Alton Towers Newsletter

Alton Towers Update – October 2018

Hello all, sorry for the very long gap between the last update and this one, but I hope you’ve all had a fantastic summer! I think we can assume that it’s over now and we’re battening down the hatches in preparation for the end of the year!

Scarefest – 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 19th October – 2nd November
Alton Towers Resort will transform into the ultimate home of Halloween this October as its award-winning Scarefest returns for 2018 with even more attractions and new live entertainment for all ages. Open until 9pm each day, guests will be able to ride rollercoasters in the dark including brand new attraction, Wicker Man. If that’s not scary enough, a new chilling scare maze – ‘Project42’ joins the award-winning line up of live action mazes for thrill seekers, inviting volunteers to find a vaccination to a horrible mutant virus! In addition, House of Monsters returns for older families with a new extended show whilst younger families can enjoy new live shows including the CBeebies Monster Ball and meet Gretyl the witch, a brand new character in the colourful ‘freaky fun zone’. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, so soak up the ‘scaremosphere’, take in the spooky sights, music and street theatre and have some spine-tingling fun! Scarefest takes place on October weekends (6th, 7th & 13th, 14th), then each day from 19th October to 2nd November 2018. Local resident passes are valid on all dates but there are additional charges for Scare Maze entry.

Fireworks – Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th November
The Fireworks set up and rehearsal schedule is a complicated beast but it starts on Monday 29th October and runs throughout the day and night until the first performance on the 3rd November. All the lighting and special effects will be tested both during the day and overnight and most of the sound set up and testing will be done via headsets, with some low level external testing between 9am and 5pm on Tuesday to Friday. By Thursday we’ll be running full dress rehearsals for performers, special effects, lights and sound and these will start at mid-night (sound will be through headsets) and then at full volume from 9am until 5pm. Friday will be a second day of dress rehearsal and then the final one will be on Saturday when we’ll test the show PA at full volume from 8am until 9am.

The show starts at 7pm so there’ll be pre-show audio from around 6pm.

The set up is dependent on weather, Scarefest volume and technical availability so there may be some slight variations, but please bear with us, and don’t worry if you see any random lights in the sky!

As ever the theme for our Fireworks spectacular is a closely guarded secret, but if I were to hazard a guess, I’d say the Beornen will be making an appearance in some guise or another! The show will run from 7pm until around 7.20pm and we will be implementing the traffic management system as we have in previous years, meaning that Wootton Lane will become one way out towards Ellastone on both nights from 6.30pm until around mid-night (depends when the last car leaves so it could be earlier). There will also be no parking along Farley Lane or Wootton Lane and the council has assured us they will be sending enforcement officers along.

Given the massive turn out we had to the shows last year, and the fact that this year has been much busier all together, we are forecasting some very big numbers for both the Saturday and the Sunday. So if you want to visit us on the Sunday you will need to pre-book to guarantee your place. Please email before 31st October and confirm how many people will be visiting and how many vehicles you will be parking. This gives us an idea of when we’ll need to stop selling tickets to the general public.

If you haven’t ordered your tickets yet, please email with a copy of your 2018/19 Council Tax bill and the team will do their best to process your request. Please bear in mind though they will be tremendously busy during Scarefest so we can’t promise you’ll have them for a specific date.

That’s it for now – if you have any questions or concerns please drop me a line.

Liz Greenwood
Local Community Engagement, Alton Towers Resort
01538 704017
07968 998 922

Please note my usual working week is Monday to Wednesday.