Camelot Theme Park combines the thrills of a modern theme park with the magic of the knights from King Arthur's round table.
Park Hall Road, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 5LP
Telephone 01257 453044 Fax 01257 452320.
My friend entered a competition and managed to win four season passes to Camelot theme park which is in Charnock Richard, Chorley in Lancashire. She very kindly decided to give my son and I a pass each so that we could make the most of lots of days out during the season and we recently had our first visit together and so I thought I would write a review on the park.
Getting there was pretty easy as we live in Lancashire and so it isn't too far from where we live. We were probably looking at around a twenty five minute drive or so which I think is perfect for a local fun day out. Camelot theme park is a short drive from the M6 too and of course you can use sat nav to find the park as well. The address is as follows:
Camelot Theme Park, Park Hall Road,
The park opens at ten in the morning but does not open every single day until the month of June. Weekends and school holidays are of course catered for though in the park and the make the most of the fact that people will want days out by opening on these times.
Parking and admittance
Parking is plentiful at Camelot and we were lucky to arrive quite early and thus get a space near to the entrance of the park. There are a lot of free spaces though around the park and so whilst you may need to walk a little to get to the main entrance you are pretty much guaranteed to park somewhere!
Now as we have free passes we obviously didn't need to queue up to purchase tickets and could just walk straight to the gates where someone scanned our free passes and allowed us entry. However, usually you would need to queue up at the castle to purchase your tickets. One thing I will say about Camelot is I think it is a lot of money to get in and so I would advise looking out for two for one vouchers which seem to be floating around or if you think you will visit a few times you should perhaps look in to buying a season pass which can prove to be much better value. What I don't like here is how the cost for adults and children is the same and I would expect at least a few pounds off the adult price for children to be honest.
The standard entrance fees are as follows:
Child over 1 metre: £28
Child under 1 metre: Free
Family of 4: £85
Season pass: £50 each or family of four for £160
Inside the park
What is nice about Camelot is there are plenty of rides which young children can enjoy. A lot of theme parks cater for the teenage or even adult audience and thankfully Camelot does seem more family orientated but there are a few rides which of course the thrill seekers will enjoy too.
As you enter the park there is a sword inserted in a stone which cannot be pulled out and it is a great photo opportunity for children to have a go at trying to pull it out! The initial area in the park is quite nice and open with a few benches and such like so I guess it may be a nice area to have something to eat.
As you walk through the park the rides are dotted around with a few together and then a small walk to find the next ones which I think works well. The first ride my son and his friend went on was the caterpillar mini rollercoaster and they both loved this as they were able to ride it on their own and so they felt quite grown up. Next we headed to the log flume which I had to ride twice as my son changed his mind about wanting to go on and I have to say we got completely soaked! As it was a gorgeous hot day this wasn't really much of an issue as I didn't look like I had entered a wet t shirt competition for too long! Dotted around there are rides such as the dragon coaster which is one I would advise you do ride with your child as it throws you about a bit and some children have been known to bang their heads when thrown forward and so I like to be able to cushion my sons head on this one. Other rides include carousels, a water slide, pirate ship, ghost train, tea cups, hot air balloons as well as some larger rides which I wouldn't let my son near! There is a smaller area towards the top of the park which features much smaller rides so that even the smaller pre school children can ride on their own making them feel grown up as well which is nice.
As well as the rides Camelot also does a jousting show which I would fully recommend. The show hasn't changed all that much even since the times when I went to Camelot as a teen but it is still well worth a watch as the silly jester entertains you and the knights battle on their horses. The show tends to be shown a few times a day but one of the shows is at lunch time and so the large outdoor jousting arena is a perfect place to sit down and eat your lunch and have a rest. The show may be a bit long for younger children as it does go on for around half an hour or so and can be a bit repetitive at times but my son and his friend did seem to enjoy it the first time we went though are less likely to want to watch it every time we go! During the show inflatables are sold for around three pounds and all the children seem to want one so this is something to be mindful of.
