Like the gunpowder they carry, Powder Kegs have the potential of being a little explosive. This fast, spinining and sometimes dizzying ride is one of Skeleton Cove's most popular attractions.
Sitting somewhere between a thrill and family attraction, Breakdance style rides, like its neighbour the inverting pirate ship Black Pearl, used to be something of a mainstay of both UK funfairs and theme parks, but these days the ride is conspicuous by its absence.
The ride itself it probably the best themed ride within the area, with a well realised operator hut, heavily decorated with pirate paraphernalia, tucked between the area's infamous Easter Island heads and Skull Rock. The cars themselves are unsurprisingly themed to look like barrels, and fit two adults comfortably.
The ride slowly begins to spin, and the cars, in a similar manor to a traditional Waltzer, begin to spin independently of the main arm, creating momentary feelings of weightlessness as you flick in and out of gravity's natural urges. Being a family version of the ride, the intensity is not as harsh as those found in some of the traditional funfair models, but sufficiently extreme for those who are beginning to step up their bravery, yet still rideable for those for whom thrill rides are not usually an option.
Overall Powder Kegs are perfect for both pirates young and old, and are arguably the best attraction in Skeleton Cove.
Opened9th April 2011
Ride TypeRodeo/Breakdance 4
Power Consumption56 kW
Number of Gondolas12
Capacity per Cycle24
Capacity per HourApprox 360
As part of the park's Skeleton Cove development, Powder Kegs were one of five rides picked up from the then recently closed Loudoun Castle, where it used to be known as 'Storm Breaker', before opening at Lightwater Valley in 2011.
- Powder Kegs used to operate at Loudoun Castle in Scotland, where the ride was known as 'Storm Breaker'.
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Height Restriction Note: 1.3m for unaccompanied minor.