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Alton Towers Presents… A World of Thrilliant Events and announces 2023 opening date

  • Thursday February 2nd 2023
  • Alton Towers Resort

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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.  

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.  

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.  

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.  

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! 

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.  

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.  

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.  

Chris Carter, Events and Entertainments Director at Alton Towers Resort, said: “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.”  

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

For more information about the Alton Towers Annual Pass, visit: Annual Passes | Alton Towers Resort 

Mardi Gras Towers Street Krewe


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Alton Towers Resort annual pass 
Alton Towers Silver Pass (new for 2023)  £99pp Valid entry for 12 months (excludes 58 peak dates)  Discounted exclusion date tickets  Up to 10% off food, drinks and retail  Up to 10% off Waterpark and Alton Towers Dungeon 
Alton Towers Gold Pass  £129pp Valid entry for 12 months (excludes 18 peak dates)  Free standard car parking  Up to 20% off retail, food and drinks  Discounted exclusion dates  Discount on fastrack  3 bring a friend vouchers  Save up to 20% on short breaks  20% off Waterpark admission  20% off Alton Towers Dungeon 

About Alton Towers Resort  

Coming, ready or not! Escape to Alton Towers Resort in 2023 and get ready to experience The Curse at Alton Manor. A haunting dark ride taking you on a hair-raising journey through the abandoned Alton Manor, which has been repossessed under mysterious circumstances. Have your wits about you as you ride deeper into the historic Manor.  Learn, play and inspire children’s imaginations at the UK’s only CBeebies Land and CBeebies Land Hotel. Your little ones can meet their favourite CBeebies friends and enjoy a range of fantastical rides and attractions, including the three latest attractions, Hey Duggee Big Adventure Badge, Andy’s Adventures Dinosaur Dig and JoJo & Gran Gran At Home. Extend your stay at CBeebies Land Hotel, with delightfully themed rooms, including the latest Bing-themed bedrooms where Bingsters can enjoy the ultimate sleepover.  Throughout 2023, as well as launching an amazing new attraction, the Resort will be hosting a world of thrilliant events for the nation to enjoy including the return of Mardi Gras, Oktoberfest, award-winning Scarefest and Fireworks Spectacular, plus Festival of Thrills is back for its second year with an exciting Smiler celebration.  Alton Towers Resort provides the ultimate staycation option with five uniquely themed hotels and accommodation options for a truly unforgettable escape for friends, families and thrillseekers alike.  

For more information about Alton Towers Resort or to book your fantastical escape, please visit  


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