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bango posted a topic in Public buildings,Education & Leisure"The park was opened in 1995 by a company based in London and has since been through the hands of travelling showman Raymond Codona to its current owner, Henk BembomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Parkware Ltd. Bembom took over the park in 2002 and invested Ã‚Â£5m during his first year there, followed by an additional Ã‚Â£2m in the second. Bembom continued to bring new rides and attractions to the park each year, including another Ã‚Â£2m worth of investment in 2007. In winter 2006, Parkware moved all their operations and ride stock to Loudoun from their previous storage buildings in Margate. On 15 July 2007, 18-year-old ride operator Mark Blackwood died after falling 80 feet (24 m) from a roller coaster he was pushing, which had gotten stuck. He was taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock for treatment but died there on Monday 16 July 2007. After a two-week trial, the jury found the park owners not guilty of failing to provide proper training and supervision at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Saturday 10 October 2009. In September 2010 it was announced that the park had closedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ - From Wikipedia Part of a short road trip with Bubblehead around Scotland. This was our first stop, we arrived and decided not to take the obvious route in due to cars inside the park, instead we opted for the more 'discrete' scramble blindly through an overgrown woods and emerged in the center of the park. We manged to snap most of the bigger rides and had a good wonder about before an old chap came and politely asked us to leave the property. Thanks for looking
Hannah Pokky posted a topic in Public buildings,Education & LeisureThe park opened in 1983 and was operating seasonally until late 2012. The park was based on the story of 'Camelot, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table'. The local area was once covered by the largest lake in England Martin Mere, which was first drained in 1692 by Thomas Fleetwood of Bank Hall in Bretherton. The closure of the park was announced by Knights Leisure, in November 2012, the managing director blaming poor summer weather and events such as London 2012 and the Queen's Jubilee for declining visitor numbers. The site's future remains uncertain as the new owner is planning to redevelop the site. Current indications are that this will be a housing development. These pics are from 2 visits to Camelot, probably the last unfortunately as the rude security guard yielding a large stick gave us a good telling off the second time. and even sneakily took photographs of us to 'send to the police!' He shouted and swore for a while about how dangerous the site was and the definition of private land, reminded us that we were massive dickheads, and asked us to leave. Really fun explore, great laugh and beautiful little treasures on a fairy tale wasteland indeed Camelot is, ''The land of great knights, and amazing days.'' ham anyone?