I don't think I have ever visited any seaside town that is so essentially English as Great Yamouth! I first went there as a child and absoultely LOVED the pleasure beach! It had everything a child could want. Rides, donkeys, amusements and all backed by a lovely beach! Heaven!
I took my kids there when they were small, and even now as they are all heading into adulthood we all still love to go to Great Yarmouth for the day. The parking is good and close to where you want to be and there are plenty of places to eat and of course plenty of loos!
I think what I love about the place is the vibrancy. Yes, it's tacky. Yes, it's crowded. Yes, it has it's fair share of undesirable people. But what it does have in bucket-loads (apart from sand) is FUN!!!
From the amusement parks to the rides, everywhere you look you see people having fun! There is something for everyone of all ages. Britannia Pier has a lot of rides that younger children might like. Plus they have the original TubTwister ride, which has been there as long as I remember. That is such a fun ride! Further along the seafront there are the pony and traps which for about a fiver will take you the mile to the other end of the sea-front. There are donkey rides too...small kids always love those, don't they!
Wellington Pier, with it's wintergarden has been there for many years and hasn't really changed much. All the piers have summer shows running through the season, with many a famous name on the bill. Again, all good fun!
For people who enjoy water there is a good swimming pool, though being someone who doesn't swim I can't say what it is like. I'm told it is good!
The addition to the front of the Sealife Centre was inspired! My kids, when they were small, always loved going in to see the fish. There is a good café attached too, so a good resting place when you have walked your feet off.
Further down is Merryvale Minature Village, which again, has been there as long as I can remember. Small children will love this place!
The rides at the south of the seafront are great! The rollercoaster is one of the oldest in the UK and the fastest too, if my memory serves me well. We always have to go on that, plus the dodgems. Good, old fashioned fun again!
As well as all the rides and amusements there are many crazy golf courses, the best being the Pirates one. That is definitely the most challenging and most fun!
Along the road opposite all of these things are the amusement arcades where you can lose a lot of money if you aren't careful! Still, again more fun though! The Oasis Tower dominates the skyline and further along from that is the covered circus. There is also the worst ever wax works, which is brilliant for all the wrong reasons. None of the waxworks looks like who they are supposed to be, but they are hilariously funny!
You can spend an awful lot of money on a day out to Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach....but you know....for a good day out that is fun for all the family, it's worth every penny!
We had a cheap and cheerful holiday last week to Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and out caravan park was on the sea front, a short drive from all the attractions. Our favourite attraction of all was the pleasure beach, situated at the far end of the sea front attractions.
There is relatively good parking near the pleasure beach, with pay and display roadside parking costing £3 for 4 hours and £5 for unlimited time. Once at the pleasure beach, you can choose to pay for your rides in several ways, either by buying tokens or a wristband. A wristband costs £10 for small children and £16 for older children and adults. Tokens cost £1 each, but if you buy a £25 bag of tokens, you get 30 tokens. Most basic rides cost one token, but the bigger rides are 2 tokens, and the really popular roller coaster and log flume cost 3 tokens each.
A lot of the rides are really old nostalgic rides, and the best ride in the park has to be the old wooden roller coaster. Two men have to push it to get it moving, and there is a man seated on the coaster who contols the speed and helps it alsong if it gets stuck, which it did when we were there! I think the man who has the job of riding the coaster all day has the best job in the world. Wooden coasters are of couse, the best, and this one has some really good drops, as well as stunning views of the sea.
The log flume is only for the brave on a cold April day, and was mainly running empty when we went. There is a splash zone, where passers by can get soaked if they are not watching what they are doing!
There are some really good kids rides, such as the Victorian snail ride, which takes its riders gently through various fairy tales, as well as the horses, which bob up and down along the track. There is a 3d funhouse, where visitors have to navigate wobbly floors while wearing 3d glasses and watching the pictures on the walls come to life. There is a great car themed monorail, which gives excellent views of the whole pleasure beach and the sea.
My kids loved the snake slides which only cost one token for unlimited rides. The three slides were all different. It was hard to get them off! They also loved the old fashioned go karts, which sped along a wooden track a lot faster than I expected.
The pleasure beach has a good range of places to buy food, and the food is reasonably priced and very tasty. The hot dogs are yummy and the chips are perfect. The stands also serve hot and cold drinks too and the staff are very helpful. The pleasure beach has a range of carnival games and a small arcade.
I was delighted to see that all the rides and public areas were clean and tidy and well maintained. There was no graffiti or rubbish anywhere, which surprised me.
While Yarmouth pleasure beach is nowhere as big or brassy as Blackpool, I really loved it. I enjoyed the old fashioned rides, as well as some newer ones, and felt it had a good mix of rides to appeal to all ages. Indeed, the youngest in out pary was 4, and the oldest 65 and we all really enjoyed ourselves, and didn't feel that the £25 was an unreasonable price to pay.
