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skegness fantasy island
Fantasy Island Skegness (Lincolnshire)
Member Name: doriee
Fantasy Island Skegness (Lincolnshire)
Advantages: great day out
Disadvantages: have to pay for toilets
--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.
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)
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.
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.
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--
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.
Summary: good day out for everyone
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