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    Been looking online at amusement parks in the North I used to go to and my favs have all closed down ( sob )

    Frontierland at Moreambe

    Pleasureland at Southport

    Spanish City at Whitley Bay

    It seems people now prefer theme ones like Camelot ( but not me)

    Anyone got memories of any others that have now closed?

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    used to be a great park/fair at the top of the hill in North Bay, Scarborough...Marvels

    cable car as well. All gone now (and the waterpark that was next to it, and the kids park..Kinderland)...all being developed for apartments

    some sad photos of its current state (nice brochure pictured too though):
    Marvels Amusement Park / Scarborough Water Chute
    and the ongoin saga of the water chute ride
    http://www.ukrides.info/scarboroughwaterchute.htm

    happily the miniature steam railway is still there..takes you out to the Sea Life Centre


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    I love Spanish City in Whitley Bay. The Corkscrew was great! in 1986 I'd seen nothing like it! It was a great place to go for the day in the summer. I used to live in Durham so going there or to South Shields was a regular thing when I was a kid. We also used to go to Redcar. They had this indoor funfair! Think its still there! Also a trip to the Hoppings (Town Moor Fair) in Newcastle was a must!
    Heaven knows I'm miserable now.

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    I have fond memories of 'The Hoppings' stuckinthe80s - I also remember winning a coconut there and watching my dad try to open it to extract the watery insides with a hammer.

    Needless to say, the watery insides ended up on the floor.

    That said, the fleshy bit was nice (once the shell had been removed).

    I also remember going to Lovett's Amusements on Majuba Road, Redcar, in the late 70s/early 80s there was a ****-poor ghost train and electronic novelties (I won't call them games, no Outrun or Gorf here) that seemed to have come from Victorian times.

    The best thing I remember about Redcar as a kid were the boats on the boating lake. Tiny little 2 stoke engines that spluttered their carconogenic fumes directly where you and a responsible grown up sat (steering duties).
    Quick... Run... Hide... Here comes Dave Stewart, walking up the drive, with that look in his eye!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glam_racket View Post
    I also remember going to Lovett's Amusements on Majuba Road, Redcar, in the late 70s/early 80s there was a ****-poor ghost train and electronic novelties (I won't call them games, no Outrun or Gorf here) that seemed to have come from Victorian times.

    The best thing I remember about Redcar as a kid were the boats on the boating lake. Tiny little 2 stoke engines that spluttered their carconogenic fumes directly where you and a responsible grown up sat (steering duties).
    Interestingly in last the Young Ones episode "Summer Holiday" Norman Lovett played the owner of a Penny Arcade, who just happened to be doing his annual cash-in as the YOs were trying to rob the bank.

    I wonder if that bit of casting was co-incidental or not?!

    I went to the Haven Holiday Camp at Filey in 1990s, & that had some water dodgems that were powered by 2 stroke engines.

    I remember the exhaust fumes were none to pleasent, & the handling was almost a tricky as a normal dodgem car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossobantam View Post
    used to be a great park/fair at the top of the hill in North Bay, Scarborough...Marvels

    cable car as well. All gone now (and the waterpark that was next to it, and the kids park..Kinderland)...all being developed for apartments

    some sad photos of its current state (nice brochure pictured too though):
    Marvels Amusement Park / Scarborough Water Chute
    and the ongoin saga of the water chute ride
    Marvels Amusement Park / Scarborough Water Chute

    happily the miniature steam railway is still there..takes you out to the Sea Life Centre
    oh and Skegness had a great fair on the sea front (most of it is still there)
    It had a great Fun House, with a vertical drop slide, and, best of all , a 'Mirror Maze'......same as a hedge maze, but with glass for walls.We played 'tig' in it...you'd see someone, bolt for them ,and smack your nose straight into the glass wall..fab stuff!


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    Quote Originally Posted by rossobantam View Post
    oh and Skegness had a great fair on the sea front (most of it is still there)
    It had a great Fun House, with a vertical drop slide, and, best of all , a 'Mirror Maze'......same as a hedge maze, but with glass for walls.We played 'tig' in it...you'd see someone, bolt for them ,and smack your nose straight into the glass wall..fab stuff!
    Blackpool Pleasure Beach used to have a mirror maze, I went there with some friends years ago & it took us age to get to the middle.

    There was a hall of mirrors there with the standard wobbly mirrors.

    Getting out was an effort as well.

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    South Shields was also a place we went to for a day out. There was a quite good fairground there. I remember there was a 'Twister' there called 'The Wildcat'. It was really fast! There was also a 'House that Jack Built' there which was great. Made me feel really off balance!
    Heaven knows I'm miserable now.

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    Try Diggerland at Castleford. Sounds fun - you can drive JCB,s and stuff. Mind you, I've done it all before when I worked on an open-cast, so paying 13 for the pleasure doesn't really appeal to me. However, a great place for kids and adults alike. I hear the advert for it several times daily in the car, so thought I would post it here.

    http://www.diggerland.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckinthe80's View Post
    I love Spanish City in Whitley Bay.
    Quick Trivia Question??
    The Spanish City is mentioned in an 80's song...Which one??
    I go back to the original Jethro Tull - Yes! The seed drill inventor!

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