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Report - Camelot Theme Park, Chorley, Lancashire - Aug '15

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by KM_Punk, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. KM_Punk

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    Conquered with Sir @The Wombat

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    Camelot opened in 1983 and operated seasonally up until 2012. The park based itself on the story of 'Camelot, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table'. The Granada group purchased the park in 1986, operating it alongside its now defunct sister parks American Adventure and Granda Studios Tour. In June 1998 the park was subject to a management buyout in which the park went to Prime Resorts Ltd. Camelot saw a downturn in attendance in the years that followed. In 1995, Camelot's attendance was 500,000 visitors throughout the season. A decade later its attendance was down to 336,204 visitors.
    In a 2006 survey of healthy food available at leading tourist attractions in the UK, Camelot came joint bottom scoring only one point. In February 2009, Prime Resorts announced that Camelot was in receivership and would not be reopening for the 2009 season. The park’s hotel was bought by Lavender Hotels in March 2009, and in April 2009, it was announced that a buyer had been found for the park and that it would reopen in May 2009. Camelot was purchased by Story Group, a construction company based in Carlisle and leased to Knight's Leisure who ran the park.
    The closure of the park was announced by its operator, Knights Leisure, in November 2012, the managing director blaming poor summer weather and events such as London 2012 and the Queen's Jubilee for declining visitor numbers. Shortly afterwards, some rollercoasters were sold (for example Whirlwind bought by the German "Skyline Park"), while others rust in the abandoned park. An application to build 420 houses on the site by owners Story Group was unanimously rejected by Chorley Council in August 2014 as the development was not permissible within the Green Belt.


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    Since seeing this on the forum a couple of years back, I've wanted to take a look. But with the amount of traffic here and the level of vandelism, I came to the decision not to bother back in February time. However, when Wombat picked me up en-route to a lads weekend up north he mentioned Camelot was close to our planned journey. Mrs Punk; "Do it". Probably the easiest decision I've had to make all year. So we left a sunny Leicester and headed north. We arrived on site and the clouds were rolling in, apparently I've upset the gods. The whole time we were there it pissed it down, then seemed to cease when we got back to the car. This was the most relaxed explore I've done all year, we saw other thrill seekers there, casually strolling around. I was quite surprised to find the food outlets were closed aswel considering the place has probably had more visitors than Alton Towers this summer. Not the best shots as between each shot I was wiping raindrops off my lens, but I've done it. Shame I hadn't 18 months ago.

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    Cheers for Looking :thumb
     
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  2. Lavino

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    some great shots there Mr punk:thumb not long left for this one now.
     
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    Great setting for a good horror film! Liking the rollercoaster shots ;)
     
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    Not seen this before, looks epic ;)
     
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    This is new ;) haha well captured mate, better pics here than on some of them other Camelot reports
     
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    Think this should have been the first photo of the report, I'd have complied with that request.
     
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    I had you in mind with that shot
     
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    What, associating @The Lone Ranger with safety? :p :D
     
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    Yeah, this may have been reported on before :D
    we were passing, and the M6 was a car park any way. But we had fun, and, why not.
    good shots from the top of the rollercoaster
     
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    It looks very familiar this. I can't work out, how I'd even think that. :thumb
     
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    I was down a couple of days ago myself, good to see you got the Knightmare in. They'll be finishing that fence of today. :(

    Great photos.
     
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