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      25.07.2013 18:55

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      Great place for kids, young and old. Highly recommended by me!!

      I've been going to skeggy (or more precisely Ingoldmells) for as long as I can remember. As a kid I spent many a weekend and school holiday there, as I was fortunate that my parents owned a static caravan there, and still do in fact. My aunty and uncle also owned a pub there for many years, so I think I'm well placed to give an opinion on the local attractions. Fantasy Island is a great place to entertain the kids, whatever the weather. Parking isn't cheap, but then where is it these days?? There's a good selection of rides to suit everybody, from rollercoasters to log flumes and teacups. Prices for these are pretty standard, though I think you can get a day wristband to cover all the rides which probably offers much better value if rides are your thing. Fantasy Island is also the home to what I believe is europes largest outdoor market. It has to be said there is an awful lot of 'tat' on a lot of the stalls, but there's also a few decent bargains to be had, include out of season designer clothing, or slight seconds, and all sorts of cheap toys to keep the kids happy. There's plenty of places to eat and drink dotted about too, including pubs and the obligatory Mcdonalds, as well as Chinese, kebabs and traditional burger vans. It's only about 500 yards from the seafront too, with the usual fish and chips, candy floss, amusement arcades and such like. And if the weather lets you down, don't panic!! There's an indoor area with rides and entertainment for the kids, as well as an indoor market and a reasonable selection of larger shops near by. When all is said and done, Fantasy Island is a great place to take the kids, and offers something for everybody.

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      09.07.2012 16:51
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      A great day out for children

      I have been to fantasy Island a number of times we used to go on holiday to Butlins Skegness and Mapplethorpe when I was a child and this was always the first stop as when you drive into Butlins the roller coasters from Fantasy Island can be seen as they are that big and of course as a child I was excited to go and try them out. I also visited more recently with my husband and this is what I will base my review on. **Rides** Although Fantasy Island is open well in to the night the rides do close in the late evening as you would expect. The first thing that seemed strange to me is the rides seem to operate on a pattern so a handful of rides are open at the same time then they will stop operating for the next to open and so you have to try and plan which ride you want to go on and catch it within its opening time. When you purchase your wristband you are given a flyer with details of the opening times but these seem to be completely wrong as when we arrived at the largest rollercoaster we were told it was not open for another half hour and that the flyer needed updated. This means any of the major rides build up large queues in high season and we waited twenty minutes to go on the biggest rides although it was good fun it feels rather cramped and claustrophobic and as the rides are close together. There are a range of rides from children's rides for smaller children like teapots and aeroplanes to family rides like the waltzer's and a balloon ride. Then you have the rides for the adults which includes a large rollercoaster that runs round half the park and market this is great fun and while you are on there you get a good view of fantasy island , the local caravan park which sits next door and the beach which is just a five minute walk away. There is a great selection of rides from slow paced to fast and exciting ones so there is something for everyone but a lot of the rides could do with a lick of paint and since I went when I was younger they have gone downhill and really do not seem to have been maintained well. I would advise phoning ahead before you go as a few of the rides do not operate if the wind is high and this includes the two largest rollercoaster's and as it is situated by the sea even on sunny days the rides do not operate which is a shame. **Other attractions** Well the beach is just a five minute walk away and it is lovely but as you can visit the beach in any part of Skegness we decided to stay in the main area of the park itself. They have characters for the children walking round which I thought was great and they were providing information on a show that would take place in the evening as once the evening draws in live entertainment takes place in the bars on site including children's entertainers and tribute bands. They also have a range of small children's rides inside so if the weather is bad children can still enjoy themselves while being in the warm and dry. There are a lot of fairground stalls like shooting gallery and hook a duck which cost a few pounds a time along with general amusements as you would expect at a fair which can be good fun but costly if you spend too much time around that area. They also have lots of extras like go carting. Bouncy castles and slides for the children, face painting and an amusement centre which all cost extra on top of your wristband and they all take cash. Market This was the part I enjoyed most as an adult although as a child I did not really take any notice. They have hundreds of stalls and they range from household goods like towels, washing baskets and curtains to sweetie stalls you name it and there will be a stall somewhere that sells it. Some of the items are really good quality and great prices but there are some stalls that sell rip off DVDs and supposedly fantastic designer goods although I was sure they were fake so steered clear. I did find a lot of the stalls were selling the same things for different prices especially the clothes stalls so it can be a little repetitive. To walk around all the stalls it took us a good hour and that was without taking much notice to half of them and we did pick up a few items. The market is open 7 days a week and if it is raining there is an indoor market section so all is not lost and you can gain some shelter from the rain. **Food and drink** There are a choice of places to eat at fantasy island they have many different restaurants available for adults which include a bar and hot food served there are also fast food restaurants available for convenience and these are all in one area .We were full board at Butlin's meaning we received dinner in the price we paid so we headed back and did not eat here but the prices seemed reasonable and there was a choice of restaurants to eat at including a bar just for the children which sold sweeties and soft juice which I thought was a fantastic idea. There are also your usual stalls dotted around the place selling ice cream candy floss and burgers so if you fancy a snack on the go then this is possible too especially as there are lots of benches dotted around although we went in high season and it was hard to find somewhere to sit down. **Price** To get in to the park itself it is completely free but if you want to make use of the rides or games available of course this costs money. You can browse the market for free which is great if that is what you are visiting for. You can get discounts online and use Tesco clubard points to purchase wristbands. The park opens between March and November and they do hold special events like raves and Halloween events. Prices vary depending on what season you visit low season is mainly when children are at school and it the colder months and as soon as the schools break up it begins to be high season as you would expect and the cost raises a little. Children under three years can ride for free, children over the age of three up to the age of nine pay between £7.50 and £10 and anyone over the age of ten pays between £15 to £20. You can purchase a top up card that operates on a pay per ride but as the bigger rides cost £3.50 a time you are much better off buying a wristband if you are planning to go on a few rides. You can also buy weekly wristbands if you are staying in the area for more than one day and plan on visiting more than once which may be a good idea for children and these cost £70 but I am sure you would become bored with the rides available before you got your money's worth. **Parking and getting there** If you are staying in Skegness like we were then Fantasy Island is around 4 miles away but you can get a bus that runs very regularly and drops you right outside. We walked from butlins as we found it to be a lovely walk on a nice day and it really was not that far at all. Skegness train station is only around 3 miles away from Fantasy Island which is handy if you are travelling from anywhere else. Of course if you are driving it is clearly sign posted from Skegness and very easy to find. There is a large car park and although we were not driving I couldn't help but notice the pricing at around £4 a day although I suppose that is rather reasonable for somewhere many tourists visit and the convenience of the distance to the park. Fantasy Island Sea Lane Ingoldmells Skegness Lincolnshire PE25 1RH General: 01754 615858 **Summary** Fantasy Island was so much more exciting when I was a child I think the atmosphere was great and this was the first stop whenever we arrived in Skegness. Returning as an adult the park seemed somewhat repetitive and rather than feeling like an amusement park it really does just feel like a fair with a market attached to it. All the rides and amusements seemed really squashed together and they loud music they play so much gave me a headache within five minutes. The whole place needs to be updated a little the rides look old and tired and the overall appearance is just a little sad and tired which for the excitement and fun that is advertised really is a shame. I do think you could spend a whole day here if you have children as there is so much for them to do. As an adult I would say a few hours max and you could do and see everything you wanted too before moving on to the next area that you wanted to visit in the area. I do believe Fantasy Island is a really good idea and as a child I loved it and wanted to return every single day and I feel it is aimed more towards children and young teenagers. It could be a lot better than it is if some care and attention was put into the area but as it is one of the biggest attractions on the area and people will visit no matter what as it is in a tourist area they do not seem to mind. In the low seasons you do not need to queue for the rides and the whole place is a lot easier to navigate but when I returned in the high season with a pushchair it was really hard to walk around as the whole area becomes filled with people and it takes a lot longer to move around. The length of wait for the biggest rides were not too bad considering they are closed at certain times and the prices are fairly reasonable if you are planning to take advantage of a number of the many rides on offer. I do think this place is worth a visit if you are in the area as it can be good fun especially for children but I would not go out of my way to visit the area just for Fantasy Island as there are a lot better amusement parks with the same facilities available.

