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Introducing Wicker Man at Alton Towers

Introducing Wicker Man at Alton Towers

Alton Towers Resort has released first-look images of their latest thrill attraction Wicker Man, the first wooden rollercoaster to be built in the UK for 21 years, with the unique thrill of fire. The dramatic images reveal a spectacular six-story (57.7ft) structure, featuring an impressive human face on one side and ram’s head on the other, which bursts into flames as the train races through its chest.

Alongside the new images of Wicker Man in all its glory, further details revealed include:

- The height of the Wicker Man structure is 17.55m (57.57ft)

- Over 40,000 tonnes of soil has been excavated to build the new attraction

- Track spans 2,000ft and is made from naturally treated timber, hand-carved specifically for the project

- Every ride will house 2 trains, each made up of 6 wooden carriages carrying 12 passengers (24 passengers per ride)

- Alton Towers Resort has invested £16 million into the creation of Wicker Man which has been in development for the last four years

- Wicker Man will open to the public this Spring

Before boarding Wicker Man, riders will embark on a journey into the world of the Beornen, a secret community living in the woods around Alton. Lured in by chanting, rhythmic sounds and unseen eyes watching them, guests will ‘be chosen’ to take part in the cinematic ‘pre-show’ before braving the ride itself.

Francis Jackson, Operations Director at Alton Towers Resort, commented: “Wicker Man is Alton Towers’ most ambitious project to date and we’re really excited to finally reveal our newest thrill attraction to the world. We’ve spent four years creating an experience that is truly spectacular by investing in the latest technologies which combine wood, fire and special effects to give riders the genuine feeling that they will be racing though flames. We can’t wait for everyone to experience Wicker Man when the park opens this Spring.”

Keep up to date with the latest Wicker Man news by visiting or searching #WickerManRide across social media. Make sure you take advantage of your Alton Towers discount through Defence Discount Service by logging in to the website or free Defence Discount Service mobile app.

£15 Anywhere to anywhere return - National Express

£15 Anywhere to anywhere return - National Express


We are pleased to launch an exclusive new tariff available for members of Defence Discount Service for National Express. The £15 Anywhere to anywhere return.

This new offer allows members to purchase a voucher that will allow them to book a journey with National Express from anywhere, going to anywhere return, for just £15.

National Express do already have some great offers on the Defence Discount Service website for members, offering serving members a 60% discount and all other members 30% discount.  These great offers are still available for members, with the new tariff being available for journeys that may still be over the £15 mark.

To take advantage of this new offer simply:

1. Log in to the website or app and navigate to the National Express offer

2. Click through to the booking portal from the £15 offer

3. Buy your voucher(s)

4. Follow the instructions that are shown on screen and emailed to you - website to book will be shown on this email and on screen

5. Use your codes to buy anywhere to anywhere return tickets

6. Receive your tickets on email in e-ticket format.


New DDS App features

New DDS App features

The Defence Discount Service app is brought to you from the official Ministry of Defence discount service for the UK's Armed Forces, Veterans and Armed Forces community.

With thousands of offers available through Defence Discount Service, our app acts as an ideal way to search, find and remember those offers that are of particular interest to how and where you shop. We have designed the app so that all offers and features are simply a swipe or a touch away.

The new update offers the following extra features:

  • You can now renew your card in the app when you are within 30 days of expiry.
  • You can apply for your Defence Privilege Card on registration.
  • We’ve introduced Defence Discount Service news articles so you can stay up to date with the latest companies joining the service.
  • You can follow companies you like and be the first to learn about new offers and deals.
  • You can receive notifications from the companies you follow and from Defence Discount Service.


There are hundreds of companies ready with offers because of the service you or your family have provided the country. Download the app now on iPhone and Android via your mobile app store, or visit our dedicated DDS app page:

25% off at The Body Shop in store and online

25% off at The Body Shop in store and online

Defence Discount Service are pleased to announce our partnership with The Body Shop. From the 18th of December, Defence Discount Service holders can get a 25% discount in store and online.

In store: received when presenting your card along with our offer code.
Online: use our offer code at the check-out stage.

The terms of the offer and the offer code mentioned can be found on our website. Please log in, go to offers and search for ‘The Body Shop’ for more information.

This is a great new partnership for Defence Discount Service and adds another major high street brand to the discounts that Defence Discount Service provides.

Merry Christmas and happy shopping!

Veterans Armed Forces Day Parade

Veterans Armed Forces Day Parade

Calling all veterans!

Would you like to be part of the ceremonial parade?

This is a special day for many, and Conwy Council are looking for Veterans from across the Country and Tri-Services to join the march. If you would like to take part, they would love to hear from you. Please get your registration forms to them no later than 28/02/2018. 

The ceremonial parade will take place on National Armed Forces Day around midday on Saturday 30th June 2018.

You can find the form via


Please note: You must complete this form and send to events Conwy by the deadline (28/02/2018) in order to be considered. If you are unsuccessful of a place in the march, there will be other opportunities available.

Please email your form to: [email protected]

Or send it in the post to:

AFD 2018

Conwy County Borough Council



LL32 8DU.