Dotted around the park are various stalls in which you can attempt to win large teddy prizes and this is one of my bug bears with places such as this because of course the children want to have a few go's on these things and it ends up costing you around ten pounds just to get anything worth having. I think in the future I will avoid these and would give my son a few pounds to spend in the gift shop at the end of the day to be honest as I would feel better about that! You can also have your child's face painted, photo taken or buy balloons all for a good few pounds extra and considering the cost of entry it can really become an expensive day out should you take advantage of all of the things there is on offer.
There is also a small farm area within the park in which you can feed the goats for fifty pence. This is only a small area with goats, pigs, some meerkats and small pony's but it is nice to just walk around it briefly as you go along. There is plenty of green grass in the park just to sit on and chill out for a while whilst the children play which is a good send on a hot day I think.
Food and drink
I would advise taking a picnic with you to Camelot where possible because the cost of eating can be quite high there. My friend and I didn't take a picnic as the weather was so hot we were worried it would spoil before we got to eat it and so instead we went to a rollover hot dog stall. A hotdog, fries and a drink cost £7 and so I decided to share one with my son as the hotdog was huge and we knew we would be having ice cream and things around the park anyway. There are various chip stalls, hot dog stalls, ice cream stalls and cafes dotted around but they are expensive as you would expect in a theme park and so a family of four eating would cost quite a lot really.
It is very easy to spend the day at Camelot theme park because it is a big park and there is a lot to work around as you go. We spent from 10-3 there and only left because it was so hot we were literally drained and exhausted from the day out! Considering that it was a very hot day and was busy in the park the most we queued for a ride was around fifteen minutes tops and I think this is very reasonable. The fact that there are rides for smaller children as well as teens or adults makes it a good choice for a family day out as the older children could even go off on their own for a while in the park and tackle the larger rides at the top end of the park meaning that all of the family are happy.
If we didn't have the season passes I can't say I would visit Camelot more than once a year simply because of the high cost involved. Even with the free passes it cost my friend and I £50 each for the day out including petrol, lunch, games in the park and we also went out for tea afterwards and so it is not cheap. I would recommend buying a pass as opposed to buying individual tickets if you wanted to visit more than once though as this proves much better value.
Thank you for reading my review!
We recently stayed in a hotel close to Liverpool with Little Miss and grandson and on our second day in the hotel decided to go to Camelot as it was somewhere we had never been.
Camelot is situated in a fairly rural location in Chorley, between Preston and Wigan, and is just a short drive from the M6. We found it easily enough by setting the satnav and then when we got close to the place, there were plenty of brown signs to send us on our way.
We arrived at the park and parked the car in the large free car park and made our way to the entrance. Naturally, this was easy to find, given that it was castle shaped with a large doorway. The ticket booths are just to the side of the entrance door and because it wasn't too busy, we were quickly at the front. I had a voucher for a free ticket and had also bought a ticket from an internet site for just over £10 and so because our grandson is under 1 metre in height, entry for us all cost about £40.
As soon as we got through the large gates a photographer asked if the children wanted their photo taken with a knight but they declined so I can't comment on the prices of the photos.
We had been given a map of the place but it was quite confusing so we decided to just take our chances and sample things as we went.
There are several rides including: Knightmare , Terror time, Flight of Fear, Petrifying plunges Bravehearts These rides have a height restriction and seem to be mainly for children older than Little Miss- just as well as I really didn't want to have to go on them! They did look very high and suitable for adrenalin junkies.
Not left out, there were also plenty of rides suitable for younger children. Dragon Slayer was a favourite with our grandson and Little Miss, which is a coaster for all ages although children under 1m in height must be accompanied by an adult. The ride does give great views of the park and there are parts of the ride which are very fast so hang onto little ones! Caterpillar caper, was a nice sedate ride and we found it was a gentle start to the day.