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        08.07.2012 11:14
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        good day out for everyone

        --Travelling and Parking-- Last week on the way home from Rand farm park we got lost with a phone sat nav that didn't want to work and guns and roses blasting out of the car sterio we found ourselves on the way to skegness instead of back to Grimsby and the time was around 5pm. I have never been to Skegness before so we decided since we're on the way anyway we may as well carry on and keep the fun day going. It didn't seem to take long to get there, after about half an hour we found ourselves on the sea front driving around seeing whats what. We ended up going down the high street where all the shops are located attempting to find a car park. We found a private car park where we parked in anyway located next to the KFC just off the high street. The parking is terrible, we couldn't find a public car park so we had to risk parking in the private cricket parking area. We was quite lucky though because we didn't have to pay and they never knew we wern't playing cricket, so it was all good. --First Impressions.-- I was really tired by the time we arrived here so I had mixed first impressions of this place. We went into KFC first and it was small and busy and very warm, we ate some wraps and decided to take a stroll down to the beach. It took around 10 minutes which was fine, at first I was a little worried because all the shops were shut I thought whatever attractions where on the sea front would also be closing but there was people everywhere, masses of people everywhere and it was a fantastic atmoshere and I really perked up and I wasn't tired any more. I got really excited as we neared the beach. It was day light but there are lots of lights and picture lights all along the sea front which are light up on an evening and night time, first impression is "tacky" it's all stupid and tacky, but in an ace way, it still looks still but nice and seems like a great place to stroll late at night (lucky for those who live there) --Fantasy Island-- Tokens and wristbands We thought we'd have a look around fantasy island before we decided to do anything, just to see what was on offer. We saw signs on posts and each ride saying that it either costs so many tokens or a wrist band to go on. We then saw little token machines. One token costs £1 but then we looked and saw a manned booth with a large sign with offers such as £10 for 12 tokens which means you get 2 more tokens for your money than you would from the machines. Wristbands allow you to go on anything and they are £14 each but after 5pm they wrist bands go down to only £9 each so we purchased 2 wrist bands. Most of the rides are 1 or 2 tokens each so it works out a lot cheaper to just buy a wristband even if you are only going to stay there for an hour or so, you can really get a lot done in that time. --Rides-- There isn't a lot of rides here and they aren't outragious but fun none the less and are for all ages. There are a couple of children's roller coasters which are small and slow enough for kiddies to really enjoy them along with a small swing ride close to the ground for little children too, we obviously never went on any of these rides. The first ride which I dragged my friend on was the awesome waltsers! one of the best rides in the world in my opinion. Only we went on this ride and one of the ride operators decided to stand on our section and repeatedly spin ours, once we got off we could barely stand it was brilliant. We then made the mistake of going on another spinny ride once that was over we looked over and decided to leave out the next spinny ride, we are definietly too old for that now (I'm only 20!) We went on a little ghost ride, that scared me but then again everything does, they have a bigger roller coaster which was boring but we had to go on it and then there was one of my favorites, the priate ship! I like to sit at the back so it goes even higher but someone was already sat there on either side so we settled for the next seat down. When the priate ship goes at it's highest you get a gorgeous view of the full park, surrounding area and the seaside which is lovely. --Let's play a game-- There's more to do than just go on spinny rides that make you feel sick because you are too old now, There are arcades all the way around the outside and other games to play, these however do cost money you can't use tokens or wristbands to play them. We played hook a duck and I won my friend a cute little teddy bear but you could win big dinosaur teddies but of course you don't know which duck can win you that. There are similar games and a few arcades which mainly have bowling in them which we never played because we're both rubbish at it. You can play a shooting game, you don't win anything but it is fun, there are little stalls to get lots of sweets and fake tattoos and other things similar you would find at a tourist park. --Fruit ninja master-- We decided to calm down from all the rides and excitment by going in some arcades, there was of course all the slot machines and some teddy grabbing machines which we had a go on a lot but never managed to grab any which we was both disappointed about but we never expected to get anything either. We had a go at air hockey which I had never played before and I won! When you win the games the machine prints out vouchers according to the score and to who won. My friend introduced to to the game fruit ninja on a touch screen tv, I had no idea what this game even was and it's just chopping up the most amount of fruit before the time runs out missing our the bombs and what not. He got a score of around 150 points and he got 21 vouchers for his score. So I had my first go ever and thrashed him getting 49 vouchers on my first go. We then decided to play games where you can win or double your vouchers and we then went to the desk and traded the vouchers in for two bracelets so we have something to save from the day. --10p .. to wash my hands?-- There are only one set of toilets in the fantasy island which is annoying because you have to pay to use which are 10p which is a bit cheeky. I think it's quite bad considering children will need to use it and I only wanted to wash my sticky hands but it's a small price I did pay. There are a lot of benches around so you don't have to worry about having to stand up all day because that would be a nightmare but on a crowded day I would imagine it would be hard to find anywhere in this area to sit down. There are plenty of sweet stalls that sell the obvious donuts and hotdogs and the usual things you find at these stands. There is the tasty KFC close by along with a mcdonalds and other restaurants and fast food places. This place attracts a lot of people most of which I'd imagine don't live in Skegness. When I arrived at gone 5pm there were crowds of people most of which were families still at this time which surprised me. There are a lot of hotels and guest houses along and down the side streets from off the sea front so if you wanted to stay over because you didn't get time to see everything it has to offer or you want to go into the pubs and clubs or some fancy restaurants. --Surrounding attractions-- There are a lot of other things to do around Fantasy island such as pedel boats, a large mini golf area, arcades, bars, puns, restaurants, lots of food and ice cream stalls and not forgetting the beach itself. The beach is really wide and spacious. We didn't explore everything it had to offer so we will be returning for a full day out because there is a lot to see and it's just a fun time and we stumbled upon it by accident. The area is really clean despite the amount of people and food comsumption, there are bins on every corner so there isn't any excuse to drop any rubbish on the floor. --Location and useful information-- Website: http://fantasyisland.co.uk/ Phone: 01754 615858 Address: Fantasy Island Ingoldmells Skegness Lincolnshire PE25 1RH Price: It is free to get in but you need to pay to get on rides and play games.

