In its 175th year, expect celebrations throughout the year at Blackgang Chine. Filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides, you'll find adventures around every corner. Let your imagination run wild fighting pirates on-onboard your own ship, discovering life size moving dinosaurs and escaping from danger, being sheriff of your own cowboy town, rounding up the outlaws and locking 'em up - or experiencing the magic of being fairy princess in your own castle! Be part of the brand new, unfolding, adventure story of Blackgang Chine and the Curious Timeboat!
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Blackgang Chine is one of the oldest theme parks in the country, if not the world and many visitors to the Isle of Wight remember exploring the magic of Blackgang Chine as a child.
Ever since the original owner, Alexander Dabell, dragged a beached whale from the Needles to his newly opened Chine gardens in 1842, for everyone to see the enormous beast's bleached bones, there have been people flocking to see the attractions on offer.
Nowadays there is so much more to see and do, although the whale is still here. You can get up close and personal with life size, life like moving dinosaurs in Restricted Area 5, including an Argentinosaurus, bigger than a double decker bus, and the biggest animatronic T-Rex in the country.
Other attractions such as the roller coaster 'Cliff Hanger' and the 'Waterforce' shutes are the most thrilling and adrenalin pumping activities that are on a par with larger amusement parks and a great hit with kids of all ages.
Through the summer Wednesday nights are party night with magician and others moving amongst the crowd, fire eating and juggling and a grand firework display from the top of the cliff at the end of the evening. Plus there's an appearance from the park's two T Rex dinosaurs 'Sheila' and 'Shadow' with their two keepers, who cause mayhem wherever they walk.
Fun for little people is Valley of the Dodos - friendly singing fowl activated by buttons along the bridge that spans the area full of these large yellow birds performing different actions. While Pirate Cove is much more colourful and fantastic fun for all would-be pirates with rigging to climb and galleons to be boarded.
It's the oldies but goodies that everyone loves and remembers from their own childhoods. The maze with its lofty viewing platform from which relatives and friends shout directions and the life size dinosaurs on the cliff side pathways that Blue Peter helped to install. The Crooked House has been moved a few times since it was first installed in 1968, because of subsequent cliff falls, but Blackgang wouldn't be Blackgang without it. Frontier Town must be the only place where you can buy a gun and shoot people – albeit with caps and while you're pretending to be a cowboy/girl.
Walk a little further on and you find the Fairy Castle and Fairyland, which, as everyone has just bought guns, is somewhat incongruously being defended from the battlements by hoards of tiny gunslingers. Little girls love the little fruity fairy homes below too.
Need more exercise? Then there is the giant Snakes and Ladders game next door with loads of steps to climb and slides to take you much faster back down to the bottom.
Want to be scared? Make sure you visit Rumpus Mansion with its eerie inhabitants. Or pay a visit to the dinosaur's dinner with more monsters to terrify tiny tots.
The enormous fibreglass whale that you enter at your peril, being squirted with water for your troubles, is always full of children screaming with laughter. And Hell's Mouth is another garish cavern for those who dare to crawl into it. What's not to like about being curious and scared in equal measure?
The park also goes to some length to educate the visitor on the history of the surrounding area, the landslides and what might have been nearby in days of yore. A reconstruction of a Victorian sawmill, with the various trades associated with wood. Old steam traction engines and other ancient machinery that would have been used in the fields and local industry long ago.
Blackgang got its name from the local band of brigands who used to plunder the shipwrecks around this coast, so there is a smugglers cave to explore. And don't forget the hall of distorting mirrors – another of the original attractions from the 1800s that everyone still loves.
- open daily from 17 March until 3 November
- generally opens at 10:00 - please check out the calendar on the left for specific days and times
- 1 hour before closing time. Some indoor attractions & rides close up to 45 minutes before park shuts. Ride operating times, cafe facilities and shop opening times vary, depending on time of season.
- large car park so plenty of room to park your car
- disabled spaces are available in the main car park
- disabled toilet facilities
- guide dogs are welcome
- wheelchair and electric mobility sccoter users - the park is set on top of 400’ high cliffs overlooking the English Channel. The paths around the site are undulating with some paths as steep as 1:5 (12°).
- visitors in manual wheelchairs who wish to visit all areas of the park should be accompanied by strong helpers. Those using electric mobility scooters must ensure they are confident in using the equipment and do not exceed its capabilities. Particular attention should be paid to the paths leading to and from Area 5 and Cowboy Town where gradients are likely to be at their steepest.
