THEME PARKS across England will be able to welcome guests back for hotel stays from Monday, just in time for the late May bank holiday.
In anticipation of May 17, many top parks are offering deals on short breaks and tickets, so families can enjoy a thrilling break on a budget.
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Theme parks have been able to open since April 12, when outdoor hospitality restrictions were lifted.
This included other outdoor venues such as zoos, but the lockdown dates only applied to England, not Wales and Scotland.
But now, overnight staycations and hotel stays are resuming from May 17, allowing groups to go away together (two households or rule of six from different households) and then from June 21 there will be no limit on groups.
It means families will be able to enjoy a great-value short break at a theme park of their choice. Here are the best deals from May 17 through summer.
Paultons Park & Peppa Pig World
Based in Hampshire in The New Forest, Peppa Pig World is part of Paultons Park, with a combined total of 70 rides and attractions across both parks.
The park's new themed world, Tornado Springs recently opened and the new area covers four acres, with eight new rides and experiences, including the UK’s first free-spinning rollercoaster of its type.
Those who book a Paultons Park break can stay for two nights and also get a second Park Day entry for free. Mid-week breaks start from £52 per person.
The theme park and resort complex in Staffordshire has 2021 short breaks from just £88 per family mid-week – and stays at Alton Towers Hotel, Enchanted Village Woodland Lodges and Splash Landings Hotel are all included.
Resort packages include breakfast, evening entertainment and a free round of nine-hole Extraordinary Golf.
Those who want to visit for the day can make savings on day tickets if they book online at least five days in advance. It means a ticket that would normally cost from £53 on the day will be reduced to £34 online.
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Thorpe Park in Chertsey is home to the SAW, Stealth, Colossus and Nemesis Inferno rollercoasters.
The park has great value overnight stays, with breaks at Thorpe Shark Cabins, based on a family of four sharing, from £49pp.
Thorpe Shark Cabins has self-contained cabins that are right on the Thorpe Park resort, so you're just a short walk from the rides and attractions.
Overnight stays include two-day theme park entry, breakfast on the second day, free parking, Wi-Fi and 10 per cent off at the park shops and restaurants.
Guest can also save 30 per cent when they book day tickets in advance, reducing the cost of a ticket from £50 on the day to £35 per person online.
The family theme park Legoland in Windsor has overnight stays in the Legoland Resort or a hotel close to the park from £207.
Breaks include one-day entry to Legoland and breakfast.
The park is also offering up to 40 per cent discount on day tickets booked at least seven days in advance, which means tickets are from just £29 per person.
Chessington World of Adventures
Not only is Chessington World of Adventures a theme park with over 40 rides, it also has its very own zoo and a hotel complex.
Those looking for a family break in and around book an overnight stay at a hotel either on-site or close to the park, with midweek breaks starting from £217.
Day tickets can be booked for £32 per person.
A great option for families with younger kids, Gulliver's has over 50 family-friendly rides, shows and attractions.
The park currently has day tickets for £19, and it's worth keeping an eye on Wowcher, who frequently offer discounts on family short breaks to the parks.
The Stay & Play packages typically include overnight accommodation and theme park entry for up to four people.
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