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Thorpe Park and Derren Brown in three-year plan

Derren Brown

Illusionist Derren Brown’s involvement with Thorpe Park over a new ride has been a three-year collaboration, he says.

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Midweek closures at Merlin theme parks in 2016

Rameses Revenge at Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park will be closed during a number of off-peak weekdays in 2016.

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Smiler ride remains under HSE prohibition notice

The SmilerThe Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers remains under a prohibition notice more than four months since it crashed.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served the order preventing the ride’s use following the 2 June incident which seriously injured five people.

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Katie Hopkins depicted in Thorpe Park maze

Katie HopkinsTV star Katie Hopkins is to be depicted in a Thorpe Park scare maze attraction during its Frights Nights events.

The 40-year-old Sun newspaper columnist, noted for her controversial views, is to be depicted by masked characters in the park’s Containment attraction.

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach plans 2018 ‘big project’

Blackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool Pleasure Beach is planning a “big project” for 2018, the park’s managing director Amanda Thompson has said.

Following the appearance of a ‘Project 2017’-marked staff vehicle parked at the amusement park this year, a major addition had been expected for that year.

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Smiler investigation “pretty much concluded”

The SmilerAn internal investigation into the Smiler rollercoaster accident at Alton Towers has been “pretty much concluded”, CEO Nick Varney has said.

The Merlin Entertainments boss said in a trading update this morning that the results of the investigation would be announced in “due course”.

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Valhalla wins award

ValhallaBlackpool Pleasure Beach’s ride Valhalla has been named Best Water Ride by US publication Amusement Today.

The Golden Ticket Awards were yesterday announced in New York, with Valhalla being the only UK winner of an award.

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Smiler ride still under HSE prohibition notice

The Smiler 1Alton Towers’ Smiler rollercoaster remains under a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prohibition notice preventing its use.

The BBC’s Local Live reporter Euan Duncan this evening reported that the enforcement action was “still in force”.

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