Scream if you’re a thrill seeker, scream again if you are stuck for things to do this Autumn! Escape to a world of record breaking rollercoasters and white knuckle rides. Get your pulse soaring and visit Alton Towers this Autumn.
Tucked into the heart of Staffordshire, Alton Towers has been a venue for fun and entertainment since 1839 when the then owner, the 16th Earl of Shrewsbury opened the gardens up to the public at various times of the year. Famous in the late 1800s for its festivals featuring balloon rides, clowns and acrobats the grounds of Alton Towers continued to draw crowds until it’s requisition by the Ministry of Defence during the Second World War.
After years of neglect, it was finally returned to the public domain and once refurbished took on its current incarnation as a theme park. When the restyled manor house reopened it was enhanced with the building of the famous Corkscrew ride in 1980. Along with the Pirate Ship and bobsleigh run, a couple of years later the Black Hole roller coaster ride. Since then the park has changed out of all proportions and along with the massive theme park section, there is also a water park, conference centre, crazy golf section, health spa and two hotels.
40 Thrilling Years of Alton Towers Resort!
Why you should visit this Autumn
The awesome collection of roller coasters today includes Th13teen which is located on the old site of the Corkscrew and features the first vertical free fall drop through to unexplored, dark woodland. Other famous excitement rides are the Nemesis, the main attraction in the Forbidden Valley section is the world’s first inverted ride, while Oblivion, the world’s first vertical drop ride, is the star pull in the X-Sector a sinister futuristic government facility. Rita, a ride that accelerates its occupants to 60 mph in 2.2 seconds forms part of the Dark Forest area along with the thrilling Th13teen ride.
Oktoberfest and Scarefest
Oktoberfest at Alton Towers starts from 11th September. There is delicious food and themed entertainment all with a German twist. Oktoberfest is suitable for all ages so it’s absolutely perfect for a family day trip. Within the Oktoberfest area, there will be two different stages featuring vocalists, characters, and an oompah band, German Jukebox! Rides will be staying open later. Friday – Sunday the entertainment is until 8:30 pm and Monday – Thursday there will be shows until 7 pm. Why not give this Bavarian-themed event a go.
On selected dates starting from the 9th October. The resort transforms into the home of Halloween and stays open until late so you can enjoy your favourite rides in the dark. As if they weren’t scary enough! There’s a new for 2020 outdoor horror maze, Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard for the adults and spooktacular attractions suitable for children. Head over to their website and see for yourself how much this event has to offer. We are putting it on our list this Halloween.
Stay at Alton Towers
The two hotels on-site are the classically decorated and eccentric Alton Towers Hotel which was opened in 1996 and along with the Secret Garden Restaurant has two bars that surround the ship centrepiece, which is used as a stage for entertainment events. The Splash Landings Hotel opened in 2003 has an exotic Caribbean theme and is attached to the water park. There is a buffet restaurant and bar here that overlook the water parks entertainments.
The water world area is partly indoors and part outside and is comprised of tropical water-themed rides and entertainments. Along with several speedy water slides, there is the lazy river ride and the tipping buckets. For those wishing some time away from the rides, there is still a large array of beautifully maintained mature gardens around which you can wander, as visitors have for nearly 200 years.
For more information and bookings please visit www.altontowers.com.
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