We also went on Kingdom in the Clouds which is a big wheel where you sit inside a large balloon. It goes up very slowly and then back down again and does provide great views over games square and the jousting arena. The main problem I had with this ride was the fact that quite young groups of children were able to get on a balloon unaccompanied by an adult and in the balloon in front of us, several young girls were hanging over the edge. Not being great with heights, I did find this sight quite stressful.
There is also Bertie's Driving School where children can for a charge drive around the town. Drivers have to be over 1m and under 1.4m. This is actually a chance to sit down with a cup of coffee and take a rest, so well worth the money.
No visit to a theme park would be complete without a water ride, and this we found on Pendragons Plunge and the Log Flume. The drops on these rides are big and there is no way you don't get wet, so it's a good one for the end of the day.
Twist, turn, dip and dive your way down 33ft of watery fun as you test the whole family's courage on three different but equally exciting water slides.
Other rides included: Sir Lancelot's Chargers, Cup and Sorcerer, and there is a ghost train suitable for all. All rides are explained on the website, along with height restrictions.
After spending a few hours wandering round the rides and having a go, I was beginning to think that this was just a theme park with rides and nothing else, and here was me wanting a bit of court life in Camelot. However, people started to mill around a certain area and we realised it was jousting time. The jousting is held every day in the Avalon arena which is a large arena fenced off so that the audience can sit on tiered seats and watch the show. black knight Mordred or the ever loyal Sir Lancelot.
The court jester introduces the show and before the jousting, King Arthur leads the knights into the arena. The knights and horses have their own colours and the audience are encouraged to cheer for Lancelot- lots of audience participation required or the jester does notice. The knights are very skilled and there is a show half way through with dancers, fire eaters and jugglers, and after the show, people can meet the knights.
The park also has birds of prey and Merlin's Wizardry but unfortunately, we didn't get to see these mainly because the times were not well posted and the map was confusing
There are also lots of game stalls encouraging you to part with your cash to win a cuddly toy.
When we got into the park we were given a voucher for free children's meals at Chiquito, but this restaurant isn't an option at the park Instead what is available is a large eating room with a selection of fast food outlets including Wimpy and a fish and chip place. Not very inspiring healthy or clean.
Family Ticket (4 guests) £80
Children under 1 metre in height are free of charge.
Address: Park Hall Road, Charnock Richard,Chorley, PR7 5LP
Telephone: 0870 608 2608
It's a theme park, there are plenty of rides and we enjoyed the jousting as it made the place more interesting than the usual theme park. The place does look a bit tired and needs a bit of an update. Even the shop was uninspiring and the food hall offered only greasy food.
Because the map was not easy to follow, it was tricky to work out where to go for the attractions and the toilets.
The children had a good time and it was worth a visit while we were in the area but there are better theme parks.
Thanks for reading
Living up north, we tend to think that all the major theme parks are down south...and I guess we're right! But, although Camelot may not be as major as the likes of Thorpe Park, or even the closer Alton Towers, we found on our recent visit that it still has much to offer...
My previous memories of Camelot are mainly from school trips; the most lasting impression being made actually by the resident wasps, and yes, they are still pretty rife around the jousting arena where many people go to enjoy their picnics. That said, I've never actually been stung by a wasp there, so don't let that put you off too much!
No, to be honest, I'm not really a theme park person as I don't like big rides (really don't have the stomach for anything faster than a Nissan Micra!), but I do still love the atmosphere. My favourite theme park growing up was probably Alton Towers because there is plenty to do there for me and my kind with our sensitive stomachs and sense of self preservation; I loved the river rapids, the sky train, the haunted house, tea cups, etc, and the shows, such as Beatrix Potter on Ice. The fire works were also fantastic and when I was very young, I enjoyed cheap admission prices for me and my family as I was in the Henry Hound club! However, nowadays, Henry and Henrietta are long since retired, prices have rocketed (they even want a fiver to park now!) and the park is aimed far more at groups of adults rather than children, in fact last time I went, it seemed to be turning into a bit of a dive; entertainment was sorely lacking (not nearly as many shows as there used to be!) and the place seemed full of large groups of rowdy adults - a shadow of its former self.
