Regular readers may recall the report I wrote a couple of weeks ago about our rather disappointing stay at a well-known holiday camp in Brean Sands. However, I am pleased to say that, on the whole, we really enjoyed our time away – and part of that was down to Brean Leisure. To follow I have reviews on both Brean Play and Brean Splash, but this review is of Brean Theme Park.
Firstly, I have to say that Brean Theme Park wasn’t so much of a theme park. We felt it was more of an upgrade on a funfair – but what a funfair it was! We had an absolute blast!
We chose to visit on a Wednesday evening at around 5pm. With the summer opening times, we knew we had until 9pm to enjoy the rides and, thankfully, the weather was very kind to us. This meant that the four of us had the Evening Mega Wrist Bands worth £17.50 each which gave us unlimited rides on everything. We certainly made use of them too.
There really is something here for everyone. For the little ones there is the Caterpillar Coaster, Bumpy Slides and the Canoe River plus the added attraction is the chance to meet Sooty – the show is filmed here too. None of that for our adventurous group though! Lucy, Grace’s friend, decided on a baptism of fire and chose her first ever rollercoaster. The Crazy Loop. With a loop. That went upside down. Yes. Upside down! Plus, to add to it, she sat at the very front! Grace was apprehensive and decided to sit it out, whilst Ross and Lucy took their turn, however, with the last ride of the night Grace changed her mind and the four of us ventured on. I have to say that it was fast-paced and great fun. We also enjoyed Disco Fever, Wild Water, Magic Mouse, Disk-O (although I felt remarkably sick after that one!), X Factory and Astro Storm – an indoor rollercoaster which was pitch black! My favourite though was the Crazy Boats. Round motor-powered boats which squirted water. Grace and I shared a boat, whilst Ross and Lucy took to another. Poor old Ross was cornered by all the other boats and got picked on and we all got absolutely soaked! Then Grace decided to pick on the other people waiting in the queue and squirted the whole lot of them! I don’t think I have laughed so much in ages.
Think back to when you were a kid and that feeling of going to a funfair and then place it on a bigger scale. THAT is the feeling you get from this place. Too big with too many great rides to be called a funfair and too small with no theme to be called a theme park. Here there is nowhere near the expense that places like Alton Towers and Chessington give you and what makes it even better is that you don’t have to trek a million miles or queue for a million years! Everything is within close proximity.
Obviously I can’t speak for other days or times but on a sunny Wednesday evening in August, the fact that we only had to queue for 10 minutes at the very most – and this was only for the Crazy Loop – added to the value of the Mega Wrist Bands in my opinion.
For a day time wristband, it costs £25 which can get a bit pricey if you are part of a large family, however, you can buy ride tokens at £1 each and each ride has it’s own token value – for example the Bumpy Slide costs 1 token whilst the Crazy Loop is 3. I felt that the evening Mega Wristband was good value at £17.50. This meant that we had the opportunity over 4 hours to go on all of the rides – one of them, twice. There are other options for smaller children such as the Sooty’s Tots Wristband at £10 for the evening.
The park is clean and tidy and is kept in good working order. It is easy to reach being only 10 minutes from Junction 22 of the M5 and just a 5 minute walk from the beach. There were a couple of rides which were out of commission but there were signs up at both the ticket kiosks and on the rides themselves which pre-warned you. You don’t have to pay an entrance fee so it is easy to walk around first and see what you are paying for. There is parking onsite which is pay and display which costs around £2 for the day. With regards to food and drink, not only is there the traditional burger and hot dog stands along with donuts and candy floss but you can also opt for a pub meal in The Tavern or there is a Wimpy restaurant on site too.
We all agreed that Brean Theme Park is a fantastic experience. There wasn’t the stress or expense that a large theme park can bring. There were no queues and all the rides were great fun. What more can you ask for?
To see more of what we experienced, take a look at the Brean Theme Park official video:
Disclosure: We were given four wristbands by Brean Leisure in return for an honest review. Please note that all words, images and opinions have been formed by the owner of this blog and have not been influenced in any way. Please do not reproduce any of the content or images on this post without prior agreement from Verily Victoria Vocalises.