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          27.09.2009 21:38
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          An awful awful awful awful place

          I'm gonna admit it right from the start - I'm a snob. English seaside resorts are below me, I'd much rather be lapping up the sunshine in Tenerife or Barbodos than enduring the sewage-infested waters of the British coast. However, despite this, I've just come back from a day in Ingoldmells and Skeggy and I can honestly say that Ingoldmells is an absolute craphole. With the warm weather we've had in the last couple of days, the wife wanted to spend some time together and suggested a combined trip to Skegness and Ingoldmells, which I agreed to. We went to Ingoldmells first and having not been there for a few years, I can do nothing to hide my disappointment. Fantasy Island (and Ingoldmells in general) is everything you'd expect from a seaside resort - awful, tacky and full of the UK's underclasses... you know the type - plain white sleeveless t-shirts, 400 tattoos, 5 packets of fags and a pushchair. For those of you luckily enough not to have been to Fantasy Island, I'll give you a bit of background: Fantasy Island is a small theme park located in Ingoldmells just to the north of Skegness on the east coast of England. It has a couple of roller coasters, a log flume, an awful market and a heck of a lot of horrible-looking people. For those you interested in the rides, the roller coasters did look quite interesting. One of the coasters was a traditional sit-down affair with the other one suspending you in the air like Nemesis in Alton Towers. Both coasters go upside down which strikes them off the list in my view as I'm not the world's greatest thrill-seeker! If you wanted to go on the rides, you can pay £15 for an all-day wristband, which to be honest isn't too bad in this day and age. Strangely for a theme park, it also has a market which sells... well to be honest it sells crap. Nothing you'd ever really want, but plenty that the underclasses will buy - knock-off sunglasses and (presumably) stolen "designer" goods from the likes of Henleys and Bench. If you can't tell from the above, I'm not a fan of Fantasy Island or Ingoldmells in general. Will I ever go back? No, no I won't.

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            31.07.2003 18:06
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            If there are two words that sum up the summer holidays for me it is these two....."I'm Bored!" During the summer holidays we like to take the children out and about as much as possible. Not only is it a great opportunity to spend quality time together as a family, it also means that the kids argue less and as I am usually the unofficial referee, I am all in favour of that. Deciding where to go is always a difficult decision. My youngest likes nothing more than bouncing around in the sea for hours on end, showing off to every female that wanders past. My eldest though thinks she has outgrown the beach and would prefer the thrills of Alton Towers if she were given the choice. On the East coast, a few miles from Skegness, is a holiday resort that has it all. Situated 5 minutes from the beach, Fantasy Island is a great day out for all the family, from Tiny Tim to Granny and Grandad. I remember visiting Ingoldmells with my friend and her family many years ago when I was a child. Back then it was just a sleepy little seaside village, consisting of a main street and a beach walk. Now it is more popular than Skegness with the daytripping tourists, is heaving with caravan parks and is home to the biggest looping rollercoaster in Europe. A fun experience for all the family, Fantasy Island mixes all the fun of the fair, with great shopping, entertainment and special places to eat. At the centre of the fantasy Island experience is a huge pyramid that houses an entertainment centre, various shops, a centre stage and some great indoor rides. The pyramid used to be the feature that was the most visual about the resort as it lit up the night sky with its pulsing light display. It is now overshadowed, by the two huge rollercoasters that can be seen for miles around, straddling the resort in a menacing yet inviting style. For the kids it is the rides that hold the most attraction and Fantasy island has rides that would ma ke your hair curl. The Millennium Rollercoaster circumnavigates the whole of the resort. I stands over 150ft and as I have already said, it can be seen be seen for miles. Its red and yellow structure is both huge and impressive. It has three huge loops and hits speeds of 90khm. My daughter has ridden this monstrosity. (I couldn't watch and closed my eyes as she thundered past.) She loved every minute of it. There are height restrictions on this ride and children under the age of 10 have to be accompanied by an adult. To ride you need a Jubilee token. This will cost you £4. If it is windy then you might find that this ride is not running, for safety reasons. Odyssey is the new boy. Standing even higher than the Millennium coaster this is the worlds longest suspended rollercoaster. It has six inversions and also boasts the steepest drop of any rollercoaster in Europe. Hitting speeds of up to 100mph this red and white monster made me sick just watching it. My two went on this. I wanted to buy the photo that was taken on it but they were pressed so far back into their seats that all we could see were teeth. There were lots of pictures of people crying, so I imagine that it is one hell of a ride. It costs the same as the Millennium and the same restrictions apply. G Force is another attraction that would have the toes of the most daring rider curling up. G Force is described as Butt Clenching. It definitely had me wanting the toilet and I was just watching. Do you remember the old rockets at the fair? I am talking about the huge rotating arm with the revolving rocket at each end. This is a new take on that idea, but much scarier. Instead of the rockets you have a set of four seats, suspended seats, so your feet are dangling. The long arm of this baby is way longer than the old rockets and this thing swings much faster. My children were not brave enough for this one, much to my relief. Volcanic eruptio n was one of the first big rides at Fantasy island and my children had been there, done that. I was really impressed to see that rather than just leav e it be, the ride inventors at Fantasy island has taken this ride a step further this year. I am sure you have all seen rides like this one at the fair. You sit in the seat and it shoots you skyward. The volcanic eruption at Fantasy island shoots you out from a massive volcano, with smoke and lights providing great effects, but the difference this year is that as you shoot up your seat tips forward giving you a feeling like you are falling. It looked spectacular. My youngest didn't approve however as he was now too young to go on it. There are age, as well as height restrictions on this one and you have to be 12 to get on. It costs 3 tokens (Each token costs 60p) So I think that that was a really reasonable price for a ride that gave you fantastic views as it shot your guts out of the top of your head. All of the rides at fantasy island were impressive, regardless of the age they were aimed at. All of them were adorned with clever statues and scenes from far away lands, carrying the fantasy theme throughout the resort. Inside the pyramid is a novel take on the umbrellas ride. In this one you go up in ships with balloons attached to them. Its a novel idea to fly around the inside of a pyramid and although this is in-fact a gentle ride, it is still a great favourite. The smaller rides are usually priced at around 2 tokens (£1.20) I was impressed with the pricing of the rides here. The great thing about fantasy island is that it has something for everyone. For the children and those with strong stomachs there are the thrills of the fair. For those that like a quiet drink, or great entertainment, there are the bars and the centre stages where you can often find a great singer, or the Jellykins or Pinky and Perky to entertain the kids. (Free of charge.) For those of you that, like me, lov e to shop on a hot summers day then Fantasy island has the biggest market I have ever seen and I have to tell you I got some real bargains there. There are hundreds of stalls selling everything from rock and toys to fishing rods and garden ornaments. I love it here. Lots of shopping and the great thing about this one is that its open 7 days a week. All that shopping and high flying has to make you a bit hungry. If the cafés and specialty stalls, selling pizza, crepes, kebabs and good old fish and chips don't do it for you, then there is always a Burger King and a drive through MacDonald's. Chinese and Indian food is on offer on the resort and tea and coffee, all with seating are abundant.The prices at the MacDonald's were the same as here in Nottingham, which was good. If you need to get at more cash there were Nat West, Yorkshire Bank, Halifax, Barclay's and Lloyd's cash points. We spent a small fortune, what with the rides and all that shopping. Toilets were great and there were lots of them. The children all wanted to go at different times so it was nice that there were so many to choose from. All of the resort was wheelchair friendly and I did notice that where there were steps, there were wheelchair ramps too. Baby changing facilities were visible everywhere and there were plenty of staff around, happy to help if we got lost or needed pointing in the right direction. The resort was very clean. Lots of waste bins and they weren't brimming over either. Fantasy Island has two large car Parks (charges apply). We paid £3 to park for the day. Thats less than we would pay here in Nottingham. Fantasy island was a really great day out. The resort is free, you just pay for your rides. I liked the fact that you paid per ride here. I don't like the rides and when we go to theme parks I rarely get my moneys worth because I would rather shop than ride. When the bustle of the fair got too mu ch, we walked down to the beach and cooled off in the sea for an hour or two.Then it was back to the fair for a few more hours before heading home, shattered bu t Satisfied. It's amazing how well the mix of traditional seaside town and high tech theme park go hand in hand so comfortably. Whether you prefer riding the coasters or riding a donkey, you have loads of fun if you come here for the day. Open weekends - from 10am - (closing times subject to seasonal variation) Open every day from 10am Main Season Park & rides operational until 11pm (Cool riding at night!) November 2nd Season close I would definitely recommend fantasy island. A great day out for all the family, with something to do for everyone, young or old. We had a great time and will be back next year to see what other riches Fantasy Island has to offer. Getting there by road..... From A1/M Northbound take the Junction to Lincoln (A46) Heading towards Skegness (A158). At Skegness, take the A52 towards Mablethorpe. Fantasy Island is signposted from Skegness. Fantasy Island can be accessed from most major towns & cities throughout mainland Britain via National Express. Getting there by rail..... From London / Scotland change at Grantham for connection to Skegness. Several bus routes serve Fantasy Island leaving from the bus stop in the Rail station at Skegness. *Taxi rank is also available

