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How Vekoma helped kick-start the British theme park

Today they are often criticised for rough ride quality and lacking innovation, but decades ago Vekoma helped put obscure theme parks on the map by bringing stunning rollercoasters to the UK. In 1980, the Alton…


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Council approves Weymouth Eye land leasing

Proposed observation tower the Weymouth Eye has moved a step closer to reality as the leasing of its site was agreed by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. Merlin Entertainments have yet to obtain planning permision for the…


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Chessington offers ‘rainy day guarantee’

Chessington World of Adventures will offer free return entry to visitors if it rains for more than half an hour on any day until 22 July. The Surrey theme park’s ‘Rainy Day Guarantee’ enables guests…


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Nine stranded on M&Ds coaster for hours

Nine people were left stranded for up to eight hours when the inverted rollercoaster Tsunami stopped on its lift hill at M&Ds in Scotland. The Pinfari-made ride came to a halt at the top of the chain-driven…


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Ride photo discount returns for Merlin pass holders

The previously withdrawn 20% off ride photography has returned as a perk for Merlin Annual Pass holders. On-ride photos at Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland and Chessington World of Adventures can be bought with a…


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Competition: Lightwater model winner selected

It’s congratulations to Ellie Gelsthorpe from Livingston in Scotland, who has won the model Lightwater Valley van we offered in our latest competition. We asked you what your favourite thing about Lightwater Valley was, and…


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Merlin to challenge use of ‘Calcutta Eye’ name

Merlin Entertainments has revealed that it plans to oppose the naming of a planned ferris wheel in India as the ‘Calcutta Eye’. The British company claims the ‘Eye’ brand as its own and its most…


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Chip serving record broken at Adventure Island

The record for the world’s largest portion of chips has been broken at Adventure Island in Southend. 448kg of chips were piled into a giant chip box at the theme park, beating the previous record…