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Camelot


"The land of great knights, and amazing days"

History Of The Park

Camelot Theme Park was a resort and theme park located in the English county of Lancashire (the last operating season was in 2012, the park did not open for 2013). The park´s theme was based on the famous legend of Camelot. It was located on a 140-acre (0.57 km2; 0.22 sq mi) site near the village of Charnock Richard, 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Chorley. One of the rollercoasters can be seen from the M6 near the Charnock Richard Services. The site is owned by The Story Group, and was operated by Knights Leisure. The park featured many rides, taking a target audience of families and younger children, however the park also boasted numerous thrill rides and roller coasters, including Whirlwind (a Maurer Söhne spinning coaster), Knightmare and Excalibur. The park was featured in an episode of Sooty & Co., in which presenter Matthew Corbett takes Sooty, Sweep and Soo there.

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.

Park Information

  • Location: Chorley, Lancashire, England
  • Owner: The Story Group
  • Opened: 1983
  • Closed: 2012
  • Operating season: May - September
  • Rides Total: 26
  • Roller coasters: 8
  • Water rides: 2

 

 

 


RIDES:

Rollercoaster Main Rides Children's Rides
  • Caterpillar Capers
  • Dragon Flyer
  • Gauntlet
  • Junior Dragon Coaster
  • Knightmare
  • Tower of Terror
  • Venom
  • Whirlwind
  • Dungeons of Doom
  • Excalibur
  • Excalibur 2
  • Falcon's Flight
  • Jousting Knights Dodgems
  • Kingdom in the Clouds
  • Sir Lancelot's Chargers
  • The Galleon
Water/Dark Rides
  • Camelot Cascade
  • Pendragon's Plunge
  • Clown Around
  • Cup 'n' Sorcerer
  • Human Cannonball
  • Junior Galleon
  • Junior Jousting Horses
  • Playland Express
  • Sky Divers
Other Attractions
  • Bertie Bassett's Driving School (Was Extra Charge)
  • Formula-K Go Karts (Was Extra Charge)
  • Kiddies' Indoor Playland
  • Soft indoor play area
  • Towers of Fun
     

 

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