So I wasn't expecting too much of the 'lesser' Camelot, where we went the other month with my young nephew. However, I was pleasantly surprised! The admission was cheaper than most others, but considering that they don't have as many big rides or as much land as many others, it was still a bit pricey at £22. However, they were currently offering 2 for 1 until September 30th I believe, so we got in for half price.
Inside, there was a Knight and a photographer offering to take photographs for people, however, I felt this was quite poorly done as it seemed a bit premature as soon as you walked through the gates and would seem much less pushy if they had done them after the jousting shows instead. In fact, there are plenty of photo opportunities after these shows; informal ones you take yourself with the cast of the show, and there seemed to be a knight who would be further back to have professional photos done too, which seemed a much better idea than the set up at the entrance, as the opportunity is obviously much more appealing when you've seen the heroic knights in action!
Speaking of which, this show really is what makes Camelot stand out. It's a great idea to have the park themed on the legend of Arthur and his kingdom, and the jousting show is even better now than I remember it as a child. My six year old nephew was in tucks all the way though thanks to the resident jesters Scoop and Jest, who really are simply fantastic and very humorous and entertaining: They commentate the show and tell us who to cheer and who to boo, and even get into a bit of trouble with the not so nice knights! The knights we saw included baddies the Black knight and Sir Gawain (who I don't think actually is a baddy according to legend, but oh well, we can't leave the Black knight on his tod!), and the heroes Sir Percival and of course the legendary Sir Lancelot.
Watched on by King Arthur himself, the knights joust against each other and compete in sword combat, as well as showing off their skills by targeting shields and collecting hoops of fire with their lances. It's all very skilled and impressive; apparently the lances are genuinely very heavy, etc. The knights are very good, but the horses are just beautiful! There is a sign on the arena saying not to stroke the horses as they may bite, but at the end of the show, you can go and meet the knights and their horses, and the horses are lovely and docile, and obviously used to the kids! They look spectacular in the jousting cloaks. This show is far better than anything I've seen at any other theme park here, and just as good as the entertainment at the likes of Disneyland Paris; well worth the tenner just to see this show!
The park is very much child orientated, with lots for the young ones to do; they have junior rollercoasters, fairground rides and even a driving school and go carting (although there are small additional charges for these). There is also a fantastic magic show; the new jesters are even better then Mad Edgar! However, there's also plenty for older children, such as the Dragon Flyer, the log flume and the ghost train, as well as the adults with the big pirate ship, the new rollercoaster 'Nightmare' and Excalibur 2! But I can't really comment on those!
Other things to do include the many amusements they have in the fair ground section of the theme park, where you can win enormously oversized stuffed toys...should you so wish!
As far as food is concerned, many people take a picnic, which is fantastic as you can get to the jousting arena early to secure a good seat and eat your picnic while you wait! However, this isn't to say that the food for sale on site is inadequate, in fact, they have take away and eat in food, covering all of the basics, such as fish and chips, and treats such as candyfloss and ice cream, although they are very much missing doughnuts!
All in all, we had a fantastic day out, full of laughs and thrills, which all of us in our various ages enjoyed. Yes, the park could be improved with a few renovations, a few new rides...and doughnuts, but it's actually a great little park, which is pretty much everything a theme park should be, and who knows what will happen with it in the future, as it really does still have a lot of potential.
Highly recommend. We 1st went here 25 years ago with children now back with grandchildren. We had a fantastic day out the 3 little ones age 4, 1 and 10 months all loved it. Staff very friendly and helpful park very clean and well run. the farm was lovely No queing at the rides except log flumes which was well worth it. We went on rides lots of times. There were also 6 adults in the group and we all loved it. Everything so clean. We will be going again soon I hope.
Had a fantastic day out 4 kids aged 10 to 13.Staff very friendly park safe easy to find your way around so children can go on ahead.The farm was a delight even the mad goats who were after anyone with a bag which looked like food. No queing at the rides so you could go on again and again not reccomended on the Knightmare though!!!!!!!!!!!!We all loved it.Nice coffee too and foodcourt kept clean tables wiped after everyone.Would go again.
