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Report - CAMELOT THEME PARK - Chorley - July 2014

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Will Knot, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    The Explore........

    Returning home from an earlier explore further down the motorway, the rain was belting in down until I got up to Chorley an' the sun decided to show itself. So home or adventure? Well, I've always wanted to take a peek round this place and living local, it would be rude not too. :)

    The access was a bit of a 'walk in the park' to get in but I had heard about 'secca' being rather keen......what a stroll......never to be seen! ;)

    A Bit of History..........

    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 over 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, others rust in the abandoned park.

    On with the pics..........:cool

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    THE MAGICAL KINGDOM OF CAMELOT.....LIVE THE LEGEND :rolleyes:

    I hope you enjoyed the report........I Will Knot :thumb
     

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  2. georgie

    georgie He Never Even Got There
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    Spot on
     
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    Good work mate, some quality images here :thumb
     
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    haha yes mate! love it when this site pops up, that shot from up the roller coaster is an absolute belter :thumb
     
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    Cracking images of that coaster, good stuff as usual mate :thumb
     
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    Nicely done, always happy to see a theme park
     
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    Nice one Will, still looks like there is plenty to see :)
     
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    Great shots Mr Knots :thumb Need to get back here it's been a while.
     
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    some very nice pics!
     
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    dat sunset :eek:
     
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    Good pics & a thorough report there :D

    It's weird seeing Camelot park like this, I remember many a fun day out there as a kid.
    I have to check this place out when I'm back up north.
     
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    Well done matey you've made it look very interesting :thumb got you're usual artistic flair :)

    We called in here and came straight back out lol food was needed more :)
     
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    Top notch photographs there and love the coaster shot with the relection in the water.

    Great report, cannot believe this place is still going, would've thought it would have all been flattened long ago, good to see it hasn't!
     
  14. Will Knot

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    Not much left there now to be honest but a decent mooch, thanks for the comments :thumb
     
  15. Will Knot

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    Thanks, weather was great and the reflection w as a must :thumb
     
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