Knightmare as Camelot Theme Park announces closure

One of the UK’s smallest theme parks has announced it will close after 29 years.

Camelot Theme Park in Lancashire has operated for nearly three decades as a medieval themed amusement park. Whilst it boasted a variety of rides for both thrill-seekers and children suring its heydey, the park’s portfolio of attractions dwindled in the last decade. The park’s last new ride opened as far back as 2007, in the form of the widely acclaimed steel rollercoaster Knightmare.

Roy Page, Managing Director of Knights Leisure, has commented on the unfortunate situation:

“It is with reluctance we have had to take this very difficult decision. Following a number of years of declining visitor numbers, the 2012 season proved particularly challenging.

“Whilst we have become used to inclement summer weather in the UK during the past few years, a combination of the wettest summer for 100 years, the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations followed by the spectacular television coverage of the Olympic Games during our busiest months of the summer and the school holidays had a major impact on visitors to Camelot.

“I would like to thank all the staff who have helped to make Camelot Theme Park one of the region’s most entertaining visitor attractions and our many loyal visitors for their continued support over the past 29 wonderful years.”
Knights Leisure have previously announced plan to convert the site into residential housing, following the sale of the park’s major installations in the next few years.

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Adam James Whittaker is an aspiring marketer, who has worked in the theme park industry for a number of years. He believes in the preservation of amusement heritage and using marketing effectively to promote new attractions and investments.

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