- children aged 3 and under are free of charge
- children under 14 will not be admitted without an adult
What are you going to find?
Lands of Imaginations
Restricted Area 5 | Cowboy Town | Pirate Cove | Fairy Land | Nursery Land
Fun Rides and Slides
Cliff Hanger | Water Force | Pirate Barrels | Snakes and Ladders
Mouth of Hell | Hall of Mirrors | Roaming Dodo Characters (available during peak times) | The Crooked House | Rumpus Mansion | Valley of the Dodos | The Musical Pet Shop | Giant Bug Walk | Giant Hedge Maze | Smugglers Cave | Jonah's Whale | The Wight Experience | Viewpoint Picnic Areas | Shadow and Shelia
We hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to tweet a pic
( @RedFunnel @BlackgangChine)
3, 4, 10 & 11 April | 10:00 to 17:00 | Easter Eggsplorers
Become an explorer and see the park though new eyes. Join in the quest around Blackgang Chine to discover untold mysteries every Tuesday and Wednesday during the Easter holidays. Dust off your magnifying glasses and find critters in the sand in our fun Explorer Digs activity. Don’t miss your chance to meet our very special new characters who have joined the park for our 175th Birthday. Plus, Lady Penelope and Rafus will be on hand to celebrate our NEW Dodo Valley with net bridges…put the
spring in your step this Easter!
Timeboat Update: Every customer who comes into Blackgang is an explorer and they must help the time travellers find another crystal to power the timeboat on to their next destination …
5 - 7 May | 10:00 to 17:00 | Dino Break-out (Official Birthday Weekend!)
Our time travellers have crash-landed in prehistoric times and are exploring all things Dinosaur! Expect mischief and mayhem as our baby T-Rex dinos are let loose and roaming the park! Get involved in our Dino Digs and see what you can discover, take your place at Darwin’s Table and make something to take home, plus, have a real Dinosaur Encounter and meet all our baby Dinosaurs in their very own show.
Timeboat Update- The time travellers have gone back in time to the age when dinosaurs walked the earth. Shocked at the era in which they have landed, they must find more fuel in the form of a crystal to escape and power them on to their next destination …
26 May - 3 June | 10:00 to 18:00 | Whitsun - Wild West Week
Yeeeehaaaw! Our Wild West Week returns once again this May Half-Term. Whether you’re an outlaw on the run or a wannabe sheriff trying to keep the town safe, we have something for everyone! Immerse yourself in our theatrical live-action Cowboy Show - which returns more action-packed than ever, take part in our Outlaw Takeover, learn to line dance and meet our Wild West Dodos. Plus, the rodeo is coming to town with our bucking bronco… how long can you hold on?! So, dust off your Cowboy hats, don your bandana and head to Cowboy Town for the ultimate shootout… just don’t get caught in the crossfire!
Timeboat update – The time travellers have been propelled forward in time and arrived in the middle of a hoedown. The timeboat has crash landed on pirate cove and the search is on for the next crystal needed to move them onto their next destination …
23 July - 29 August | 10:00 - 21:30 | Blackgang's Big Birthday Bash!
every Monday 23, 30 July, 6, 13, 20 & 27 August and Wednesday 25 July, 1, 6, 15, 22 & 29 August
You’re invited to the ultimate party to celebrate our 175th birthday every Monday and Wednesday throughout the Summer Holidays! Immerse yourself in our theatrical live-action Cowboy Show, be enchanted by our magical Fairies, listen to Cedric’s adventures in our Dragon Tales. Plus, DJ Omar will be in Pirate Cove to provide the soundtrack to the biggest party this summer … before finishing your evening with our famous fireworks.
Plus meet your favourite characters as they explore the park every day during the Summer Holidays.
Timeboat Update - The time travellers will arrive at Blackgang for the big 175th birthday party each Monday & Wednesday! They have found the ultimate stash of crystals which results in the fireworks being set off as they shoot off to another destination.
3 November | times tba | End of Season party
Join us for our end of season party with a Firework Extravaganza! Our famous fireworks will be lighting up the sky for one final time as we close our 2018 season with a bang! Don’t miss the chance to squeeze in one last ride or adventure before we close for the winter!
Blackgang Chine Address: Nr Chale, Isle of Wight, PO38 2HN