Alton Towers

All the fun of the scare

We can't get enough of frightening films, video games and theatre 'experiences'. But why do we find fear so thrilling? It's all down to our biology, discovers Luke Blackall

The Big Six: Waterpark holidays

If Walt Disney World Florida feels, well, a world away, then stay closer to home at Splash Landings, located within Alton Towers theme park. It has a Caribbean motif and contains its own waterpark, with lazy river, "Bubbly Wubbly Pool" and the Master Blaster wet rollercoaster. During the summer holidays, the waterpark runs two sessions per day, from 10am-3pm and from 4pm-9pm, so an overnight stay means you'll make the most of it.

Alton Towers goes super Sonic

While some stars become the face of a fragrance line or launch high-end restaurants, Sonic has gone one better by becoming the spokeshedgehog for the Alton Towers’ ride, the Spinball Whizzer.

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Album: The Fall, Imperial Wax Solvent (Sanctuary)

"I'm a 50-year-old man!" snarls Mark E Smith on this latest Fall album, adding chippily, "What you gonna do about it?" It's not so much a question as a challenge, and a rhetorical one, at that.