Livingstone Leisure has acquired Lightwater Valley Theme Park in North Yorkshire, UK, from Jersey-based Ball Investments for an undisclosed sum.

Located near Ripon Lightwater Valley is the latest acquisition for Livingstone Leisure, which also owns Flambards Theme Park in Cornwall and Birdland Park and Gardens in the Cotswolds.

Prior to setting up Livingstone Leisure, director Ian Cunningham, who was born and bred in Harrogate, was the UK managing director of Spanish-based Aspro Ocio.

The company has a proven track record of long-term investment in traditional family attractions, developing new features and attractions to complement and improve the existing business framework.

“We are delighted to be able to add such a high profile and established theme park in to our existing leisure portfolio,” Cunningham said. “It is a great attraction, with a great team and we’re looking forward to working with them to build on its excellent reputation.”

He added: “We’re also committed to forging stronger links with the local economy and community.”

With over 40 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is one of the UK’s most popular theme parks.

Among its signature rides is the 1.5 mile long Ultimate rollercoaster – the longest coaster ride in Europe – and the Eagle’s Claw aerial ride.