2015 in the UK attraction industry: What’s coming? Part 1

The 2015 season for our attractions will soon be upon us. Join Airgates as we take a look at what’s coming this year.


The closed season blues are set to come to an end this month, as the British theme parks and amusement parks get ready to fling their gates open to the guests once again.

Alongside the current line up of favourite thrill machines and family fun, several brand new additions will be opening for the first time across the UK:

Alton Towers Resort

Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure [March 21st]

Octonauts Concept Art

Occupying the old site of the classic Beastie children’s roller coaster, the Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure will bridge the gap for the little ones. Expanding the CBeebies Land line up, the Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure will invite guests to dive in and explore the world of the popular Octonauts, making use of ‘exciting interactive elements throughout the experience’ and a twisting, turning rollercoaster layout suitiable for the littles one to enjoy.

Enchanted Village [April 18th]

In April, Alton Towers will open their third onsite accommodation in the form of the Enchanted Village. Featuring 121 lodges and five premium treehouses, the new accommodation will be themed around a fairytale village with a rustic feel and look. Located in the centre of the site is the Crooked Spoon restaurant, the cuisine in which will heavily include the use of local produce.

Each lodge will feature its own exterior decking area, a main room complete with double bed and seating area, a bathroom, and a smaller room with bunk beds for the children. Eight of these lodges will be aimed towards guests with disabilities, providing a walk-in shower and a ramp to gain access to the lodges. The lodges will sleep four, or five with a pull out bed.

The treehouses (each with a distinct, nature themed name) will permit eight guests each night, complete with their own kitchen area and hot tub on their exterior large balcony areas. The four bedrooms will each come with their own plasma TV, whilst a 50″ plasma TV will dominate the the lounge area complete with games console. The furnishings inside each treehouse will be much more luxurious than the lodges.

Treetop Quest [May]

Treetop Quest
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n May, Alton Towers will open their very own rope course: ‘Treetop Quest’. Boasting both a low rope and high rope course, this vibrant new addition will be situated just north of the Alton Towers Hotel and the Enchanted Village, the latter of which the rope course will be similarly themed on. Standing at 8m high, the first high rope course will include 19 obstacles for guests to navigate in order to reach the end. The junior low course will span heights between 3.5m – 5m and includes a zipwire to return guests back to ground level.


Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Red Arrows Skyforce [Spring]

red arrow sky force
Zooming into Blackpool Pleasure Beach for 2015 is ‘Red Arrows Skyforce’, a 72ft tall thrill ride that will reside on the site previously occupied by Bling. This Gerstlauer Sky Fly ride will allow guests to sit in the cockpit of their very own iconic Red Arrows jet , having the ability to control how many flips they do by adjusting the pitch of the wings as the gondola rotates.

The ride will include its very own shop, selling exclusive merchandise featuring Red Arrows branding and souvenirs.


Chessington World of Adventures

Year of the Penguins

chessington year of the penguins

It’s the ‘Year of the Penguins’ at Britain’s wildest adventure, and Chessington are pulling out all the stops to ensure it’s greatly celebrated. In a collaboration with DreamWorks, ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ will arrive at the resort in the form of an exclusive live show. Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private will all be on hand to bring to life their latest mishaps on stage, and will also be stopping by for meet and greets afterwards.

In a blizzard of other penguin related activity, the Penguin Cove area will feature a much larger viewing area with covered seating. A brand new walkthrough feature will allow guests to get closer to the feathered residents than ever before, viewing the parks Humboldt penguins from new and exciting angles.


Drayton Manor

Thomas Land Expansion [Easter]

thomas land

The hugely popular area based around everyones favourite steam engine is set to almost double in size for Easter.

With three brand new rides and the opening of Sodor Airport, Drayton Manor is steaming ahead ready for its 65th season. Read our full article surrounding the Thomas Land expansion here.


Dreamland Margate

Scenic Railway [Summer 2015]

scenic railway

Later this year, the hugely anticipated restoration of the Scenic Railway will finally come to a conclusion, and the general public will finally be able to relive the classic crown jewel of Dreamland Margate. The rebranded heritage park is still yet to receive and opening date on the whole, but are being very vehement on social media surrounding the vibrant upcoming future.


Stay tuned for part 2 for our look at the new developments for Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, Legoland Windsor, Oakwood, Thorpe Park and more!