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.
When you arrive at Camelot, you are met at the gates by one of the characters 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 is an arcade, but i have to say i haven't actually been in there so can't comment on how good or bad it is.
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 togo and watch it on one of my visits.
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!!
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 are all friendly
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!
At Camelot the ticket prices to get in for a full day are much cheaper now.They cost around half the price then they was once before. Camelot has one problem their is no parking much available now in the car park. Also no new rides have been put in and most of their rides will be liked kids mostly. They need to add some more rides in for people over 20 to sit on! I could not find much rides apart from 4 rides there was nothing else for me to sit on here.
The theme park also had places to eat inside but even them prices were just too high for the food to. Camelot has special offers on for the kids with buy one and get one free packages being also available at times. Camelot staff are not that friendly I remember going on the bumping cars and hurting my self. Staff just did not care and said it was your own risk. Some of them speak with too much attitude so that is one thing I hate about Camelot.
Camelot's rides are only good for the kids mostly. The Log Flume is not that scary when compared to other Log Flume's I have been on. Camelot can bring a lot of fun but most of the rides will be liked by those aged 15 or under.
Camelot has to be one of the worst theme parks I have ever been to in my life! The rides were dated and falling to bits - quite literally - as the first roller coaster we were on broke down and we spent an hour sitting on it before having to climb 5ft down a filthy banking to get off!!!!! The pirate ship was boring and very run down in comparison to a similar ride at alton towers. The magic show was very disappointing and the accomodation....... (we were placed in the appartments out-with the main hotel) well I won't even start I'd be typing all night with my list of complaints............ Please don't go! Honestly put some extra money to it and go to Alton Towers or Blackpool instead...........................
I think Camelot is exactly what it says it is - a THEME park, which the theme being centred around King Arthur and the knights of the round table. So many places call themselves theme parks but aren't, so it's nice to visit one that is.
From the minute you are welcomed through the gates by King Arthur and his royal subjects (all played by actors who clearly enjoy their work and are enthusiastic about it) you are swept up in a world of mythical beasts, valiant knights and magical spells. OK - so it's designed for kids, but big kids can't fail to enjoy it either!
There are plenty of rides for children of all ages, from a section for really small children with little trains and swinging galleon ships, right up to the white knuckle rides including 'Knightmare' - a rollercoaster for the brave which includes a section called the 'psycho drop' - and the ominous sound 'The Rack'!
There are also a few indoor play areas which are ideal for when the weather here in the North does what it does best.
Also ideal for when it starts raining are the various shows which include Merlins Magic Workshop - which seemed extremely popular with the kids. It was never going to give Derren Brown a run for his money - but was amusing all the same.
The best show though is the jousting tournament, which is on the main stage area and is greet for kids and adults alike. There are a couple of hilarious 'court jesters' who warm the crowd up first and then the main show comes on complete with booing and hissing for the bad guys and cheering for Lancelot himself. The horses are stunning and the actors are very impressive in their roles.
There is also a petting zoo at the far side of the park, near the small kiddies are, where you can buy food for the animals and there are always some new babies there. The animals are free to wander around - they are very friendly and not at all shy - so make sure you don't leave your dinner on show!
There is plenty of onsite parking and places to eat in the park (although prices are quite expensive) and there are plenty of picnic areas, both indoors and out. You can get your hand stamped, so that you can leave bags and things in the car and go and get them when you're ready to eat.
Entry to the park is quite expensive (about £19 per person now I think) and there is no concession for children - although if you book tickets online, its slightly cheaper.
