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Paultons to open Peppa Pig attraction

Hampshire theme park plans seven new rides inspired by kids' television character

By Luke Tuchscherer

An attraction based on the children's TV show Peppa Pig is being built at Paultons Family Theme Park near the New Forest in Hampshire. Peppa Pig World – scheduled

to open by Easter next year – is being developed in partnership with Paultons, E1 Entertainment and the show's creators, Astley Baker Davies. The park will feature seven

rides inspired by the show – the Peppa Pig family car, Miss Rabbit's helicopter, Grandpa Pig's train, George's dinosaur, a Balloon ride, Danny Dog's car, George's boat and a ride in the

'clouds' around Windy Castle. Some of the most popular

and recognisable elements of the show will be recreated to make guests "feel like they are inside Peppa's world", includ- ing Peppa Pig's house, a fully

Nightingale expo unveiled by NT

Letters and artefacts belonging to Florence Nightingale have been put on public display for the first time to mark the centenary of the nurse's death. The National Trust (NT) has

made a range of memorabilia, available at Claydon House, Buckinghamshire – former home of Nightingale's sister Frances Parthenope Verney and brother-in-law, Sir Harry Verney. In addition to the exhibition,

the NT has used photographs to recreate the private sitting room once used by Nightingale. Claydon House manager

Philip Warner said: "This gives visitors the chance to discover a different aspect of the life of one of our country's most enduring heroines."

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IN BRIEF

Cleethorpes theme park to reopen

The Pleasure Land theme park

The attraction will be based on the popular children's TV character

animated attraction where visitors can watch Peppa and her family enjoying breakfast in their hill top home. Along with the themed rides

and outdoor play area, Peppa Pig World will feature the only Peppa Pig-themed indoor play area in the country. The theme park will also

boast the UK's largest Peppa Pig shop, which will sell a

range of Peppa Pig products on-site, in addition to exclusive merchandise that will only be available from Paultons. Paultons Park commercial director Steve Lorton, said:

"This is by far the largest project the park has ever undertaken and we are thrilled to have secured an exclusive license with E1 Entertainment for the UK and Ireland."

Cash pledge for Margate scheme

By Pete Hayman

Plans for a heritage attraction in Margate, Kent, have been handed a boost after the local authority agreed to contribute up to £4m towards the scheme. Thanet District Council (TDC)

has pledged £2.2m towards the regeneration of the Dreamland site, which is set to house one of the world's first amusement park of historic rides. Councillors also agreed to

borrow up to £1.8m if the scheme is unable to attract alternative funding, although the proposals are subject to approval from the full council. In addition to the funding,

TDC cabinet members agreed to start work on transferring part of the Dreamland site from

The scheme will transform the town's former Dreamland site

owner Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company, which will enable the development of the heritage amusement park. TDC is working in partnership

with the Dreamland Trust on the scheme, which has been awarded funding through the government's Sea Change initiative, as well as from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, has reopened after suddenly closing on 14 April. The park, which was owned by Flamingo Land, has been reopened by Melanie Wood, one of its directors, and new owners DewarSavile Enterprises. Mrs Wood told the BBC that 99 per recent of the 200 staff that lost their jobs would return for the relaunch on 1 May. Pleasure Island Family Theme Park was opened in 1993 by Wood's father, the late Robert Gibb.

Cumbrian mine unveils zip wire plans

The owner of the Honister Slate Mine near Keswick, Cumbria, has announced plans to develop a new zip wire attraction from the top of a 2,126ft (648m) Lake District mountain. Mark Weir's plans for the Lancaster Aerial Flight will see a cable running between the peak of Fleetwith Pike to the Honister Slate Mine Visitor Centre in the Borrowdale Valley. Plans have been submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority, which are due to be considered in June. If approved, the attraction is due to open in late summer.

Craigievar Castle reopens to the public

Craigievar Castle, near Alford in Aberdeenshire, reopened on 1 May following a two-year restoration programme. The reopening of the National Trust for Scotland-operated property marks the end of a project to replace a concrete-based harling applied during the castle's last facelift in the 1970s with a traditional lime-based alternative. The 17th century tower-house, which is built on seven floors, attracts up to 15,000 visitors a year.

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