Pleasure Beach is a spectacular national and international
phenomenon that deserves the serious attention of historians. Since
the 1890s it has evolved into Britain’s most visited tourist
attraction. Each year, its 42 acres become a vast wonderland of
noise, rides (including ten roller coasters), attractions and shows.
This cultural and
social history examines why the Pleasure Beach has been so
successful over such a long period, when rival seaside amusement
parks have faltered and fallen by the wayside. It examines
the experiences of the park’s visitors and workforce as well as the
history of the rides, and pays sustained interest in the planning
and design of the park.
As the first
critical perspective of a major amusement park, this is a book for
both the serious historian and general reader. You will find in
these pages a study that is as accessible as it is authoritative,
offering new interpretations of the changes in leisure, amusement,
technology and consumption that helped to transform popular culture
and society in twentieth-century Britain. The book is fully
referenced as well as being profusely illustrated, featuring 44
photographs, most of which are previously unpublished.
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