The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions is the trade organisation
representing the UK amusement park industry.
- Roller Coaster
Club of Great Britain. A club for thrill seekers. Membership includes,
amongst other things, discounts to amusement parks, discounts on club trips and a
quarterly magazine called Airtime.
Coaster Club. Another UK-based club for white knuckle
addicts. Offers a very similar package to the above club but the magazine,
First Drop, offers more in-depth coverage with articles and news.
The UK Parks: A to
Z of Official Websites
Adventure Island. Established for over
50 years, this amusement park by the Pier at Southend-on-Sea has changed its name from Peter
Pan's Playground to Adventure Island and virtually doubled in size. It has a mixture of
new and old attractions.
Adventure Park. Operated by the nearby The Big Sheep, this new fun park at Bideford's Atlantic Village
Factory Outlet Centre is for younger children.
Barry Island Pleasure
Park. Historic amusement park near Cardiff still hangs on by a
excellent little park in Portrush, Northern Ireland, has a large indoor
area with an atmosphere of a bygone age.
The Big Sheep. Former
farm park is now installing rides, including The Twister waveswinger,
Rodeo Ride pony track and vintage train ride. More rides are expected in
Aquadrome. There has been much investment
into the amusement park at Billing Aquadrome over recent years, which is
now called Leisure World and has its own website.
Country Living Museum. Based in Dudley, West Midlands, this museum features a
small permanent funfair, which includes Ark and Helter Skelter.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
One of the world's truly great amusement parks and a national treasure.
The website is packed with information about the rides, shows,
shopping, eating and much more. Home to classic rides such as the Big
Dipper and Grand National, with new attractions opening all the time.
The world's tallest and fastest roller coaster, the Pepsi Max Big One,
opened here in 1994, and 2000 saw the opening of Valhalla, the world's
biggest dark ride. Other Pleasure Beach websites include: Stageworks
(the website of the Pleasure Beach shows); and the
Big Blue Hotel by the
south entrance to the park.
Blair Drummond Safari and
Adventure Park. This Scottish animal attraction features funfair
Pleasure Beach. Not quite in the same league as Blackpool Pleasure Beach, but
Skegness should be proud of this lively seaside fun park. Features a wide selection of
rides for all ages, including a very large Ghost Train.
Brean Leisure Park.
Large funfair within a huge caravan park at Brean Sands. The collection of rides regularly
changes. The amusement park now has its own website -
Brean Theme Park.
Pier. Now owned by the Brighton Pier Group PLC (formerly
Eclectic Bar Group PLC), this is a full-size amusement park
over the sea, and the biggest such attraction on any pier in the UK.
Pier. This seaside pier at Great Yarmouth boasts a collection of funfair
rides. Rides include gallopers, giant slide and dodgems.
Butlin's. There are
three remaining Butlin's sites: Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness, all now owned by Bourne Leisure, and
they still all feature amusement
Pier. This Pier offers a good amusement park with indoor and outdoor
Pier. A small amusement park at Southsea, near Portsmouth. Although it has
shrunk in size in recent years, from its days as Fun Acres, it still offers a wide range
of rides including Log Flume and Roller Coaster.
Amusement Park. This Aberdeen amusement park is a traditional family seaside
attraction from the famous Codona fairground family. Visit the park for Looping Star
roller coaster, Log Flume and a whole host of fairground rides.
Coney Beach. 90-year-old
amusement park at Porthcawl in South Wales has a wide mix of fairground
attractions. The website includes a brief history of the park.
Dinosaur Park, Tenby.
Amusement rides are part of the mix in this imaginative dinosaur
experience, complete with Astraglide, orbiter cars, disco boats, bubble
ride and more.
Zoo. Popular family attraction, opened in 1937. Besides the
animals there is a chairlift and fairground
Dymchurch Amusement Park.
Located at the small Kent resort of Dymchurch, this is a real gem of a
seaside amusement park aimed at younger children, with Ghost Train, Log
Flume and Crooked House amongst the attractions.
Exmouth Fun Park.
