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Review of The Pleasure Beach

The Pleasure Beach
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Owner description: The Pleasure Beach with its mixture of high-octane rides and traditional attractions sits at the top of Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile dominating the seafront skyline with its famous Skydrop. Spread over nine acres, the Pleasure Beach offers huge family fun, full-throttle white knuckle rides to exhilarate and thrill, water attractions to catch your breath and fun rides to keep the children happy for hours. Our roller coaster has been the star attraction since 1932 and is still a crowd puller today. More than 1.1 million visitors enjoyed the Pleasure Beach experience in 2013, confirming our place in the top 10 UK free entry amusement parks. And even more attractions, rides and innovations are on their way.
Reviewed October 31, 2011

Not cheap, but loads to do for everyone. If you did it all you'd need a week.

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Reviewed October 29, 2011

We visited pleasure beach this week in half term! There are lots of rides different ages well worth a visit! We got wristbands for the kids with tesco vouchers so they could go on as many rides as they could. Some of the rides are old but great all 4 of us went on the monorail fab!
It started raining and cos the park didn't open til 12 we didn't have all day there but could have if opened earlier and rain!! Fab day well worth visit and you get free parking next door when visit on the park and lots of food and drink places too!!

Thank KellyFlembo
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

Needs to be updated some of the childrens rides were outdated, there was one ride that consisted of sitting on a plastic horse that went round bouncing up and down my grandson asked when does something happen, another ride was modeled on 'it's a dolls world' they sat in a carriage went into a cave then came out stating it was boring, lacking anything worth looking at.
The best thing on the site was the ice cream parlor modeled on the 50's.
Needs to have an injection of money with new rides.

Thank Eynsham
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

Part of the 'Botton Brothers' empire, and similar to its poor relation in Skegness, the rides have noticeably deteriorated in quality and presence since the early '90's, relying on small and safe bets. I can recall back in the early '80's, classics such as the 'Sky-Wheels', 'Superloop', and a huge 'AstroGlide' dominated the park, and even a decade later, a massive ride named 'Condor' equally impressed. Presently, only the weedy-looking 'SkyDrop' and 'Evolution' rides can compete on previous levels, the rest, very average.

The 'extension' area featuring a rusting 'Log-Flume' ride, and an expanse resembling a car park where the 'Yarmouth Eye' Big Wheel stood proudly, makes it all seem to be lacking in proper investment. The park is not exactly cheap either, with tokens for £1-3 per person per ride, alternatively all-day wristbands can be costly to families, at just under £20 each a pop. Thankfully, unlike Blackpool PB, it's still free for non-riders to wander around in. It's a shame, because the Pleasure Beach holds an ace up its sleeve.

That ace happens to be the unmissable, wonderfully nostalgic and historic 'scenic railway' wooden Rollercoaster, apparently the only example still fully operational in the UK. Built in France in 1928, it was transported to Great Yarmouth and rebuilt in 1932, where it has stood ever since. It appears nowadays to have withstood regular spankings by the weather, and could do with a whole re-paint job on the external landscape boards. The sea-facing side has faded badly over time, whilst the front appears rather flaky. Will be very interesting to see how management develop the land to the south. Other than that, for a small leisure park, the coaster singularly lifts this review to above average.

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Reviewed September 20, 2011

Visited Great Yarmouth for 2 days with a friend and her children aged 9 and 7 years of age. We bought a wrist band for the adults and children. Works out a good deal if you can save your tesco vouchers and redeem for this offer. Unfortunately you will have to que and purchase tickets with these. Alot of attractions for the young children and they can get on and off the rides as many times as they like for the day - Good value. Take fold up ponchos for the water ride you do get very wet, but they do have a walk in hairdryer cost of £2. There is an undercover circus which I believe performs all year round. It is a little pricy, but the kids will think its great. Sealife centre is also near by, which is also a brilliant place to visit. Very clean modern and the shark section is amazing (like an underworld sea ruin) A* great for families.

Thank EssexUnhappycustomer
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