Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
Published date: June 2020
Located at the south end of Great Yarmouth’s famous Golden Mile, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach covers an area of nine acres and attracts vast numbers of visitors each year. It’s a free to enter amusement park and visitors either pay-per-ride through purchasing ride tokens or purchase an all-day wristband for unlimited rides for the remainder of that day.
Discover an exciting mix of white-knuckle and child-friendly rides at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach for a fun family day out. All rides are subject to minimum height restrictions, details of which are on their website. Wristbands can be bought online at a discounted price. Season passes are also available and entitle the bearer to a wristband every day they are open for the remainder of that season.
There is a wide range of food and drink available on-site including traditional hot doughnuts, candyfloss, ice creams, fast food outlets, rock and other confectionary.
Great Yarmouth became a popular seaside resort in the 1800s and it was in 1909 that C.B. Cochran, later to become a world-famous impresario, persuaded the local council to grant a lease for a proposed seafront amusement centre. The original Pleasure Beach consisted of a scenic railway and little else, followed by the addition of another popular attraction, the Joywheel. The park attracted large crowds until 1914, when it closed for the war years. In April 1919 after the war, a fire devastated the Scenic Railway, but this was repaired and re-opened by August 1919. In 1923 the Pleasure Beach was revamped and extended and in 1929 a large water chute was installed to replace the Scenic Railway. The same year the Colonial Exhibition was held in Paris and the impressive Scenic Railway that had been built especially for the exhibition by Herr Erich Heidrich, was purchased by the Pleasure Beach. The ride was dismantled, transported to Great Yarmouth and re-erected by the German team over the next couple of years. Opening in the summer of 1932, the Scenic Railway has been the Pleasure Beach’s pièce de résistance ever since.
To find out more about Great Yarmouth Please Beach, including opening times, ride information, events and prices, please go to their website.