Lightwater Valley

WillPS

TS Member
Probably been discussed before but did Lightwater Valley ever have any chance at being successful? I would’ve thought The Ultimate opening back then would have really got the ball rolling
I don't think there was a world in which Flamingoland and LWV could really prosper. Both suffer from a relatively sparse population to the north but Flamingoland was closer to the major touristy places on the Yorkshire Coast which helped them.
 

rob666

TS Member
Lightwater did really evolve into the park...
Strawberry farm, then became a pick your own strawberry farm, then added a cafe, pig farm nursery viewing area (I kid you not) and playground.
1976 summer drought kicks in, and they build their own reservoir for the strawberries, and add a few rowing boats.
Then came the railway and a few kids rides, then a few minor coasters, then t'Ultimate to compete with the big boys, and a small shopping village.
All sort of happened over time, reactive to the situation, and it keeps evolving on a small scale.
Lack of investment messed things up, and then being passed round other groups over time has meant a bit of a loss of direction.
Lightwater was closer to the urban centres of the north, so had a bigger market area, but had nothing decent and new on the thrill side for decades, so slowly flopped in the thrill market.
It seems to be doing well now and has established itself in the young family market.
 

rob666

TS Member
I keep hearing this.
Check out the reviews, it is doing very well as a young family park.
The fact that it no longer attracts thoosies does not mean it is going to fail.
Tripe advisor and google reviews have been much more positive now the punters know the intended target group.
 

Jb85

TS Member
I keep hearing this.
Check out the reviews, it is doing very well as a young family park.
The fact that it no longer attracts thoosies does not mean it is going to fail.
Tripe advisor and google reviews have been much more positive now the punters know the intended target group.

Glad to hear it. The more good independent parks the UK industry has the better.

I think the big issue is there isn't actually many parks around for (presume your in this bracket) 30's and 40's.

Paulton and Drayton are good for my family and I, but when my wife and I go we are really limited to alton thorpe and Blackpool. We avoid the last two as one is crap and the other is full of undesirables...
Which leaves alton.which isn't great.

I few more years and the European trips can commence
 

rob666

TS Member
Thirties or forties...you are so kind to an elderly gentleman.
It is a lovely setting and park, just lacking in thrill rides.
It has a massive catchment in the west yorks conurbation, and the fine Lancashire mill towns are within a ninety minute non motorway drive.
Really miss getting quietly sozzled with my mates and their kids, pub in the wood, dodgems and the Rat, repeat, then a nice afternoon nap under the trees somewhere.
It is the sort of park where the odd ten million quid could really change the place, loads of space for development, just never happened.
Bloody yorkshire for you.
 

Jb85

TS Member
Thirties or forties...you are so kind to an elderly gentleman.
It is a lovely setting and park, just lacking in thrill rides.
It has a massive catchment in the west yorks conurbation, and the fine Lancashire mill towns are within a ninety minute non motorway drive.
Really miss getting quietly sozzled with my mates and their kids, pub in the wood, dodgems and the Rat, repeat, then a nice afternoon nap under the trees somewhere.
It is the sort of park where the odd ten million quid could really change the place, loads of space for development, just never happened.
Bloody yorkshire for you.

Merlin takeover??
 

rob666

TS Member
Could actually do a really good value job on the park.
Fix up t'Ultimate, and chuck a few cheap off the peg coasters in all the spare fields.
Decent space for the wooden pig (stargazing) sheds on the nice level camping field next to the car park.
All the shopping centre for new dark rides and dry flats.
Oh, and bring back pub in't wood, and dodgems, by 'eck.
Get in there Merlin.
 

Jb85

TS Member
Could actually do a really good value job on the park.
Fix up t'Ultimate, and chuck a few cheap off the peg coasters in all the spare fields.
Decent space for the wooden pig (stargazing) sheds on the nice level camping field next to the car park.
All the shopping centre for new dark rides and dry flats.
Oh, and bring back pub in't wood, and dodgems, by 'eck.
Get in there Merlin.

I thought the same
 
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