Tuesday 30 July 2019

Summer of Fun at Lightwater Valley


For our UK summer staycation we are visiting a number of family friendly attractions to have fun and make memories with the kids. As we will be visiting Lee's family in Leeds during our city hopping staycation up North we will be visiting some of Lee's favourite places and attractions from his childhood so he can recreate and share some of his cherished memories of when he was a young boy with his own children. Top of the list is Lightwater Valley Theme Park in North Yorkshire.

Offering fantastic summer adventures for all the family, Lightwater Valley boasts over 35 rides and attractions that are suitable for visitors of all ages. With rides to excite older ones plus rides and attractions for little ones too, Lightwater Valley is a fantastic family friendly theme park for a thrilling good time.

As Lee is looking forward to revisiting a firm favourite attraction from his childhood with our kids and the boys are bubbling with excitement about experiencing a theme park they've never been to before, we have been looking at what rides and attractions Lightwater Valley has to offer.

Lightwater Valley's signature ride, The Ultimate roller coaster provides a thrilling 1.5 mile cocktail of speed, cornering and airtime. Living up to its name, The Ultimate holds the record as Europe's longest roller coaster.

Take to the skies in the grip of the Eagle’s Claw, venture into the underground world of Raptor Attack, see the Park from a whole different viewpoint aboard Black Pearl and then hop on Apollo and take a spinning ride above the tree tops.

Enjoy wet ‘n’ wild fun on the Wild River Rapids, and swashbuckling adventures aboard speedy Skull Rock and the tummy-tickling Flying Cutlass.

Classic rides include Clownaround, the Carousel, Mini Ferris Wheel and Spinning Teacups.

There is something for little ones too including the Lightwater Express train ride around the park and Eagle’s Creek Farm tractor ride. Also great for young fun is the Little Dipper, Pirate Swinger plus in the Young fun area little ones can find the Space Pirates, Human Cannonball, the Ladybug Ride and Noah's Ark.

Being thrill seekers with a love of watertastic rides the boys cannot wait to ride the Wild River Rapids. Lee cannot wait to experience his favourite ride for childhood, the Raptor Attack ride (which was called Rat Ride when he was a child) and see whether the refurbished ride lives up to his childhood memories.

Family fun attractions and children's play
The fun is not limited to thrilling coasters and rides, Lightwater Valley also has an array of family fun attractions and children's play areas.

Enjoy a round of golf at the Jurassic Adventure Golf course before heading to the lake for a relaxing trip on the Swan Boats. There are also Mini Sand Diggers and a huge Jumpin' Jack's Bouncy Pillow so kids can jump to their hearts content. The park also have indoor play fun thanks to Jester's Jungle Fun indoor play area, a toddler play area and a soft play.

Sing-a-long summer fun
Enjoy some sing-a-long fun at the space-themed Magic Light UV Puppet Show with daily shows from 22nd July at 11.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm.

Also daily at 3.30pm join Jester & Jasmine, the Park’s friendly dinosaurs, as they entertain the crowd with their dance moves and sing-a-long to your favourite songs.

Petting Farm
As we love farm animals we are glad that we are visiting Lightwater Valley in the summer when they have a Petting Farm.

All summer long, from the 20th July – 2nd September, visitors ton the theme park can meet the adorable farmyard animals including calves, chickens a donkey, baby alpaca and more in the Petting Farm.

Summer Saturday Sessions
Visitors will also be able to enjoy live music as part of the entertainment for the first time with the launch of Summer Saturday Sessions from 27th July to 31st August.

As well as the North Yorkshire park’s mix of rides and attractions this summer will also see a selection of tribute acts taking to the stage on Saturdays. Among the tribute acts taking part will be Robbie Williams on 27th July, Spice Girls on 3rd August, Little Mix on 10th August, Bruno Mars on 17th August, Olly Murs on 24th August and Ed Sheeran on 31st August.

The Summer Saturday Sessions are all included in the general admission price and the park is hoping they will provide visitors with added musical entertainment.

To find out more about the rides, family friendly attractions, special events and entertainment that Lightwater Valley theme park has on offer visit www.lightwatervalley.co.uk

We cannot wait to visit Lightwater Valley and will be sharing our family adventures at the park after we visit.

* We have been gifted a tickets to Lightwater Valley in return for a review which will be posted in August after we visit. This is a pre-visit post to share information about Lightwater Valley as we plan our visit and look at what the theme park has to offer to families *


  1. I really want to go to Lightwater Valley - I remember seeing the rollercoaster when we visited Bluestone

  2. OK now this looks like such a fun place to head and go to over the summer! So many different looking rides for all the family as well.

  3. That looks like a great place for a family fun day. You've mentioned lots of things me and my boys would love to ride.

  4. Ooo looks like you had a fab time at light water valley. I actually remember visiting their as a child xx

  5. Sounds like there is such a wide range for thriller seekers for the rides to something more tame like the petting farm for the younger children. I think my daughter would enjoy seeing the donkeys and chickens

  6. I never even knew that Lightwater existed and I have spent a lot of time in Leeds visiting friends and family! I am definitely going to check it out next time we are up visiting for the week, it seems great and like something my kids would absolutely love!