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by Vik
Tue May 03, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: Crocky Trail, 7th May
Replies: 29
Views: 6727

Re: Crocky Trail, 7th May

Update :- Crocky Trail inform me we will be able to get the group discount of £8 even though we will be in separate cars. However, to ensure we arrive at about the same time, there will be a rendezvous point at the car park for the One Stop store in Waverton, (Thanks to Matt.C for the suggestion) wh...
by Vik
Mon May 02, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: Europa Park in summer?
Replies: 2
Views: 1528

Re: Europa Park in summer?

Will be visiting Europa Park in August as well. I would recommend 3 days on park. 3 day tickets can be purchased from Attractiontix for £87. Unfortunately there are very very few discounts available for Europa Park tickets, and tickets similar to Alton Towers bounceback tickets do not exist. One day...
by Vik
Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: Crocky Trail, 7th May
Replies: 29
Views: 6727

Re: Crocky Trail, 7th May

Apologies for lack of updates regarding this, unfortunately other things have got in the way of late. Anyway, it is still going ahead as planned. I believe the list of confirmed people below is correct :- Vik Jordan DanB Antneee Alex Stu MattMash Dagan Nora Jude Badger Russell Rob Possibly John So w...
by Vik
Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:30 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Cross Valley Path
Replies: 8
Views: 1594

Cross Valley Path

The Cross Valley path is a pussy cat compared to a treck around Hawkstone Park, and you are charged £8 for that. Not that I want to give Alton any ideas of course. :0. Had some nice walks through the Gardens and the Valley. Certainly better to take an hour out and having a gentle amble round rather ...
by Vik
Fri Apr 22, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Oblivion - Now sponsored by Fanta
Replies: 740
Views: 98792

Re: Oblivion - Now sponsored by Fanta

Oblivion remains one of the most incredibly designed rollercoasters ever created. For such a simple, yet ingenious concept, the way that the ride was put together, marketed and delivered was a revolution at that time. The TV screens and messages played out to guests, the way the drop has excellent ...
by Vik
Fri Apr 22, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The annual car park price hike. 2011 edition.
Replies: 113
Views: 10369

Re: The annual car park price hike. 2011 edition.

I don't think many people can say that public transport works better for them than car in this case. Public transport may not be ideal for most, but it is an option. Yes, it probably will take longer and most likely more planning, but it's not impossible. You have to consider how much longer the jo...
by Vik
Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:00 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The annual car park price hike. 2011 edition.
Replies: 113
Views: 10369

Re: The annual car park price hike. 2011 edition.

For me, using public transport to get to Alton Towers is not really an option. It involves 3 changes of train and a change in to a bus. Total cost is £20.00, an journey time would be in excess of 4 hours. 4 hours to travel 60 miles? Even getting the first train of the day at 6am, I would not get to ...
by Vik
Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:26 am
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: how to get there from Sheffield, nottingham etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 2893

how to get there from Sheffield, nottingham etc.

You can get advanced fares by using the split ticket method of Sheffield to Derby then Derby to Uttoxeter. Though no advanced fares between Derby and Uttox (though you can still pre-book tickets) there are plenty available between Sheffield and Derby, for as little as £3.95 one way.
by Vik
Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Oblivion - Now sponsored by Fanta
Replies: 740
Views: 98792

Re: Oblivion - Now sponsored by Fanta

The Entrance to Oblivion looks a bit garish, but the rest doesn't seem all that bad. Whilst it may not be a full refurbishment, at least it is an attempt to liven up an area, which most would agree, looks and feels very run down, and has little to no atmosphere what so ever. If only it had been spon...
by Vik
Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: Crocky Trail, 7th May
Replies: 29
Views: 6727

Re: Crocky Trail, 7th May

"Jordan" wrote:
I'll be there - this sounds a really fun place without the H&S :P

Vik, please could I have the extra space in your car from Chester Station? [-o<


Indeed you can :D
by Vik
Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Black Hole finds a new home
Replies: 14
Views: 4133

Re: Black Hole finds a new home

Great to see it looking so good. In the final years of life inside the Black Hole, it really was looking a sorry state, with all the spot weldings covering the track. The only saving grace being all this was normally hidden from view. Looked almost certain to be destined for the scrap heap, having a...
by Vik
Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: Crocky Trail, 7th May
Replies: 29
Views: 6727

Crocky Trail, 7th May

Myself and Hark are planning on taking a jolly to a lovely little place called The Crocky Trail. Based in the village of Waverton, just off the A41 outside Chester, The Crocky Trail is an outdoor adventure trail one mile in length with loads of activities along the way, such as mazes, swings, slides...
by Vik
Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:51 pm
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: LWV opening-day mini-meet, April 9th
Replies: 158
Views: 13843

Re: LWV opening-day mini-meet, April 9th

Fantastic little meet up. Couldn't get better really: Great company, great weather, a fantastic little park, and Europes 2nd Best Roller coaster. :P Nice early start with a 6.50 departure, and picking up John, Jordan & Dominique from Stockport, followed by Alex from Oldham. Everyone bar John was...
by Vik
Fri Apr 08, 2011 12:27 am
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: LWV opening-day mini-meet, April 9th
Replies: 158
Views: 13843

LWV opening-day mini-meet, April 9th

Be sorted out on the day. Probably somewhere in Ripon, as it is not far from T'Valley
by Vik
Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:03 pm
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: LWV opening-day mini-meet, April 9th
Replies: 158
Views: 13843

LWV opening-day mini-meet, April 9th

Probably around park opening time. 15 mins before would be ideal.
by Vik
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: Community News & Your Views
Topic: Tapatalk issues
Replies: 23
Views: 3966

Tapatalk issues

Seems to work ok for me, though quite a lot of the posts just show up blank or incomplete.
by Vik
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: Cheap Hotels Near Alton?
Replies: 2
Views: 1227

Re: Cheap Hotels Near Alton?

For the Weathervane, try the Old English Inns Website. Family rooms can be booked there. Most Third party websites such as Hotels.com etc only seem to allow double/twin room bookings for the Weathervane. Rooms cost vary, depending on dates, from around £40-£65. Booking through Old English Inns used ...
by Vik
Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:41 am
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: LWV opening-day mini-meet, April 9th
Replies: 158
Views: 13843

Re: LWV opening-day mini-meet, April 9th

Is anyone else considering attending, but doesn't fancy going from home to Lightwater and back in a day? I ask because it's about four hours each way for me, so I'm condsidering booking a place to stay and heading back on Sunday. By then of course I would doubtless be suffering from horrific Ultima...
by Vik
Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Justifying Price Rises & VAT
Replies: 65
Views: 6003

Re: Justifying Price Rises & VAT

Alton Towers used to operate Off Peak/Peak/Premium days, up until around the end of the 2004 season. This was dropped in favour of one standard price throughout the year, and to simplify, and give more transparent pricing. After the removal of the tiered pricing structure based on peak/off peak time...
by Vik
Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The annual car park price hike. 2011 edition.
Replies: 113
Views: 10369

Re: The annual car park price hike. 2011 edition.

I was shocked at this as well. I can also see ticket prices hitting the £40 mark by the end of the season. But the point is even if it was £10 per car families and friends will still pay it. Did I see it right, walk up price is now £41.50? And putting up parking charges? Am I right in thinking that...
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