Camelot saved - for nowBy Nick Sim, Sunday, April 5, 2009 21:25
The Camelot theme park in Lancashire, UK has been saved and will re-open this season - but is still likely to close eventually.
The park has been bought by The Story Group, which says it is concentrating on preparing the rides for the new season. However, the company has also stated that it intends to pursue plans for a residential development on the site - meaning the long-term future for the park still looks bleak.
It is a short-term boost though, for those who want to visit the park one last time before it closes. The park went into receivership in February following a disastrous season which saw a huge drop in visitor numbers. Camelot has struggled in recent years to compete with larger parks such as Alton Towers and the nearby Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
The park has been leased to the newly-formed knights Leasure group, which has promised that this season will see the returns of Knights and medieval jousting, previously an important part of the park's theme. The aim is to attract a younger, family audience with older thrill-seekers expected to favour larger parks.