£1m investment for new activity park

Children try out the new Angry Birds activity at Lightwater Valley.
Children try out the new Angry Birds activity at Lightwater Valley.
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A worldwide phenomenon is flying into Ripon this spring as Lightwater Valley confirms it will be home to the UK’s latest Angry Birds activity park.

The theme park’s new Angry Birds centre is only the second in the UK and covers more than 30,000 sq ft of the park’s site.

Lightwater Valley’s general manager Mark Bainbridge told the Gazette: “We are delighted that the global phenomenon that is Angry Birds has landed at Lightwater.

“We feel that the new activity park is a really good fit for us as a leading family attraction – and what we really like is it will get children and adults alike active while having fun together.”

The Angry Birds activity park – which cost the theme park more than £1m – will combine the game’s digital world with activity-based play, encouraging visitors old and young to move around and be active.

The activity park – designed and manufactured by Lappset UK, a leading provider of play equipment – will be complemented by an Angry Birds retail store selling a wide range of Angry Birds official merchandise – from pencils to back-packs to plush toys.

Angry Birds has been downloaded more than a billion times across the world, and last year it was the most popular paid-for app on Apple’s app store.

Mr Bainbridge added: “It’s opening will mark the start of an exciting programme of developments, which will improve and diversify the theme park’s offer and reinforce our commitment to providing quality leisure experiences for the whole family.”

l Visit www.lightwatervalley.co.uk/angrybirds for more details. For further information on days out at the park visit www.lightwatervalley.co.uk