Exmouth’s biggest fun park, with astra
slide, miniature railway, toddler town, playboat, children's rides and
Island. The UK's first
themed indoor family resort, a large amusement park located at Ingoldmells,
near Skegness. This park includes two major roller coasters: the Millennium
Coaster and Jubilee Odyssey.
Fantasy Island Adventure
Park. Indoor and outdoor amusement park and entertainment centre
at Canvey Island.
Weymouth. Small children's fun park that is one of Weymouth's
best kept secrets. Has a selection of modern rides for the young ones
and large amusement centre.
Fishers Farm Park.
This farm park near Billingshurst has started adding rides and other
family, non-farm-related attractions.
Flamingo Amusement Park. Popular seafront park near the Old Town in Hastings,
with a selection of rides for all ages and a large lake.
Folly Farm. Claims to
be Wales's most visited paid for tourist attraction, this is a large,
partly covered, vintage funfair, farm park and zoo. Located at Begelly in South
Fun. Eastbourne's fun park, complete with Runaway Train roller
coaster, adventure golf and numerous rides for the little ones.
Dawlish Warren. Well presented family amusement park in
South Devon, with pirate ship ride, Astroglide and Bumper Boats.
Amusement Park. Located at Hayling Island near Portsmouth, this nice little
park includes a roller coaster, log flume, pirate ship, and a covered area with a large
selection of children's rides. The park regularly adds new attractions.
Morecambe. Funland at the Dome has been operating on Morecambe
seafront between April and October since the demise of Frontierland and
is operated by Taylor's Fun Fairs.
Amusement park sited (probably on a temporary basis) on the former
Tropicana open air swimming pool on Weston-super-Mare seafront.
Warwick. Small childen's park at Warwick's St Nicholas Park,
crammed full of rides for the little ones, plus food stands and an array
Pier, Weston-super-Mare. Described as a "fabulous covered amusement park over the
sea", this colourful website is the official guide to Weston-Super-Mare's biggest
Greenacres Animal Park.
80-acre farm park with rides, farm
& zoo animals, together with amusements, a licensed bar and pool & games
Harbour Park. Littlehampton's amusement park, run by the Smart family,
is a modern attraction right on the beach.
Hatton Country World.
Warwickshire farm attraction now has a permanent funfair.
Like Folly Farm, this is not really an amusement park, but this tourist attraction at
Liphook features a vintage fairground. The Web site includes details of opening times and
how to get there.
- Joyland. Fantastic children's amusement park and American diner
on Great Yarmouth seafront.
Kiddies Corner, Cleveleys.
Opened in the early 1960s, this small amusement park offers traditional rides for younger children.
Fun Park. Based at the small North Wales seaside resort of Towyn, near Rhyl,
Knightly's Fun Park is a travelling-fair-style amusement park sandwiched between the sea
and a railway line. The rides' transport is parked adjacent to the site, adding to the
Knockhatch Adventure Park.
Small adventure park near Eastbourne, with an increasing number of
amusement park-style attractions.
Safari Experience. This Safari Park, near Prescot in Merseyside, is home to an
expanding amusement park.
Landmark Forest Adventure Park.
Amusement park located in the Scottish Highlands, with a variety of
rides and educational activities.
Leisure Island Fun
Park. Opened in 2004, this is a small amusement park at Canvey
Island in Essex with a large selection of rides (around 20 of them) for
children under the age of 11.
Mannings Amusement Park.
Established in 1933 as a Butlin's Amusement Park, this Felixstowe
amusement park has been run by the Manning family since 1946.
Adventure Park. This mainly under cover fun park located at Clovelly, Devon, includes animal
feeds, archery, miniature railway and golf driving range. Rides include a suspended
coaster and dodgems.
Park. This amusement park is set in a breathtaking location overlooking the
famous Needles on the Isle of Wight. Attractions include spectacular chairlift, carousel,
and a range of children's rides.
- New Palace and Adventureland. Large indoor and outdoor amusement
park on New Brighton seafront. In addition to funfair rides it features
a large indoor children's play centre and go kart track.
Arbroath's indoor funfair and amusement arcade.
Pleasure Park. The last surviving amusement park in the Newcastle
area, Ocean Beach is a medium-sized amusement park located by the sea at South Shields.
