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Editorial: VAT cut campaign becoming desperate

UK governmentCalls for the UK government to cut VAT on tourist attractions and hotels rooms are continuing to fall on deaf ears.

Although the campaign has never gone away since it begin shortly after the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition was formed in 2010, there has been heightened press activity in recent weeks.

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Blackpool names Red Arrows flat ride Sky Force

Skyforce BlackpoolBlackpool Pleasure Beach has unveiled the name of its new Royal Air Force Red Arrows-themed ride as Sky Force.

The ride has also been revealed as being a Gerstlauer Sky Fly model, and not a Zamperla Air Race as had been widely expected.

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Flamingo Land plans expansion in Scarborough

Flamingo Land Coast [artist's impression]Flamingo Land is planning to expand its business by opening a small theme park on Scarborough seafront.

The working title of the project is currently Flamingo Land Coast, and would see rides and attractions installed on the site of the closed Futurist theatre in the North Yorkshire town.

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Merlin: A year on from public ownership

Oblivion / courtesy of M WellsEarly next month will mark a year since Merlin Entertainments become a public company and floated on the London Stock Exchange.

It was much talked about for years before it happened, with an aborted attempt taking place a few years earlier.

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Blackpool to open Red Arrows-themed flat ride

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Project 2015Blackpool Pleasure Beach will open a Royal Air Force Red Arrows-themed flat ride in 2015.

The ride is widely-expected to be a Zamperla Air Race model, similar to that opened at Drayton Manor earlier this year.

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Editorial: Lightwater Valley’s unique selling points

The UltimateThere has to be a reason why a small independent theme park such as Lightwater Valley has survived in the face of a larger neighbour.

In actually fact, the park is not as close to Flamingo Land as what is generally perceived – although it is in the same county.

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Chair-o-plane carousel ride ‘collapses’

NewsA chair-o-plane carousel ride collapsed at a funfair in Somerset last month, it has emerged.

A number of children were reportedly injured by the incident, which was reported in the local media initially.

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Why do UK parks lag behind others in the world?

Cinderella CastleWhen it comes to theme parks – specifically the ‘theme’ bit – the UK staggers behind the rest of the world.

The quality of theming at parks in Europe and the United States is fair superior in appearance and effect than that of even Britain’s most popular theme parks.

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Merlin Annual Pass offered at £119 in new sale

New Merlin Annual Pass designMerlin Entertainments is offering its standard annual pass at a discounted price of £119 in a surprise sale.

Between 1 October and 9 November the product will be available at £50 less than its usual price of £169.

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Chessington prosecuted over 2012 girl fall

Tomb Blaster entrance [©Tim Griffiths/Theme Park Junkies]Chessington World of Adventures is to be prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following a girl falling and being serious injured in 2012.

Park operators Merlin Entertainments have been summoned to appear at Redhill Magistrates’ Court on 4 November.

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