Qualcomm At Alton Towers, Staffordshire - 29th June 2008

Isobel's company summer party is this year held at Alton Towers in Staffordshire. Even though Iz can't do any of the rides (on account of up-coming sprognation), we still decide to go anyway as it's a day out, after all. Nosher has been going to Alton Towers, on and off, for about 32 years (several years before the Corkscrew was built)- since way before it was a theme park and when the attraction was the derelict house and the extensive, impressive gardens (oh, and a pedalo pond). It's actually a good excuse to spend half the time poking around the gardens which are still just as gorgeous but, these days, largely ignored by the teaming hordes of thrill-seekers. A tragedy, really.

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'Stan' H fire off some water-cannon

Isobel on a mock pirate ship

Dan and Core give some watery retribution

An interesting (and wet) action shot

Isobel dries off

The leafy gardens of Alton Towers

Isobel wanted this photo taken as it reminded her of her Ma

Iz in the cable car

Roaming around near the Orangery

Meanwhile, back at base-camp, Guiliano, Peter and Dan plot their route

Dan, Cora and Ronan on the Rapids

Getting a bit soggy along the Rapids' course

Braving the waterfalls

Alton Towers' House: a study in dereliction

We bump into Christina and Liviu

Iz gets a go of the baby

In the grand hall, a flying baby

Isobel, like some flourescent-blue-caped superhero about to fly off, looks up

Stained glass in the great hall

A silhouette of Isobel in an empty room

Up on the roof

Odd relics litter some of the rooms

Isobel pauses on a bench

The ghost of Alton Towers walks around

More moody lighting

Iz strides around the Music Room

Some of the few windows which still have glass

Vivid moulds (or flaking paint) in the bakery

Oft-walked as a child: a path through the gardens

A purpley-blue flower

The Orangery

The Orangery is sadly getting quite derelict

Many panes of glass in the ornate ceiling are broken or missing

Sad and empty rooms

A statue looks sad too, maybe hoping for more visitors to the gardens

Isobel has a 'power nap'

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'Stan' H fire off some water-cannon