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ATAPark Guide › Dark Forest

About this area

Dark Forest started life as the Talbot Centre, a section of the park adjacent to the Towers themselves. In 1980, with the introduction of the Corkscrew, and a few other fairground style rides, its name was changed to Festival Park.

Over the years, many attractions found their way into Festival Park, only to be removed after a few seasons, or relocated to other areas of the park. No major development occurred in the area, apart from the addition of several food outlets, and a games arcade, until 1999, when the area was transformed into Ug Land - the land where fun began.

The whole area now took on a prehistoric look, with all the rides themed with dinosaur bones, and the shops were completely redesigned to fit in with the look. Indeed, the Corkscrew received its first theming since installation with new cars, and station theming.

In 2005, Rita - Queen of Speed was installed which meant a slightly awkward pairing of the overall prehistoric theme with the newer 'racing car' theme.




Food Outlets
Other Outlets

Pay-2-play arcade machines and games


Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities near Sky Ride station

Public Telephones

No - nearest in Fountain Square


Cash Point in Cave Games
Designated Smoking Areas at the bottom of Ug Land and the Sky Ride

Multimedia Items