interesting to note how Thorpe Park has become more centralised as
the years have passed. Much of it has always been based around the
main central area, but there used to be a number of attractions
based around the lake. I remember a Norman Fort, a model building
collection (picture below), and a pirate themed train ride. The last
of these to go from the park was Thorpe Farm.
It was a large area with a number of farm buildings. One had a
display of old farming equipment, one had a shop, and one had quite
a nice counter service restaurant.
Not surprisingly the majority of the area was given over to the farm
itself, where you could go around and view a nice range of animals.
During my visits in the 90's and even early 00's this was a very
nice area, and made a pleasant break from the main park itself. As
Thorpe Park's clientele became more thrill seeker orientated it
became less and less popular. I remember on my last visit the farm
was practically empty of visitors, which detracted from the
atmosphere of the area quite a bit.
In the end it wasn't a major surprise when the decision was made to
close off the farm area of the park. Due to the lack of planning
permission for this area of the park no new rides could be built, so
it ended up as an elaborate storage area, which nowadays is only
visited by park staff.