Monday, 21 November 2016

The Decaying Camelot Theme Park at Park Hall

A year ago or so I had the pleasure of giving a talk to a Masonic lodge that meets in the Park Hall hotel just past the Charnock Richard Services on the M6, in West Lancashire. Next to the hotel, one can see the decaying remains of the once popular Camelot theme park, complete with concrete castle, rides, jousting area and various activity areas. In its heyday during the 1990s, it pulled in millions of visitors, with re-enactments of medieval jousts and knights and wizards wandering around the courtyard to give the kids something entertaining and educational to do on the summer holidays.

The theme park is now closed and has become the hang out for graffiti artists and a place for people to dump their rubbish, its eerie emptiness and stark cold, empty atmosphere creating a sad and lonely picture of how the park used to be. Here are a few photos of the site.

The castle and car park.

The castle looking slightly worse for wear.

The courtyard. Once filled with crowds, now graffiti heaven.

Order out of chaos.

The remains of the jousting area

The Park Hall nightclub was still open.

The Medieval Banqueting Suite of the hotel. Scene of the lodge Festive Board.

Inside the 'Mock' Medieval banqueting Hall.

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