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DAY OF THE KNIGHTS: PART ONE
by Gary Radice
Article: Added October 2005
themagiceye had one of those 'stop in its tracks and reflect on the fact that its daughter is growing up' moments on Tuesday 2nd August 2005. Mr and Mrs magiceye had suggested Gulliver's World to said eight year old daughter on that precise day but she turned around and said: "No...I want to go to Camelot instead."
"Camelot eh?...Well, not been there for over ten years", themagiceye thought.
"Catch it before it closes", themagiceye thought.
"Home of The Gauntlet, The Whirlwind, Rack and, er, Excalibur 2", themagiceye thought.
Anyone on the trail of the 'NORTH WEST COASTers' (themagiceye's term for the coasters at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Southport Pleasureland (Defunct 5/9/06), Warrington Gulliver's World and, in some respects, Knowsley Safari Park) should certainly add this park to their itinerary.
Camelot is situated at Charnock Richard (Chorley, Lancashire), between Preston and Wigan. The park is just a short drive from the M6 (J27) or the M61 (J8). Just follow the brown tourism signs to Camelot and Park Hall. In August 2005 themagiceye did...
First impressions are always important:
Free parking, a queue line at the entrance that soon dwindled to nothingness, £16 per person entry fee as of 2005 (return again in the season and it would cost just £11 per person with coupon provided on leaflets given out). The promise of a half price return ticket if it rained continuously for 2 hours or more. Things were looking good.
Other offers included coupons that entitled holder to Buy One Get One Free (BOGOF) Popcorn and BOGOF souvenir photo key ring.
themagiceye's wife and daughter looked suitably impressed with things. Yes, Camelot could be good day out!
Once inside it was straight on to...
Jousting Knights Dodgems in The Castle Entertainment Centre (minimum height 1.4m to drive and minimum height 1.2m for passengers).
Towers of Fun soft play in The Castle Entertainment Centre (for children of 12 yrs or under there is a maximum height ride limit of 1.4m).
Cats of the Round Table (Animatronic attraction).
Camelot Log Flume (children under 1m have to be accompanied by an adult).
Caterpillar Capers: This 1991 Pinfari Big Apple type ride (pictured, right) was actually very busy on the day themagiceye was there, although to look at the photo below you probably wouldn't have thought so. (Children under 1m have to be accompanied by an adult).
Pendragon's Plunge (minimum height 1m): Obscenely long queues for what is basically a waterboggan complete with a choice of 3 slides, but fun nevertheless (pictured, right).
Formula-K Go-Karts (minimum height 1.3m to drive and minimum height 1m for passengers. Note there is an extra charge for these.)
themagiceye and family seemed to spend a long time in this section. 30 minutes queuing for two rides on the Caterpillar Capers, 20 minutes queuing for the Log Flume and 25 minutes for Pendragon's Plunge.
Fun, but time to move on to KNIGHTS' VALLEY, MERLIN'S PLAYGROUND and LAND OF THE BRAVE...