Lightwater Valley - What's On

Lightwater Valley is a theme park in Ripon, North Yorkshire which is perfect for families with under 10s to enjoy.  

Treetop Trails (formerly Treetop Nets) are now included with admission and is your chance to walk amongst the treetops and bounce with all of the family. 

October Half Term at Lightwater Valley 

In previous years, we have thoroughly enjoyed 'Frightwater Valley' in October but now with the theme park being geared more towards under 10s, things may be a little different. 

This year, their Spooky Halloween event takes place daily from 23 - 31 October. Tickets should be booked ahead online and unlike many other attractions, can be booked online up until the day of your visit if you wish to wait and see what the weather wants to do. Find out more and book here. 

As well as the usual Halloween fun, visitors can experience:

  • Monster meet & greet 
  • Photo opportunities with 'friendly' monsters 
  • Spooky magic show 
  • Trick or treat doors 
  • Black magic voodoo walk 
  • Voodoo doll trail - find all 13 dolls for your chance to win theme park tickets
  • Jinxed VR Ghost train 
Guests are encouraged to come along in fancy dress and there may be a change to win prizes if you do. 

We have visited Lightwater Valley in the past over October Halloween and they go all out with the decorations - the whole theme park receives a bit of a spooky makeover and the atmosphere is fab. 

Other new attractions for 2021 include Go Safari, the Savannah Express, Kangaroo Jump, Elephant Flight, Hot Balloons and Monkey Drop rides. 

In total there are over 30 rides and attractions with all outdoor rides now open including: 

  • Little Dipper 
  • Carousel 
  • Skyrider 
  • Ladybird Rollercoaster 
  • Splash Falls 
  • Indoor Play Areas (once restrictions allow) 
  • Outdoor Play Areas 

Lightwater Valley reopens on 17 April and is now open every weekend plus daily during school holidays. Tickets should be pre-booked in advance and are priced as follows: 

At the moment, Lightwater are limiting numbers and tickets must be pre-booked. Additional cleaning and hygiene measures and in place and there are socially distanced queue markers in place for the rides. 

You can read more about what will be open / COVID precautions in place here. 

We have always enjoyed Lightwater Valley and never found queuing to be a problem - we have visited 5/6 times over the years and always managed to get straight on most of the rides. 

You may remember I shared earlier this year that some of the 'thrill' rides have now been removed and Lightwater Valley is very much placing themselves as a place to visit with younger / Primary aged children. Ideal as a first theme park visit. 



  1. This is great, we went back in 2019 and loved it so much. Its nice to hear they are framing it for little kids. Will definitely be planning a trip back once things settle.

  2. Is there much suitable for a 2 year old or would you say worth waiting until they are a bit older? Thanks!


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