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              Fantasy Island is a multi award winning family visitor attraction and holiday destination. Most of the complex is inside a huge glass and metallic pyramid shaped building towering over Lincolnshire?s seascape. The pyramid looks very small from the outside, but as soon as you go inside (wow) It?s huge!!! It is located down Sea Lane in Ingoldmels, which is a few miles away from Lincolnshire?s top resorts - Funcoast World (Butlins holiday camp) and Skegness (popular seaside resort). It doesn?t matter whether it is a sunny day or a rainy day, as there will always be something for everyone either inside or outside. The entrance to Fantasy Island is awesome. The front of the building is nicely shaped with lovely things built into the walls such as palm trees etc. There are also rides right outside the door, and rides that go all round the outside. It is open most days from 10am, but you would have to check through www.fantasyisland.co.uk to find out which days it?s open. Saturdays and bank holidays are the busiest days, as that?s the days most people have off work. Entrance to the complex is free. You just have to pay for the car park, rides and food etc. Bear in mind that Skegness and Ingoldmels are very busy, especially in the high season, with all the tourists flocking to the beach or Fantasy Island to enjoy all the entertainment, so the queues for the rides will be longer. Getting to Fantasy Island couldn?t be easier. It is signposted all the way from Skegness if you are coming that way and there are bus and taxi services (from Skegness centre to Fantasy Island centre) that run every 10 minutes for easy and quick access. If you decide to travel by car, there is a huge car park located on the grounds for a small charge, which is the same all throughout the year. Just incase you go on a mega busy day, you can park in any of the other car parks near Fantasy Island or even on the side of the road, though it won?t be as secure as it would be in t he car park. You can also travel by coach or train. If you decide to travel by train you can save a lot of money as you can obtain a £20 voucher (all-in-one ticket) from your train station, which will include the train fare to and from Skegness, then you would get the bus to Fantasy Island from the train station and when you reach the complex you will be given £20 in ride tokens. If you would like this cheaper option then you have to ring 0870 000 60 60 to book a ticket etc. Inside the complex, everyone is catered for, whether you are young, old or disabled. It is wheel chair and pushchair friendly, and there are disabled facilities, baby changing facilities and toilets all throughout the complex, so you don?t need to worry about that. Also, all the times I have been to the complex, the toilets have been very clean, unlike others in Skegness itself. If you need to go to the bank, you will find Nat west, Yorkshire bank, Halifax, Barclays and Lloyd?s cash machines. If you can?t keep away from the bookies, you will find a Ladbrokes. If you fear you might lose a child, there is a lost children department. If you happen to need medical treatment for any reason what so ever, there is a First Aid centre. I have also noticed that the staff are very friendly. Once when my mum and I couldn?t work the ride token machine, we asked a member of staff and they were very polite, friendly and helpful. You can ask them for any information you like. They always seem to know exactly what they?re talking about (unlike the people in PC world). There are loads of gift shops and normal shops (30 in total, so you?ll be spoilt for choice) selling postcards, T. shirts and caps etc all bearing the logo of Fantasy Island. There are also many side stalls selling souvenirs where you can have your name printed on them, near the arcades. If you want to stay in Ingoldmels longer than 1 day, i.e. for a weekend etc, why don?t you stay in 1 of the many sel f catering caravans surrounding the complex? If so, you have to ring 01754 764173 for more information or to make a booking. What could be better than having a beach and loads of different entertainment including amusement arcades and bingo on your doorstep? Also, why go into Skegness for some night entertainment when you can go to Fantasy Island? Yes you heard me right!!! Fantasy Island has night entertainment. There is an entertainment venue called Scallywags Showbar. This is situated inside the complex next to the Lagoon Stage. There is a great entertainment programme with many top cabaret attractions taking place all throughout the year. There are 4 bars in total with lots of evening entertainment. Also during high season, the rides are open into the night. The darkness of the night and the flashing of the rides, people screaming in excitement and bands playing in Scallywags showbar makes a fantastic atmosphere. There are many restaurants situated inside and around the complex. You will find everything from fish and chips to burgers and carvery meals etc. I have listed the restaurants below: Burger King (of course, where in England can you go without spotting one of these?) McDonalds (same as above) Nescafe Café Shop (mmm if you like coffee) Ice cream and snacks (mmm yummy) Bamboo Take Away (I?ve never been in here, so I can?t tell you what it?s like) Bella Pasta (cooks pasta I suppose hehe) Island Diner (sells jacket potatoes and pizza?s to name a couple) Hot Roast Carvery Diner (mmm never been in here, but it sounds yummy) Elite fish and chips (now you can?t go to the seaside with out finding a fish and chip shop can you? Or can you?) I will also list the entertainment venues located in the complex for you, though I have never been in the bars, so I can?t tell you what they?re like. Scallywags show bar (you?ve already heard about) Lagoon Stage Cave Bar Woody?s Wine B ar I will next move onto the entertainment for the children. If you want to keep them occupied whilst you go and have a game of bingo or a drink at the bar, why don?t you leave them in the hands of the friendly staff at ?Tiny Tots Village?? This is a big play area centre opposite the road. Your kids will love it in there. There are many slides, ball pits, climbing apparatus and activity modules etc. If you don?t want to leave them, why not go to Lagoon Stage located at the top of the complex. During the day, there are kids shows like Punch and Judy etc. There are also loads of rides for the younger generation, so I?m sure they will be kept entertained throughout. Also you never know who you might bump into, as there are lots of dressed up characters that roam the pyramid every day. If you fancy something a bit different, why not visit the market? I hear you say..market? Fantasy Island has a market (shocked)??? Well Fantasy Island is the home to Europe?s largest 7-day indoor and outdoor market. You will find a huge range of bargains for everyone, from the many different stalls, ranging from colourful stalls, auctioneers, craft workers, cat walk fashion shows, sweets, clothes and electrical stalls etc. This is situated right outside the entrance of Fantasy Island and this too, is completely free to look around. Now I am sure you are all dying to hear what rides there is (as you can see, I have saved the best til last) In the complex, (which is pyramid shaped incase you?d forgotten), are many many rides for the kiddies, but the bigger rides such as the roller coasters are outside. Rides can only be accessed via tokens. You can buy tokens from the many token machines or token desks situated around the complex. They cost 50p each and most rides take between 2 and 4 tokens except the millennium roller coaster which takes 8. I have only been on the Magical Seaquarium and the Secrets of Fantasy Island dream like ride, but nothin g else as it all looks too scary for me. Oh and I have also been on the Merry Mixer (Twister). This one is very fast, so beware!!! There are all different types of rides and attractions to suit any taste, so I will list them all below: DRAGON MOUNTAIN DESCENT This is a ride I didn?t dare go on. It is Europe?s longest water coaster. You have to walk around this adventure area, such as rope bridges etc and when you get to the top, you are seated in a dinghy and you go down this flume, and you have a 99% chance of getting wet. VOLCANIC ERUPTION This is a ride where you sit in seats at the bottom and you shoot up very fast up into the air, and no before you ask, I have not been on this and never will. SIM EX MOVIE RIDE ADVENTURES This is one of the simulators where you sit on seats and the seats move. I didn?t dare go on this and it?s also not for people with back problems. MAGICAL SEAQUARIUM This is the best ride ever apart from the cine 2000 on my Wicksteed Park opinion. On this ride you sit on a boat which goes through this track which is on the water (don?t worry it doesn?t go off the track and no you don?t fall out) and it goes through this cave which is all lit up and you get to see all these lovely types of fish and mystical sea creatures. (They?re not real by the way) They are all doing things that human?s would do. It?s so lovely and magical to see. The boats spin round slowly whilst it goes along the track, so you have a chance to see everything along your journey. The only thing I don?t like is when you get on and off the boats as they don?t stop, they are moving slowly, so I am always scared I will fall out, but the attendants are very friendly to you and they always help you get in and out safely. KENTUCKY DERBY / HOOK A DUCK Some of the many side stalls around the complex, where you can try and win prizes. BALLOON FLIGHT You sit on a hot air balloon and it goes in a circle very slowly and you get to see other rides in action and just marvel at the beauty of Fantasy Island. Not for the faint hearted though, as there is a big drop. It is quite high off the floor you see. Small children can also ride on it. MILLENIUM COASTER Now this is a huge roller coaster. I feel terrified just looking up at the track. I feel as though I am swaying and the track is swaying. There are loads of loops that are high up in the air and the roller coaster looks very fast from where I like to stand and watch. It also comes quite close to the ground, so you may have to duck (only joking!!!) Now there is no way I would go on this ride. JUBILEE ODYSSEY This ride is over 4,200 feet long and it?s Europe?s longest suspended roller coaster. (Sounds scary) LITTLE TIKES PLAY AREA This is a little play area for the kiddies, to keep them out of mischief if you do not wish to take them to the Tiny Tots Village WILD MOUSE SPINNING COASTER This is a ride where you sit in these little mouse cars and the cars race up and down these roller coaster tracks, whilst your car is spinning round cars (a bit like being on the waltzers) SECRETS OF FANTASY ISLAND This is a ride where you sit in these little cars (a bit like a monorail) and you go through these caves on the track in the air. Inside the caves, there are flowers etc that are all lit up and illuminated and believe me, it looks like something out of this world. MERRY MIXER (otherwise known as a Twister) This is one of the rides where 2 or 3 people can share one car and there are a few cars in each bit and it goes round and twists in and out!! Lovely! Though be careful, as you will get totally squashed. RHOMBUS?S ROCKET This is apparently a roller coaster for all the family to enjoy. One where you sit on a rocket powered train on a track. It is a journey you have t o hold on tight for as you twist in and out. KIDS ROLLER COASTER This is a roller coaster for little kids that twists and turns through jungle landscaping THE BEAST This ride is for the daredevil in you. You end up suspended 60 feet above the ground, whilst the beast subjects you to triple rolls at 360 degrees. Certainly not for the faint hearted, not even to watch I don?t think! FANTASEA FLUME This is where you ride this water track in a raft and you are guaranteed to get wet whether you sit at the front, middle or back. You also get filmed coming out from the top and they take a photo of you, which you are free to purchase if you desire. JELLY COASTER TRAIN RIDE This is a roller coaster for the little kiddies, which goes through Jolly Jelly World. DODGEMS Those bumper cars you have to drive your self where you can?t resist hitting the car to the side of you. There is also a dodgem course for the little kids. Fantasy Island is home to loads of different rides ? some being more daredevil than others. Some are bigger than most in Europe and what makes Fantasy Island so unique is that most of the complex is indoors! So whatever your tastes in rides, Fantasy Island has it all. You don?t have to worry if you need help with anything or any information, as attendants walk around the complex all day so they will be there to help you. If you can?t spot anyone, just ask the people standing by the ride entrances. As I have said before they are all lovely, friendly people. Also, the rides and food is quite expensive, so it?s perhaps best to take a picnic with you and sit on the beach. You do get your moneys worth on the rides as the big ones will be a different experience for you. You can also go to those tourist information centres and see if they have any leaflets about the complex. I did that, I got a leaflet and it had a coupon on it, where you buy £20 worth of toke ns and you get £20 worth completely free. Or again as I?ve said before, you can go via train and get one of those all-in-one vouchers. I hope you have a great time (though I am positive you will) if you decide to go! Thanks for reading my opinion. I hope it has been very useful for you. I hope so anyway ? it has taken me ages to do!!!hehe

