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Pleasurewood Hills a Family Theme Park
New Pleasurewood Hills (Suffolk)
Member Name: diddldonna
New Pleasurewood Hills (Suffolk)
Date: 10/04/12, updated on 10/04/12 (121 review reads)
Advantages: Great Family Day
Disadvantages: More walk through attractions might be an idea
Pleasurewood Hills is an American themed Theme Park for all the family and includes many rides and attractions it is set on 59-acres of land. The Park was created in 1982 and has been a personal family favourite with visits from my family on a regular basis.
The Parks Mascot is Woody Bear.
Pleasurewod hills is located on the Norfolk/Suffolk Border close to Lowestoft, The Park is signposted well from Lowestoft and the local A12.
You can get several Buses from Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. The X1 and 1 which runs between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft is a great bus to use, please ask drivers if unsure of stop, my suggested stop is to get off at Tesco, close to the roundabout and walk up to the park.
Opening Times Vary and Park is only open sessional so please call for opening times or check out the website which has a calendar of opening times throughout the year.
Typical opening time is 10am to around 5pm.
Adult (12+) £18
Senior/ Reg. Disabled/ Reg. Carer £13
under 1 metre FREE
Please check out local press and tourist informations as offers for 2for1 or percentage discount come along often.
Also when you visit once you will receive a voucher for a discounted return.
RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS:
Pleasurewood hills has currently been taken over and this year the park has been updated with several new rides and attractions. The company that has taken over this theme park is: H.I.G Capital France They have taken over several attractions throughout the uk.
NEW The Jolly Roger - 1.4m minimum height required. This is a drop tower ride and is New for 2012, I am afraid i cant give a personal point of view as too chicken to try this out.
Wipeout - 1.3m minimum height required. This ride Is a Rollercoaster, been on this many times and love it, there is a twist and loop on this ride and you go through it forwards and backwards. The good thing is the views when it stops at the top to return backwards. Its not the best roller-coaster ive been on but its enough for a thrill. You can get a ride photo on this ride.
Enigma - 1m minimum (1m - 1.25 need to be accompanied by an adult) This ride is a roller coaster that doesnt go upside down, it is like a runaway mine train. This ride does throw you about abit. This ride does have a habit of breaking down alot on my visits, one time just near the end and we had to be helped out along the track. (This was done safely and with excellent staff helping me along the way).
Fireball - 1.4 minimum height. This is a spinning ride that swings through 120 degrees up to 20 metres high. I find this ride is very intense and does put your head in a spin, watch when you get off the ride. This does seem a big favourite with teenagers.
The-tide-traveller - 1.25m height. This is another spinning ride but not as intense as the above ride even though you go 360 degrees, i find the spins on this calmer but still a great thrill. The name confuses me though as it suggests water to me but no water is involved.
Timer Falls - This is a log flume and one you will get wet on, oh no i mean soaked. Really make sure your prepared to go on this ride. Spare clothes to change into and socks as i have managed to get soaked from top to bottom with no drying area its not very nice to walk around in afterwards, Unless its a very hot day (which not often here on the east coast) I would avoid or be prepared. The drops are high but not too intense. You can get a ride photo on this ride.
Snack-in the Grass - 1m height (1m to 1.25 m must be accompanied by an adult) This is a family roller coaster and is great for all ages, the roller coaster goes round twists and turns and you go round about 2-3 times. The more you shout again and the shorter the queues the more you go around. This is a family favourite.
Shiver M Timbers - 1m minimum height (1m to 1.3m but be accompanied by an adult) This is a swinging pirate ship. You go higher if you sit at the back, which everyone normally rush's to. You either like this ride or not, depending if you like the swinging.
Wave Breaker - 1m-1.25m must be accompanied and 2 to a boat. This is a water ride and is boats going down a bumpy slide. You dont get wet much on this ride, more of a spray. You do go really fast and seem to fly through the air. You can get a ride on this photo. You must have 2 of you in a boat but if your on your own, try grab someone at the bottom before you go on, i am sure their are others in the same boat.
Tales of the Coast - 1m minimum height, 1m - 1.3m must be accompanied. This is a gentle family boat ride traveling through a cave and discovering about myths and legends of the sea. Does get abit dark in the cave so some children might find it abit scarey.
