Lightwater Valley

Lightwater Valley
Lightwater Valley logo.png
amusement park
Ripon, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Status Operating
Owner Livingstone Leisure

Lightwater Valley is a theme park located in Ripon, Yorkshire, England.

The park was recreated in the original RollerCoaster Tycoon.

History[edit | edit source]

The park first opened as a farm in 1969 and it was transformed into a theme park in 1987. The park was acquired in 1997 by Queensborough Holdings, who purchased Pleasurewood Hills the previous year.[1][2]

In 2012, a new pirate-themed area called Skeleton Cove was opened with five new rides, representing an investment of £1.2 million.[3] For 2015, the mini golf course was redeveloped and relaunched as Jurassic Adventure Golf.[4]

Lightwater Valley was sold in June 2017 to Livingstone Leisure, who also own Flambards Theme Park.[5]

The opening of the park was delayed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is expected to reopen on 18 July, however The Ultimate, Raptor Attack, and Apollo will remain closed for the rest of the season. The park states that these rides will remain closed as it is aiming to focus on families for the remainder of the season.[6]

Roller coasters[edit | edit source]

Present[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Ladybird Zierer Family 1993 Operating
Little Dipper D.P.V. Rides Family 2003 Operating
Raptor Attack Schwarzkopf Enclosed 1987 Standing but not operating
The Ultimate Big Country Motioneering Terrain 1991 Standing but not operating

Past[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
Batflyer Caripro Suspended 1996 2002 World in Miniature
Grizzly Bear Pinfari Sit-Down 2004 2008 Travelling with Buwalda
Soopa Loopa Soquet Sit-Down 1988 1994 American Adventure Theme Park
Viper Schwarzkopf Sit-Down 1996 2001 Loudoun Castle
Twister Reverchon Spinning 2001 2019 Travelling with Emerson Edwards

Attractions[edit | edit source]

Operating[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Apollo AK Rides Star Flyer 2016
Black Pearl Weber Ranger 2011
Carousel John H. Rundle Gallopers 2009
Eagle Creek Tractor Ride Metallbau Emmeln Juvenile Track Ride 2013
Eagle's Claw KMG Afterburner 2004
Flying Cutlass HUSS Pirate Ship 2011
Lightwater Express Train Severn Lamb Miniature Railway 1979
Powder Kegs HUSS Breakdance 2011
Skull Rock Zamperla Sea Storm 2011
Skyrider Preston & Barbieri Waveswinger 2006
Splash Falls WhiteWater West Dinghy Waterslides 1995
Thunderdome Maxwell Waltzer 2018
Trauma Tower Soriani & Moser Drop tower 2004
Vintage Car Rally Metallbau Emmeln Juvenile Track Ride 2015
Wild River Rapids Reverchon River Rapids 2009

Closed[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Beaver Rapids Reverchon Log Flume 2000 2002 Relocated to Vidámpark
Black Widow's Web HUSS Enterprise 2001 2017 Unknown
Carousel Savage Gallopers 2000 2007 Travelling UK
Chair-O-Plane Unknown Chair-O-Plane c.1983 1993 Relocated to Ocean Beach Pleasure Park
Chair-O-Plane Unknown Chair-O-Plane 1996 1998 Relocated to Pleasurewood Hills
Dodgems Unknown Dodgems Unknown 2013 Scrapped
Flying Camels I.E. Park Jets 2007 2016 Unknown
Flying Nellies Kolmax-Plus Jets 2017 2017 Relocated to Primrose Valley Holiday Park
Gallopers Savage Gallopers 1981 1990s Travelling UK
Go Karts Formula K Go-Karts 1980s 2010 Scrapped
Heatwave Schwarzkopf Chair-O-Plane 1998 2004 Relocated to Loudoun Castle
Helter Skelter Supercar Slip/Helter Skelter 1994 1990s Travelling UK
Hornet's Nest Chance Rides Chaos 2008 2009 Scrapped
Lightwater Wheel Technical Park Ferris Wheel 2008 2016 Relocated to Bayside Fun Park
Mexican Hat A.R.M. Trabant/Satellite 1994 2005 Relocated to Seaburn Fun Park
Octopus Bennett Twist 1996 2003 Scrapped
Octopus A.R.M. Polyp 2005 2006 Travelling UK
Shake It K.T. Enterprises Miami 2003 2003 Relocated to Primrose Valley Holiday Park
The Hawk HUSS Ranger 1997 1997 Unknown
Tidal Wave Zamperla Pirate Ship 1990 2010 Sold & stored (UK)
Toad Hole Self-built Water Chute 1982 2006 Scrapped
Veteran Cars Supercar Juvenile Track Ride 1980s 2010 Relocated to Needles Landmark Attraction
Voyager C.A.H. Voyager 1999 1999 Travelling in Poland
Waltzer R.J. Lakin Waltzer 1991 1991 Relocated to Wonderland
Waltzer Maxwell Waltzer 1992 2003 Travelling UK
Whirlwind Mondial Top Scan 2010 2010 Travelling UK
Whirlwind Mondial Top Scan 2011 2015 Travelling UK

References[edit | edit source]