However, overall I would say it's definitely worth it, and we've all had a fab day out whenever we have been.
camelot is a great day out which is especially fun for children.
the theme park is located in chorley lancashire and is relatively easy to get to.
it is easily accessible by car, coach and train.
it costs around £20 for both child and adult admissions or you can buy a family ticket for around £65 which is a lot cheaper than other theme parks.
it has a number of medieval shows which are performed throughout the day where you can watch different knights jousting. children love it and it gives you chance to have a sit down and relax.
shows are included in the entry price so it is at no extra cost to yourselves.
camelot offers a variety of rides for people of all ages.
for the thrill seekers there is a variety of rides which will attract you including the rack, the whirlwind and my personal favourite excalibur 2.
excalibur is a large sword which has carriages attached to it. it lifts you up in the air and goes in all directions. not a ride for queesy people as you can be upside down for quite a while.
they have a dragon ride which is great for children its a small rollercoaster which enables you to see most of the park. they also have camelots own version of the cups and saucers a classic childrens ride. there is a junior rollecoaster which takes you on a journey in a catterpillar through a giant apple which is good fun for young thrillseekers. there is also a traditional musical carousel which is great to see at theme parks.
one of my favourite rides which can be enjoyed by the whole family is the log flume which is also a classic ride however you have to be prepared to get wet unless your great at ducking like me.
there is an indoor play area which is great for children as it has ball pools and a number of slides good if you want to warm up inside for a while.
camelot does have its own hotel however personally i think its just a good place to have a day out i wouldnt stay over however its a good idea if you are travelling a long distance to get to the park.
you can take a picnic to the park as there are a number of places where you can sit down and eat at your own leisure.
however there are places where you can buy some food such as burgers, hotdogs and chips.
really fun family day out perhaps aimed more at children.
not really a big theme park however this is not always wanted
This is one of the worst places I have been to in a long time. My son aged 6 was charged full adult price even though he is only 1.1m and could hardly go on any rides. I felt totally ripped off and I complained and received the £19 I'd paid for him back. However I still felt as if I'd thrown the other £38 away.If you like Alton Towers - don't bother going to Camelot as you will be disappointed!!!I remember going years ago as a kid and lovely it but ist is dated, and drasticly in need of updating and a good clean.The Ghost train is simply the worst ride I have been on in my entire life!!! I really wished I'd stayed at home.
Took my 2 and a 1/2 year old daughter here and she had a great day. She was a little frightened over the jousting (though did like the horses.
Very little queueing for rides. Next time would definately take sandwiches. In the "Food Court", queued 10 minutes at the Wimpy then game up. The queue at my till had moved on ONE (yes ONE) person in this time. The park wasn't even busy this day!! My wife queued for the fish and chips and this was slow but quicker than Wimpy. The many in front was told he would have to wait 8 minutes for peas. What sort of chip shop cooks peas to order!!!
Camelot is a medieval themed amusement park near Chorley in Lancashire. It is set in the beautiful Lancashire countryside, it is close to the Motorway and can be reached from J8 on the M61.
The park is split into 5 different lands:
1) Land of the Brave
The land of the brave is full of extreme, thrill seeking rides including the newest ride Knightmare (a 2 minute, 40mph plus speeds, half a mile long family rollercoaster), The rack, and Excalibur 2 (an adrenaline junkie thrill ride).
We had an exceptional time in this land, with plenty of high speed, thrills and spills. This area is targeted at teens and adults which suited us fine!
2) Merlins Playland
This land is aimed at younger children, we took my young niece and nephew here a little while ago, and there were some really great rides to keep them entertains for hours. The rides in this area include: the junior jousting horses, human cannonball, junior galleon, clown around, sky divers. There was also an indoor playland where it is safe for kids to run, jump, swing and climb to their hearts content. Not the most entertaining for the adults, but there lots of seating where we could sit and watch them play, and it was worth it because they have a whale of a time.
3) Kings Realm
This is an excellent area for all of the family with the traditional Log flume (classic water ride, brilliant fun) I was feeling brave when we went and sat in the front, got soaked but the pictures are priceless and instantly went on my myspace page.
4) Knights Valley
Suitable for most of the family this land has the Galleon pirate ship and a big wheel, the best bit about this land was the games square. You can try you luck at throwing the hoop over the pole we won a teddy Woo Hoo!
