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Re: Skeleton Cove lightwater valley's new attractions

Postby LoopLover » Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:43 am

^ It's strange to see that ride outside Loudon....I visit the Valley a lot though so will probably ride all of the new rides soon enough..

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Re: Lightwater Valley Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:02 pm

Lightwater Valley has sent us a press release regarding the 20th Anniversary of The Ultimate Rollercoaster.

This weekend will see the 20th Anniversary of The Ultimate Rollercoaster at Lightwater Valley, Ripon.

Over a 20 year history, the coaster named by BBC Radio One listeners and launched by Frank Bruno MBE in July 1991, has completed over 200,000 laps of the 1.5 mile track, carrying an approximate 7,500,000 passengers.

During the anniversary weekend Lightwater Valley will be welcoming back competition winners from the launch competitions which ran in regional newspapers in 1991. The winners, who are now in their 30s, will be visiting the Park with their families to experience how Lightwater Valley has changed and ride the coaster again.

The ride was formerly known as The Ultimate Beast and is Lightwater Valley's signature ride. It cemented the Park in the history books when it opened as the World's Longest Rollercoaster and, occupying 44 acres of land, the ride is still the longest in Europe.

After initial designs were completed by Big County Motioneering and the Park's original owner Robert Staveley, construction began on the ride in early 1990 and took teams from British Rail and the Park 18 months to complete.

Mark Bainbridge, General Manager & Director, said: “The Ultimate remains a huge achievement of engineering and imagination. Twenty years ago the vision of Robert Staveley to construct the longest rollercoaster in the world was a major investment for the park but, two decades on, the ride remains a massive draw for visitors and roller coaster enthusiasts from around the world.”

He added: “Constructing the roller coaster was a challenge but the end result is an enduring ride which continues to bring people great enjoyment.”

Lightwater Valley Theme Park in Ripon, North Yorkshire is home to over 40 rides and attractions. After developing from a self picking strawberry farm, rides were introduced in 1987 making it into a modern day theme park. Lightwater Valley Theme Park re-opened to visitors on 9 April 2011.

For further information on days out at Lightwater Valley visit http://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk
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Re: Lightwater Valley Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:22 am

Bonner & Hindley has sent us a press release regarding the annual maintenance of Lightwater Valley's 'The Ultimate' during their offseason.

You could be forgiven for thinking that when Lightwater Valley Theme Park closes to the public at the end of October, nothing happens there until it re-opens in the week before Easter. But, actually, quite the opposite is true.

In the ‘winter breakdown’, nearly every single one of the 33 rides - including ‘The Ultimate’, which is the longest rollercoaster in Europe - is completely stripped down for full maintenance: a huge undertaking that requires specialist engineering, experience and a lot of hard work. Anybody that was to visit the park in the summer and then pay a return visit in the winter months would find it barely recognisable, such is the scale of the breakdown.

Lightwater Valley employs 13 maintenance engineers and regularly takes on apprentices, one of whom, Mark Taylor, has just passed all his NVQ exams and is now working full-time at the theme park as a maintenance fitter. The team is headed up by Engineering Manager Tony Bolsover, who has been at Lightwater Valley for 14 years. Tony spent five years working exclusively on ‘The Ultimate’ and then becoming a supervisor before being entrusted to lead the team.

Tony said: “People probably wouldn’t expect it but winter is when the really hard work begins. “We literally completely dismantle the rides, thoroughly assess the parts and then make any fixes that need to be made in the workshop. Each and every element of the rides has to meet the exacting standards of the ride inspector (electrical, mechanical & structural), or else that ride will quite rightly not be allowed to run. “It’s a huge task, but it’s ultimately hugely satisfying; particularly when you see each of the rides working like clockwork when the park re-opens to the public in the spring.”

Each of the engineers tends to specialise on certain rides and every one of them needs - for very good reason - to complete a working at heights course before they can start maintenance on the rides. Any contractors that are used must have full health and safety regulations in place before they can start work at Lightwater Valley.
Lightwater Valley Theme Park in Ripon, North Yorkshire is home to over 40 rides and attractions. After developing from a self picking strawberry farm, rides were introduced in 1987, making it into a modern day theme park. Lightwater Valley Theme Park will re-open to visitors on 24 March 2012.
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Re: Lightwater Valley Discussion Thread

Postby Anything » Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:14 pm

Doesn't let on much, but a nice rare press release. Perhaps they need to try a Merlinesque publicity stunt.
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Re: Lightwater Valley Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:13 pm

http://www.ripongazette.co.uk/community/your-community/lightwater-valley-accomodation-plans-approved-1-5275075

A last ditch effort to save Lightwater Valley has been approved.

Plans for 106 holiday units at the theme park were unanimously approved by Harrogate Borough Council’s planning committee.

Councillors said they were “150 per cent behind the plans” which are expected to benefit Ripon and the Harrogate district as a whole.

Marketing manager Simon Edward spoke passionately about his love for the theme park to the committee.

Afterwards he said: “This is great we are really happy.

“I know a lot of my colleagues have worked very long and hard on these plans, it has been four years in the making.”

He added: “This is just the first of many big announcements to come from Light water Valley.”

Councillors were told the site would provide 54 full-time jobs in the area.

Mr Edwards stressed that the accommodation would not be like Centre Parcs and would instead encourage people to use the facilities in the local area.

He said: “We estimate visitors will spend around one and a half days at the theme park and will visit nearby attractions like Fountains Abbey, Knaresborough and Harrogate.”

Earlier in the week Lightwater Valley director and general manager Mark Bainbridge spoke of his worries about the future.

He said: “This year has been horrendous for outdoor attractions, especially those like Lightwater without accommodation.

“This year we are 12 per cent down on profits, which is the equivalent of 40,000 visitors. We can’t sustain another two years in this kind of business.”

Mr Bainbridge argued that the only way Lightwater Valley could become a sustainable business was by providing overnight accommodation.

He said: “At the end of the day, the theme park model has changed vastly. Unfortunately, all of our competitors have now gone into accommodation and several of them that didn’t are no longer in existence.”
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Re: Lightwater Valley Discussion Thread

Postby gisco » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:39 am

Kind of a bummer. Didn't know the park was in that much trouble. Maybe they should try adding some new rides to the park to increase attendance.

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Re: Lightwater Valley Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:02 pm

^Or they could just bring back the Toad Hole terrifying ride!

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Re: Lightwater Valley Discussion Thread

Postby COASTER FREAK 11 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:09 pm

Poor Toad Hole =(

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Re: Lightwater Valley Discussion Thread

Postby jmgpannal » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:52 pm

Further to this the council has given planning permission for the resort side of things.

Planned to open in 2014/2015 depending on which report or press release you read!

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Re: Lightwater Valley Discussion Thread

Postby StealthFan » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:04 am

SharkTums wrote:^Or they could just bring back the Toad Hole terrifying ride!


I never got to go on Toad Hole but Raptor Attack was pretty terrifying just due to the fact it nearly broke me in half when it hit the final brakes!

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