In 2007, Alton Towers went ‘Dung-Ho’ with the opening of an adventure playground for younger children themed around the peculiarly British, and eternally fascinating, topic of ‘dung’. Interactive play areas included a Spider ‘Springy Cobweb Climbing zone’, a ‘Creepy Crawly Basharound’, Toxic Bog ‘Toadstool Boingupons’ and a Mushroom maze! Kids could also join in the Bug Chorus in the Soil Albug Hall, zip along on a silken zip wire, spring across a bog and even become a conductor in the trash can symphony, while parents watched from the trunk of a beanstalk.

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The Dung Heap is due to take up the old paddocks by the Riverbank Eye-Spy, though currently it is more like a mud heap by the first bend.

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From the Riverbank Eye-Spy bridge you can see over the duck pond to the middle of the construction site.

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The site stretches all the way to the other end of the farm alongside the big top, near the windmill.

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Construction continues on the Dung Heap. (That’s not it on the right, that’s more of a Soil Heap)

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As the site is really starting to shape up now…

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…and it’s quite large reaching all the way around the back of the Riverbank Eye Spy.

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Old MacDonald had a Dung Heap –
E-I-E-I-O – and on that Dung Heap he had a…

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Digger! E-I-E-I-O with a… umm… well a digger noise really. But what’s that over there?

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Ooh… behind the pile of dirty we can see one of the old animal shelters which used to sit in the paddock which is now home to the Dung Heap. But what else is that is I see?

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Oh look… it’s a crane… lifting into place the first piece of the playground.

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Oh yes… the Dung Heap has gone vertical people! Head for the hills!

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Just three days later and the framework for the first structure on the site is up.