So It’s Goodbye To The Log Flume At Alton Towers!

January 2nd, 2017 / Alton Towers / 2 Comments »

The Log Flume Closes At Alton Towers

Yes it’s true, the log flume at Alton Towers is no more!  After 34 years in operation, Alton Towers have announced that this ever-popular attraction will no longer be running at the Staffordshire Theme Park. When it first opened in 1981, the log flume was the longest flume in the world and was subsequently brought to world attention following Princess Diana’s memorable visit to the park.

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Princess Diana, Harry & William on the Log Flume at Alton Towers

Princess Diana, Harry & Wills on the Log Flume at Alton Towers, (courtesy of the Birmingham Mail)


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For over three decades children have grown up experiencing that first drenching on the log flume at Alton Towers almost as a rite of passage into the theme park world of fun.  Haven’t we all a photo or two packed away somewhere of our time on the log flume.

Following the successful introduction of the Corkscrew at Alton Towers in 1980, it was time to test out a different type of ride at the park that was proving popular around the world.  One year later the log flume took it’s place at the park and was an immediate hit with visitors.  The combination of the meandering journey through the woodlands coupled with heartfelt delight experienced from the 3 ever-increasing drops was a heady mix for theme park customers back in the 80’s & 90’s.

Whilst this iconic ride was re-themed in 2004 The Flume, complete with bath tubs & a sponsorship deal with Imperial Leather, essentially offered visitors the same drenching experience that we’d all come to know and love.

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Alton Towers grounds & castle ruins

Alton Towers, (photo; Phil Loach)


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It was that final descent, in full view of the waiting queues below eagerly anticipating our downfall, that we all truly remember.  Who could resist holding these arms firmly in the air to embrace the soaking awaiting us at the bottom!  This was swiftly followed by a chance to view your descent from one of the first automatic ride cameras introduced at a theme park.  We’ve surely all a photo or two packed away of a child fashioning haircuts & clothing from times long gone but my goodness that smile of pure delight doesn’t fade.

Whilst the log flume can’t compete with the heady delights that can nowadays be found on attractions such as Tidal Wave at Thorpe Park or Storm Force 10 at Drayton Manor, the flume has always held a special place in our theme park memories.  A world without the log flume at Alton Towers is surely one less star in the theme park sky.

You’ll be missed!

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  1. This is stupid they can’t get rid of the flume it is one of the biggest attractions in the park. If they have then the flume will be missed. I’ve also heard that ripsaw has been closed too! I loved that ride and now I will never go on it again?

    • Unfortunately both the Log Flume & Ripsaw have closed at Alton Towers this theme park season:( I’m with you – such a shame to see these classic rides leaving the park. Be interesting to see how the plans for SW8 develop over the coming year.