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Report - Camelot Theme Park - May 2014

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Ferox, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. Ferox

    Ferox 28DL Regular User
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    Visited this spot last week with a non forum member friend. Been on about a trip here for a while as my mate fancied it. Got in no problem and made our way up to the food court and dungeon. Had a good mooch around the dungeon then came out of their and made our way up the the Knightmare roller coaster featured in the pictures. All going well until suddenly we seen a van coming into view on the ground inbetween the the dungeon and the Knightmare ride. A quick dash into cover and we where hiding behind some fencing and able to see the van propley. To our horror we soon realized it was a police van:eek: Stayed hide for a while until he drove off and parked up near the food court area, pretty much blocking off the way we had come in. A new exit had to be found quickly which luckily we managed to do and got out of their:) Never heard of any police presence on this one, just the angry security guard which we where looking forward to meeting in some respects. Does anybody know if the police are using the site for training or has anybody had a run in with the police before here?

    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. 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 June 1998 the park was subject to a management buyout in which the park went to Prime Resorts Ltd.
    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.

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  2. Piggo

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    I have also never seen police on this place, however, a friend of mine got busted here by security a few months sgo and the security guard was saying that the police do training on the site.
     
  3. NursebobII

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    I hope to do Camelot someday
     
  4. Ferox

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    Thanks ***********. Yeah noticed to security cabin, ironically when we where hiding behind the fence :)
     
  5. Ferox

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    Thanks for the info Piggo, I reckon that's explained there presence:thumb Will no doubt have another crack at it some time.
     
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    Nice ones :thumb

    Never bothered with Camelots after a bad experience years ago winning a Giant Cow as soon as we entered the Park and having to walk about a mile back to the car in summer heat, and being repeatedly stung by Wasps lol

    I parked up in the entrance a few weeks ago for a night time Latvian experience ;) On my return the secca van was parked next to my car, but empty ? Obviously thought i was inside :) Saying that i passed a young Urbex type lad looking worried coming out from Cam"s, don"t know if that was from Secca, Dogs or just bumping into me in the dark with a head torch on lol
     
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    Looks like a nice place, pity your time got cut short by the police.
     
  8. urblex

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    Nice report mate especially like 7 and 8 with the deflated mickey mouse head, reckon this place would be better at night if/when you do have another go at it ;)
     
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    Thank You. Sounds like an eventful trip bud:) Heard about the wasps down their, the lad I was with had a nightmare with them one summer when the park was open. Luckily we had no trouble with them, even though we had to take the long way back ourselves. Across the road was our next port of call but plans where changed after the encounter inside Camelot. Another crack at both places is defo on the cards sometime.
     
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    Yeah, would have liked more time getting the coaster from different angles.
     
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    Cheers mate. Glad you enjoyed the Mickey Mouse photo:thumb
     
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    You know, one of these days someone's going to post film of secca getting buzzed by a drone...
     
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    They use it for riot training , been caught by them once but they just sent me on my way .
     
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    photos have disappeared ?
     
  15. catbalou

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    theyre back.. he probably just exceeded his bandwidth for the month and its re-set itself now.
     
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