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Woman falls from Worthing fairground ride

The RockerAn 18-year-old woman has been injured after falling from a fairground ride in Worthing, West Sussex.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:30pm on Thursday evening, with the ride remaining closed since.

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Theme parks to be placed on the stock market

The Swarm at Thorpe ParkAlton Towers and Thorpe Park are to be placed on the stock market by their owner, businessman Nick Leslau.

The attractions are currently operated by Merlin Entertainments on renewable 35-year leases, but are not owned by the company.

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Oakwood set to launch Sleepy Hollow attractions

Oakwood logoOakwood theme park is expected to launch new attractions based on the Legend of Sleepy Hollow short story later this year.

‘The Headless Horseman’ and ‘The Tree of the Dead’ have also been registered as trademarks with the UK government’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

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Adventure Island introduces male shirt rule

Adventure IslandAdventure Island has introduced a rule ordering males to wear shirts during the summer period.

Bare torsos have been outlawed in-line with the park’s desire to be a “family-orientated business”.

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Thorpe Park to get air link to Paris and Berlin

StealthMerlin Entertainments is to commission exclusive return flights to Thorpe Park from Paris and Berlin beginning this summer.

A return flight from the European capitals will cost 350 euros (£289) per person and includes coach transfers from Heathrow airport, as well as theme park admission.

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Alton Towers plans ‘tree house’ accommodation

Alton Towers treehouse concept artAlton Towers has submitted a planning application for ‘tree house’ accommodation within a new ‘enchanted village’ at the theme park.

Staffordshire Moorlands Council is in receipt of the application, which outlines plans for 10 tree house-type structures and a further 61 lodges.

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Alton Towers confirms 2014 opening times

Air at Alton TowersAlton Towers will open between 10am and 5pm for the majority of the 2014 season, including most weekends outside the summer.

The park will close at 5pm throughout March, April and May – with the exception of 5:30pm closures on six occasions associated with school and Bank Holidays.

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Chained Oak film completed on £500 budget

UploadA film based on the same local legend that inspired the Hex dark ride at Alton Towers has been produced on a £500 budget.

The Legend of the Chained Oak has this weekend been awarded best UK Short Film at the Stoke Your Fires film festival recognising local projects in Staffordshire.

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‘No plans’ for concert at Alton Towers in 2014

Alton Towers ruinsAlton Towers has said that is has “no plans” for a live music concert during 2014, as had been the the case during recent summers.

The Alton Towers Live concerts have previously featured acts such as JLS and Olly Murs, attracting up to 28,000 fans.

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Merlin boss criticises universal minimum wage

Nick VarneyMerlin Entertainments chief executive Nick Varney has criticised the UK minimum wage for being a universal figure applied across the country.

In an interview with the Financial Times newspaper, the 51-year-old businessman called for a tiered approach recognising varying costs of living.

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