From Britannia Park to the American Adventure - Derbyshire's theme park in pictures

We take a look back in time at the transition from Shipley Park to theme park and then the sad closure of the much-loved American Adventure attraction...

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 1:39 pm
Chris Serle with his American Adventure tombstone.
Chris Serle with his American Adventure tombstone.

The American Adventure offered a slice of the wild west in the heart of Derbyshire – these pictures show the site’s transformation fom Shipley park to Britannia park in 1985 to The American Adventure Park in 1987 and its closure in 2007...

February 1989, The American Adventure theme park
Febuary 1985, Shipley Park, work started on Britannia Park.

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Construction of Britannia Park - which ater became The American Adventure
The official opening of Britannia Park
Santa arriving at Pioneer Playland, December 1990, The American Adventure
May 1991, The American Adventure theme park, Mexicoland opened by Samuel Magdaleno
Paddle boat, one of the rides at the attraction in 1987
Mikhail Gorbachev look-a -ike presents a certificate to missile riders
Log flume splash at The American Adventure, May 1987
Indian attacking medicine man, May 1987
American Adventure in 1989
American Adventure Ian Potts (19) proposes to Sammi Upchurch (19) after they had both been on the Skycoaster ride in 2006
The end of an era as the attraction closes
The final days as the American Adventure came to an end
American Adventure's sad closing.
The American Adventure closes down
Entrance to the old American Adventure theme park in Shipley