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Barry Island Pleasure Park, Barry

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Barry Island Pleasure Park is an amusement park situated on the coast at Barry Island in the Vale of Glamorgan, about 10 miles south west of the capital city Cardiff, Wales. The park opened annually at weekends from Easter onwards and daily during the school summer holidays, until the first weekend in September. The park opened permanently to the public on 3 April 2015.Barry Island contains shops, bars and restaurants. The Pleasure Park was once famous for its Scenic Railway which dominated half of the site in the mid-20th century, but was partially destroyed in a gale in 1973 before being dismantled. Many of the scenic railway's beams were used in the building of the current Log Flume ride, which was one of the park's most popular attractions.The Pleasure Park had over thirty attractions and rides. However lack of investment in the park resulted in the majority of these being removed, notably the Viper rollercoaster and the Log Flume. Park entrance was free of charge.Several Amusement arcades are located around the pleasure park.Barry Island Pleasure Park is part owned by Ian Rogers, who ran Welsh discount chain Hypervalue before it ran into financial difficulties. In 2006, Hilco UK Ltd who specialise in dealing with failing retail businesses assumed control of the ailing Hypervalue group and commenced disposing of various Hypervalue stores and settling accounts with the many creditors. Mr Rogers now owns part of the reorganised group, renamed Hypa Xtra. The park was operated by showman Vernon Studt between 2010 and 2014 under a lease from the joint owners.
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  • It's a good job I'm a local, reason being I would hate to have travelled to see the pleasure park !! The new owners would said to be spending 20million on this barry icon site, that was about 2 years ...  more »
  • I am glad someone else bought the fair rather than it being turned into soulless new built houses and flats. We dropped in here whilst at the transport festival and its ok value for money and will ret...  more »
  • Never been before. Just moved to Wales and wanted to see where 'Gavin and Stacey' was filmed. Was a market along the beach front which was lovely. Lots and amusements, and beach shops. Stopped to have...  more »
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  • Wonderful family place. My mum came here as a child, I came as a child then came with my children now my grandkids. Well done Barry for still being there. Really clean well kept beach. Loads of coffee shops and chip places. Alcohol free zone and they making some great improvements to the Fair ground. Fantastic friendly fun filled place.
  • Place looks like it was made by the local cowboy handyman. Probably a deathtrap too. Saw a ladder fall from a ride onto a kid. The beachfront is nice though. Just avoid the rides.
  • It was like travelling back in time to childhood holidays. Just a nice mix of beach, funfair, arcades and chip shops with out all the rubbish of some bigger places. It's not a big place but my kids loved it and I will definitely return another day. There was a car park that charged £1 for an hour or £5 for the day. I was told that another car park nearer the fair let you pay a £1 an hour so you could do £2 or £3 for equivalent time. We didn't try the fair but on the front is a few kids rides and trampolines and my girls were happy with that. All in all a great day out and definitely down for a revisit on other day :-)
  • Currently being revamped. Personally I love a fair at the island. The ground is uneven in places but the kids don't care. Lots of variety of rides and fun for all. Can be a bit expensive with tickets for a big family
  • Lovely sandy beach especially when low tide, lots to do and places to eat, coffee and icecream. Recommend on a sunny day getting here early as gets very busy.

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