Old MacDonald's Farm
and Fun Park. Owned by the Manning family, this is a great mixture of animals and family rides.
- Paradise Wildlife Park. This large Hertfordshire zoo features a
small amusement park, with helter skelter, roundabout, bouncy castles,
train rides and other children's attractions.
Pebble Ridge Adventure Golf &
Go-Karts. On the site of the former Westward Ho! funfair, bumper
boats and go karts are part of the attraction of this small fun park.
Adventure Park. Delightful park with an atmosphere of another
era, mixing animals, amusement rides and family play.
Peter Pan's Playground.
This small traditional children's amusement park on Ryde seafront (Isle
of Wight) has a nice selection of juvenile rides and a modern adventure
Fun Park. Brand new small amusement park on Shanklin seafront
(Isle of Wight). Everything looks new, including roller coaster,
adventure golf, zorbs, bumper boats and various coin operated machines.
Pleasure Beach, Great
Yarmouth . Rides and family fun are the emphasis at this
well-maintained park that is the east's most visited tourist attraction. Opened in 1909,
the park is a mix of traditional attractions and the latest thrill rides, with new rides
added every year.
Previously one of the UK's major historic amusement parks, it closed in
2006 with the removal of most of the major rides. But the park has risen
from the ashes, thanks to showman Norman Wallis and features a wide and
ever-changing range of fairground rides.
Rainbow Park, Hunstanton.
Small amusement park in the East Anglia seaside resort, features a range
of adult and children's rides, including a fantastic ghost train.
Sailor Boy Amusements.
Small family fun park at St Osyth near
Collection. Fairground rides, showmen's engines and fairground
organs at this permanent covered living museum near Scarborough.
Sherwood Forest Fun
Park. Small amusement park at Edwinstowe in the heart of
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. Free entry, pay per ride.
South Parade Pier.
Clarence Pier is not the only amusement park at Southsea; South Parade
Pier offers a range of children's funfair rides.
Thursford: This vintage
fairground collection in Norfolk operates two large rides.
Prince Fun Park. At Towyn in North Wales, this harness racing centre includes
a permanent amusement park operated by Williams Amusements. The park has several
white-knuckle fairground rides.
- Trago Mills.
Small leisure park at this Devon factory outlet centre.
Treasure Island Amusement Park. Small riverside amusement park
at Stourport-on-Severn with a nice selection of rides in a beautiful
Trethorne Leisure Park.
More of a farm park, but with Dodgems and Ride-On Electric Cars, this
Launceston-based attraction is starting to move in the direction of an
- Twycross Zoo. A small,
pirate-themed amusement park with a selection of children's rides is
located within the zoo.
With most of its rides and attractions indoors, this 'amusement park over the sea' can be
enjoyed whatever the weather. The Pier mainly comprises traditional funfair rides, and is
aimed at the under-thirteens.
Safari Park. This Safari Park has, for many years, rewarded all those who
complete the safari with an excellent amusement park. The recent addition of new rides
such as a spinning Wild Mouse roller coaster and the Wild River Rafting
rapids ride have further improved this attraction. An
all-round good day out.
West Sands Fun Fair.
There's been a permanent amusement park at
the West Sands Caravan Park, Selsey (West Sussex) for over 40 years.
Small selection of travelling rides and cafe.
Park. This amusement park in Kettering opened in 1921, and is
actually one of the UK's first theme parks. With a wide selection of rides including
water chute, dodgems and roller coaster.
Willows Farm Village.
Farm park near St Alban features a permanent children's funfair.
Leisure Park. Adventure park near Dartmouth. Attractions include water rides,
slides, frog hopper, toboggan and bumper boats. Rides include Trauma
Tower and a Rocking Tug. Large indoor area.
Woodside Farm. This
Bedfordshire animal farm, leisure park and mini zoo features a range of
permanent fairground rides, including traditional helter skelter.
Wroxham Barns. Small children's funfair at this popular Norfolk
- 360 Play. Innovative Milton
Keynes-based indoor play centre featuring dodgems, carousel, play
equipment and role playing streets. New centres now open in Stevenage
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