We would like a summer holiday that includes a theme park for the children, but we don’t want Disney. Do you have any suggestions?

You can give Mickey and pals the slip at several theme parks in Europe. Tucked into forest 30km north of Paris, Parc Astérix has adrenaline-charged rides and shows based on the Gaulish comic-book hero. La Croix du Vieux Pont makes a good-value base with two-bedroom holiday homes costing around £1015 per week during August from Eurocamp, including ferry crossings.

Combining well with the Loire Valley, Puy du Foy takes you back in time using spectacular live shows to recreate gladiator battles, rampaging Vikings and knights in shining armour, while the rollercoasters, river rides and theatre shows at Gardaland guarantee an action-packed day-out during a holiday in the Italian Lakes.

In Germany, Europa-Park has themed streetscapes of 12 European countries, plus one of the continent’s biggest rollercoasters. You can stay at the park in a tipi for €106 per night in August for a family of four – or splash out on a Wild West style wagon for €122, a timber lodge for €162 or a chateau for €219.

Further afield, Siam Park is a huge, Thai-themed waterpark in Tenerife where James Villa Holidays has luxury properties from around £2300 in August for a family of four, including flights from London.