Hi, my name is Jacob Stone and I absolutely love theme parks. I have decided to start posting about a theme park near me called Manor Fields. Before I go on about Manor Fields, I will tell you a bit about me. Firstly this is me,
I am 19 years old and my first theme park visit was to the now defunct theme park Camelot, on a school trip when I was 8. I was at the time too scared to ride any of the roller coasters. Later that same year though, I visited the amazing Alton Towers where I not only rode my first roller coaster, The Runaway Mine Train, I also rode my first “big” coaster, Corkscrew. After riding corkscrew I was hooked and couldn’t wait for the day that I was tall enough to ride the legendary Nemesis. However getting back to Manor Fields. This is my most local theme park to me. I can now get there easily by bus so I visit a lot. The park opened back in 2006 however it was only this year that the bus route started and I finally got my first visit. As I have only started visiting this year, I can only tell you information which I have researched regarding its history. Unfortunately there were very few photos from the early years.
Manor Fields opened back in 2006. It is located on the former estate of Raydell Manor, one of Britain’s lesser known lost houses. Raydell Manor, like Drayton Manor was destroyed in the 20th century. Destroyed in 1913, the Manor had just reached the age of 203 when the demolition started. Almost 100 years later, the site was developed into a theme park, ran by the Veetal family. The Veetal family had sold off their family business which was starting to get too big for them to manage. With that money they decided to open a small pirate themed park. The park opened under the name Pirate Adventure Park.
However in 2007 there was some family issues (which I wont go into) which lead to them putting the park up for sale. It was soon bought by a small entertainments company who instantly began to improve the park.
The park opened in 2008 with a second hand Vekoma Corkscrew, called Turbo Star. Turbo Star was surprisingly a massive hit and was rivalling the queue times of the B&M Wingrider also located in the park. This was down to the nostalgia it provided for many guests, reliving their childhood, and I must admit, riding Turbo Star really brought back memories from Alton Towers’ Corkscrew. Later that year, construction on a new entrance started. The previous entrance was very basic. It consisted of five wooden huts which staff claimed to be cold and even leak when it rained.
2009 saw the new entrance open with the park using its new name, Superland. The old entrance was dismantled and more second hand rides were bought; a log flume, Zamperla Wild Mouse, Fabbri Wacky Worm, Fabbri Evolution.
These new rides opened in 2010, however they didn’t see they increase in guests as the park hoped. The recession was hitting the park hard and there was very little profits. This could be seen by the guests who noticed the lack of theming.
2011 saw no new additions to the park.
2012 finally saw the addition of a completely new ride, a Mack Super Splash.
2013 saw the addition of another new ride, Skycoaster. 2013 was also the year that the park owners went into bankruptcy. The park was sold back to the Veetal family for the same price they paid for it. The Veetal family who were financially well off began the development of the second well themed land. Hoping to remove as much of the rides the previous owners had installed as quickly as possible.
2014 saw the latest new ride open, giving guests a sneak preview of the new medieval themed land. The park also changed its name from Superland to Manor Fields.
Well that brings us up to 2015, which hasn’t seen a new attraction. I will post again with more information on the attractions within the park and some photos.