Icon: Pleasure Beach rollercoaster to open on 25 May

Icon, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has announced that its new launched rollercoaster Icon will open on 25 May.

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Alton Towers refused reduction in business rates

The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers

Alton Towers operator Merlin Entertainments has lost a claim to reduce business rates following the 2015 Smiler accident.

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Vekoma taken over by Japan’s Sansei Technologies

Dutch ride manufacturer Vekoma has been taken over by Japanese counterpart Sansei Technologies.

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Wicker Man: Alton Towers opens ride to the public

Wicker Man, Alton Towers

Alton Towers has opened its new Wicker Man rollercoaster to the public for the first time, following three days of delays due to cold temperatures.

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Review: Wicker Man at Alton Towers


Wicker Man, Alton Towers

The first wooden rollercoaster built in the UK for 22 years has now arrived at Alton Towers, after years of the park’s owners resisting calls for one to be built.

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Wicker Man: Weather delays opening of rollercoaster

Wicker Man, Alton Towers

Alton Towers has been forced to delay the public opening of its new rollercoaster Wicker Man, as sub-zero temperatures swept across the UK.

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Pleasure Island carousel ‘is sold’ despite bid ‘error’

Carousel at Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes

Pleasure Island’s 1904-build carousel ride “is sold” according to auctioneers, despite the winning bidder reportedly claiming to have bid ¬£180,000 in error.

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Could Merlin Entertainments be broken up?

The Swarm, Thorpe Park

Since becoming a publicly-listed company in 2013, Merlin Entertainments has intermittently faced questions over how it is set up.

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