Pleasurewood Hills is a family-friendly theme park in East England, with a mixture of rollercoasters and other rides suitable for the whole family.
|Season||April to October|
|Nearby||Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach (6 miles)|
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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.
The largest rollercoaster in the region
Schwarzkopf Jumbo V rollercoaster
Wild mouse rollercoaster
Carousel featuring horses and carriages
Relaxing overhead trip across the park
The larger of Pleasurewood Hills' two miniature railways
Swinging pirate ship ride
Dodgems, with eccentric old railway carriage theming
Old-time classic paddle boat ride
Why have one train ride when you can have two?
Kiddie pony ride
Fun down at the sea lion pool
Showcasing a variety of parrot related skills