It's #RollercoasterDay once again this weekend (Sunday 16th August), and there's nowhere better to get a rush than Staffordshire.

Here's 15 great ways for thrill-seekers to get their kicks in the adrenaline capital of the UK!

Rollercoaster Rushes

With two of the UK's top theme parks in Staffordshire, there's plenty of rollercoasters to choose from.

At Alton Towers Resort, Wicker Man is the first wooden rollercoaster built in the UK for 21 years, while Rita goes from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, and The Smiler has a world record 14 loops. 

Meanwhile, Drayton Manor Theme Park boasts Shockwave, the first stand-up coaster in Europe, and Apocalypse - the UK's scariest ride according to Channel 5's The Gadget Show!

For younger thrill-seekers, try out CBeebies Land at Alton Towers, where you'll find rides themed around shows like In The Night Garden, Octonauts and Peter Rabbit.

And, at Drayton Manor Park, Europe's only Thomas Land is home of the Troublesome Trucks coaster, James and the Red Balloon, and more fun with Thomas and Friends.

Please be aware that booking in advance is required for Alton Towers and Drayton Manor, and you will be asked to wear a face covering too, in line with current Government and public health guidelines.

Challenging Climbs

The Staffordshire Peak District is a hotspot for climbing, with more than 700 climbs in The Roaches alone!

Ramshaw Rocks and Hen Cloud are popular, with named climbs which range in difficulty from beginner to expert.

Some, like Valkyrie, are renowned with rock-climbers because they are so challenging.

Away from The Roaches, you could test yourself on Beeston Tor in the Manifold Valley, while Dovedale Craggs on the border with Derbyshire is also a popular spot.

If you're new to climbing, try Kilnworx in Stoke-on-Trent, the ideal training ground offering top rope and lead climbing on 13m high walls!

Please note, booking in advance is required for Kilnworx.

Mountain Bike Mayhem

There are some inviting trails at Birches Valley on Cannock Chase for mountain bikers.

For beginners there is the Follow the Dog Trail, complete with the 'Stegosaurus Rock Garden' and the 'Tackeroo Blast'.

For the more daring rider, The Monkey Trail is more demanding, with black options, jumps, drops and the epic 'Lower Cliff' descent.

The Cannock Chase mountain-bike trails are so challenging they have been chosen to host the MTB racing events at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Image: Andy McCoy

High ropes heaven

With no fewer than four in the county, Staffordshire has to be the UK capital for zip-wires!

Fly through the trees on the zip-wires at Go Ape Cannock Chase, or rise to the challenge at Planters Sky Trail Adventure.

Brave the tight ropes, mid-air jumps and loads more obstacles at Treetop Adventure at The Trentham Estate.

And in the Adventure Playground at Weston Park, you'll find one of the longest double zip-wires in the country!

Slides, Spins and Switches

There are plenty of indoor, all-weather thrills to be had in Staffordshire too!

For some chilled craziness, zoom around the ice rink and hurtle down the slopes on real snow on your snowboard or skis at the SnowDome.

If you prefer your fun at the other end of the temperature scale, you could try a wet and wild adventure in the tropics at Waterworld in Stoke-on-Trent.

Dare you take on The Nucleus, the water rollercoaster, or one of the four new rides of Tornado Alley, including the exhilerating Thunderbolt, the UK's first-ever trap door water flume?

Other adrenaline attractions in Staffordshire

If you prefer your kicks on four wheels, head for Drive Me near Stafford, and have a blast around the track in a supercar, motor-racing madness in the Formula Renault single seaters, or an off-road thrash in a rally car!

Experience outdoor karting at its best at Midland Karting or take your own supercar for a spin at Curborough Sprint Course!

Or why not bounce off the walls at Flip Out, Staffordshire's leading trampoline park, home to 123 trampolines, three wall runners, an inflatable assault course and even a jump tower?

Please note, some of the areas at Flip Out may still be closed due to Government COVID-19 regulations.

More things to do in Staffordshire

For everything you need to know about theme parks, zoos and animal attractions, and family-friendly days out, head to our Things To Do section.


Alton Towers Resort
Theme Park
Alton Towers Resort

Winner - Gold Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2019. ​​​​​​​Winner - Gold Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award 2019. ​​​​​​​Winner - Silver Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award 2019. Alton Towers Resort is Britain’s Greatest Escape and home to the UK’s favourite theme park with endless family fun and ground-breaking rollercoasters.

Drayton Manor Park
Theme Park
Thomas the Tank Engine's home

Winner - Bronze Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award 2019. Highly Commended - Enjoy Staffordshire Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2019. Create fun family memories at Drayton Manor Park, home of Thomas Land anytime throughout the main park season which usually runs between March and October enjoying all the thrills and spills of the park.

The Roaches
Hill Walk
The view from the Roaches, photo by Cathy Bower

Impressive gritstone edges and craggy rocks loved by walkers and climbers offering stunning panoramic views. It groups together two main gritstone outcrops, 'Ramshaw Rocks' famous for the 'Winking Man' rock formation and 'Hen Cloud'.

Aqua Park
Safely down the ride

Highly Commended - Enjoy Staffordshire Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2019. Water World is an Aqua Park built around a wave pool with slides, rides, flumes and features available. There is plenty to do for all ages, weak and strong swimmers and open all year round

Ski Slope
Skiing at SnowDome

​​​​​​​Winner - Silver Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2019. Whether it’s a fun packed day on the real snow, sliding and gliding about on the ice or relaxing in the seriously luxurious spa, the SnowDome in Tamworth is the ultimate snow, ice and leisure experience.

Go Ape Cannock Chase
Ropes Course
Lady on Zipwire

Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. You can enjoy our Tree Top Adventure and Forest Segways at Cannock Chase.

Follow the Dog Trail
Cycle Route
Follow the Dog Trail

A technical singletrack mountain bike trail which includes technical trail features.

The Monkey Trail
Cycle Route
The Monkey Trail

The Monkey Trail was built and designed in partnership with Chase Trails and features technical rock gardens, boardwalks, jumps and drops.

Drive Me
Outdoor Pursuits Centre
Drive Me

Driveme are one of the leading suppliers of driving experiences in the UK. We provide adults and children the opportunity to drive the cars they dream of owning.

Flip Out Stoke (Stone)
Stoke Arena Foam Pool

Flip Out Stoke is Stone’s number 1 visitor attraction! Our massive 35,000 sq ft trampoline theme park is full of trampolines, wall runners, foam pits, drop tower & so much more. Our aim is simple, to give you enjoyable & healthy fun for the whole family.

Midland Karting
Midland Karting

Whether you're looking for a fun day out for the family, a team building event with a difference, or a corporate hospitality day with a buzz, then Midland Karting is for you!

The Trentham Estate
The Italian garden with lake beyond at the Trentham Estate, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Peace and quiet, fun and action - there's something for everyone at The Trentham Estate with stunning Gardens, a Shopping Village and the Monkey Forest.

Weston Park
Historic House
Weston Park

Weston Park is one of the most welcoming stately homes with as much character as any English castle and with as many stories as any royal home.