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Pleasurewood Hills

Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK

Pleasurewood Hills is a family-friendly theme park in East England, with a mixture of rollercoasters and other rides suitable for the whole family.

Opened1983
SeasonApril to October
OwnerHIG Capital
Websitepleasurewoodhills.com
Nearby Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach (10 miles)
Clacton Pier (78 miles)
Adventure Island (108 miles)
Pleasurewood Hills entrance

Pleasurewood Hills entrance

Pleasurewood Hills opened in the early 1980s as a small family theme park with an overarching American theme. Since that time it has developed into one of the few real theme parks in the East of England, but still maintains its family friendly atmosphere.

The park briefly hosted Noel Edmonds and Mr Blobby in the nineties, but they have long since departed. Today's major attractions include Wipeout, a Vekoma Boomerang rollercoaster previously found at the now defunct American Adventure; Cannonball Express (formerly named Enigma), a classic Schwarzkopf Jumbo V rollercoaster; and Jolly Roger, not a pirate ship as you might guess (although the park has one of those too) but a large portable drop tower ride.

Families will have plenty of fun together on the chair lifts, paddle boats, two miniature railways and watching the sea lion and parrot shows.

In 2013 the park managed to generate a large amount of press coverage with the opening of Hobs Pit, a mine train themed dark ride featuring live actors that was billed as one of the UK's scariest attractions. It was developed in-house and won a lot of fans, but was sadly closed for the 2017 season.

Pleasurewood Hills is definitely a regional theme park rather than one to travel a long way for, but worth a trip for people who find themselves in the Lowestoft area. It has a nice atmosphere, and some pleasant enough rides - and a rare chance to ride a Schwarzkopf classic.

Attractions

Wipeout

Wipeout

The largest rollercoaster in the region

Cannonball Express

Cannonball Express

Schwarzkopf Jumbo V rollercoaster

Jolly Roger

Jolly Roger

Drop tower

Marble Madness

Marble Madness

Wild mouse rollercoaster

Timber Falls

Timber Falls

Log flume

Carousel

Carousel

Carousel featuring horses and carriages

Chairlifts

Chairlifts

Relaxing overhead trip across the park

Big Train

Big Train

The larger of Pleasurewood Hills' two miniature railways

Wave Breaker

Wave Breaker

Dinghy slide

Pirate Ship

Pirate Ship

Swinging pirate ship ride

Hyperdrive

Hyper Drive

Dodgems, with eccentric old railway carriage theming

Pleasurewood Paddlers

Pleasurewood Paddlers

Old-time classic paddle boat ride

Miniature Railway

Miniature Railway

Why have one train ride when you can have two?

Pleasurewood Ponies

Pleasurewood Ponies

Kiddie pony ride

Sea Lion Show

Sea Lion Show

Fun down at the sea lion pool

Parrot Show

Parrot Show

Showcasing a variety of parrot related skills

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