After lots of reflection and, subsequent discussions with the owners of Lightwater Valley Theme Park, we are cock-a-hoop to announce to the world that the 2013 Big Night Out will be bigger and better than any of the previous ones.
We looked hard and seriously at last year’s event, especially the problems we had getting everyone in safely when the gates opened at 17:45. We also had several comments, the same as in previous years, about people not being able to ride The Ultimate, because it has to close early. As a result, the ride operators inform visitors when the queue has reached its maximum, so many of you were disappointed.
There seemed to be only one way round these two issues…we need to make the event longer, so everyone gets a fair chance of getting on all the rides they want and without the mad rush at the gates when they open, to get across to The Ultimate and win your place in the queue.
The outcome of all this is that for 11 May 2013, the Big Night Out will be open for rides to groups from 15:00, that’s a whole extra two and three quarter hours longer! We will have to share the theme park with the public for an hour or so, but when they leave around 16:00, visiting groups will again have exclusive access to the Park and its rides.
We are also extending the evening performances from one hour to one and a half hours, as many of you said it wasn’t long enough.
“How much more will we have to pay to get these extra benefits?” We hear you asking. Well, despite there being an increase in the cost to us in having this extra time in the park, we have decided that for 2013 you will pay the same as 2012. There will be no extra cost! We will be strict though on the early bird ticket cut-off date and will only accept applications up to and on the date itself. Any that arrive afterwards will be invoiced for the higher amount. Last year a number of group applications failed to meet the deadline, which is not fair on all the others who did.
So exciting times ahead for 2013 (as long as it stops raining!) and a lot more fun and thrills to be had by all at no extra cost!
Please share the dates with your groups and young people. Try to get them to make a note of it and make your life easier when booking for 2013. Postcards will be available soon for distribution to promote the event. If you need any for your church or group, please get in touch with one of us via the contacts page.
Watch out for further news regarding the music and line up for the Big Night Out 2013…