Le Mans - Extra Fee Applies for this. Single karts 1.4 minimum height. Double Kart Driver 1.6 and passenger 1m minimum height. These are petrol driven cars around a race track. This is for the Boys, my son has done this several times and has always come off happy.
Carousel - Beautiful Carousel with moving horses, this carousel also has carts to sit in that dont move other than the Carousel going around and around.
Chairlifts - These are little chairs that take you from one side of the park to the other, you can see all over the park on these. I am not good with heights so dont go on these but the family like to while i walk across the other side. You have to sort of jump on and off the moving chairs but their is staff their to help you do this.
Sky Hooks - 1m minimum height, 1m-1.3 must be accompanied. These are swings on chains that are hooked to a carousel and sway around and around. This ride can make you feel very dizzy.
Dodgey Dodgems - 1m min height accompanied, 1. 25m or higher can drive car on their own. This is a basic dodgems rides, dont bump into anyone as you will get told off.
Kite Flyer - 1.05m height. This is a ride where you lay flat on a board and a cage is clipped over you for safety, then you spin around like your flying. Not intense at all quit calming i think.
New The Light House - This is a new kiddy attraction for 2012, you basically bob up and down on the tower and it goes 10 metres high.
New Pleasurewood hills ponies - This is a new fun pony ride, you sit on ponies like carousel ones and ride around a track. This is fun for all ages.
Flying elephants - A kids ride where you go around and around sitting in elephants. No Minimum height but its recommend small children are accompanied.
Mini Pirate Ship - A kids version of the pirate ship, No Minimum height.
Mini Twister - A kids ride that twists round and around.
Veteran Cars - Little old vintage cars that go around a track, great for the family.
Balloon Rays - This is a kids ride where you sit in balloons and go up and down.
Woody Copter - Little kids helicopter that goes around like on a big wheel but actually a small wheel suitable for children.
Fairytale Fantasy - an indoor car ride that shows you different fairy tales.
Sean Alexander The Confusionist Show- A 30 Minute Show at set times throughout the time. Please check show times on the day. The Britains got Talent Star Sean Alexander will wow you with his amazing magic acts. You really must go and see this i was very impressed.
New Laser Labyrinth - This is a laser tag game, this has an additional fee (didnt see this so not sure on the fee for this). This is a New attraction, i didnt see this on my visit so cant comment on this yet but will check out on my next visit.
Sea Lion Show - This show is a must and is so funny and includes several Sea lions and their trainers. Their is several shows throughout the day, check out times on the day as these can change throughout the session. Show last about 20 Minutes approx.
Parrot Show - This is a typical Parrot Show with several different Parrots with different acts. A must for all the family, the birds do fly over your head so you must be okay with this.
There are several cafes and fast food places throughout the park for you to buy a different range of food. I have seen a typical Burger Place, Fish and Chips, Hot dog stands, ice cream places and a large food court. Prices seem quit good but i cant comment on taste as I always bring a picnic. you can easily find an area to rest on as their is plenty of grassed areas to choose from.
There is 3 shops located throughout the park with many different items to choose from. You can buy Pleasurewood hills themed items as well as novelty items. Children seem to like the pick and mix and normally buy here before going home. Shops get very busy at the end of the day so try and pop in early in the day.
PARK IN GENERAL:
All Staff I've come across in the park have been very helpful and cheerful, most of the staff do seem quit young and seem to all come from the local area. The ride operators seem quit patient and helpful when needed.
The Park area seems very clean and has plenty of bins and i've often seen cleaners cleaning up the areas and gardeners keeping the area beautiful.
There is several toilet blocks located throughout the park, when i have visited there has always been plenty of toilet roll and always seems clean and smelling fresh on entry.
There seems to be several baby changing areas and one special nursing room which is decorated really nice.
Lockers are located close to the entrance of the park. I personally don't use these as the car-park is so close that i leave my things there and get my hand stamped to come back in.
MY PERSONAL OPINION:
This Park is very close to where i live so we visit several times throughout the year, i visit time and time again and really like that a new company has taken over and new rides and attractions have been added. The park had been getting quit boring so this has really helped us in wanting to go again. I would personally like a few more walk through themed areas to look at and explore and feel this can easily be done. My teenage children also visit here on their own and can easily reach the bus by bus.
If You have any Questions I am willing to help answer any you have and thank you for reading through my review.
Summary: A Great Family Fun day can be had by all at this great theme park.
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