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Camelot Theme Park is a medieval theme park which is based around King Arthur and the Knights of the round table. It is a family theme park, very friendly and is a really lovely place to visit.
Arriving at Camelot Theme Park
When you arrive at Camelot, you are met at the gates by one of the characters, such as King Arthur or Sir Lancelot, and they welcome you into the park - I think this is a lovely touch and is a great starting basis for your visit. The entrance area is very large, facing you is the castle and in the centre of the grounds is Excalibur stuck in the stone, this is a great setting for photographs!! We have taken some great pictures of us "trying to get the sword out of the stone". On your right hand side is the friendly pink dragon, there is a button to press which activates the dragon and he welcomes you to the park and talks about the history of the theme. He is a really cute friendly dragon but small children, especially my daughter, appear quite frightened of him and won't go too near. There is also some stocks set in front of the castle which again is a great photo opportunity!
Inside the castle in the entrance area is an arcade which has your usual fruit machines and penny drop machines also, and last time I went in (which was quite a long time ago) there was a small go kart circuit along with some vending machines and toilets.
From the entrance grounds, it is a short walk down quite a steep slope to the main park, however before you get there you will see the log flume and happy caterpillar ride so its a good opportunity to get on these early on. There is a great selection of rides here, ranging from those for small children, right up to the thrill seeking people! The newest ride is Knightmare, a £3million ride which subjects you to more G Force than any other roller coaster in the UK (stated on the website). Other thrill rides include Whirlwind, Excalibur 2, Pendragons Plunge, Falcons Flight and the Galleon Ship.
For the younger ones there is Caterpillar Capers, Kingdom in the Clouds (a ferris wheel), a Carousel, Berties Driving School and Sir Lancelots Chargers. There are also some smaller rides for the toddlers to go on too so there really is something for everyone. Along with the rides there is a large soft play area with a cafe area for the adults to sit and have a drink or ice cream while the children play.
The Dragon Flyer ride for me is iconic, it is the main thing I ever remembered about Camelot, it is a ride that goes round the whole park so you get to see everything there as well as having fun! Its a great ride and a must for all - the only thing is its so popular there are always long queues!!!
Twice a day there is a fantastic jousting show, held in the Avalon arena this gives you a chance to see the amazing horsemanship of the knights and watch their jousting battles. Before the show the jesters provide some entertainment, which is really really funny with humour for both children and adults to understand. Then, King Arthur leads out his knights and the jesters are on hand to explain proceedings and ensure audience participation. This is where we meet the four knights, including Sir Lancelot and Sir Percival. During the jousting show the knights perform several disciplines such as Jousting at the tilt, lancing of the rings, spearing the peasants head, the Quintain and of course the foot combat using swords and maces. It is really great fun and quite amazing to watch, the jesters make it even more fun and at one point in their slot you may get wet!!! We certainly did! Who will be victorious???
There is also Merlins School of Wizardry, and this too is performed twice a day. Personally I have never been to watch this, but it is said to be a spellbinding show and I hope to be able to go and watch it on one of my visits.
Squire Bumpkins Farm
To complete your day out at Camelot, there is Squire Bumpkins farm and this is absolutely fantastic for children as they can get hands on with some of the animals. There are goats, chickens, horses, donkey's, pigs, sheep and more. In the farm there is staff onhand to give out food for the children to feed the goats, and as some of them are walking loose its a good idea to stick by as they are greedy little horrors!!
Food and Concessions
A Wimpy is situated near some of the larger rides so food is easily found, but we always find it better to take a picnic as it can get quite busy in the food hall. Also there is a little kiosk where children can have their faces painted or hair sprayed with colours. If I remember rightly i think it is about £3 for both, which isn't too bad at all and there are some lovely things to choose from - - my friends little boy was made into a Knight and he looked awesome! Also, there are several concessions in which you can win huge teddies - I personally am quite useless at them so dont tend to have a try but there's a range of games, from penny rolling, wacky ladder, to some really tricky ones like getting a ball in a barrel (sounds easy??? ha its not!) Finally there are a couple of lovely gift shops so you can take home a memento of your day out at Camelot Theme Park, things range from pencils and rubbers to mugs and t-shirts, toy swords and other themed things like that.
Camelot is situated in the lovely rural area of Charnock Richard, Chorley, Lancashire and is just a short drive from the M6 (J27) northbound, M6 (J28) southbound OR the M61 (J8).
The price for entry is £22, but if you order tickets online you can get n for £18 which is great. Quite often there are offers on buy one get one free, which again is good and it makes it a cheap day out. Children under 1 metre are free. You can buy a season pass for just £45 which enables you to go as many times during the season as you like, this is a real bargain and once you've been twice you have pretty much got your moneys worth so thats definately worth getting if you have the money. The park is very clean and well maintained, the staff on the whole are quite friendly, especially the ones on the smaller rides.
The only negative i have about the theme park is the distance between areas where the rides are, its quite a long way round for little legs or for people pushing a pram as there are some quite steep hills but thats it, there's nothing else I can fault with it at all.
All in all Camelot is a really good family day out, if you are expecting wild rides then no, this isn't the place for you. In my opinion this is one of the best childrens days out that I have so far come across, for the price, entertainment and friendliness of the place, I think its hard to be beaten!
First time i've heard of this tourist attraction. Superb review with neat run through of theme park's features; great pics too. Will be back to upgrade VH to an E asap. I’m fairly behind on my E list but promise that I will be back xXx