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Alton Towers

Alton, Staffordshire ST10 4DB. Guest Services Tel: 0990-20 40 60.

Hotel Reservations: 0990-00 11 00. Web:
Perhaps the most famous theme park in Britain, Alton Towers is a
complete day out, though rather expensive, for the family set in
the Staffordshire countryside a few miles from Uttoxeter, and about
1 hour’s drive from central Manchester. Rides, attractions and over
200 acres of landscaped garden and parkland.


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42 miles from Manchester. By Car: travelling north M1 Motorway Junction
23A, M6 Junction 15. Travelling south M1 Junction 28, M6 Junction
16. By Rail the Intercity service offers inclusive travel-entry tickets
from London Euston and many other parts of the country, with bus transfers
from Stoke-on-Trent station to Alton. Telephone British Rail: 0171-387
7070 for times and prices. Buses from Stoke-on-Trent to Alton.

In 2009 entry was about �35.00 per adult, car parking free, with concessions
(children 4-11 years �27.50, Seniors and Disabled Persons around £17.50)
and family tickets at around £100.00 for a day, with substantial
discounts for online advance booking. But please check – prices
may have changed since publication.
Prices include admission
and entry to all rides and attractions. Special group rates available
for parties of 12 or more by coach or minibus. Contact Guest Services
for details.

In 2009, the park opens from 9.30am with rides and attractions opening
at 10.00am. Rides and attractions open 7 days a week from around the
28th March to 1st November. Times may change – please check before
setting out. Closing times vary throughout the season, but are typically
between 5.00pm and 7.00pm.
Extensive facilities for the disabled, including toilets and Medical
Centre on site, but some attractions and rides are restricted. See
Medical Centre for advice and explanatory leaflet “Guide for Disabled
Visitors”. Food concessions throughout the park including several
Alton Eats Restaurants and Explorers Restaurant, Bagshaws Family Restaurant
and Corner Coffee Shop, the Katanga Cookhouse, Garden Terrace Restaurant,
Cadbury’s Chocolate House and the Haagen-Dazs World of Ice Cream.
No dogs allowed except guide dogs. Numerous souvenir and merchandising
shops, educational packs available for school parties – contact Guest
Services on Telephone : 0990-20-40-60.

Alton Towers
Alton Towers. Aerial photograoh courtesy of Webb Aviation © 2008
– all rights reserved

Alton Towers Attractions & Rides

Adventure Land
With ball pools, slides, playgrounds
and the Beastie Children’s Rollercoaster, the fantastic Spinball Whizzer
spinning roller coaster offers thrills and spills for the whole family
in a giant pinball machine experience and you can travel through the
tree-tops on the Squirrel Nutty Ride.
Cloud Cuckoo Land
Visit the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Ride, and travel through
the amazing chocolate factory and above the park in the great glass
elevator. Kids can get their own driving licence at the Driving School.
Other rides and attractions include the Twirling Toadstool, Frog Hopper,
Gallopers Carousel, Wobble World indoor play area, and the Cloud Cuckoo
Land Theatre.
Forbidden Valley
The “Edge of the Earth” zone with some amazingly terrifying
rides including the famous Nemesis inverted roller coaster, and Air
where riders assume the flying position for an amazing experience as
well as the swinging ship Blade and the twisting, rolling Ripsaw .
Katanga Canyon
A recreated African village with a Runaway Minetrain, and the ferocious
Congo River Rapids.
Enter the X-Sector, with the foreboding “Oblivion” vertical
drop rollercoaster, the gravity-defying vertical spinning ride “Enterprise”
and “Submission”.
Gloomy Wood
Explore a forest cemetery and enter what is reputedly the most haunted
house in Britain.
See the prehistoric age and have fun in UG Land.
Old MacDonalds Farm
Take a trip round the Riverbank Eye-Spy or drive a tractor on the Tractor
Towers Street
The Park offers plenty of quirky shops and cafes to grab a snack or
buy some souvenirs. You can also board the Sky Ride, which can take
you to either the Forbidden Valley or Cred Street.

Alton Towers Hotel

Opened in 1996, this 175 room hotel
is located within Alton Towers Park, and is uniquely themed – with 37
foot high Jules Verne flying machine in the glass atrium, and rooms
where fizzy drinks are on tap. Open 365 days a year. Facilities include
Cadbury’s Chocolate Room with free constantly supplied chocolates; the
Coca-Cola Fizzy Room with free running Cola fountain; the Secret Garden
Restaurant open for light snacks and meals with daily specials and children’s
menu; the Time For Tea Lounge, an Edwardian traditional tea room serving
morning coffee and afternoon teas with wall clocks everywhere; the Dragon
Bar with licensed cocktails, wines and beers; an Amenities Room designed
for safe changing of nappies, baby’s food preparation with washing and
ironing facilities; the Nickelodeon TV Lab with children’s cable and
satellite TV; the Pirate’s Lagoon Leisure Spa with seascape murals,
swimming pool and upstairs games room. Prices from about �80.00 per
night including room and full English Breakfast (off peak), with suites
from �220.00, family rooms with concessions for children, and combined
Hotel and Amusement Park Packages from just over �150.00. VAT is included
in all prices. Telephone Hotel Reservations on 0990-00 11 00. Please
note: Prices are liable to change – check before setting off.

