Great New UK Attractions For 2013

8 06 2013

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The landscape of the tourism sector changes year-by-year in the UK, especially now that families and couples have much greater amounts of free time to do with as they please.

As a result, many different surveys and polls have proved that we are taking more holiday breaks, but opting to spend shorter lengths of time away from home.

Part of the reason that this is so is because we are now faced with a greater choice than ever of leisure attractions located within easy travelling distance of our homes, no matter what part of the UK we happen to live in.

It seems that there is so much choice of activities which can be done in our free time that it is impossible to keep pace with their rapid expansion.

Yet what is clear is that most of these attractions are aimed squarely at parents with young children.

The reason for this is quite clearly because of a combination of children’s constant thirst for new things to do, and new places to go to. Yet it also means that, for adults who do not have to factor in what they are going to do with their little ones, the choice of activities available can seem sadly meagre.

That’s far from the case though, as this list of the latest attractions to open in the UK shows:

1. Sea Life Centre, Manchester: Handily placed close to the Trafford Centre, Greater Manchester’s biggest shopping centre, the latest of the Sea Life Centre sites was expected to showcase more than 5,000 marine creatures, contained within one of 30 different displays which house the animals, and use more than a million litres of water to do so.

2. DUPLO Valley at Legoland Windsor: This is aimed at families with young children in particular, and offers the now expected high standards of construction work to produce such great attractions as giant animals, dinosaurs, clowns and princesses.

3. Improved and expanded London Dungeon: Having undertaken a massive move from its previous site, prompted by the redevelopment of London Bridge railway station, this is now settled in at the former County Hall, which served as the headquarters of the Greater London Council. Among the characters which grown-up visitors will particularly appreciate is Henry VIII, whose voice is provided by renowned actor Brian Blessed.

4. New rides at Alton Towers: The Staffordshire theme park favourite is looking to build on the success of its Nemesis ride with the introduction of the new Sub Terra vertical drop ride. It has also opened a new rollercoaster to replace the former ‘Black Hole’ ride, which has been a long-standing favourite.

5. Angry Birds land at Lightwater Valley: The North Yorkshire theme park is getting in on the computer game craze, with a number of themed areas, all designed so that the whole family can enjoy the attractions together. This is designed to complement the new Eagle’s Creek farm area and petting zoo, where children and older theme park fans can take a tractor ride and see a new selection of farmyard animals.

The operators of great new attractions such as these know, though, that they have to attract a wide range of adult visitors, and one way in which they can find out about them is by taking Warner UK weekend breaks at any of the company’s hotels located close to the sites of many of the country’s best-known theme and fun park attractions.

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