Alton Towers was the place to be this Winter, with Santa coming to visit once again bringing with him resort wide festive-cheer and entertainment. The resort provided a variety of packages to suit guests of all wants and needs.

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Prices: From £42.50pppn

Guests could stay in either the Caribbean themed Splash Landings Hotel – always a favourite in the middle of the British winter – or, for a cosier atmosphere, the traditional Alton Towers Hotel. They could also visit the Alton Towers Waterpark, tee off at Extraordinary Golf or for a slightly more sedate break relax in the resort’s award-winning Spa.

There were three spa packages available between Sunday and Thursday every week duing the winter period of 2009/10. Guests could choose between the sumptuous Indulgence Spa Break, the slightly more modest Pampering Spa Break or the new Blissful Spa Break. Here’s a break down of what each package included:

Pampering Spa Break

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in either of the hotels
  • A four and a half hour session in the Aqua Relaxation Rooms
  • Live evening entertainment

Adults (16+) from £49.50pppn

Indulgence Spa Break

  • Accommodation in either of the resort’s hotels, complete with a bottle of champagne
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Unlimited access to the Aqua Relaxation Rooms
  • Three treatments: Aromatic Balancer, Scalp Massage and a Body Exfoliation
  • Live evening entertainment

Adults (16+) from £175pppn

Blissful Spa Break

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in either of the hotels with lunch included
  • Unlimited access to the Aqua Relaxation Rooms
  • A back, neck and shoulder massage along with either and Elemis or Clarins mini facial
  • Live evening entertainment

Adults (16+) from £99pppn

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Dates: 13th-21st February
Prices: From £32.50pppn

During the February half term selected rides in the park opened for hotel guests as a preview of the 2010 season. The rides which were available were:

  • Oblivion
  • Hex
  • Air
  • Nemesis
  • The Blade
  • Duel – The Haunted House Strike Back
  • Haunted Hollow
  • Runaway Mine Train
  • Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE
  • Heave Ho
  • Marauder’s Mayhem
  • Spinball Whizzer
  • Squirrel Nutty
  • Riverbank Eye-Spy
  • Berry Bish Bash
  • Doodle Doo Derby
  • Old MacDonald’s Tractor Ride
  • Old MacDonald’s Singing Barn
  • There’s Something in the Dung Heap
  • Giant Rabbits
  • Miniature Donkeys
  • Peugeot Driving School
  • Frog Hopper
  • Gallopers Carousel
  • Wobble World
  • Twirling Toadstool

Breaks included access to both the theme park and waterpark as well as breakfast.

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Dates: 29th November, 6th, 13th, 19th-23rd December
Prices: Adults from £59.00pppn, Children from £39.00pppn

If guests fanced having a sleepover with the man himself, they could stay in either the Caribbean themed Splash Landings Hotel or the traditional Alton Towers Hotel, both of which included dinner and breakfast.

Indoor Fun: For those who just wanted a cosy indoor break there was a wide selection of attractions to keep them occupied. Guests could take a splash in the Alton Towers Waterpark, enjoy the resort’s special festive puppet show or indulge in some evening entertainment.

Outdoor Pursuits: Hardier souls could wrap up warm and head outdoors where a veritable winter wonderland awaited. As well as a round on the Extraordinary Golf course, guests could head into the theme park where the majority of the attractions in Old MacDonald’s Farmyard and Mutiny Bay were open for guests to enjoy. While down on the farm, guests could visit Santa in his magical grotto found in a secluded corner of the park where his reindeer were also waiting to meet and greet with lucky hotel guests.

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Dates: 29th November, 6th & 13th December
Prices: Adults from £29.50pppn, Children from £21.50pppn

Each Sunday in the run-up to Christmas Day, guests could spend an entire day at the resort to join in with the festive fun and have Sunday lunch with all the trimmings! They could take part in all the other activities that were available to Santa’s Sleepover guests.

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Dates: 27th-30th December, 1st & 2nd January
Prices: Adults from £55.00pppn, Children from £20.00pppn

Guests could stay in either the Caribbean themed Splash Landings Hotel – always a favourite in the middle of the British winter – or, for a cosier atmosphere, the traditional Alton Towers Hotel. They could also visit the Alton Towers Waterpark, tee off for a round of Extraordinary Golf or indulge in some evening entertainment complete with a wonderful family puppet show. Alternatively guests could take a trip over to the theme park, where the majority of the attractions in Mutiny Bay and Old MacDonald’s Farmyard were open for families to enjoy.

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Dates: 31st December
Prices: Adults from £150pppn, Children from £100pppn

On the last day of 2009 guests could stay at either hotel and splash out for the day in the waterpark, tee off at Extraordinary Golf or take a trip to the theme park, where the majority of the attractions in Mutiny Bay and Old MacDonald’s Farmyard were open to enjoy. After theur fun-packed day guests could then head back to the hotels in the evening to celebrate as a family with a selection of entertainment: a Caribbean Beach Party in the waterpark, a Family Puppet Show and the option to dance the night away with the hotels’ Live Band.

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