We enjoy visiting theme parks and were excited to finally holiday in the Isle of Wight, so we could make a special visit to Blackgang Chine. As the UK’s oldest amusement park we were intrigued to see what it had to offer. Blackgang Chine is celebrating its 175th birthday this year so I think it is a good time to feature the attraction.
My husband has fond memories of a childhood visit many moons ago. He was eager for the boys to explore the themed lands! We had a full day’s entertainment here. There are only a few rides, but we were pleasantly surprised as the park had a lot to offer. It really was one of the highlights of our Isle of Wight stay.
My boys are nine and ten and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We met up with their cousins aged 11 and 14 and they had lots of fun too. Personally, I loved how relaxed the day was. No long queues, just a gentle stroll around the park and a lovely lunch at the Chine Café. No crowds to navigate, plenty of space, it was such a plus point being able to do a theme park more leisurely.
The boys enjoyed setting off the singing dodo’s, doing the floss whilst looking at the crazy mirrors and riding the Cliffhanger rollercoaster and Waterforce rides.
We all enjoyed the Snakes and Ladders land and spent ages going down the slides. The dinosaurs were great moving and roaring, and the signs were quite humorous to read. The underwater section looked amazing. I think a lot of thought has gone into the design of the park to make it very engaging and interactive.
A couple of characters could do with a fresh lick of paint (especially the poor mermaid) but generally the site was in a good state of upkeep and very clean.
Your entrance ticket gives you free unlimited returns for 7 days. This is handy if you can squeeze in another visit or two! Especially when they lay on extra entertainment like shows, illuminations or fireworks.
Overall, we found Blackgang Chine to be a charming attraction. We have done our fair share of theme parks (Paultons Park, Legoland, Alton Towers, Chessington, Thorpe Park and PortAventura) but Blackgang Chine was quite magical and quirky in its own way! The musical pet shop with singing animatronics was a bit different, it made me laugh.
I found it a refreshing change from the usual format of days out at theme parks. Your children get plenty of fresh air and the chance to use their imagination!
Our Blackgang Chine Video
You can watch a little video of our visit below.