Southport Pleasureland is a fun fair in Southport. It boasts a good selection of rides, stalls, and amusements and enjoys a great seafront location.
Rides at Southport Pleasureland include the Pirate Ship, Wild Cat (similar to the Wild Mouse at Blackpool), the Ghost Train, F1 Go-Karts, OMG (spinning inversion ride – formerly Excalibur 2 from Camelot), and Ski Jump.
Most of the rides are not fixed so the list is subject to change.
There are also plenty of smaller children’s rides, stalls, and an amusement arcade.
Southport Pleasureland is open at weekends and during school holidays from the beginning of April until the end of September. Opening times at the time of writing (July 2014) are 10 am until 6 pm.
Unlike many competing theme parks such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach, entrance to Pleasureland is completely free.
Tokens must be purchased to go on the rides and cost £1 each. They are added to an electronic top-up card and are deducted as used. Rides cost 1 to 4 tokens. The fair does not sell wristbands although free bonus tokens are offered for those purchasing before 11 am.
Facilities include car and coach parking, toilets, baby changing facilities, and cash machines.
Location & Directions
Southport Pleasureland is located on Marine Drive on Southport seafront. Owners of satellite navigation systems should use the postcode PR8 1RX to find it.
The original Pleasureland opened in 1912. It was owned by the Thompson family of Blackpool Pleasure Beach. In 2006 the theme park suddenly closed its doors. The owners cited competition from publicly-funded attractions and Sunday shopping as reasons for the decision. Many blamed the failure of the park on an earlier decision to introduce an entrance fee.
After the closure the Cyclone rollercoaster was demolished and the Traumatizer was moved to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and renamed Infusion. Most of the other rides were sold to other theme parks, mainly to Dreamland in Margate and Lightwater Valley in Ripon.
New Pleasureland opened on the site in 2007.
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