Advantages Great location and great views!
Disadvantages Coach loads of schoolkids!
For our first full day on the Isle of Wight, we decided to do a lap of the Island to see what was out there and to basically have a look around as well. We had a few leaflets that we took with us from the Premier Travel Inn to ensure that we knew where we were heading and what we would see. The one thing that my other half and I did agree on was that we should definitely visit The Needles Park.This place has one big selling point; it is located at the furthest point on the West side of the Isle of Wight at Alum Bay. This not only gives spectacular views of the Needles and the Lighthouse but also some picturesque views of the Dorsetcoast as far away as Swanage. So if you are a photographer you will have some great opportunities to take some good shots as well as spend the day walking the area, something that I will touch upon later.
We were one of the first to arrive at the Park at about 10.15am, to park a car here it costs just £4. This is not an hour, this is for all day! We walked from the Car Park into the Park proper, which only takes a few minutes as it is adjacent to the Park itself. Taking a step up on the Observation Deck to take our first proper look at the Needles before we went into the Park itself, breathtaking is the only way to describe it. Now I love the fact that if you get somewhere early then the chances are high that it will be empty. It was the same here as attendants were at all the rides ready for the customers to go on them... except there weren't any people around! It is free to enter the Park, as you pay for each ride individually or purchase vouchers that give quite a sizeable discount of 25%.As the day went on the Park got busy quite quickly, and to my horror the school kids that were on the Ferry turned up, needless to say that shortly after this it was also very noisy as well. They turned up by coach; parking for coaches is totally separate from cars in a separate area closer to the main entrance. This is also where the BusService stops and starts with a regular service from Yarmouth to the Park.
For a smallish size attraction I was impressed with what there was to go on, an old fashioned Merry-Go-Round, Tea Cup rides, Crazy Golf with a Dinosaur theme and electric cars for the younger children. Naturally these are aimed at the younger child; however there are plenty for the adults to go on as well. What is nice was there was a penny arcade that the older visitors seemed more attracted to then the younger ones, I went in here and was fascinated by the mechanical level of some of the games that were also wall mounted. There is also a modern type amusement arcade as well, that was busy with a number of jump in rides placed outside the arcade.The thing that interested me the most was the Chairlift that takes you down to the Beach, from here you can look at the multi coloured cliffs, take a 20 minute boat ride out to the Needles or casually walk along the Beach itself. It is a basic ski-lift that takes you from the middle of the Park across the treetops and straight down the cliff face to the Beach, at £4 per person to ride which I thought it was okay as this was a return ticket.
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