With rides ranging from the gentle carousel all the way up to the adrenaline filled twists and turns of Dragons Fury, there is something for everyone when you’re visiting Chessington this summer
One of the most family friendly things about visiting Chessington this summer is how much more it offers guests than just rides. The on-site Zoo, Sealife Centre and daily shows around the park give those with tiny tots in tow something to do while the thrill seekers are hitting the rides.
If your little ones happen to be mini adrenaline junkies, there are also some great rides to get them screaming with the big kids. Scorpion Express (0.9m and over) and Room on the Broom (no height limit) are both fantastic for the under 5’s (as well as being great for those older members of the group too) and the Gruffalo ride is guaranteed fun for all the family. Those with babies will be able to find Baby changing facilities next to toilets at Lodge Gate and a dedicated baby feeding room located alongside the Forbidden Kingdom toilets near the First Aid Centre.
For those slightly older guests Chessington have some really great attractions to introduce children to the joy of rides. Vampire, suitable for those over 1.1m, is a fast-paced family rollercoaster that will see you flying over the treetops with the legs dangling down below, or for those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, and are over 1m tall, the Zufari ride will take them of a fun-filled tour of the Safari Park. If you have teenagers with you (that are over 1.4m) then the lure of Ramases Revenge, Dragons Fury and Rattlesnake will be enough to keep them interested in joining the days out for years to come.
With all of this fun being had it won’t be long before stomachs are rumbling and talk turns to finding a place to eat. The park offers and abundance of food outlets offering anything from a quick sandwich to grab and go at The Original Sandwich all the way up to a sit down meal. Our restaurant of choice is the Smokehouse BBQ, this BBQ joint offers pulled pork, beef brisket, pork ribs and chicken (all cooked in a wood barbecue pit) plus the most delicious Mac’n’Cheese for the vegetarians like me.
If you want to make a short break out of visiting Chessington this summer then the onsite hotels are just what you need. We have stayed multiple times in the Azteca Hotel and couldn’t recommend it highly enough. The jungle themed family rooms come with a separate children‘s sleeping area, perfect for a good nights sleep ahead of a fun-filled day in the park, and having breakfast served overlooking the safari animals the next morning is always a highlight of my trip. Plus if you book a short break in one of the resort hotels you 2 days park entry for the price of one.
Visiting Chessington this summer is a lovely way to spend the day, and a summer trip has become an annual event for us. While the queues for their most popular rides can reach over an hour long at peak times (queue jump tickets are available), the park itself is well laid out and spacious so you can escape the crowds if you want to. It really is a family park with something for everyone.