American Adventure Theme Park

American Adventure Theme Park
Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England, UK
Status Defunct
Operated 1985 / 1987 to 1985 / 2006
Previous names Britannia Park

American Adventure World

American Adventure Theme Park was a USA-themed theme park located in Derbyshire, England, UK. It was originally opened by the British Coal Board as "Britannia Park" in 1985, however the park only lasted 20 weeks due to financial problems.[1] The park was reopened as a Wild West theme park by Park Hall Leisure (then owners of Camelot Theme Park) in June 1987.[2]

In 1997 the park was sold to a new company called Ventureworld, headed by former Trentham Estate and Alton Towers boss John Broome. This resulted in a name change to "American Adventure World" for the park. After only a couple of seasons John Broome left the park, and it was sold to Leisure Parcs, with the park's name reverting to "American Adventure". Attendance figures dropped sharply during the early 2000s, and very little investment was made into the park. The final season for the park was 2006, which was by now concentrating on smaller children, with old thrill rides such as "The Missile" rollercoaster and Nightmare Niagra left Standing But Not Operating. The closure was due to low visitor numbers.

Roller coasters

Past (5)

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
Buffalo Ride Zamperla Powered June 1987 2006 Twinlakes Park
Mini Mine Rush Zamperla Family April 8, 2006 2006 Flamingo Land
Missile Vekoma Shuttle July 4, 1989 2004 Pleasurewood Hills
Runaway Train Big Country Motioneering Powered June 1987 2006 Travelling UK
Twin Looper Soquet Steel 1995 2006 Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko



Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Asteroid Sam Ward Round-Up 1992 1992 Travelling UK
Balloon Ride Zamperla Balloon Race 1988 2006 Relocated to Billing Aquadrome
Boston Tea Party S.D.C. Trabant/Satellite 1987 1988 Relocated to West Midland Safari Park
Canyon Trip Vekoma Canyon Trip 1991 1994 Relocated to Camelot Theme Park
Century 2000 J. Bakker Denies Ramba Zamba 1985 1985 Relocated to Barry Island Pleasure Park
Custer's Carousel Chance Rides Gallopers Unknown 2006 Relocated to Flambards Theme Park
Cyber Storm C&S Dodgems 1997 2006 Relocated to Flamingo Land
Dive Bomber Lusse Roll-O-Plane 1991 1994 Sold to John H. Rundle
Dodgems Unknown Dodgems 1985 1985 Unknown
Dream Dancer R.J. Lakin Waltzer 1991 1997 Relocated to Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
Flying Island Vekoma Observation Tower 1998 1999 Exported
G-Force HUSS Ben Hur 1989 1991/2 Sold
Giant Slide Harry Steer Engineering Giant Slide 1985 1985 Reused at park
Helter Skelter Supercar Helter Skelter 1988 2006 Travelling UK
High Sierra Zamperla Ferris Wheel 1987 2006 Relocated to Billing Aquadrome
Hully Gully A.R.M. Trabant/Satellite 1985 1985 Exported Australia
Junior Clipper Modern Products Junior Pirate Ship 1987 2006 Relocated to Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park
Miniature Railroad Severn Lamb Miniature Railway 1985 1985 SBNO (later reused)
Nightmare Niagra Big Country Motioneering Log Flume 1987 2003 SBNO (later scrapped)
Rockin' Tug Zamperla Rockin' Tug 2006 2006 Relocated to Flambards Theme Park
Rocky Mountain Rapids Big Country Motioneering River Rapids 1988 2006 Scrapped
Round-Up Chance Rides Round-Up 1985 1985 Sold
Santa-Fe Railroad Severn Lamb Miniature Railway 1987 2006 Relocated to Twinlakes Park
Skycoaster Sky Fun 1 Inc. Skycoaster 1997 2006 Sold
Snake Island Zapfun Tube Slide 1987 2006 Unknown
Starbase Slide Harry Steer Engineering Giant Slide 1987 2003 Scrapped
Tennessee Tentacles Soriani & Moser Polyp 1987 2006 Relocated to Haghtanak Park
Yankee Clipper Zamperla Pirate Ship 1987 2006 Relocated to Twinlakes Park