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Chessington World of Adventures (Established 1987)



  • Existence: Established 7 July 1987


Chessington World of Adventures Resort is a theme park, zoo, sea life centre and hotel complex in Chessington, Surrey, England. The complex sits on the grounds of the Burnt Stub mansion, which was originally built in 1348.

Chessington first opened as a zoo in 1931, with the theme park being added in the 1980s by its new owners, The Tussauds Group. The theme park was one of the first to open in the UK on 7 July 1987.

The zoo and theme park continue to operate together in the twenty first century, operating over forty rides and caring for more than 1,000 animals and are currently owned by Merlin Entertainments Ltd., following its merger with The Tussauds Group in 2007. Merlin Entertainments also owns Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, and Madame Tussauds, and is the second largest entertainment operator in the world.

The theme park is divided into areas loosely styled on a range of world cultures, including Adventure Point, Mexicana, Pirates' Cove, Wild Woods, Forbidden Kingdom, Land of the Tiger and Wild Asia. Major attractions include Vampire, Dragon's Fury, KOBRA, Scorpion Express, Zufari: Ride into Africa! and The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.

The site also operates a programme of annual events including Animal Adventures, Roar & Explore, Howl'o'ween, and Winter's Tail.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Chessington World of Adventures Postcard, c1987 - 1999

Reference code: 178C117.4
Scope and Contents

Postcard from Chessington World of Adventures with colour photographs on a tiger, two elephants, a polar bear and a lion, with red and white type.

Dates: c1987 - 1999

Circus Friends Association Collection

Reference code: NFA0122
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a large library of books and journals, as well as archival material including posters, programmes, photographs, films, handbills, research material, scrapbooks, original artwork and many other items of ephemera relating to British, Irish and European circuses

Dates: 1795 - 2020

Frankie Roberto Collection

Reference code: NFA0155
Scope and Contents

Photographs, programmes, plans, trade and advertising material, tickets, badges and other items of ephemera for British theme parks and attractions, including Alton Towers, Pleasure Land, Thorpe Park and Legoland.

Dates: c1900 - 2006

Guide and Game Book to Chessington World of Adventures, 2003

Reference code: 178Z55.6
Scope and Contents

Guide book to Chessington World of Adventures, with games and vouchers. Light blue background with red, blue, green and orange type, and a colour image of a ride at the park.

Dates: 2003

Newspaper Cuttings and Scapbooks, 1838 - 2007

Reference code: 178G21
Scope and Contents

A collection of newspaper cuttings on circus, circus proprietors and performers and scrapbooks containing newspaper cuttings, posters, programmes and other items of ephemera, covering mainly British circuses and venues such as Belle Vue and also some international circuses.

Dates: 1838 - 2007

Photographs, c1900 - 1999

Reference code: 178C117
Scope and Contents

Photographs and postcards of Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adverntures, Crystal Palace and Thorpe Park, showing sites, rides and other amusements.

Dates: c1900 - 1999

Scrapbook of Multiple Circuses, 1940 - 1946

Reference code: 178G21.21
Scope and Contents

Scrapbook of posters, newspaper cuttings, programmes and black and white photographs, relating to multiple circuses and acts including Blackpool Tower, Chessington, Chipperfield's, Paulo's, John Duffy and Belle Vue, 58p.p.

Dates: 1940 - 1946