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    Default American Adventure- Various visits


    American adventure has really been one of those places I have a look at if I happen to be driving nearby and have time to take a look. Therefore, I have pictures from the various phases of the site wasting away. My most recent visit, about six weeks ago, there was so little left I didn't see the purpose of changing the batteries in my well cared for camera.

    As some will know, this site was initally opened as a leisure site, known as Brittania Park, in June 1985 and the venture was a bit of a cock up resulting in the park becoming bankrupt by September the same year and a fraud investigation which resulted in prison sentantces being dished out.

    More on that aspect of the park's history here;

    http://www.heanorhistory.org.uk/britanniapark.htm

    Granada took over the site in 1986, it was then sold on to Ventureworld in 1997, and after various schemes to boost the parks dwindling gate revenue, including rebranding, and actually removing major rides instead of adding to them, the park closed announced closed for good around January 2006. The site stands as merely a lake and tell tale network of pathways around the site.

    A selection from Spring 2007;

    One redeeming feature of the American Adventure's layout was the way the park opened out in front of you once you had walked across the entrance piazzia. The entrance to the park in general was well designed, a little limited on parking perhaps, but either way the original entrance was lost due to mining subsistance towards the end of the parks years. It was difficult to close to the building close to the entrance due to security presence;


    American adventure- lakeside by theoss, on Flickr


    American adventure by theoss, on Flickr



    In fact, my preffered point of access back then was at the rear of the park, crossing a service road and entering via the River rapids. This was was the return elevator to the passneger loading platforms at the end of the ride;


    American adventure- river rapids by theoss, on Flickr

    Boat things removed the water course await disposal;


    RIver rapids- American Adventure by theoss, on Flickr

    Quite nice scenic carpentry along the rapids ride queue system. Although on a hot summer day the queue for the rapids would be huge and this did little to alleviate boredom;


    American adventure- Rapids entrance by theoss, on Flickr

    Fort Lawrence, entrance to the rapids, and a gateway to the Missile, slide and cinema tent;


    American Adventure by theoss, on Flickr

    Unvandalised at this stage, catering units still equiped and some some buildings locked;


    American Adventure kitchen by theoss, on Flickr

    Some scrap go carts;


    American adventure go carts by theoss, on Flickr

    The safe refuge from security where we hid on spotting a patrol;


    American adventure go cart repair area by theoss, on Flickr

    The big slide- needed a good waxing;


    American adventure- slide by theoss, on Flickr

    The cine projector;


    American adventure cine projector by theoss, on Flickr

    Progressing round the lake, towards the 'new' main entrance. Some rides had already been removed, including the JCBs mini diggers;


    American adventure JCB area by theoss, on Flickr

    These barriers enclosed the JCBs, which had been mounted on bases so only hydraulic arm and bucket worked. Not a bad idea to have these in a park aiming towards the family/ juvenile market, but they were only available at an additional cost on top of admission;


    American adventure JCB area by theoss, on Flickr

    Skycoaster loading platform. Something else to paid for additionally to admission;


    American adventure Skycoaster loading by theoss, on Flickr

    A thrilling crazy golf course;


    American adventure crazy golf by theoss, on Flickr

    The 'petting zoo';


    American Adventure- entrance to zoo area by theoss, on Flickr

    And the hidden assualt course, as seen on that glorious thing called TV;


    American adventure assault course by theoss, on Flickr
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    A year on, and by this time security had stood down.

    Behind the entrance kiosks;


    original main entrance by theoss, on Flickr

    To the right of this, guest relations, offices and the park's bank;


    Entrance buildings by theoss, on Flickr



    Safes by theoss, on Flickr

    To the left of here, the stores and security office;


    Security cabin by theoss, on Flickr

    One of the many security reports, security on this site were quite keen to do their job, and the site recieved many visitors;


    Security log by theoss, on Flickr

    The gun cupboard. Pyrotechnic store for the stunt shows which took place outside 'lazy lil's' Salon. The shows were put on by a group known as the 'mystic horsemen', and were pretty good;


    Gun cupboard by theoss, on Flickr

    The area here was the site of Lazy Lil's salon, and the mock up western town used for the shows;


    Down the hill by theoss, on Flickr

    The Aztec building, still secure at the time of this visit, but in here was located the Motion Master theatre;


    Aztec area by theoss, on Flickr

    Access bridge to Aztec, later destroyed by arson;


    bridge to aztec by theoss, on Flickr

    Pier 49. The only structure on site which survives to this day;


    Steamboat loading by theoss, on Flickr

    Another secured building. In Brittania days, this was the Small World building. AA used it as workshops, wardrobe and staff canteen;


    Small world building by theoss, on Flickr

    Another feature not used ofr may years- the BMX circuit;


    BMX track start by theoss, on Flickr
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    Summer 2009, and demolition is well under way;


    Blocked access road by theoss, on Flickr

    Someone seemed to have sour grapes with Security;


    Security cabin- American adventure July 2009 by theoss, on Flickr

    The stores building;


    Stores by theoss, on Flickr

    Amongst piles of rubble, the facade of Aztec;


    Aztec by theoss, on Flickr


    Half demolished by theoss, on Flickr

    The foundations of motion master,, the machine itself can now be found, I think, at Flamingoland, North Yorkshire;


    Motion master by theoss, on Flickr


    Motion master by theoss, on Flickr

    A projector room inside Aztec;


    Cinema projection room by theoss, on Flickr

    Inside Aztec;


    Inside Aztec by theoss, on Flickr


    Inside Aztec by theoss, on Flickr

    Staff catering inside the Small World building;


    Staff catering by theoss, on Flickr

    Joiner's workshop;


    Maintenance by theoss, on Flickr


    Unusual payphone by theoss, on Flickr

    Main stairs;


    Stairs by theoss, on Flickr

    View across the lake;


    Lake by theoss, on Flickr
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    And there it is gone. A river rapids boat lugged from the other side of the park and dumped in the lake and a broken camera;




    American Adventure December 2009 by theoss, on Flickr


    American Adventure December 2009 by theoss, on Flickr


    American Adventure December 2009 by theoss, on Flickr

    To this date I am not sure what is happening with the site. There was a rumour circulating that Midlands fairground showman family Mellors where interested in doing something with the site, but it's unclear if their idea isn going to progress.
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    I wonder which of the three intruders torched the security cabin???

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilnoodle View Post
    I wonder which of the three intruders torched the security cabin???

    "Well cared for camera"
    Most of those pictures were taken using my cranky old kodac, which was also well cared for but unfortunanely wobbled off a tripod on a rooftop in leeds.

    Best thing about this place? Asking the horse on the exit for a half price voucher to return to the park.
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    Fantastic report, you're obviously now really familiar with the site. Odd to think of it sat there for so long, with all of the happy novelty items just rotting. The grass looks extremely well tended in your earlier shots! (Better than my lawn anyway!)
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    Excellent report, thanks for posting this :)
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    Ah, I spend many happy minutes here. Thanks for the opportunity to relieve them.

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    Fab tour and pics, Theoss. Great to see it from the get-go up to today. A bit of a shame too...loved the first photos of the buildings when they were still there.
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