Blackgang Chine – the oldest amusement park in the UK

When we were on the Isle of Wight last weekend, we went to Blackgang Chine, which is an amusement park at the south of the island. It has been in existence since 1843 apparently, which makes it the oldest amusement park in the UK.

It has a hedge maze.

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The main rides are three water slides and a roller coaster. We went on all of them several times. And we also did the tea cup carousel ride, which left me very dizzy.

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This is the view from one of the areas in the park. Very nice!

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Other than the rides, there were different areas to explore, for example an area with paraphernalia related to nursery rhymes (which I didn’t know).

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And there was a Wild West town, which was probably my favourite. I also had lunch there.

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We made friends with a lot of the locals there.

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I don’t really remember in which context these two guys were displayed but they are so funny! Especially that first one with the beer…

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Overall, probably more aimed at kids but I went with the claim to fame of it being the oldest amusement park in the UK. A fun day out!

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