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                Fantasy Island is a multi award winning family visitor attraction and holiday destination. Most of the complex is inside a huge glass and metallic pyramid shaped building towering over Lincolnshire’s seascape. The pyramid looks very small from the outside, but as soon as you go inside (wow) It’s huge!!! It is located down Sea Lane in Ingoldmels, which is a few miles away from Lincolnshire’s top resorts - Funcoast World (Butlins holiday camp) and Skegness (popular seaside resort). It doesn’t matter whether it is a sunny day or a rainy day, as there will always be something for everyone either inside or outside. The entrance to Fantasy Island is awesome. The front of the building is nicely shaped with lovely things built into the walls such as palm trees etc. There are also rides right outside the door, and rides that go all round the outside. It is open most days from 10am, but you would have to check through www.fantasyisland.co.uk to find out which days it’s open. Saturdays and bank holidays are the busiest days, as that’s the days most people have off work. Entrance to the complex is free. You just have to pay for the car park, rides and food etc. Bear in mind that Skegness and Ingoldmels are very busy, especially in the high season, with all the tourists flocking to the beach or Fantasy Island to enjoy all the entertainment, so the queues for the rides will be longer. Getting to Fantasy Island couldn’t be easier. It is signposted all the way from Skegness if you are coming that way and there are bus and taxi services (from Skegness centre to Fantasy Island centre) that run every 10 minutes for easy and quick access. If you decide to travel by car, there is a huge car park located on the grounds for a small charge, which is the same all throughout the year. Just incase you go on a mega busy day, you can park in any of the other car parks near Fantasy Island or even on the side of the road, thou gh it won’t be as secure as it would be in the car park. You can also travel by coach or train. If you decide to travel by train you can save a lot of money as you can obtain a £20 voucher (all-in-one ticket) from your train station, which will include the train fare to and from Skegness, then you would get the bus to Fantasy Island from the train station and when you reach the complex you will be given £20 in ride tokens. If you would like this cheaper option then you have to ring 0870 000 60 60 to book a ticket etc. Inside the complex, everyone is catered for, whether you are young, old or disabled. It is wheel chair and pushchair friendly, and there are disabled facilities, baby changing facilities and toilets all throughout the complex, so you don’t need to worry about that. Also, all the times I have been to the complex, the toilets have been very clean, unlike others in Skegness itself. If you need to go to the bank, you will find Nat west, Yorkshire bank, Halifax, Barclays and Lloyd’s cash machines. If you can’t keep away from the bookies, you will find a Ladbrokes. If you fear you might lose a child, there is a lost children department. If you happen to need medical treatment for any reason what so ever, there is a First Aid centre. I have also noticed that the staff are very friendly. Once when my mum and I couldn’t work the ride token machine, we asked a member of staff and they were very polite, friendly and helpful. You can ask them for any information you like. They always seem to know exactly what they’re talking about (unlike the people in PC world). There are loads of gift shops and normal shops (30 in total, so you’ll be spoilt for choice) selling postcards, T. shirts and caps etc all bearing the logo of Fantasy Island. There are also many side stalls selling souvenirs where you can have your name printed on them, near the arcades. If you want to stay in Ingold mels longer than 1 day, i.e. for a weekend etc, why don’t you stay in 1 of the many self catering caravans surrounding the complex? If so, you have to ring 01754 764173 for more information or to make a booking. What could be better than having a beach and loads of different entertainment including amusement arcades and bingo on your doorstep? Also, why go into Skegness for some night entertainment when you can go to Fantasy Island? Yes you heard me right!!! Fantasy Island has night entertainment. There is an entertainment venue called Scallywags Showbar. This is situated inside the complex next to the Lagoon Stage. There is a great entertainment programme with many top cabaret attractions taking place all throughout the year. There are 4 bars in total with lots of evening entertainment. Also during high season, the rides are open into the night. The darkness of the night and the flashing of the rides, people screaming in excitement and bands playing in Scallywags showbar makes a fantastic atmosphere. There are many restaurants situated inside and around the complex. You will find everything from fish and chips to burgers and carvery meals etc. I have listed the restaurants below: Burger King (of course, where in England can you go without spotting one of these?) McDonalds (same as above) Nescafe Café Shop (mmm if you like coffee) Ice cream and snacks (mmm yummy) Bamboo Take Away (I’ve never been in here, so I can’t tell you what it’s like) Bella Pasta (cooks pasta I suppose hehe) Island Diner (sells jacket potatoes and pizza’s to name a couple) Hot Roast Carvery Diner (mmm never been in here, but it sounds yummy) Elite fish and chips (now you can’t go to the seaside with out finding a fish and chip shop can you? Or can you?) I will also list the entertainment venues located in the complex for you, though I have never been in the bars, so I can’t tell you what they’re like. Scallywags show bar (you’ve already heard about) Lagoon Stage Cave Bar Woody’s Wine Bar I will next move onto the entertainment for the children. If you want to keep them occupied whilst you go and have a game of bingo or a drink at the bar, why don’t you leave them in the hands of the friendly staff at ‘Tiny Tots Village’? This is a big play area centre opposite the road. Your kids will love it in there. There are many slides, ball pits, climbing apparatus and activity modules etc. If you don’t want to leave them, why not go to Lagoon Stage located at the top of the complex. During the day, there are kids shows like Punch and Judy etc. There are also loads of rides for the younger generation, so I’m sure they will be kept entertained throughout. Also you never know who you might bump into, as there are lots of dressed up characters that roam the pyramid every day. If you fancy something a bit different, why not visit the market? I hear you say..market? Fantasy Island has a market (shocked)??? Well Fantasy Island is the home to Europe’s largest 7-day indoor and outdoor market. You will find a huge range of bargains for everyone, from the many different stalls, ranging from colourful stalls, auctioneers, craft workers, cat walk fashion shows, sweets, clothes and electrical stalls etc. This is situated right outside the entrance of Fantasy Island and this too, is completely free to look around. Now I am sure you are all dying to hear what rides there is (as you can see, I have saved the best til last) In the complex, (which is pyramid shaped incase you’d forgotten), are many many rides for the kiddies, but the bigger rides such as the roller coasters are outside. Rides can only be accessed via tokens. You can buy tokens from the many token machines or token desks situated around the complex. They cost 50p each and most rides take between 2 and 4 tokens except the millennium roller coaster which takes 8. I have only been on the Magical Seaquarium and the Secrets of Fantasy Island dream like ride, but nothing else as it all looks too scary for me. Oh and I have also been on the Merry Mixer (Twister). This one is very fast, so beware!!! There are all different types of rides and attractions to suit any taste, so I will list the main ones below: DRAGON MOUNTAIN DESCENT This is a ride I didn’t dare go on. It is Europe’s longest water coaster. You have to walk around this adventure area, such as rope bridges etc and when you get to the top, you are seated in a dinghy and you go down this flume, and you have a 99% chance of getting wet. VOLCANIC ERUPTION This is a ride where you sit in seats at the bottom and you shoot up very fast up into the air, and no before you ask, I have not been on this and never will. SIM EX MOVIE RIDE ADVENTURES This is one of the simulators where you sit on seats and the seats move. I didn’t dare go on this and it’s also not for people with back problems. MAGICAL SEAQUARIUM This is the best ride ever apart from the cine 2000 on my Wicksteed Park opinion. On this ride you sit on a boat which goes through this track which is on the water (don’t worry it doesn’t go off the track and no you don’t fall out) and it goes through this cave which is all lit up and you get to see all these lovely types of fish and mystical sea creatures. (They’re not real by the way) They are all doing things that human’s would do. It’s so lovely and magical to see. The boats spin round slowly whilst it goes along the track, so you have a chance to see everything along your journey. The only thing I don’t like is when you get on and off the boats as they don’t stop, they are moving slowly, so I am always scared I will fall out, but the atte ndants are very friendly to you and they always help you get in and out safely. KENTUCKY DERBY / HOOK A DUCK Some of the many side stalls around the complex, where you can try and win prizes. BALLOON FLIGHT You sit on a hot air balloon and it goes in a circle very slowly and you get to see other rides in action and just marvel at the beauty of Fantasy Island. Not for the faint hearted though, as there is a big drop. It is quite high off the floor you see. Small children can also ride on it. MILLENIUM COASTER Now this is a huge roller coaster. I feel terrified just looking up at the track. I feel as though I am swaying and the track is swaying. There are loads of loops that are high up in the air and the roller coaster looks very fast from where I like to stand and watch. It also comes quite close to the ground, so you may have to duck (only joking!!!) Now there is no way I would go on this ride. JUBILEE ODYSSEY This ride is over 4,200 feet long and it’s Europe’s longest suspended roller coaster. (Sounds scary) LITTLE TIKES PLAY AREA This is a little play area for the kiddies, to keep them out of mischief if you do not wish to take them to the Tiny Tots Village WILD MOUSE SPINNING COASTER This is a ride where you sit in these little mouse cars and the cars race up and down these roller coaster tracks, whilst your car is spinning round cars (a bit like being on the waltzers) SECRETS OF FANTASY ISLAND This is a ride where you sit in these little cars (a bit like a monorail) and you go through these caves on the track in the air. Inside the caves, there are flowers etc that are all lit up and illuminated and believe me, it looks like something out of this world. MERRY MIXER (otherwise known as a Twister) This is one of the rides where 2 or 3 people can share one car and there are a few cars in each bit and it go es round and twists in and out!! Lovely! Though be careful, as you will get totally squashed. RHOMBUS’S ROCKET This is apparently a roller coaster for all the family to enjoy. One where you sit on a rocket powered train on a track. It is a journey you have to hold on tight for as you twist in and out. KIDS ROLLER COASTER This is a roller coaster for little kids that twists and turns through jungle landscaping THE BEAST This ride is for the daredevil in you. You end up suspended 60 feet above the ground, whilst the beast subjects you to triple rolls at 360 degrees. Certainly not for the faint hearted, not even to watch I don’t think! FANTASEA FLUME This is where you ride this water track in a raft and you are guaranteed to get wet whether you sit at the front, middle or back. You also get filmed coming out from the top and they take a photo of you, which you are free to purchase if you desire. JELLY COASTER TRAIN RIDE This is a roller coaster for the little kiddies, which goes through Jolly Jelly World. DODGEMS Those bumper cars you have to drive your self where you can’t resist hitting the car to the side of you. There is also a dodgem course for the little kids. Fantasy Island is home to loads of different rides – some being more daredevil than others. Some are bigger than most in Europe and what makes Fantasy Island so unique is that most of the complex is indoors! So whatever your tastes in rides, Fantasy Island has it all. You don’t have to worry if you need help with anything or any information, as attendants walk around the complex all day so they will be there to help you. If you can’t spot anyone, just ask the people standing by the ride entrances. As I have said before they are all lovely, friendly people. Also, the rides and food is quite expensive, so it’s perhaps best to take a picnic with you and sit on the beach. You do get your moneys worth on the rides as the big ones will be a different experience for you. You can also go to those tourist information centres and see if they have any leaflets about the complex. I did that, I got a leaflet and it had a coupon on it, where you buy £20 worth of tokens and you get £20 worth completely free. Or again as I’ve said before, you can go via train and get one of those all-in-one vouchers. I hope you have a great time (though I am positive you will) if you decide to go! Thanks for reading my opinion. I hope it has been very useful for you. I hope so anyway – it has taken me ages to do!!!hehe

