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Really need to cool off? Here are the UK's best water rides

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Ben Williams
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Sure, the lines will be lengthy. And that long, hot car ride will be testing. But it's all worth it when you get locked into that seat and receive a drenching.

Nope, er, that's not a euphemism. We mean water rides! (Again, not a euphemism.) At theme parks! The most fun you can have to cool off in this heatwave is to get aboard a log flume and embrace the waves.

Here are the best water rides the UK has to offer. No ponchos allowed.


Tidal Wave – Thorpe Park, Surrey

What is it? A giant water flume. Boats holding 20 people climb to the top of a hill, turn around and then slide down a massive drop into a splash pool. That's about it.
Splash factor 5/5. You'll feel like you've just jumped into a swimming pool.
More info See our Thorpe Park listing.


Stormforce 10 – Drayton Manor, Staffordshire

What is it? An innovative log flume ride, all themed around a lifeboat rescue mission. The ride has so far raised over £66,000 for the RNLI by donating a portion of their ride photography profits.
Splash factor 4/5. There are three splashtastic drops, and one of them is backwards.
More info See our Drayton Manor listing.


Congo River Rapids – Alton Towers, Staffordshire

What is it? Eight people sit in a circle and float along these (mild) rapids in the Katanga Canyon area of the park. Next year it celebrates its thirtieth birthday.
Splash factor 3/5. It's all luck-of-the-draw with rapids rides. Sometimes you can get a soaking, other times stay bone-dry. You never know.
More info See our Alton Towers listing.


Splash Battle – Flamingo Land, North Yorkshire

What is it? You're in control on this interactive water ride. Each rider is armed with a water gun to soak people in the other 'submarines'. And watch out from dry land – those water cannons can reach you, too.
Splash factor 4/5. And there's always one who can give it but can't take it.
More info Go to www.flamingoland.co.uk.


Rameses Revenge – Chessington World of Adventures, Surrey

What is it? Not a water ride exactly, but Rameses Revenge – one of Chessington's few actual thrill rides – gives a solid soaking. Sit in the middle and the ride's finale will leave you needing a hair dryer.
Splash factor 4/5. But choose a seat at the sides and you'll stay dry.
More info See our Chessington World of Adventures listing.


Valhalla – Pleasure Beach Blackpool, Lancashire

What is it? One of the most expensive water rides ever built. This Viking-themed flume is all indoors, has a ton of special effects (including fire and snow) and features a backwards drop. It's pretty damn impressive.
Splash factor 5/5. And Blackpool's climate will rarely dry you off quickly.
More info See our Blackpool feature.

Can't make it one of these? Just watch these gifs of an awesome waterslide instead!

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