The fascinating stories behind Britain’s forgotten theme parks
by Emma Cook/Content Editor/The Telegraph.co.uk
Theme parks are a mainstay of British childhoods, up there with sand-filled socks from seaside trips and beanbag-heavy sportsdays.
But many of these smaller bastions of fun have closed down over the years, unable to keep up with behemoths like Alton Towers and Thorpe Park. Devoid of candyfloss and merriment, many were left to fall into ruin, while others have vanished without a trace.
From a tiny replica of London to a train station turned into a children’s funfair, the hills of Britain are littered with the ghosts of amusement parks long gone. Here are the stories behind ten of them.
1. Camelot, Lancashire
Opened in 1983, Camelot theme park was once a hive of activity, with a 100ft roller coaster – the Knightmare – as one of the main attractions. Yet in 2012 the 140 acre site near the village of Charnock Richard closed down, claiming bad weather and the 2012 Olympics were behind dire visitor numbers. Now, it lies forgotten, many of its rides left to rust and moulder – a far cry from the park’s illustrious origins. Themed around the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the park took inspiration from the local area, which used to be…. Read More:
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