Water Park & Other Attractions

Extraordinary Golf
Test your skills with two wacky 9-hole courses featuring outrageous
obstacles themed around some of the famous Alton Towers rides. Putt
your way to Oblivion and meet your Nemesis. A superb extra to your day.
Splash Landings Hotel

A tropical hotel offering a taste of the Caribbean all year round, overlooking
the spectacular Cariba Creek Waterpark. Enjoy mouth watering cuisine
at Flambos restaurant and exotic cocktails at Ma Garrita’s Bar!
Cariba Creek Waterpark
An oasis of fun for all the family, boasting hundreds of fantastic water
features, from lazy rivers and crazy cannons to the thrills of a water
coaster. This tropical lagoon offers gallons of excitement all year

Alton Towers Spa

The luxurious Spa featuring Declor and Elemis products and open all
year round. A tranquil oasis for you to unwind and refresh mind, body
and soul complete with pool, relaxation rooms, steam room, and sauna.

Camelot Theme Park

Park Hall Road, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 5LP. Main
Switchboard Tel: 01257 453 044.
Sales & Marketing/ Group Bookings Dept Tel: 01257 455 030.
Hotel/Short breaks Tel: 01257 455 000. Website:

Voted Lancashire’s “Family Attraction of the Year 2002” by
the Good Britain Guide . An amusement park with nerve shattering
ides for adults and children alike. The park is divided into five “magical
lands” including ‘Squire Bumpkin’s Friendly Farm’ and ‘Knights
Valley’. You can run the ‘Gauntlet’ rollercoaster or take
the ‘ Pendragon’s Plunge’. For younger children there’s the huge
soft playground and a little animal kingdom. The Jousting area is where
King Arthur could choose you to star in a jousting tournament, and there
are ‘ Dungeons of Doom’ to inspect in King Arthur’s Castle with
daily shows including juggling and the like.

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Themed weekends are held regularly with the likes of ‘Wizards’ Weekend’
and ‘Scream Week’ for Halloween. There is also a ‘ Cadbury’s
Chocolate Themed Room’

For details on opening times call the Camelot 24 hour hotline on: 08702
20 48 20 or 01257 452100 .
Special needs? Please ask – we will do our very best to help.
Entrance is £20.00 per person, which includes unlimited rides,
shows, attractions and farm (extra charge for Go-Karts & Driving
School). Children under 1 metre tall go free. Family tickets available
– o nly £55 for 4 guests for unlimited rides all day long….
BUT Please note that prices and times may have changed – check before
you set out .
Special Rates Available for senior citizens, disabled visitors and pre-booked
groups of twelve or more. For information on advanced group bookings
call 01257 455030. Pre-booked groups of 12 or more paying guests can
enjoy Camelot’s thrilling rides, spectacular live shows and other exciting
attractions for just £8.50 per person and children under 1 metre
tall are free of charge. Plus free entry for the Group Organiser &
Coach Driver, free posters and leaflets to help promote your visit.
To receive the new information when available email your name and address

From Manchester take the A56 (Bury New Road) north towards Bury, and
join the M62 at Whitefield (Junction 17) about 5 miles north of Manchester
City Centre. Exit Junction 15 onto M61 follow signposts for Preston
and M6 Motorway. Exit Junction 8 for Camelot (well signposted. Or from
the M6 Motorway, exit Junction 27 northbound or Junction 28 southbound
and follow the signs for Camelot.

Charnock Richard, Chorley, Lancs PR7 5LP.
Tel: 01257 455 000. Fax: 01257 451 838. Website:

Drayton Manor

Near Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 3TW. Tel: 0844 472
1950. Fax: 01827 288916.
Email: Website:
Drayton Manor is the UK’s largest family owned theme park with legendary
rides including Shockwave, Stormforce 10 and Apocalypse. From intense
thrills on Pandemonium and G-Force to family adventures in Thomas Land
and Drayton Manor Zoo. New for 2009, cinematic 4D experience The Curse
of Skull Rock, a fun filled adventure!

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Drayton Manor is made up of six main themed lands
– Action Park, Aerial Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pirate Cove, Thomas land
and the Zoo & Farm Museum.

Opening Times
The theme park is open most days from the 21st of March until the 1st
of November (subject to change) On days that the park is closed, Drayton
Manor Zoo remains open to the public. First admission is at 9.30am,
closing times are typically between 5.00pm and 6.00pm
When planning your visit please check the current opening times before
setting off

Entry Prices
Adult Tickets: 1 Day Gate Price: £23.00. Online Price: £19.50.
Child Tickets: 1 Day (aged 4-11 years), Gate Price: £19.00. Online
Price: £16.20.
Family Tickets: Family of 4 (2 Adults, 2 Children), Gate Price: £70.00.
Family of 5 (2 Adults, 3 Children) Gate Price: £88.00.
Concessions: Senior: £11.00. Disabled: £18.00

Drayton Manor is situated in the county of Staffordshire and near the
cities of Birmingham and Coventry.
Directions By Car: From the North, M42 – Junction 10. From the South
M42 – Junction 9. Sat Nav: B78 3TW.
Route Planner see:
Public Transport: You can get to Drayton Manor using a combination of
Train and Bus services, visit to plan your


Pleasure Island

Lytham St Annes.