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                  12.02.2002 21:21
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                  Ingoldmells is a great little place just outside of skegness on the Lincolnshire coast line. I must have been coming here for around 15 years now and many things have changed in that time. I can remember when I first started coming as a very young lad the place itself was just a load of caravan’s by the coast and a few amusement arcades and of course pubs. But over the last few years things have changed a great deal. This is mostly down to a company called Blue Anchor leisure they have built many things to help Ingoldmells become a great leisure attraction. One of the main things a tourist resort needs is good affordable accommodation and ingoldmells has plenty of this. I personnel have just booked a stay in a caravan for a cost of only one hundred pounds for a week. This is amazing when you think that you can probably get around 6 people in one caravan so that works out at £17 each amazing. Of course accommodation can depend on weather one would rather stay in a luxury caravan on a luxury site or just bargain basement but there is something for everyone’s budget. One of the best ways to find accommodation is to have a day visit at the start of the season and look in the site shops to find private rented caravans. This will be the cheapest option otherwise try a search on the internet many sites are advertised or contact haven they have a site. Well what is there to do the question is where do I start. Fantasy Island is a new attraction that has been put up in the last few years and it is a massive pyramid building that is visible on the horizon as you approach Ingoldmells. Inside there are many things to entertain children’s rides, adult rides are around the outside of the building including a massive rollercoaster and a volcano type ride that shoots into the air. These rides can be a little expensive so unless you have fetched a load of cash you will not be able to ride everyday. Inside fantasy island you will also f ind many places to buy food. Ingoldmells also has a daily outdoor market at peak season which really is massive so you will find just about anything you require great place to buy all those holiday presents at a reasonable price. There is also a market down in Ingoldmells village which is also well worth checking out. Another thing with Ingoldmells is that it is very close to skegness so you can catch a bus and have a look around there too the buses run about every five minutes and are much easy than using the car and cheaper. Of course one of the main attractions of the seaside is the beach and Ingoldmells has a wonderful stretch of golden sand. The beach seems very clean and there are no awful sewage outlet pipes or anything so it all seems clean. When the night rolls in there is plenty to do as well apart from the clubs and pubs on all the individual sites. You will also find the carling bar at fantasy island which is massive and has shows on all season. There is also a bar at the side for adults which has karoke and other entertainment. So if you are looking for a cheap holiday and not worried if the sun does not shine everyday then Ingoldmells is the place for you.

