What are you doing this weekend? With the thermostat set to scorching, my thinking is that this will quite possibly be the only weekend of the year when I can tolerate the soggy bottom of a log flume, so I think we will go to Thorpe Park. Is it just me who has a love-hate relationship with the water rides at a theme park? Love, love, love the rush of shooting down into that pool of water, being sprayed by onlookers, and caught by waterfalls as we spin down rapid rivers. But absolutely hate with a seething kind of resentment that I have to spend the rest of the day shivering in wet jeans and squelchy trainers. So it can only be done on a hot day, as far as I’m concerned.

What’s awesome about Thorpe Park right now is that a) the weather is set to be fine all weekend; and b) if you book before midnight on 9 July, you can stay overnight in the Shark Hotel, onsite and get free entry for your child. You’ll also get free entry to the park on your second day, and unlimited Fast Track passes before 11am after your overnight stay. It’s kind of a no brainer – if you’re going, you might as well make the most of it and get soaked two days running, right? Somewhat more exciting than standing under the garden sprinkler all weekend… The Kids Go Free offer applies to any visit until the end of August. Have a look here for more information.

The Thorpe Shark Hotel is described as bite-sized, and you can see why. The tiny rooms have bunk beds cleverly arranged to fit a family of 4, complete with mood lighting and free wifi, as well as en-suite facilities. You really won’t need space though, because with kids eat free in the restaurants on the park in the early evening, you won’t be spending a lot of time there. It’s just a perfect bolthole until you can get back to making the most of the rides. You’ll also get free parking, and a hot buffet breakfast in the morning.

And if the water rides don’t cool you off enough, you can hang out on Amity Beach, which is fab for younger members of the family, as is Angry Birds Land with its bumper cars and 4D cinema experience. My youngest is very nearly 140cm tall so he is on pins to try the Swarm – you know, the one with plane crash scenes and fire? I’m not sure what it is about thrillseeker rides – I kind of remember being very keen on the stomach lurches as a teenager, but these days I’m just pleased to hold the bags while the kids scream their way through the day.

Luckily, there are lots of places I can sit with a beer coffee and wait for them to check in and reassure me that they’re still in one piece. I might even shout them one of those chocolate strawberry marshmallow kebab things they sell round the park.

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Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions apply. Kids Go FREE offer is valid on summer breaks between 3rd July — 31st August 2017 when booked before midnight 9th July 2017. Lead price of £49pp/£195 is based on a family of 4 staying at the THORPE SHARK Hotel on selected dates. Offsite lead price of £29pp is based on a family of 4 staying at the Travelodge Heathrow T5 Hotel on selected dates. Please note: breakfast is not included at this hotel. Excludes Ministry Of Sound event dates 22nd July and 19th August 2017. Breakfast is included with all packages unless stated otherwise at the time of booking. Kids Go FREE entitles one child (up to and including 12 years of age) free entry to THORPE PARK Resort when accompanied by a full paying adult. Only one free child entrance ticket per full paying adult. Maximum of two full paying adults per transaction. Children under the age of 3 go free into THORPE PARK Resort. Carer’s discounts goes not apply on Kids Go FREE dates. Offer valid when booked as part of a hotel and ticket package. 2nd Day FREE is a park entry day and is valid with all THORPE Breaks. 2nd Day FREE applies to the last day of your THORPE Break. 2nd Day FREE may not apply to themed weekends held at the THORPE PARK Resort. Offer is subject to change and availability.

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