Blackgang Chine in October and the Piano

Today, we went to Blackgang Chine.  This is awesome for children but sometimes a bit strange for adults – I’ve been told that it hasn’t really changed in the last 20 years.  They have a lot of different areas and lots of fibreglass models and houses for children to play in.  It is SUPER hilly so very good for your step count.

Giant Blackgang Chine smuggler - I assume smuggling was a "thing" here in the past
Giant Blackgang Chine smuggler – I assume smuggling was a “thing” here in the past

It is really crowded in summer but almost deserted out of season (almost certainly the reason they are closed from 2 November until Easter).  It was almost spooky today, we ended up saying hello to everyone else whenever we saw them.  This isn’t that unusual for the IoW though.  We only did the west side of the park today because we usually find that half the park is enough for us.  If you have older children, you may find that you will want to spend the whole day there.

Nurseryland
Nurseryland
The old woman and the shoe
The old woman and the shoe

They do have some little green spots too, in particular the maze.

My kids had fun hiding from us in the maze
My kids had fun hiding from us in the maze
The whale!
The whale!
You can walk through the whale (expect to get wet).
You can walk through the whale (expect to get wet).

Today was an exciting day because it was the first time that my son was tall enough to ride the rollercoaster (you need to be 1.1m tall to ride this and at least 1.0m tall to ride the water slide).  He thought this was “incredible” and ended up riding it twice.

Rollercoaster!
Rollercoaster!

One of the highlights is the dinosaur zone, which has animatronic dinosaurs.  Small children either find these brilliant or are terrified of them Now, the best one is Tyrannosaurus Rex – when he roars, the deck under you shakes.  I am sure his roar was louder last year – perhaps his volume has been turned down a bit.

Tyrannosaurus Rex!
Tyrannosaurus Rex!

At the end of the dinosaur zone, there are some dinosaurs made of fibreglass that you can climb (before the animatronics, all the dinosaurs were made of fibreglass) plus some eggs for the children to hide in.

My son gets stuck on this one EVERY TIME
My son gets stuck on this one EVERY TIME
Eggs for my daughter to hide in
Eggs for my daughter to hide in

In the middle of the park, there are some pirate ships.  If your children are old enough, send them to play on these and get a coffee.  They also sell those little sugared doughnuts that are cellulite in a paper bag but are good when it’s cold and windy.  Your kids will get wet from the water cannons but never mind.  They will be having fun.

Pirate ships
Pirate ships

The food here really is not very nice.  It is slightly better at Cowboy Town (which we didn’t go to today) than the main restaurant – but really? If you can, eat elsewhere.  So we did.

We went somewhere we’d never been to before – The Piano in Freshwater Bay.  My son decided it was “very cool” and it has a lovely area to sit outside when it is sunny (which by lunchtime it was).  I had a sausage sandwich and my husband had the garden mezes; both were nice.  My husband had ordered what he thought was wheat beer but what was actually a mixture of lager and lemon.  I thought this was extremely delicious so I swapped my lager with him.

Delicious for sunny lunchtime drinking.
Delicious for sunny lunchtime drinking.

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