My brother and I had planned to visit Thorpe Park on the 26th to go to ‘Ride & Rave’, we both have annual passes and considering that gives us free entry we thought ‘why not?’.
About a week before the Thorpe Park event we decided we would visit Dover the morning after and travel to Dunkirque. One thing lead to another and we booked ourselves 2 rooms in an Ibis hotel in Brugge, Belgium.
At 9.30am sunday, myself and 3 others arrived at Thorpe Park – after running around trying to get on as many rides as possible we left at 1pm to check into our hotel. A picture of the entrance to Thorpe Park is shown below:
We stayed in the Holiday Inn in Shepperton which was an £18 taxi ride from the park. We then spent a couple of hours in their spa, gym and swimming pool – the hotel is a 4 star and offers plenty of facilities – below is a photo I took of the front of the Holiday Inn in Shepperton:
In the evening we went back to Thorpe Park for an event called ‘Ride & Rave’. The show was so poor we left around 20 minutes in and went to a bar in Shepperton called the ‘Kings Head’. The bar had a great atmosphere and there was a tribute band playing.
Surprisingly it was more fun than watching famous groups perform at Thorpe Park because I actually had space to dance, the drinks weren’t extremely overpriced, I wasn’t surrounded by kids and I could sit down! A photo of the Kings Head is shown below (this picture was not taken by me):
So the Holiday Inn that I stayed in last night was top of the range considering it only cost £39 to stay there for the night. The only problem we had was that a irritating noise kept coming from the air vents – I left them a letter in the room stating the problem (I was too tired to cause a fuss at reception). Other than that the hotel was great, I also had room service delivered after midnight, it came within the hour and was exactly what we wanted!
One thing that was a let-down in Shepperton was that we could not get a taxi home AT ALL! We rung every taxi number we were given, it was around 10pm and no-one was free until at least 1am. In the end we gave up trying and walked 1.5 miles back to the Holiday Inn (had to stop at a hotel on the way to ask for directions) – my legs are aching a lot today and I am definitely due a bubble bath.
This morning I woke at 8am, shoved a croissant down my neck and we headed off to Dover! A picture of us waiting for the ferry to arrive at Dover is shown below:
Getting onto the ferry was a lot less stressfull than we had expected it was getting off that was hard, remembering which side to drive on, avoiding cars which haven’t remembered…
Feeling fresh from a quick shower we headed out for dinner. We managed to find a lovely restaurant that served excellent food called ‘strijdershuis‘- the bill came to €94.80 (£77.25) for the 4 of us. A picture is shown below of the table that was next to us in the restaurant: