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Record investment in new European attractions

European theme parks have made a record investment in new rides and attractions in time for the 2014 season, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). Te trade association said new attractions

worth a combined £411m in capital expendi- ture (CAPEX) would open as more than 300 amusement parks in Europe open their doors in preparation for the 2014 season. Te new attractions include rides, water

parks and immersive themed environments. Te organisation linked the expenditure

to a strong performance across the conti- nent in summer 2013, both in attendance numbers and revenue, plus more interest in seasonal events such as Halloween and Christmas. Details:

Motor museum drives expansion

Haynes International Motor Museum in the UK has officially re-opened after a three-year, £5m ($8.4m, €6.1m) transfor- mation, offering a tour through time of some of the greatest cars from around the world, with each room themed by his- torical period or geography. Te project, the result of

a privately funded invest- ment, took ten years of planning and two-and-a- half years of construction work to complete. Three new exhibition

halls have been created as a result of the revamp – Minis and Micros, Century of Supercars and Motorcycle Mezzanine – with the museum now accommodating some 400 cars and motorbikes. Each of the museum’s rooms are themed by historical period or the world region that the cars hail from. Te museum, which is a charitable trust, has

Almost 76,000 school pupils visited last year

New attractions lead to record figures for Glasgow centre

Glasgow Science Centre has reaped the rewards of a busy 12 months of new col- laborations and installations to achieve a record-breaking year for visitor numbers. Te centre reported 305,485 admissions

since April 2013, marking a 12 per cent year on year increase that ensured this was its busiest year since opening in 2001. In the last 12 months, the centre has

swelled its visitor numbers through the opening of its £2m BodyWorks exhibition, entering into partnership with Cineworld to operate the IMAX, starting the refurbish- ment of Glasgow Tower and fundraising for its forthcoming exhibitions. “BodyWorks is one of the most advanced

exhibitions of its kind and has captured the imagination of children, and adults alike. It has been a big draw for our visitors across the year,” said chief executive at Glasgow Science Centre Dr Stephen Breslin. “We are now focusing on the year ahead

and building on our successes. Tere are some great projects and initiatives in the pipeline like the reopening of Glasgow Tower.” Details:

10 Haynes (leſt) first opened the museum in 1985 with just 33 cars on show

well as a children’s adventure play zone, mod- ernised events facilities, and a new entrance foyer with a shop and café. Museum chair John Haynes – famed for his

also added a reality experience in which visi- tors can ‘virtually’ re-spray a Mini motorcar, as

motoring manuals which have sold over 150m copies worldwide – said: “I never dreamed when I started out that, 30 years on, we would unveil one of the world’s greatest motoring col- lections.” Details:

New Banksy piece becomes pop-up attraction

A new graffito by renowned street artist Banksy has been removed within hours of being found and put on paid display by an ailing inner- city community centre. Te artwork, which shows a cou-

ple embracing while checking their mobile phones, was confirmed to be a Banksy aſter the artist posted a photo of it on his website. Te piece was then found a few hours later on Clement Street in Bristol. Shortly aſter, it was removed by

Te work was removed and placed on display at the youth club

the nearby Broad Plain Boys’ Club to be put on display inside the centre with entrants charged a viewing fee. Te oldest boys’ club in the city is under

threat of closure, with the registered charity needing to raise £120,000 by the end of the year or face closure. Dennis Stinchcombe, who runs the club, made an appeal in February for the community to help the club raise funds. Gordon Powell, a youth worker from the

club, told the BBC he believes the work was done to aid the struggling club. “Tere’s a massive wall he [Banksy] could have done it on but he didn’t,” said Powell. “So

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we think he did it to help us raise the money.” A sign was put up in place of the work stat-

ing: “Te new Banksy piece is being held in our club to prevent any vandalism or damage being done. You are free to come and view but a small donation will be asked of you.” Te club has since announced plans to sell

the artwork in a bid to secure its own future. Temporary pop-up attractions drawing

in big crowds have proved popular in recent times. One example, also in Bristol, includes a pop-up water slide to be installed for a day on 4 May. Details:

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