden roller coaster, one of only 4 remaining wooden Wild Mouse roller coasters left in the world and was held in high regard as one of the finest and most extreme examples.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach issued the following statement:

While the theme park rides and attractions are closed until mid March 2018, the award-winning zoo at Flamingo Land is open to visitors every day.

Weekdays

Flamingo Land's Zoo is open 10am - 4pm, allowing you to enjoy over 140 species of reptiles, mammals, fish, amphibians and birds. This extends to the Peter Rabbit Adventure and Lily Bobtail’s Nature Discovery playgrounds, Children's Planet, Reptile River, Muddy Duck Farm, Treetop WalkwayWallaby Walkway and the Aquarium.

The lemur and lorikeet aviary walkthroughs are open from midday until 2pm. These provide truly unrestricted views and the opportunity for up-close encounters. The Sea Lion Encounter is available 12.30pm - 2pm. There are Keeper Talks too, plus Meet a Creature sessions in the Education Centre at 3.15pm.

LEGOLAND Windsor is busy preparing spectacular new LEGO additions for families to enjoy when the theme park opens its doors for the 2018 season on 9 March 2018.

Joining a LEGO filled calendar of events - from LEGO STAR WARS Days to Brick or Treat Halloween and LEGOLAND at Christmas - the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is excited to announce the 2018 opening of Miniland Explore the World, Miniland USA and LEGO Reef!

A whole new LEGO world of awesome awaits in 2018, with over 2 million LEGO bricks set to be installed into the Resort’s world famous Miniland attraction and LEGO Reef.

The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare could return as a permanent all season attraction at Thorpe Park in 2018.

At this stage it's purely speculation on our part, as nothing has been confirmed by the park, but we think that based on what is known there is a fairly good chance of this happening.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is back for its 11th year in 2017, bringing an array of rides, attractions and shows to London including 8 roller coasters.

Across the years, the event has become a must-do attraction for Londoners, visitors and tourists alike. The UK’s number one Christmas destination runs for 6 weeks, Friday 17th November 2017 - Monday 1st January 2018, and will host an array of new attractions and entertainment, as well as the return of many visitor favourites.

Family Attraction Expo 2017 is a one stop marketplace for visitor attractions looking to update their offering, improve their site and stay ahead of the competition.

Combining 120 inspirational seminars, 300 leading suppliers, workshops, unrivalled networking and live features - everything you need to get more visitors to your attraction. Discover all the latest technology and trends and find out more about the latest marketing and business strategies in the visitor attraction industry.

We missed this last year and with a new scare maze for 2017 we were super excited to be attending the opening of Alton Towers Scarefest on Saturday 7th October 2017.

SPOILER WARNING: our review does contain spoilers, so if you want your experience to be a complete surprise don't read on...

This year The Walking Dead invade Frights Nights at Thorpe Park, and we were invited to a media event to preview the new attractions as well as some returning favourites.

SPOILER WARNING: our review does contain spoilers, so if you want your experience to be a complete surprise don't read on...

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