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Chained Oak film to be available free online

Legend of the Chained OakThe film based around the Legend of the Chained Oak is to be available free online from 1 December.

Based on the same Staffordshire legend as the Hex ride at Alton Towers, it had a budget of only £500.

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2014 theme park season ends

Nemesis InfernoThe 2014 season has ended for the major British theme parks, with most now closed until February or March of next year.

Alton Towers ended its season with its traditional three-day fireworks events which feature 9pm closing times.

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Ride Rater Photographer of the Year 2014

Photographer of the Year 2013As another theme park season draws to a close, we are looking to name one of you our Photographer of the Year 2014.

It is quite a simple prospect, you submit a single image to us and we will select a winner, which will be announced in December.

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Man speaks of Fantasy Island staff ‘assault’

Fantasy IslandA man has spoken of an alleged assault on him and his son by staff at Fantasy Island amusement park in Lincolnshire.

He says that both he and his 15-year-old son were involved in an altercation with members of the park’s staff that resulted in a violent attack.

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Manchester Bonfire fairground ride collapses

Heaton Park fairground ride collapsed [Manchester Evening News]A fairground ride at Heaton Park in Manchester collapsed during Bonfire Night celebrations, injuring three people.

The ride was a Ski Jump-style flat ride, the variant of which features wheeled carriages traversing a circular ramped track.

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Pleasure Island had “mixed bag” season in 2014

Boomerang rollercoaster at Pleasure IslandPleasure Island has a “mixed bag” of a season in 2014 according to its owner Melanie Wood.

The Cleethorpes attraction lost a large amount of trade during the summer due to a motorway closure, she said.

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Man charged over Alton Towers knife attack

NewsA man from Leek has been charged by police following the stabbing of an Alton Towers worker within the park’s car park.

The incident occurred on 20 September at approximately 10:50pm and it is understood that the victim was one of the park’s hotel managers.

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Paramount London park plans go on display

Paramount LondonPlans have been unveiled for Paramount London, the American film studio’s proposed new theme park for Kent.

The previously-untitled project, proposed for Swanscombe, has an estimated construction cost of £2 billion.

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Fantasy Island debts revealed at £49 million

The OdysseyFantasy Island has debts of almost £49 million, documents filed with the High Court show.

The amusement park went into administration in August this year, but has since stated that it will open for the 2015 season.

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Thorpe Park submits plans for 2016 attraction

Thorpe Park 2016 attractionThorpe Park has submitted a planning application for an indoor attraction scheduled to open for the 2016 season.

To be located west the X rollercoaster, details of what will be contained within the building are omitted from the documents.

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