It's #RollercoasterDay once again today (Tuesday 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 UK's biggest and best playground!

Rollercoasters and Rides

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 a traditional wooden rollercoaster - the first in the UK for 21 years when it opened in 2018 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, Apocalypse - the only stand-up drop tower ride in the country - and the brand new Vikings area with the Thor Disk'O Coaster.

For younger thrill-seekers, try out the Gangsta Granny ride at Alton Towers, which is also home to CBeebies Land and rides based on hit 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.

Find out more about Alton Towers Resort, Drayton Manor Park and more on our Theme Parks in Staffordshire page.

Hit The Heights

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

If you're new to climbing, try Clip n Climb in Stoke-on-Trent, the ideal training ground with an awesome selection of challenges!

You can also hit the heights in a different way, on one of the county's high ropes courses.

Fly through the trees on the zip-wires at Go Ape Cannock Chase, home to the thrilliant Tree Top Challenge for daredevils, and the more low-key Treetop Adventure for building confidence.

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!

For more days out in Staffordshire like this, there are plenty of options on our Adventure & Outdoor page.

Mountain Bike Mayhem

There are some inviting trails at Birches Valley on Cannock Chase for mountain bikers, including the brand new Percy's Trail, a 4.3km moderate graded trail with three optional red trails for those looking for something more technical.

If you're just starting out, head for the new Pedal and Play Trail, which has three challenges aimed at novices, each one increasing the difficulty level and throwing different surfaces and features into the mix.

And the Follow the Dog Trail, complete with the 'Stegosaurus Rock Garden' and the 'Tackeroo Blast', is also good for beginners.

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

Cannock Chase is renowned for its mountain-bike trails, and they are so challenging they have recently hosted the MTB racing events at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

If you like pulsating action on two wheels, this is only the beginning! Find more like this on our Cycling & Mountain Biking page.

All-weather Thrills

An instructor shows a family how to ski at the SnowDome, StaffordshireGet your thrills, whatever the weather, at Staffordshire's incredible indoor attractions. 

Cool off at the SnowDome, where you can slide around the ice rink, and hurtle down the slopes.

Perfect your ollies, butters and other snowboard tricks, or learn it all from scratch from expert trainers, with lessons available for all abilities.

And the Snow Fun Park has a giant slide, treehouse, and plenty of real snow for making snowballs.

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?

Looking for more exhilarating days out in Staffordshire? Head for our Theme Parks in Staffordshire page.

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?

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
Wicker Man wooden rollercoaster at Alton Towers resort, Staffordshire, England.

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 Resort
Theme Park
Thomas the Tank Engine, Thomas Land, Drayton Manor Resort, Staffordshire

Enjoy fun for everyone at Drayton Manor Resort; home of over 50 exciting rides and attractions including Europe’s only Thomas Land, epic family thrill rides and even a 15-acre zoo.

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 at Waterworld

Water World is a tropical indoor 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

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
Mountain Biking
Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire offers world-class mountain biking trails and is the venue for 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games Mountain Bike ev

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

The Monkey Trail
Mountain Biking
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 is an historic house and garden located on the Staffordshire and Shropshire border.

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.

Clip ‘n Climb Stoke
Children's Activity Centre
Clip ‘n Climb Stoke

NOW RE-OPENED Clip ‘n Climb Stoke is the action-packed indoor climbing centre for anyone aged 4 years or over. With an awesome range of challenges, a drop slide, a softplay and mezzanine cafe to watch your friends and family, all within our climbing arena in central Staffordshire, you are guaranteed an exciting, healthy, and challenging day out.