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Pauton’s February fixture

Guests given ‘half-term’ season preview

Paultons will be one of several British amusement parks opening this February for the ‘half-term’ school holidays. Visitors to the park in Hampshire will get a sneak peak of the new ride for 2009 – The Edge – during the nine-day opening period (February 15 to 23).

The new attraction, pictured below, will take its first riders a month later and is the UK’s first Zamperla Disk ‘O’ Coaster (see the ride’s microsite). It will be joined around Easter by Water Works, a spray playrground added following guest requests. “Weather permitting it I think it will be exceptionally popular with our younger guests!” says the park’s Ron Griffiths.

Paulton’s established attractions include the awesome Cobra rollercoaster, Raging River, Wave Runner and last year’s new ride, the Sky Swinger (Zierer Wave Swinger).

“We have been busy getting the park ready to ensure it is looking its best when we welcome our first guests in 2009,” adds commercial director Stephen Lorton.

Despite the time of year, the weather can actually be relatively fine in February, and with children on holiday from school it makes perfect sense for parks and attractions to open their gates over the period – in fact some have previously reported very busy weeks indeed. Paultons reopens ahead of Easter on March 27, with the official opening of The Edge planned for Saturday, March 14.

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