For the best of family entertainment, St Annes Pleasure Island offers
good value for money for a whole day’s worth under covered protection,
with a value family entrance ticket for 4 persons of around �10.00.
There are indoor adventure trails, slides, boating lake, and a ball
pond, as well as evening family discos and live entertainments throughout
the day. Shops and tea shop inside an old railway carriage!! There is
an on-site cinema, and miniature railway rides around the seafront.
Outside there is a courtyard with a play galleon and play area for younger
children, paddling pool, helter-skelter, adventure golf and a bouncy
maze, as well as a sun terrace with deck chairs and trampolines. Licensed
Pirate’s Tavern with satellite television and 2 back hole water chutes.
Free parking.

Gulliver’s World

Warrington WA5 9YZ. Tel: 01925-444 888.

Gulliver’s World is a day out of fantasy and fun for the whole family,
with a range of adventure and theme rides and attractions within a safe
controlled environment. Attractions include Alice in Wonderland with
its Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Ride, a Maze of Cards, a water lake ride
and a Soft Play Area for small children within the main entrance complex.

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There is also Circus World, designed mainly for younger
visitors, with its Flying Bug Ride, the Ladybirds, a soft inflatable
bouncy castle, a Ferris wheel and the Horses Carousel. In Western World
the visitor can play cowboys and indians in the Dodge City Fort, with
its sheriff’s office, and regular shows held in the Hard Luck Bear Theatre.
Smuggler’s Wharf has a Pirate Ship and a Galleon Ride, smugglers buildings,
Woodies Roller Coaster and a mini golf course. There is also Dinosaur
World with its dinosaur ride and the Cine 2000 experience for the more
brave-hearted. Count’s Castle, the centrepiece of the park, has a huge
castle surrounded by a Giant Bumpy Ride, Water Shoot, Log Flume, Ghost’s
House, aerial Cycle Monorail and Dodgem Cars. Special facilities for
celebrating children’s birthdays, and seasonal Christmas Parties, held
throughout December. Bonfire Night Special (November 5th or thereabouts)
with Fireworks Display – telephone to check specific details: 01925-444888.

From Manchester take the M602 motorway from Salford/Eccles towards Warrington/Liverpool,
and continue onto the M62, and exit at Junction 9 and follow the numerous
well-placed signs for Gulliver’s World. From the M6 motorway, exit at
Junction 21A onto the M62 towards Liverpool, and exit at Junction 9
from where Gulliver’s World is well signposted.

Open from 10.30am to 5.00pm daily from late March to November, but closed
on certain days, so telephone in advance to check.

Entrance costs about �6.00 per adult (currently – please check – prices
may change), and includes all rides and attractions. Children under
3 feet tall go free. Small discount for Senior Citizens. Discount entry
fee for last hour of opening. Payment accepted in cash, cheque with
banker’s card, most major credit cards.

Lost children centre, Guest Relations, no dogs admitted (except guide
dogs), disabled toilets in Entrance Plaza and Count’s Castle. Refreshments
and light meals, selection of fast food outlets and kiosks, Diamond
Lil’s Bar offers jacket potatoes and sandwiches. The Woodland Restaurant
offers a full menu of “home-made” dishes – no alcohol available or allowed
in the park.

Gulliver’s Kingdom

Temple Walk, Matlock Bath, Matlock, DE4. Tel: 01629
57710. Info Line: 01925 444888 or 0871 360 2535.
Part of the Gulliver’s Theme Parks, opened in 1978.


Marine Drive Southport, Sefton PR8 1RX. Tel: 01704-532717
Fax: 01704-537936.
Party Hotline: 08702 200 205. Website:
Advertised as “The Amusement Park on the Sands – Full of Eastern
Promise” , Southport’s Pleasureland offers over 100 rides and attractions
set to “an exotic Moroccan Theme”. Rides include the Log Flume, High
Flyin’ Rainbow, Cyclone and Wildcat Roller Coasters, River Caves, Ghost
Train, all with a 10-ride discount ticket. Other attractions include
a Go Kart Track, the Moroccan Adventure Golf Course, Funhouse and the
Sultan Towers Theme Park for younger children. Open weekends from early
March and daily from end of May, with special half-price discounts on
Friday nights in July and August. Caf� and fast food facilities available,
and a free coach park with special facilities for coach drivers. Special
Group and Party Rates.

While every care has been
taken to ensure the accuracy of information contained on this web page,
details which were correct
at the time of writing may change in time, and no responsibility can be
accepted for the information contained here.
Please check before setting off. Please inform us of any changes and amendments.

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