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Adventure Island

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK

Adventure Island is a large, modern take on the British seaside amusement park, with Southend Pier cutting through the middle of the site and dividing it into two sections full of rides and other colourful attractions, several of which have been designed and built in-house.

Opened1976
SeasonFebruary to November
OwnerStockvale Ltd
Websiteadventureisland.co.uk
Nearby Clacton Pier (60 miles)
Chessington World of Adventures (67 miles)
Thorpe Park (78 miles)
Southend Pier splits Adventure Island in two

Southend Pier splits Adventure Island in two

Adventure Island sits on the seafront at Southend-on-Sea on the English coast, spanning both sides of the land surrounding Southend Pier. As seaside amusement parks go, Adventure Island is amongst the largest and most high quality. It features a multitude of rides, several of which have been designed and built by the in-house engineering team, which provides some unique experiences.

Alongside the other rides are five rollercoasters headlined by Rage, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter brightly painted in a luminous pink and yellow colour scheme. Green Scream features a train so long that the front of the train reaches the top of the lift hill just as the rear is touching the bottom, while Mighty Mini Mega gives a much better ride than its diminutive proportions would suggest. Barnstormer has a nicely themed aeroplane at the front of its train, and also gives a great ride. Kiddi Koasta is the newest of Adventure Island's rollercoaster lineup and is a kid-friendly mine train.

Also worth mentioning is Over the Hill, Adventure Island's major dark ride. Designed by the in-house crew, it provides a unique take on the traditional haunted house genre, and is a worthy successor of the park's previous Beelzee Bob's Trail which sat in the same building.

The park is free to enter, with a wristband system in place for those who want to ride. With the recent addition of an indoor area, it makes a great seaside destination for families and thrillseekers whatever the British weather.

Attractions

Rage

Rage

Adventure Island's headline rollercoaster

Green Scream

Green Scream

Rollercoaster with a ridiculously long train!

Archelon

Archelon

Chair swings

Dragon's Claw

Dragon's Claw

Spin ride

Mighty Mini Mega

Mighty Mini Mega

It may be a small rollercoaster, but it punches above its weight!

Barnstormer

Barnstormer

Aeroplane themed rollercoaster

Sky Drop

Sky Drop

Drop tower

Scorpion

Scorpion

Fast spinning flat ride

Ramba Zamba

Ramba Zamba

Disk'O

Fireball

Fireball

Spinning wheel ride

American Whip

American Whip

Traditional whip ride

Pharoah's Fury

Pharoah's Fury

Spin ride

Over the Hill

Over the Hill

Haunted House dark ride

Sk8borda

Sk8borda

Giant skateboard

Tidal Wave

Tidal Wave

Dinghy waterslide

Dodgems

Dodgems

Bumper cars

Big Wheel

Big Wheel

Easily spotted observation wheel

Crooked House

Crooked House

A fun house filled with strange characters and crazy floors

Formula AI Karting

Formula AI Karting

Go kart circuit

Kiddi Koasta

Kiddi Koasta

Mine train themed rollercoaster

Cow Jump

Cow Jump

The cow jumped over the moon...

Lighthouse Slip

Lighthouse Slip

Helter Skelter

The Dragon

The Dragon

Children's dragon themed ride

Smiles Per Galleon

Smiles Per Galleon

Giant swinging pirate ship

The Pirate's Plunge

The Pirate's Plunge

Small drop tower

Adventure Golf

Adventure Golf

A choice of two crazy golf courses

Videos

Adventure Island 2016