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American Adventure closes down
Posted by: Webmaster | 06 January 2007 01:18

The American Adventure theme park in Derbyshire, UK is closing down and all its rides will be put up for sale. The park will not reopen for the 2007 season.

The park has struggled to break even in recent years and attendance has fallen, the owners Venture World said. It is closing after 'a period of difficult trading' and the leasehold on the property will revert to Derbyshire County Council.

'American Adventure Theme Park states that it has invested considerably in trying to make the Park a commercial success but a fall in attendances which has been experienced across the UK theme park market has proved impossible to overcome,' the firm said in a statement.

The park was opened as Britannia Park in June 1985 by boxer Henry Cooper. But it closed 10 weeks later and receivers were called in to deal with debts of £9.5m.

The county council bought the park for £2.5m in 1986, but later sold it to Granada, who reopened the park, under the name The American Adventure, in June 1987.

Granada in turn sold it to Venture World in early 1997. In 2005 they decided to close the white knuckle rides and concentrate its efforts into making it a more child-oriented park.

Derbyshire County Council said a list of options for the site will now be drawn up and presented to the council's cabinet.

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