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Blackgang Chine (Isle of White)
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Blackgang Chine (Isle of White)
Advantages: Good new attractions
Disadvantages: fare and toilets
I visited Blackgang Chine today with my girlfirend's cousins and their young children. As a resident of the Isle of Wight it seemed the logical place to take a visiting family and their offspring.
Blackgang Chine is a place I remember fondly as a child, having spent many summers there as a youngster on the Island. Secretly I was expecting to enjoy this trip as much as I did in the 80's - even thoogh I would be too old to go on many of the rides!
Blackgang is situated on the south coast of the Island and due to heavy rainfall over the past ten or so years, a substantial amount of coastal erosion has meant that a vast amount of the attractions that used to be at the Chine have either been relocated or joined the great Adventure park in the sky.
Some of the classics remain, The Crooked House, The Mouth of Hell and Frontierland, albeit moved to new areas to escape mother nature. There are also many new attractions that have been added to the park's collection - a water ride as well as a small roller coaster.
Touring the park today, it suddenly dawned on me how weird and disturbed many of the attractions are - like a funfair on Summer's Isle in the Wicker Man. Full of strange gyrating models with warts, goblins and elves and the ugliest Humpty Dumpty ever! As the mist set in on a wet and windy Sunday afternoon the oark took on a weird Hammer-esque eerie quality - brrrrr!
For the most part, Blackgang Chine lives up to expectations. The children we went with loved all of the weirdness and the rides as well as the views that Blackgang has to offer. However, from an adults point of view, Blackgang left us wanting in several areas.
The weird attractions that I remembered as a child were the same, but weather worn with mould and obvious signs of wear and tear. These need a serious spruce-up to make the park 'sparkle'.
The £9.50 asking price was a little steep compared with mainland entry fees, but it did offer you the chance to come back again free for thirty days. But really a day was more than enough to see everything there.
The toilets on the day we visited were horrendous. Faeces and urine soaked the floor and seat of the majority of the park and was revolting - especially for mothers who wished to change their babies nappies. Gross!
All in all, Blackgang brought back some memories for me, and the kids loved the rides. I would say its probably one of those things you need to do if you're a tourist on the Island with a small family as its a good days worth of entertainment. Highlights for me were the new rides which were obviously the most popular and Frontierland - the cowboy town.
Well worth a visit if you haven't been before, but beware of the loos!
Summary: A good day's outing
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