This is a bit of a different post for me, as I must admit I am, in general, I don’t tend to hunt out abandoned sites and wouldn’t refer to myself as an ‘urban explorer’. However, I do love paranormal stuff and live for psychological horror and thrillers, so I was really excited when Ed and I learnt that the accommodation we were staying at on our last night of our break away happened to back onto an old abandoned theme park.
Camelot suddenly shut down, without much explanation, in autumn 2012, and has been left to decay since. The hotel complex used to be part of the theme park, and it is evident from the numerous car parks on site, which don’t seem to fit with the rest of the hotel.
We headed off for a little explore after dinner, once the kids were in bed, leaving my mum with them, but we couldn’t make out much as it was so dark.
We decided to set an alarm and get up bright and early to look around a little more. Getting up for 7am, we could make out a lot more in the daylight. We didn’t trespass, so I can’t claim to have properly explored, as much as I would have liked to, as I am a stickler for the rules and there was both an armed security guard and a guard dog in the park to prevent people from coming in, but we did manage to get a few photos from the front and side of the theme park, which look suitably creepy.
Some people have been inside the park, and you can find their photos, including those of the Knightmare rollercoaster, which had just been demolished before our visit, on Instagram by searching Camelot Theme Park. The experience has made me want to find more abandoned places, as I would love to take photos of them. If you know of any in England, let me know!