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Report - Camelot Theme Park - Chorley - May 2016

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by VauxBex, May 29, 2016.

  1. VauxBex

    VauxBex 28DL Regular User
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    Camelot Theme Park - Chorley
    May 2016

    The park opened in 1983 and was operating seasonally until late 2012. The park was based on the story of 'Camelot, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table'. The local area was once covered by the largest lake in England Martin Mere, which was first drained in 1692 by Thomas Fleetwood of Bank Hall in Bretherton. (The story is that Sir Lancelot's parents King Ban of Benwick and his queen Elaine escaped to Lancashire from their enemies in France. Elaine went to help King Ban who had fallen and put Lancelot down on the shore of the lake, by where he was abducted by nymph Vivian who vanished into the waters of the lake with him. Vivian brought up Lancelot and when he went to King Arthur's court he was knighted as 'Sir Lancelot of the Lake'.) Martin Mere has been locally known as the 'Lost Lake of Sir Lancelot' following the myth.

    In 1986 it was taken over by The Granada Group and operated by them alongside its now defunct sister parks American Adventure and Granada Studios Tour. In June 1998 the park was subject to a management buyout in which the park went to Prime Resorts Ltd.

    Camelot had seen a downturn in attendance in later years, in 1995, Camelot's attendance was 500,000 visitors throughout the season. In 2005 Camelot's attendance was only 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 the park was in receivership and would not reopen for the 2009 season. The 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.

    The theme park was purchased by Story Group, a construction company based in Carlisle and leased to Knight's Leisure who run the park. The site's future remains uncertain as the new owner is planning to redevelop the site. Current indications are that this will be a housing development.

    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. Today, some rollercoasters were sold (for example Whirlwind bought by the German "Skyline Park"), 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.


    I know this has been done to death, but I hadn't been before and haven't seen any recent reports so I went :)


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  2. Bolts

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    Was there any secca around?
     
  3. VauxBex

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    Yeah at the front, behind the food court and 3 near knightmare. Spotted them all quite a few times and had to duck to avoid one a few times. They only seem bothered about knightmare tbh.
     
  4. Bolts

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    Understandable really. Good work :thumb
     
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    Creepage.
     
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    Lenserpage.
     
  7. VauxBex

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    If your on about the pictures, yes they were taken with my phone camera as I need a new SD card for mine.
     
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    No, photos are fine as they go. That was just torch chat :thumb
     
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    Creepy m8ty :eek:
     
  10. VauxBex

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    Sort of was, just eerie like a ghost town. People kept popping up out of nowhere lol ;)
     
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    Wow, that place really is getting fucked up.

    Great pics.
     
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    Went today and it seemed to be riddled with security, although maybe that was just due to rookie mistakes as I'm fairly new to this.
     
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    Hi

    I'm new to all this and I'm thinking about visiting here while I'm in the area. Can anyone give me any tips? Best day and time of day to visit? Any times when security is reduced? I've done some looking around and most people seemed to suggest that even if security found them they were simply asked to leave... can anyone else give personal accounts of encounters with security here?

    thanks :)
     
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    I've had a few run ins with secca here, the ones I've crossed paths with have always been friendly enough with me and politely asked me to leave. There's quite a few of them about and they're there 24 hours too :D
     
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