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A DAY THAT IS GUARANTEED TO LAST MUCH LONGER IN YOUR MEMORIES.
Blackgang Chine (Isle of White)
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Blackgang Chine (Isle of White)
Date: 11/01/10, updated on 11/01/10 (58 review reads)
Advantages: WELL LAYED OUT. BRILLIANT ATTRACTIONS. VERY IMAGINATIVE.
Disadvantages: CAN BE LONG WAITING TIMES FOR ATTRACTIONS IN PEAK SEASON
tory lover who will love the well presented exhibitions on subjects including the histBlack gang chine is an award winning fantasy and adventure park situated in the magnificent and beautiful isle of wight. It is just six miles from the seaside resort of Ventnor.
For a few years when my children were babies we would take our tourer caravan over to the isle of wight and stay in the beautiful town of Shanklin. I love the isle of wight, it is a fabulous island and although it is a small island there is always lots of places to visit and fun things to do. You could always visit the local hospital which I can recommend as I spent a few nights there with severe sickness when pregnant. I digress.
Black gang chine is layed out over 40 acres of stunning, rugged cliff top gardens. As soon as you enter the park you will be transfixed by the mythical beauty of the place. I certainly think that both adults and children's needs are well met in regards to the parks attractions. Whether you are A history lover, who will love the excellent exhibitions on subjects including the history of the RNLI. Another interesting exhibition was concerning the erosion of the isle of wight cliffs over the years. This was fascinating if not a little scary!! seeing as we were on these very cliffs!!!
If you are a thrill seeker this park is not really the place for you. There are two big rides. Aroller coaster and a water slide. Both are great fun but it is hardly white knuckle, adrenaline junkie territory. The best thing about this park, is the ability it has, to allow your child to become lost in a world of imagination and make believe. Its different 'lands' throughout the park are so carefully created that your child will soon be running around cowboy land thinking they are Billy the kid or climbing the turrets of the full child sized pink castle that is every little girls ultimate dream in fairytale land.
There are also lots of walk through attractions such as rumpus mansion, which is full of automated models that create the ultimate journey through a mansion that has been taken over by naughty goblins. My children really loved this. It was as with all the attractions so excellently thought out and presented. It really does allow you to open your imagination and let it run wild!!
Throughout the park there are plenty of benches and picnic tables if you wish to have a little rest or a packed lunch. There are a couple of restraunts in the park which offer both fast food and homely cooked dishes. However the restraunts are overly priced, and I found it very expensive to feed a hungry family of four. The food was hot but not very tasty and the ques were crazy. The second time we went to this park I packed a lunch and found the experience much more enjoyable and cost effective.
One great area of the park is nursery rhyme land where all your favourite nursery rhyme characters are displayed using a wonderful array of models and scenery in order to again stimulate your child's imagination.
There are lots of toilets and really good clean and well layed out mother and baby facilities. There was also a good variety of kiosks throughout the park selling ice creams, teas and coffees. The only downside of the park is that it can become really hectic and busy during the peak seasons. This can lead to long waits for rides and toilets which in turn leads to bored and irritable children.
The best thing about the park is that once you have purchased your tickets you can visit the park for as many times as you wish within the next seven days. I think this is excellent and we, as a family took full advantage of this offer by returning to the park once in the evening to watch the fantastic firework display and another time late in the afternoon. which was a quieter time, in which the children could revisit their favourite parts of the park without the great ques.
The park I believe is an excellent day out and I would highly recommend it to families with young children as the memories of the attractions will live on in them for a very long time. My daughter is 9 and she still talks about the magic she felt playing in the princess castle. It is a place where your child's dreams will become reality if only for a couple of hours.
The price for admission is £9.50 per person (aged 4-60 yrs)
saver ticket (4 persons) £35.00
senior citizens £7.50
disabled concession £7.50
I think the price of the tickets are very reasonable considering the amount of things to see and do within the park. Once you have paid the entrance fee you do not have to pay any extra to go on the rides or into the attractions. Also as I have mentioned once you have paid admission you are able to visit the park as many times as you wish within the next seven days.
All the staff are friendly and helpful and are able to point you in the right direction and offer advice. The park is constantly being cleaned by maintenance staff and is always spotless and free from rubbish even in the busiest times in my experience. There is also a small gift shop where the children can by novelty pencils and other stationary, china ornaments and other nic nacs. This shop I found to be very reasonably priced and not over inflated as in other theme park attractions.
On the few occasions we have visited black gang chine, we have always had a really fun and wonderful time. A word of warning though most of the attractions are based outdoors. Also due to the fact you are on the cliff tops you are pretty exposed to the elements. so I would advise going on a sunny or failing that, dry day. I would really recommend a day here. Your children will love it and you will love it even more by seeing their little faces.
Summary: BLACKGANG CHINE ALLOWS A CHILDS DREAMS TO COME TO LIFE THROUGH THIER IMAGINATION!!
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