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is situated at the north end of the seafront. Then entrance is free, but there are 2 options of payment for getting on the rides. These payments are: A) By tokens. Tokens cost 50p each, and rides cost from 1 to 4 tokens per ride. The most expensive ride is the wooden Roller Coaster, which is 4 tokens. The cheapest rides are the kiddies rides, like the Formula One, Drag Cars etc. B) The second method of payment is by wristband. This entitles the bearer to unlimited rides all day from opening time to closing time as many times as they like! Wristbands cost £9 per person. This, I think, is the best value around! There are over 70 different rides and attractions to choose from. These range from gentle rides like the Yo-Yo, Ghost Train, Giant Slide, Drag Cars, Big Apple and the Fun House. For the more daring, there is the Roller Coaster, Log Flume, Dodgems, the Mulan, and the Terminator, Waltzers and Ejector Seat. The Ejector Seat has been running for nearly 2 years. This is a ride that catapaults you into the air at a speed of 70 miles an hour! It's like a bunjee jump in reverse! A new ride which will be opening on 24 June 2001 is called 'Devils Drop'. It's like, where 3 people lay down, and go shooting through the air on a rope! I haven't actually seen it in motion yet, so will update this opinion once I've seen it! The Pleasure Beach also owns Nelson Gardens, where the Ejector Seat and Devils Drop is situated, and also a crazy gold course, Sara's Tea Cafe, and other food outlets. All the usual stuff like candy floss and toffee apples can be bought here. It makes a fun day out for the whole family. If you decide you want to just visit for an hour or so, then buy tokens, or for the whole day, buy a wristband. Whatever you decide to do, you will most certainly have a fun day out! The Pleasure Beach logo is 'Go For the Fun of It!'. And wh
The Pleasure Beach is the main fun fair in Great Yarmouth. Although I have written an opinion on Great Yarmouth, I thought I would now look at the Pleasure Beach. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Pleasure Beach is situated on the seafront, at the north end of Marine Parade. It is free entry, and a choice of payment plans are available for getting on the rides. As you walk into the fair, to the left is the office where you can buy your tokens and wristbands. Wristbands ~~~~~~~~~~ Wristbands cost £9. Although for the past few years they have been £8. They have gone up £1, but there is more offers and deals concerning the rise. For instance, buying a wristband could entitle you to a free meal at Harry Ramsden's fish and chip bar. Buying a wristband entitles the bearer to unlimited rides on the park, from opening time to closing time. This does not include coin operated rides (of which there are few), and the Ejector Seat. The colours of the wristbands change from day to day, so you cannot come back the following day and use the one issued to you on the day of purchase. Tokens ~~~~~~ Tokens cost 50p each, and can be bought singly, or in a bag of £5 or £10 or £20. If you want to visit the park only for a short time, and have no need or the time or money to buy a wristband, then this way is perfect. Rides cost from 1 token to 4 tokens. You cannot pay for a ride in cash. There are also token machines situated throughout the park where you can purchase them. Ejector Seat ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Ejector Seat is situated in Nelson Gardens, just outside the park. This does belong to the Pleasure Beach. The Ejector Seat is a tall tower with a 2-seater capsule joined to the 2 poles. It costs £16.50 a go. Expensive, I know, but believe me, it is worth it! Once seated in the capsule and strapped in securely, you are released. It is like a bunjee jump but in reverse. You are thrown int
o the air reaching 70 feet in 1 second. The capsule is joined to an elasic, which leaves you bouncing around, and spinning around. It only lasts for about 5 minutes, but it's certainly worth a try - if you are brave enough!! The Rides ~~~~~~~~~ On the park itself is rides for all the family. For the more adventerous, there is the Terminator, which spins you round 6 times in total. The wooden Roller Coaster, which is suitable for all the family. The roller coaster is the biggest, and oldest ride on the fair. It has been on the park for some 70 years now. Built in Germany, it was originally erected in 1929, but due to fire, it was re-built in in 1932 (I think!). I know it was 1930 something!! The Mulan which goes round and round at a fast pace. During the ride a cover will come over you for a short while. There's also rides for the children like the Formula One, Drag Cars (racing cars), and cups and saucers. There's also more traditional rides like the Dodgems, Log Flume and Merry-Go-Round, Waltzers and Ghost Train. There's also the Fun House which has 6 moving floors to try and walk over, and 8 mirrors which distorts your body!! Also, take a look at the 20 enlarged photo's around the Fun House which are postcards. You know the kind, the traditional cartoon dirty postcards! What else is there? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As I mentioned, there's a Harry Ramsden's fish and chip shop, with seating inside and out. Peppered around the park is other food and drink outlets, ice-cream, do-nut and candy floss stalls. There's also a pub there called 'The Pleasure Beach Inn'. (What else would you call it!!). There's plenty of seating available, and the staff are always friendly and willing to help in any way they can. The staff wear purple t-shirts, polo shirts, with black trousers, so are easily noticed. All in all, a good day out for the whole family, and lots of
fun to be had!! UPDATED!!! ~~~~~~~~~ There are a couple of new rides on the park. One is the Tri-star. This is a white knuckle ride. A bit like a twister, which goes round, but it throws you up in the air as well. Another new ride is called the 'Death Drop'. As I have not yet seen this in action, I have little knowledge of the ride. But, the idea is that it holds 3 people where you lay flat on your bellies. Like the Ejector seat, it is very high, and once place securely in your positions, you are dropped from the height to, I presume the other side! But I will tell you more when I see this in motion. I believe it will cost £8 a go. The website address of the Pleasure Beach is: www.pleasure-beach.co.uk