Isle of Wight

A week in the Isle of Wight – Day 4 – Blackgang Chine

The sun broke threw the clouds and after a day inside feeling pale and flaky we decided a day at the UK’s oldest (and best in our opinion) theme park. A real world of imagination, Blackgang Chine was the top request from the 14 year old in our party, which says a lot as our nieces who are 3 and 5 love it equally. The park boasts a couple of rides – the ‘Cliff Hanger’ (a mini roller coaster) and the ‘Water Force’ slides for those in the party who beat the height restrictions.

There’s still plenty to do everywhere else with fairy or pirate workshops happening at Pirate Cove (check out the website for the events calendars) where there’s also the rope walk and Galleon climbing frame. Rumpus Mansion tells the tale of the rumpus and venturing up there is Cowboy Town, Fairy Land and Snakes and Ladders. Back down near the main entrance is the Maze (with viewing platform so someone can direct others in the maze), restricted area 5 with dinomatronic dinosaurs and the lovely bug walk.

During the summer and half terms the park also boasts late night opening with illuminations, events and sometimes even fireworks.

The park entrance cost is relatively high but does allow a return visit within 7 days so if you fancy checking out an evening event too this works out as great value for money. There is truly no other theme park like this, it really is a land of imagination and well worth a visit.

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