Southport Pleasureland is one of the North West’s top attractions. The theme park is based right on the seafront within easy walking distance of the town centre.
The park is completely free to enter and offers a great selection of rides and stalls, attractive landscaped grounds, a family arcade, plus food and drink outlets.
Best of all, there are few queues.
Southport Pleasureland offers a good selection of rides to suit all ages and preferences. Rides vary from season to season. Those at the time of our last visit (May 2018) include the Looping Rollercoaster, The Enterprise, Vertigo, the Log Flume, and Taquilla.
There are also smaller rides suitable for small children and toddlers (Water Wheels etc.) plus carnival games like the Arabian Derby and Lucky Bucket.
The Sega Prize Zone family arcade offers a good choice of amusements. Machines here include children’s games of skill, ranging from two penny pushers right up to air hockey tables. It also offers the latest simulated racing and sci-fi machines, boasting huge LED screens and realistic sounds.
Pleasureland is open from 11 am until 6 pm. See the official Southport Pleasureland website (details in information box below) for a full calendar of opening dates and times.
Unlike many other amusement parks, Southport Pleasureland is completely free to enter.
Visitors only pay for rides, making it an extremely attractive option for families.
Riders purchase a Fun Card for £1 (which includes a souvenir lanyard) and load it with tokens, each costing £1. Fun Cards can be topped up and unused tokens can be used on another visit providing it is within the season it was purchased. Rides cost between one and four tokens.
Advance tickets, with discounts, are available to buy on the official Southport Pleasureland website (see information box below).
Facilities at Pleasureland include car parking, baby change units, disabled toilets, and cash machines, and food and drink outlets.
Location & Directions
Southport Pleasureland is located on Marine Drive/Esplanade on Southport seafront. Sat nav users can use the postcode PR8 1RX to find it.
The park is approximately 15 minutes walk from Southport Train Station. Walking will take you through the beautiful King’s Gardens.
Visitors can also take the Lakeside Miniature Railway to reach the park. It runs from Marine Parade Station (near Southport Pier) to Pleasureland Station (outside the park’s main entrance).
There has been an amusement park on the same site as Pleasureland for over 100 years. The current owner, Norman Wallis, has family connections to the original attraction.
Norman took over the park in 2007 after Blackpool Pleasure Beach closed the site, dismantling and destroying most of the remaining attractions and infrastructure. It has been a labour of love for Norman to bring it back to the high standard it has reached today. The work hasn’t stopped with Norman adding new attractions each season.