Theme parks

  1. During the pandemic, should you scream on a rollercoaster?

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    Video caption: A theme park in Japan has asked visitors not to for safety reasons

    A theme park in Japan has asked visitors not to for safety reasons

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    Video caption: Fantasy Island in Skegness is taking steps to make it safe for customers and staff.
  3. Fight to save Wicksteed Park gets lottery boost

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    Video caption: Wicksteed Park: 'Theme park administration brings tears to my eyes'

    A fundraising appeal to save much-loved Wicksteed Park has topped £370,000.

    The news comes as the National Lottery Heritage Fund announced it will provide the Kettering-based park an emergency grant of £247,000.

    One of the oldest theme parks in the UK, Wicksteed Park had been struggling financially due to the coronavirus lockdown.

    The park is owned by Wicksteed Charitable Trust, but was run by subsidiary company, Wicksteed Park Limited.

    That company went into administration, with the loss of 48 permanent and 67 part-time jobs, but the Trust has managed to form a new company aimed at getting the park through to next spring when it is hoped it can reopen fully.

    The National Lottery grant, added to more than £123,000 already raised by the Trust, will be used to support free access to the park, as well as staffing, security, insurance, utility bills, maintenance, refuse collection and looking after the animals there.

    Chairman of the charity, Oliver Wicksteed, said it costs £110,000 a month to run the park, even without its rides and attractions.

    He said the response from local fundraisers has been "truly outstanding".