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