For the first time in 13 years we headed back to Southport Pleasureland. Our last visit was way back in 2006 when they Cyclone (wooden rollercoaster) was still there!
The fun cards are very easy to top up as there are booths all around the park so you don't have to keep going back to the entrance all the time. If you are on a budget, then I would advise going around the park noting the rides you wish to use (and the tokens to use them) before getting the tokens on the card.
My sister had spotted an offer advertised on the facebook page for £160 worth of tokens for £103, split across four cards. Since there was 10 of us going we thought this would be ideal so this is what we got.
The selection of rides is also very good - some small ones for the little ones to enjoys, great range of family and a fair few thrill rides for the older ones. We started at the back of the park where there was a large rollercoaster, a pirate ship and couple of kiddie rides.
Now one of my favourite games at theme parks/funfairs is the Kentucky Derby. I can't explain why but if I see one, I tend to have a go. Now what's interesting at Southport is that you can pay with your funpass to play (not sure if this is for all the games or certain ones).
The Southport one is also £1 per person which is unusually cheap (normally around £3) so we all decided to have a go not once but twice. This was mainly due to the fact we had two kids in the group they then got a little prize each. Because I played both times I didn't take any photos or footage which is a shame as it would of been fab.
Around 13:30 we got a little hungry so stopped off at the little outdoor cafe they have. Its has some seating around it enough for us all to sit together. I ordered a cuppa and a waffle with Nutella and Marshmallows (which I ended up sharing with my mum). Rebecca went with a pancake with squirty cream and marshmallows. I really enjoyed mine and didn't end up having a proper lunch as it was quite filling. Only issue I had was the cups of tea/coffee were £2 and the cups were tiny. Annoyingly, I didn't take a photo of the cups to show you.
We did some more rides in the afternoon and before we knew it, it was 15:30. Rebecca wanted to give the pirate ship a go so we decided to do that first then have a Mr. Whippy. Oddly, they aren't available in the park, but just outside a side gate there was a van selling a lot of different options! They were £2 each and a decent size so I treated half the group (my sister treated the other half).
After a few more re-rides before we had to look at leaving. I thought the park closed at 17:00 but it turns out it was 18:00 which meant we didn't have to rush as much as I thought.
Just before heading out we grabbed another drink and a 5 minute sit down to feed the baby before heading home. We popped in to the small shop hoping to get a fridge magnet for our collection but they don't sell any merchandise, which was a little disappointing. The shop was many full of seaside treats and soft toys.
Now, I have a weakens for fudge and I did spot a fudge counter in the shop. So with a bit of help from my Mum and sister I picked 3 bars (£10 for 3) to take home for us to share. I picked the Ferraro Rocher (which was amazing), the Jelly trifle (which was also quite nice) and the Parma Violet (which didn't work as fudge).
This was one of the best days out we have been on. The atmosphere in the park was great. We all really enjoyed ourselves. I would rather come here than to Blackpool Pleasure Beach!!!
We met some of the best staff here. They were all really friendly and polite. A couple stopped to have a chat with us (mostly about Go pros).
Food & Drink
We only really ate the treats and a few drinks. The drink we all felt were over priced for what you got. Mum & Dad had some chips which they said were ok. I think a proper Fish & Chippy would go down really well at this park!
It is worth noting that there were a lot of places you could sit and have a picnic if you wanted too.
Rides & Attractions
I thought there was a great variety of rides for all ages. Plenty for youngster and families with some big thrills thrown in.
I would really like to see a permanent coaster at this park. I think something like small woodie like Wood Express at Parc St. Paul in France or Heidi at Plopsaland de Panne in Belgium would really work here even a small Mack coaster would be pretty impressive.
I know a lot of people prefer to see permanent attractions, which I get, but I think having temporary ones at Southport works as they can change the line up each year which will then encourage people to come back and visit. Of course a few attractions that stay isn't a bad thing. but being able to mix it up each year isn't a bad thing either.