Rides at the end of a traditional English seaside pier stretching out into The Solent
|Opened||26 July 1879|
|Nearby||Clarence Pier (1 miles)|
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South Parade Pier stretches out into The Solent at Southsea and is one of two pleasure piers in Portsmouth, the other being Clarence Pier slightly further along the coast to the west.
The pier was originally opened in 1879, but suffered the fate of many British seaside piers and fell into disrepair and was closed to the public in 2012. It was saved by a Trust and restored, reopening in 2017.
Working with pier owners Tommy Ware Snr and Tommy Ware Jnr, amusement entrepreneur and current owner of the Sooty & Sweep puppets Richard Cadell opened a funfair at the end of the pier in time for the summer season in 2019.
The funfair includes a kiddie rollercoaster, helter skelter, dodgems, some children's rides and games stalls. The end of the Pier is not big, so it is impressive how much has been put in.
Ride prices are reasonable - the rollercoaster for example is £2. The fair seems popular with families, and is a welcome bonus down at the Southsea end of the Portsmouth seafront.
Truck ride for small children
Undercover games and amusements