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Updated February 2023
We had a brilliant week in the Isle of Wight back in June – it’s a fantastic place to visit with the kids, with lots of days out in easy driving distance. The weather was boiling so we felt like we were abroad too, which is always a bonus!
We stayed at Lower Hyde Holiday Park – which we booked for the bargain price of £78 through the Sun Newspaper Holidays. (Be sure to read my review on the holiday park too! 😊) And one of our favourite days out was at Blackgang Chine!
What’s there for the kids to do?
Blackgang Chine is such a unique and quirky place, with lots on offer to keep the kids busy all day. It has a mix of rides, play areas and different worlds to explore – this attraction would best suit children aged 12 years and under. Here were some of our favourite bits…
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There’s also a small rollercoaster called Cliffhanger – my two loved it and made us go on it again and again! Somehow I didn’t end up photographing it – I must have been too busy being dragged on the ride! 😂
The site is perched on the edge of the coast, looking out over the sea, making it a stunning place to explore and sit for a picnic.
What facilities are there?
There are restaurants and food huts around the site, as well as toilets and a gift shop. We brought a picnic (as usual!) so I can’t comment on the quality of the food – we didn’t purchase anything other than ice-creams for the kids, which I’m told were delicious.
There’s tons of parking, which is free. Some rides might be closed in the event of wet weather or high winds, so make sure you check the forecast before you book – the park is very exposed on the coastline. Dogs are welcome if well behaved and on a short lead.
Blackgang Chine also run events throughout the year – so have a look on their website before you visit to see what’s on. Something not to miss, if you’re visiting in August, are the summer firework displays! We took our kids when they were small, and it’s pretty spectacular from the top of the park overlooking the sea.
Current entrance prices for 2023:
Is it good value for money?
Even though we visited term-time during the week, the park was still busy as it’s a popular place for school trips – I even visited myself when I was in year 6! But the schools queued separately for some of the rides, letting the public through in between, so my two didn’t wait long for anything. (I’m not sure if that’s a policy from Blackgang Chine or whether the teachers from the visiting schools were just very courteous!)
Blackgang Chine is owned by the same company as another Isle of Wight attraction, Robin Hill. Therefore, if you’re visiting both, it’s cheaper to buy a joint ticket. However, whether you decide to visit one or both parks, tickets gain you seven days of entry so you can visit as many times as you like during that period and really get your money’s worth! (This is also really handy in the event of bad weather!)
We visited on non-peak dates, paying £40pp for joint tickets to both parks. It felt like a lot of money to part with, but given that we had two places to visit and could go as many times as we wanted during our week away it wasn’t bad value. Although, we did feel that Blackgang Chine was better value for money than Robin Hill.
It’s worth noting that ‘on the gate’ prices are more expensive so make sure you pre-book tickets online. Children under four enter for free – which is great news for families with little ones – we made the most of this during previous visits when our children were small.
If you’re in the Isle of Wight, with kids under 12, I would definitely recommend a visit to Blackgang Chine for a quirky day out! There’s a lot on offer to keep everyone busy so it’ll definitely be a winner with the kids!
Check out my review of Robin Hill!
Useful information for your visit…
Pets: Dogs welcome on a lead in outdoor areas
Parking: Yes, free
Facilities: Restaurants, food huts, parking, toilets, picnic areas
Address: The postcode for SAT NAV is PO38 2HN
For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.