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                    I have just returned from a week's traditional British seaside holiday in Skegness ("It's so bracing!"). We stayed in good old Butlins, and as part of our holiday decided to zip up the road to Fantasy Island. We had read various brochures on it, boasting the largest 7-day outdoor market in Europe, and free entry, so we thought it would be worth a day out. I came back with mixed opinions, all in all, it depends what you want to get out of the day. I took with me my wife and toddler daughter (age 2 and a half), with pushchair. As did about 1,000 other people, negotiating hundreds of pushchairs in a crowded market is not great, but I wouldn't have liked her to be running around on her own either, as there were a lot of people. The market stalls are varied in quality, again, it depends what you are going for. If you have a boy of about 8 years old, there are about 30 scooter stalls to choose from, all selling "Pepsi" scooters for a tenner, complete with box. As the week progressed at Butlins, so did the amount of scooters scootering around the site, so obviously many Dads had been conned out of their tenners! Also, there were about 20 different stalls selling 3 "Top 40" chart CD's for £10. It was blindingly obvious that some big gangster bloke with a CD-Writer and a colour photocopier has employed all these minions to sell these CD's, now how they get away with this I do not know, but they were selling like hot cakes. Finally, I stared with amazement at one bloke with a microphone selling all manner of electrical goods (fell off the back of a lorry springs to mind) including PlayStations and CD players. Now, I would not risk buying from these traders, but many people were. We were very boring I'm afraid and only came away from the market with 2 lovely hand-painted plantpots (an unusual holiday pressie) and some colouring books. However, the market is no t the only thing that Fantasy Island boasts, oh no, as you wind your way through the market, you can't help noticing the huge rollercoaster which is actually rolling and coasting above the market stalls. There are many other fast rides too, the further into the island you get. These cost about £2 - £3 per ride, which is reasonable in today's prices. As my daughter was too young to go on these white-knuckle type rides, we headed for the centre of the Island, which is, in her opinion, the best bit. There were many rides for her to go on, unfortunately the Jellikins ride was too fast (and had a height restriction). However, there were plenty more to keep her occupied, including one which takes 4 little passport sized photographs for £1 (bargain!) Talking of the Jellikins, they featured in their own show on the stage, which was excellent, as did "Pinky and Perky" the pigs, and finally the "Old MacDonald Farm" characters (namely Moo Moo and Neigh Neigh for those of you without 2 year olds!!) Around the stage there were plenty of eateries, with a Burger King, pizza place and jacket potato cafe. Access for wheelchair users and puschairs was very good, but the outside was rather cramped with all the people. Another highlight was directly opposite Fantasy Island - a indoor play area for Tots, this was like a village with soft play apparatus, climbing frames, swings and slides galore! Finally, one tip!!: If you are staying at Butlins in Skeggy and plan to visit Fantasy Island - WALK!! It may be free to get in, but it is £4 to park your car! This is a cheek as it is only about 10-15 mins walk away! (Unfortunately, we learnt the hard way!) Remember, the kids will scooter their way back to the site!

