Thomas Land at Drayton Manor will welcome a new family ride for 2017 to mark further expansion to the thriving attraction.

James and the Red Balloon, set to delight visitors from Saturday 1st April 2017, is based on the beloved Thomas and Friends™ character James and his naughty antics with a red hot air balloon. James will be joining the 20 other rides and attractions based on the popular series. Families can experience the magic of Sodor like never before as they fly up, up and away in their very own balloon.

CBeebies Land at Alton Towers to be even bigger and better in 2017 with the arrival of two new attractions, the Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride and The Furchester Hotel Live Show.

The latest additions to the theme park open on the 25th March, and will be located between the existing Big Fun Show Time Arena and the Tree Fu Tom Training Camp.

LEGOLAND Windsor plans to open NINJAGO World with NINJAGO The Ride in 2017 and have submitted a planning application for the new land and attraction.

NINJAGO The Ride is manufactured by Triotech, a world leader in media based interactive attractions, and features cutting-edge technology that enables guests to control the outcome of their adventure through the power of their hand gestures. Through 3D imagery, high-tech sensors and the use of hand movements in a striking motion, up to four riders per car, representing the four main NINJAGO characters, can blast animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice as they travel through dojos to master their skills before heading into battle. Riders collect points for their training and battle efforts throughout the ride and scores are displayed when their quest is completed. 4D effects such as heat, smoke and wind are also incorporated throughout the adventure, giving guests the ultimate interactive experience.

Chessington World of Adventures has now confirmed that The Gruffalo will be joining the theme park in 2017, which follows months of speculation and recent clues.

The Gruffalo, who's known as one of the UK's best-loved children's book characters, has recently been spotted at Chessington World of Adventures. Standing at a whopping seven feet tall, with purple prickles all over his back and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose, The Gruffalo has made quite the entrance at the park.

With the Halloween season upon us and a huge choice of spooktacular events to choose from, we've rounded up this year's highlights at the UK's theme parks and beyond for The Ultimate Guide to Halloween in 2016.

All of the most popular theme parks are as usual offering a comprehensive array of frightful fun, including Scarefest at Alton Towers, Fright Nights at Thorpe Park, Howl'o'ween at Chessington World of Adventures, Drayton Manor's More Treat Than Trick and LEGOLAND's Brick or Treat.

The UK’s original pleasure park Dreamland Margate once again transforms into a world of nightmares with ScreamlandVampire Pleasure Beach will return to Blackpool Pleasure Beach as part of a week of Halloween activities, and Twinlakes is a Family Scream Park by day and an Xtreme Scream Park by night.

There's also a great lineup of family events at many other theme parks in the UK including Paultons Park, Lightwater Valley, Flamingo Land, Pleasurewood Hills and Oakwood.

Looking beyond the UK's theme parks, Tulley's Shocktober Fest is the largest of many dedicated scare attractions around the UK and Warwick Castle becomes The Haunted Castle for Halloween.

The multi-award winning Screamland is back and more terrifying than ever! We were invited to Dreamland for a special preview, as the UK's original pleasure park is once again transformed into a world of nightmares.

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

Thorpe Park celebrates 15 years of Fright Nights in 2016, and we were invited to a special event on 6th October to preview this year's lineup. The new addition Platform 15 joins many returning classics, some with new scenes or improvements.

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

Vampire Pleasure Beach will once again be returning to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, as part of a spooky week of Halloween activities between 22nd - 31st October 2016.

There will be a full 10 days of Halloween fun in addition to the special late night event on 29th October plus the bizarre Circus of Horrors is nightly between 27th - 31st October.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has announced that a new multi launch roller coaster from MACK Rides will be opening at the park in 2018.

The new ride will feature 2 inversions; an in-line twist and an immelmann. It will take just 161 seconds for the roller coaster to complete the 1,143 metres of track.

Pleasure Island, the family theme park in Cleethorpes, will be closing down at the end of the 2016 season.

The park opened in 1993 and was originally a subsidiary of Flamingo Land but the park became independent in 2010.

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