* The park is open every day between March and November, however opening and closing times vary depending on the time of year, so you need to check their website before you set off. Whatever time they open at, I recommend getting there early. We arrived just before opening and it made a great difference and we felt like we had made the most of the day. It can get busy on the roads around the park so you can avoid being in a traffic jam. Also if you are an early bird, you get a parking space near the entrance and beat any queues for tickets.
* The big roller coasters and the water rides get far busier after lunchtime. So use your first hour to do these main rides before the queues start to build.
* Be sure to shop around before you buy the entrance tickets, there are some great deals around and you should never have to pay full price. If you buy on-line in advance you make a substantial saving - £30 for an adult instead of £43. There are also discount vouchers and offers available if you search online. You do also have to pay extra for car parking.
* We had annual Merlin passes, if you have one of these you can use the preferential entry gate which is quicker than the standard entrance. It was not so busy during our visit, but I can imagine this would be wonderful on peak times. You just get your pass checked and get inside much quicker.
* You can use a locker if you don't want to bring your bags around with you all day. This is ideal if you fancy bringing a picnic along. Lockers cost £1, which is not refundable and you also need an additional £1 to open it each time you do so. Plan for that and only open it once!
* Get your car park exit ticket when you go in. This saves hassle at the end when everyone leaving is trying to get their ticket - saves queuing and sitting around waiting to leave.
* Go on a school day if you can - weekdays are obviously so much quieter than weekends. Apparently Easter, Summer and Hallowe'en are the busiest times. We went there during school holidays in August (right at the beginning of the month) and found no problem with crowds. It was a hot, sunny day when we were there - this type of weather definitely makes your day so much better - especially if you like the water rides.
* You can get Fast Track passes for an extra charge. We didn't need these at all and they seemed to work out quite expensive. Another way to beat the queues is to use the single rider lines - they move much faster.
* The most popular rides are Swarm, Saw, Colossus, Nemesis and Stealth. We went straight to Swarm as soon as we got into the park. Queue times were about 30 minutes but this got a lot worse throughout the day. Another option is to save these popular rides until closing time - as people begin to leave the queue times are generally shorter. The queue closes at closing time, not the ride.
* This park is not really suitable for young children - apart from the beach area in summertime there is not so much for them to do. It is definitely a thrill seeker's paradise, my husband fits that category, our 9 year old and me are a bit more wimpy, there were a few things to suit our needs, but nothing for the age range younger than that.