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                      Fantasy Island is a great mixture of shops, market stalls, fun fairs, entertainment and food outlets all rolled into one big complex. In it about 2 miles to the north of Skegness at Ingoldmells, in the middle of endless caravan parks. Situated on the seafront it is easy to find as there are many sign posts and the massive big dipper ride can be seen for miles around. At night a bright white strobe lights flashes up the pyramid dome in the centre of the complex, making it easy to see. When you arrive at Fantasy Island the one thing that you can guarantee is that you will see plenty of people. This is definitely not the place to go to if you want escapism. There is an enormous car park at the complex, which costs £2 to park all day. There are no more charges to get into the market, fun fair or pyramid. In the centre of the complex is the large pyramid. Inside here there are loads of children’s rides (some quite large), plus bars and food outlets and a few craft shops. There is also a stage area where free entertainment is put on for the younger children. Outside is the big fun fair with rides for children of all ages, including the very big roller coaster, which dominates the whole area. These rides are not cheap, but are always very popular, although you will not have to queue very often to get on any. The whole area is surrounded by the market. There have been many boasts about the size of this market, so lets just say it goes on and on, and I would be amazed if you did not buy anything. There are a whole variety of stalls, including a large number of clothes stalls selling good, cheap clothing. There are amusement arcades all over the place and so many places to eat that nobody is ever going to go hungry here. As well as a Chinese take-away, hot dogs stalls, fish and chips, there is a large McDonalds and a Burger King. Across the road is an enormous beach, and a short walk up the road is the town of Ingoldmells. Fantasy Island is busy and noisy, but you can certainly spend a whole day here. We enjoy our visits here, but once or twice a year is probably quite enough for us. You can just wander around and spend very little, but with a few rides on the fun fair, something to eat and some bargains from the market, don’t be surprised if your wallet seems a lot lighter at the end of the day.

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                        02.10.2000 02:21
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                        There is no doubt in my mind that Fantasy Island has improved a great deal in the last five years. The rides never fail to entertain any age group with the added bonus of live entertainment (which I have not had the pleasure (or misfortune) of seeing). The rides do vary, from rides that are fairly traditional to fairly new rides such as 'Fantasy Mouse' which is very similar to Chessington's 'Rattlesnake' (but to be perfectly honest, Fantasy Mouse really is much better). There is also a very large rollercoaster which is excellent. Yet, though there are all these improvements, there is definitely a down side to it all. The PRICE. There is no such thing as a wristband and you must pay for each ride individually, most of which range between £2 - 4. If you want a good day, you have to be prepared to pay through the nose. As there aren't just the rides there to make your day more expensive than you planned. There is a large market, shops, arcade machines, food stalls, more shops, restaurants and bars, and then to toop iot all off, as you leave, at either exit, you are lead out to a McDonald's with its own McFlurry stand. So if you don't want your kids to have a full meal for whatever reason, you can still be dragged to the stand to fork out more. Oh no, they don't miss a thing there you know. So making what you will of it, the rides may be good, the facilities may also be, but the money you have to pay to have a decent day out is extortionate if with a family. Still.. theres a Butlins just down the road and there is always the beach..

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                        05.09.2000 05:00
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                        I recently took my family on a weeks holiday in Ingoldmells.During this time we decieded to take our children (aged 4 & 20 months),to see the Jellykins stage show at Fantasy Island's Scallywags bar. They have a childrens entertainer called Chalky,who get the children up on stage for a dance and a few games.This was great fun for both my children until a woman selling balloons came into the back of the club.Chalky told all the kids to go and buy a balloon,causing all the kids to charge off the stage and head through the crowd towards the balloons.Even though we were close to the stage,by the time I got there my youngest had gone and it took 15 frantic minutes to find her. During this time my wife tried to get Chalky to use his microphone and ask if anyone knew where she was,but was waved off by Chalky and he walked off the back of the stage. The next day we went to see the manager,and he told us that no-one had ever complained before and that we were just being petty. I will NEVER go back to Fantasy Island again.

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                        17.07.2000 02:09
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                        Fantasy Island is located in Skegness, Lincolnshire. It's a theme park and market rolled into one. It boasted the largest market in Europe, there are loads of bargins to be had, such as clothes, shoes, household stuff, electrial stuff, computer games etc. The theme park has a large rollar coaster and loads of other rides for all ages. Inside fantasy island you will find pubs, places to eat and more shops. There are plenty of cash points, a large car park and souvenier shops.Also the facilies for disabled are excellent so if you want to go in a wheelchair you won't have too many problems. I would recommend Fantasy Island as a good day out for the whole family, and after a hard days shopping you can always pop down to the beach

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