5) Squire Bumpkins Friendly Park
Finally there is the working farm of Squire Bumpkin. With the usual suspects from shire horse to piglets to guinea pig. We had a very pleasant, leisurely stroll around the farm.
I would recommend Camelot as a good family theme park, with plenty of kids of all ages.
After hearing about the new ride a Camelot my friends and I decided to go this weekend and see what it was like.
For those few who do not know what Camelot is I will give you a very brief overview:
Camelot is a great theme park located near Chorley in Lancashire (North West England). It is a themed amusement park (a land of magic and great knights). They have rides for everyone from toddler to parents as well as indoor activities and a working farm. It is close to the M61 (leave at Junction 8) and is signposted, so easy to find.
We got to Camelot for 10am (opening time), giving us plenty of time to go on all of the rides. It was free to park and cost £18 each to enter.
The park is separated into 5 different sections: Land of the Brave, Merlins Playland, Kings Realm, Knights Valley, and Squire Bumpkins Friendly Park.
We thought that the new ride Knightmare would be pretty busy later on in the day and so headed there first. We had read about this ride before going to the park and so were pretty excited about it. Advertised to pull more g force than any other ride in the UK, to be one of only 2 of its kind in the world, and to be over 2 minutes long we were all ready to see if it lived up to the hype. I have to say it did not disappoint with 6 dips and twists and speeds of over 40mph it was an exceptional ride. I would give this ride 10 out of 10.
Following Knightmare we had caught the high speed, fast ride bug and so headed off to Excalibur 2. This was a fantastic white knuckle ride. It is really fast and goes pretty high, probably not a ride for the faint hearted. I would give this ride 9 out of 10.
On to one more thrill ride before going for something a little less heart racing. We decided on the Whirlwind. We were placed in a spinning carriage, which goes around the track at super fast speeds. I would give this ride 8 out of 10.
We decided to have a break at the Magic show, Merlin the magician performs twice a day and it was entertaining, this would be good for kids and adults. The audience joined in clapping and cheering which added to the amazement and intrigue. I would give the magic show 8 out of 10
Following this we headed on over to Squire Bumpkins Farm to have a look at the animals, It is very nice to just wander around this working farm and see the animal (Pigs, Ponies, Lambs, Goats, a Horse, and a Donkey). I would give the farm 7 out of 10, a nice tranquil place, great for families with smaller children.
Once we have wandered around the farm we headed back to the Land of the Brave and went on The Rack, from this ride we got a birds eye view of the entire park. This receives 8 out of 10
Next onto Go Karts which was a small additional charge, but worth every penny, we had a brilliant time. Great to bring out the competitive side of us all 9 out of 10
After lunch we went to the Jousting Show, which was like stepping back in time to medieval England. There were jugglers, jesters, knights and trick riders. Afterwards we got to chat to King Arthur and some of the knights. 10 out of 10
On to The Galleon Ships this ride certainly helped me to find my sea legs and challenged even those of us with a cast iron stomach. Swinging from side to side, I held on and have a brilliant time. 8 out of 10
Falcons Flight was next on our list like a hot air balloon ride, we were able to take in the sights as we gently floated back down to earth.
Pendragons plunge was great with twists, turns, dips and dives, this is a water ride, where you will get wet so go on this towards the end of the ride this was my favourite ride and so much fun. I sat on an inflatable, take your courage in both hands and go down three different water slides.
Finally, Log Flume always go on the log flume last because you get wet. The log flume is a classic ride and always a great way to end the day, then back to the car to change, and go home.
If you are stuck for something to do this weekend I would highly recommend a trip to Camelot. We had a fantastic time and will definitely be going back soon.
I highly recommend Camelot's new ride Knightmare!
It has the highest g force of any ride in the UK and lasts for two minutes.
I read that Knightmare was the biggest steel family coaster in the UK today (over half mile long) .
It is great to have a ride like that and also all of the other things going on like live jousting and the farm (both of which my young kids really enjoyed).
All in all it is a great day out and I will be going again next year with the kids.