Before this weekend, I’d never been to Alton Towers. In 21 years of being alive, I’d never managed to visit a place full of rollercoasters and water rides, even though I’d usually consider myself something of a thrill seeker.
We arrived well and truly ‘repping’ the uni with our brightly decorated ‘Edge Hill Student Union’ minibus. The sun was shining, I’d just beaten my ‘Connect 4 friend’ 10-3 on the motorway and for once, I wasn’t bursting for the toilet all the way from Ormskirk. The white knuckle rides were calling!
So, after waiting for two hours to get on the new rollercoaster Thirteen (which was well worth it, by the way), we headed to Rita to be blasted along a track at a speed I can honestly say I’ve never travelled at before without being 36,000 feet in the air. Given that Europe is currently a no-fly zone because of some volcano in Iceland, Rita probably was the fastest thing in the EU yesterday.
Oblivion would have been brilliant if it hadn’t have broken down whilst we were queuing. I’ll have to ask some of our very own Student Guides, who were stuck at the top of it when it conked out. Turns out we can’t go anywhere without causing trouble!
Finally, after shattering our bones on Sonic Spinball and Nemesis, we decided to get wet. Well, one of us did. Heading over to Ripsaw, a water ride where it looked as if most people were generally staying dry, I was quite confident that I too would escape having a jet of water shot into my face. Wrong. Turns out that I was the only one on the whole ride who did get watered. Same with the Rapids, although at least everyone else took some water damage on that one too.
Sometimes, though the deadlines are imminent and the workload is as large as ever, you just have to let your hair down. Alton Towers, for that reason, is a perfect getaway.
Just to plug our Students Union a little: They managed to get us entry tickets for £19.50 (a massive discount on what it would usually be), and loaned us the union minibus for a very small couple of English pounds each. For that, I think we were all very grateful. Don’t hesitate to contact the SU for more info if you want to book your own trips away!