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Lightwater Valley

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Ripon, North Yorkshire, England

Heritage Great Britain PLC

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Located in Ripon, North Yorkshire, Lightwater Valley is one of the most popular theme parks in northern England. The park's most famous ride is The Ultimate, which was the longest roller coaster in the world when it opened in 1991 and remains the longest in terms of duration. Alongside this, a number of smaller-scale thrill rides and family-friendly attractions are on offer, including three other roller coasters.

History: Lightwater Valley first opened in 1969 as a fruit farm, evolving into a theme park with the debut of the Rat Ride (now renamed as Raptor Attack) in 1989. The debut of the 7,442-feet-long The Ultimate coaster put the park on the map, although further investments on a similar scale have not been forthcoming. After initially starting out in family ownership, the park has since changed hands twice, most recently to Heritage Great Britain PLC in 2001. The biggest additions in recent years have been Whirlwind (a Mondial Topscan ride) and the Skeleton Cove area (which hosts a number of children's rides relocated from the shuttered Loudoun Castle theme park in Scotland).

Top Rides and Shows:

Lightwater Pop Circus
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Raptor Attack
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The Ultimate
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Jurassic Adventure Golf
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Wave Rider
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Top Restaurants:

Polar Crush Station
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Cuppa Joe's Coffee Shop
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Eagle Bites
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Eat 'n' Treats
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Munch Box
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Latest News:

Universal Studios Hollywood confirms Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, backwards The Swarm debuts at Thorpe Park and Angry Birds land at Lightwater Valley.

Lightwater Valley has revealed that it will open a new activity area based around smash-hit mobile game Angry Birds in late spring 2013.

Disneyland Resort to enforce FASTPASS return windows, Disneyland Paris updates the Disney Dreams show and Lightwater Valley adds a new farm-themed area for 2013.

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