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Alton Towers Resort Announces A Season Of Thrilliant Events

Alton Towers Resort has announced it is planning to host a series of events for never-ending fun and thrills for 2023. Guests can expect to be immersed into a whole world of thrilliant events this season with sensational live entertainment and world-class rollercoasters. This year the Resort will see the return of Mardi Gras, Oktoberfest, the award-winning Scarefest and Fireworks Spectacular, plus Festival of Thrills is back for its second year with an exciting The Smiler themed takeover for 2023.

As the theme park prepares to re-open from Saturday 18th March, Alton Towers Resort will roll out its fun-packed season of spectacular events. In an exciting video released by the theme park today, the new line-up of events has been revealed and looks set to ensure 2023 is a year guests will never forget!


Brand-new for 2023, Alton Towers Resort has launched the Silver Annual Pass, which means guests can enjoy a year full of fun for just £99. Passholders can access the events on selected days plus receive loads more exciting benefits.

The calendar of entertainment includes:

February Half Term, Pirate Takeover (11th – 26th February)

Ahoy landlubbers! Set sail to Alton Towers Resort this February Half Term and join Captain Black and his motley crew as the infamous pirates of Mutiny Bay take over. Guests can enjoy a swashbuckling overnight stay with breakfast, live entertainment, entry to the Waterpark, nine holes of Extraordinary Golf, a treasure hunt and access to rides and attractions in Mutiny Bay. For the first time, guests can also enjoy an exciting pirate adventure for a few hours as Mutiny Bay and Towers Street open to day guests.

Image ©Merlin Entertainments

Festival of Thrills – The Smiler Takeover (17th April – 7th May)

Following the success of last year’s event, Festival of Thrills is back for its second year inviting thrillseekers to take on the Resort’s awesome rollercoasters but with a twist – The Smiler takeover. Get ready for a series of marmalising experiences dedicated to The Smiler in its 10th year.

Image ©Merlin Entertainments

Mardi Gras (20th May – 18th June)

It’s time to get jazzy as Mardi Gras is set to return with a fantabulous line-up of food, drink and live entertainment. The Carnival inspired takeover is set to dazzle as the Mardi Gras Krewes return with brand-new, high-energy entertainment, Food Street will be jam-packed with themed food from around the world, all with the backdrop of the theme park’s world-class rollercoasters and fantabulous family faves.

Image ©Merlin Entertainments

Oktoberfest (9th September – 1st October)

Back by popular demand, the family-friendly event, Oktoberfest will return to the Resort as its transformed into a Bavarian-themed destination, complete with Lederhosen-clad hosts, lots of oomptastic live entertainment, delicious German themed food and drink, plus the chance to ride world-class rollercoasters and family fave attractions.

Image ©Merlin Entertainments

Scarefest (7th – 8th, 13th – 31st October)

The season for spooktacular fun, spinetingling scares and rides in the dark is back as the award-winning Scarefest returns. The home of Halloween will host terrifying scare mazes with brand-new creepy scares, shocks and spooktacular thrills, more live entertainment across the Resort, plus Monster Ball returns for those brave youngsters. Open until 9pm each day, daring guests can face head-spinning, hair-raising rides and attractions in darkness including Wicker Man and the Alton Towers Dungeon!

Image ©Merlin Entertainments

Fireworks (3rd – 5th November)

The UK’s most fantabulous fireworks spectaculars is set to return with a bang. With brand-new special effects, the dazzling display will light up the sky to music and live action storytelling. Don’t miss out on this final opportunity to ride world-class rollercoasters in the dark before the season ends.

Image ©Merlin Entertainments

Christmas (selected dates from 24th November – 30th December)

Make magical memories this Christmas as Alton Towers Resort is transformed into the ultimate Christmassy escape with festive celebrations and seasonal sensations.

Image ©Merlin Entertainments

If one day just isn’t enough, guests can extend their stay with an overnight stay at the Resort’s iconic themed accommodation. From the UK’s only CBeebies Land Hotel and Caribbean themed Splash Landings Hotel, to enchanting log cabins and the eccentric Alton Towers Hotel, there are six delightfully themed accommodations to choose from, and with a buffet breakfast, live evening entertainment, free parking and a free round of Extraordinary Golf, it’s the perfect escape for friends and families.

Image ©Merlin Entertainments

“We are dedicated to creating a much-needed form of escape for families and thrillseekers and this year, we plan to host non-stop fun and thrills throughout the entire season. We are excited to see the return of our popular Mardi Gras, Oktoberfest, award-winning Scarefest, and mind-blowing fireworks spectacular, as well as welcome Festival of Thrills back for a second year with a special Smiler celebration. All of our events will have exciting new live entertainment, fabulous, themed food and drink and with our fantastic rides and attractions, we’re sure our guests will love the Resort’s incredible line-up this season.”

Chris Carter, Events and Entertainments Director at Alton Towers Resort

For more information about the 2023 events programme, visit: Our Special Theme Park Events | Alton Towers Resort

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